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November 30, 2020 6:00 am
You love the Lord, you will have no problem with this is an exception.
Here, there are what I can go this morning. All I did was just love the word of God. I love the stories I can repeat the story and that's what I preached when I share the gospel. I shared the Bible's many book of the Bible that I happen to be thinking from Kings. I would explain the story. I guess you want your story from the Bible that I'd like to deliver the punchline.
This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher. Rick asked Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville.
Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Judges, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching today. Pastor Rick will continue teaching his message called tolerance unto sin in Judges chapter 2, I don't like battery acid in my coffee and pretty intolerant about that fact that we like hazelnut my coffee so but they shall be thorns in your side pain by their disobedience. God is making it clear God wanted those things that would hurt them away from them. He says, and their God shall be a snare to you. Gradual steps downward. Now this is an interesting little walk tolerance of the world who has bewitched you got Galatians. How does Paul say in Colossians beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty principles of the world tolerance of the world leads to approval of the world leads to friendship in the world leads to love of the world leads to conformity to the world and finally first Corinthians 1132.
It leaves to condemnation with the world that there is a dissent consider lot. Consider Sampson consider Saul while those three. Saul was the worst and likely not a believer first gradient 127 but God has chosen the forcing of the world to confound the wise and put shame. Oh well, got ahead of myself and has God's chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty so we moved to verse four. Girls will never get done. So it was when the angel of Yahweh spoke these words to all the children of Israel that the people lifted up their voices and wept.
You know it's it's if you imagine is going to be Christian perfection in this life force you not going to get it.
However, the pursuit of that perfection. Along we go a long way a lot done. That's a story of all the heroes of the faith they were chasing after a better life in this life. For God in Christ. And so this repentance that their voices wept. Of course they were repentance.
Repentance is costly, but the rewards are priceless.
Hebrews 314 we have become partakers of Christ. If we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end and there are a bunch of more verses but we need to move verse five. Then they called the name of that place Bochum sweeping and they sacrifice to Yahweh. All this was a short-lived repentance with the question again as we think about the short-lived repentance we all like to see the church do better when she repents to verse six. Then Joshua had dismissed the people, the children of Israel went each to his own inheritance to possess the land.
So the people served Yahweh, all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who lived outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord which he had done for Israel will verse six does not belong to the story at Bochum.
We now have a parentheses a break in the chronology. It's a departure from the strict chronology so the historian sort of gives us what happened. The messenger of Yahweh comes delivers his message and then he says remember Joshua on the heels of that message.
The historian puts it into the writings he says there was a victorious generation right before this people.
These people 300 years later the reading the story and they're supposed to come away and say I want to be like the ones in Joshua's day.
I don't want to get out of hand and have to summon the angel of the Lord to rebuke me. That's the idea, and is placed in sharp contrast to the subsequent failings of this generation the failures in the book of Judges I think are more pronounced to us because the heroes are not as exciting as some of the ones in the days of the Kings but the Kings really will worst those that look those days were really, at least to me.
They were worse than what was happening in the book of Judges as far as how much human suffering took place. Not all of the people. Of course, in the days of the judges were unfaithful, Ruth, for example, in Boaz Samuel. There were there were there were the righteous, always the remnant verse eight Joshua the son of nun, the servant of Yahweh died when he was 110 years old, buried him within the border of his inheritance at Tim Nath here is in the mountains of Ephraim on the north side of Mount Gaius so he brings up the death of Joshua as the starting point will it Joshua to his leaders as a starting point for the trouble in the land but did not kill Joshua's testimony in here it still lives firsthand when all the generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know Yahweh, nor the work which he had done for Israel. The craziest thing you get again. Parents come to church to love the Lord. Sing praises to study his word raise up the kids love the Lord and oftentimes the same gives the part not all time. Thank God. Don't be one of those. This in Scripture that's what were reading about right now all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose. Why they had the Passover, the circumcision, the memorials that were all over the place.
They have the law they had the history they had no excuse was elective and that's how they would be judged. Verse 11 then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the house that covers the entire period of the book of Judges, despite Joshua's plea idolatry quickly became a problem. Verse 12 and they forsook Yahweh God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who are all around and they bow down to them and they provoke Yahweh to anger. See the toleration again. They tolerated them and they approved and then they began to join love and now they're condemned with them. They allow themselves to be out influenced well as a quick question for every Christian. Maybe you do well in charge. But you don't do well in the workplace. You being out influenced you being outmaneuvered being set up cheated Rob you going to be left on the side of the road dad not care. Deuteronomy 614 you shall not go after other gods. The gods of the peoples who are all around you, and that us were not to follow them were trying to help them get away from and if they won't come the we knock the dust off our feet. We moved the next person and if there is no next person we wait until God brings the next person. And while we wait we wet our sword, we sharpen the sword. We have it ready.
We sort of the word. If you love the Lord, you will have no problem witnessing II think I maybe there's an exception.
Here the item 124, but I can go this far, all I did was just love the word of God. I love the stories I could repeat the stories and that's what I preached when I shared the gospel with people I shared the Bible stories from any book of the Bible that I happen to be thinking from Kings.
I would explain the story. I guess you want to hear story from the Bible.
And then I got to deliver the punchline very effective. Of course God did all that because he didn't have to bring anybody my way and sometimes it didn't. Sometimes there's one job in colonial and I hated that job so much because it was dad just couldn't preach to anybody. It was evil but compared with best when you coming from other jobs you got all these men and they want to hear the word of God and you end up this place. There weren't even any amusement rides opens dead of winter anyway. Verse 13 for they forsook Yahweh, and served files in the*read that right. Verse 14 and the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, so he delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled and he sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies so they didn't listen to the angel in his message didn't believe it. Like we see people today, and when they die they find out it's too late.
Reaping what one has sown while going to the book of Hosea, which is another tragedy in Scripture.
Hosea 8 a so the wind and reaped the whirlwind. Hosea 1013 you have plowed wickedness you have read iniquity you have eaten the fruit of lies because you trust in your own way in the multitude of your mighty men of the kids that you trusted in your own way is that not a sermon, is that not of the platform to preach to somebody. Let me tell you about Hosea and Anita Sheridan briefly in all, there was a man alive wasn't faithful God is the single Hosea looked just like it is in your home. So it is in my nation I would take you use your preach a priest anyway and he would say to the nation that you trusted in your own way and it damns your soul and ruin the nation. Verse 15 whenever they went out ahead of Yahweh was against them for calamity as Yahweh had said and as Yahweh had sworn to them and they were greatly distressed.
Will the apostate church will find himself in that place in the tribulation. Great trip relation age to come, but not merely losing strength was not what we just can't beat these guys. But God was fighting against them.
God had become their adversary. It reads almost like a defeated book of acts. The judges does not ask his excitement his victory to so much energy and judges that just drains the energy out of you get the dialysis boy what a good job and he's gone and the people control drain, then in the next judge comes up and is just this roller coaster ride, but it is also reality. Verse 16.
Nevertheless, Lord raised up judges to deliver them out of the hand of those who plundered them well. It was their duty. These judges these deliverers to rule the people and to defend them against those who were oppressing them off my all against the Mesopotamians earbud against the Moabites of this do a few sandbar against the Philistines Deborah against the Canaanites, Gideon the Midianites and the Amalekites and then there were all the others that you know it was that how come nobody same in their boyfriends and you look around Old Testament names judge seven years egg lawn anyway. Okay I love these guys. You know you can't wait to get to them out. All of them have much much to say about them, but many of them are very exciting. Verse 17 yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with the other gods and bow down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked in obeying the commandments of Yahweh. They did not do so hardened hearts led to hard heads led to a hard judgment, but they played the harlot with the other gods bow down to them. What did the other gods have the Yahweh didn't have. Why is this the case what they have again licentiousness you could send without guilt. In fact, you can send with our Hosea again. Chapter 10 verse 12 sow for yourselves righteousness reaping mercy break up your un-tilled ground follows a word for it is time to seek Yahweh till he comes and rains righteousness on you. How's that righteousness treating you, Paul shipwrecked, beaten, hungry, cold hot folding care.
He saw beyond it all. I'm still trying to get there.
I'm still trying to get there so you and God knows it and got honors that he wants to see that because he's not getting that when people don't believe him. He when we struggle we say like Joan have license to do this. That is a distinction between the unbeliever that says what could be wrong with this. It is a mark of our salvation. You know men, people, human beings, they don't hate their ideas about God. They just hate God's ideas about God. That's all. And that is something that we can address when we come across the is they turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked in obeying the commandments of Yahweh. They did not do so. New Testament has the same problem with the church the same problem.
They turned quickly from the way which their fathers walked in obeying commandments of the Lord did not do so.
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from him who called you and Grace Grace of Christ to a different gospel which is no gospel at all, so we cannot point at these people and say yes. Not like us. We got our act together. We have more light than they have. Verse 18 and when Jesus raised up judges or sorry and when Yahweh raised up judges for them. Yahweh was with the judge and deliver them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge for Yahweh was moved to pity by the groaning because of those who oppress them and harass them and so they hear the historian is setting up the story. Still an introduction.
You could say because when I got into the judges themselves. Anything God raised these people up there. They were self no exalted people that God put them in their position. That's why when they died. There was a void left in the people went back to sin.
God gave him a chance to not sin without the judge until things got so bad the people called out the judges even that strange judge Sampson when he was an enigma, but they were all really victorious, they inflicted heavy damage on the opposition and the they did save the people from much of their sorrows. Hebrews 1133 and 34 talk about that with us.
They they made an impact on their times. Verse 19 and it came to pass, when the judge was dead if they reverted to behave more corruptly than their fathers following other gods to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings, nor from their stubborn ways and read a partner from this stubborn okay I like to have Daffy duck come up and read that verse for us for emphasis, because it's a stiff neck that just will not be pulled into line just that's doing something to boast about. I'm just so stubborn is another word for that is the fuel boasting about your sinful ways is nobody knows what to do in the end, just you know just a pain in the neck and people probably don't like you know until it's a minute ago broken others of damage control slide be on a submarine is springing leaks together. Try to patch it up with a plate. They've called force me Lord, Lord zero that was being many of them will know you don't have these problems of people is everything is right with you. I will fortunately have never bothered anybody. I sometimes think how many people in my life I have worked with at some and get a flashback of me in a good know I like to think that way they get a flash. Now I wonder whatever happened to that guy was so great.
I love everything he said was the perfect human being know there's some out then it might be wanted to like that that is not in their right mind. Then there are those that are like hate that guy. If I see him kill. I don't know I don't want to be that person.
But that's how difficult life can be. And if you if you're preaching the gospel you going to have people that really don't like you at some point first then the anger of Yahweh was hot against Israel and he said because this nation is transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and is not heeded my voice.
Because this nation is transgressed my covenant not heeded the snow ahead for these people.
They think their own head is good enough behave more corruptly than the others got worse sometimes is just a generation. It seems to stampede off to evil, and no one can stop them aside as I stand here and I speak. I know we have younger younger Christians here and I don't know if if is just going in one ear and out the other going over their head missing their heart.
I don't know if it getting it you want to see them excited and in into it, but not so much emotionally just with belief that they believe it and that they speak to God that they want more God in their lives. In spite of all of the things that are confronting them. This is young people so there you go. If you get bored is you is not me and I'll go to my grave saying that Leola was a little different. I might be me because they been around verse 21.
I also will no longer drive out before you them claimant. I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died. That's the that's not good news.
Verse 22 so that through them I may test Israel whether they will keep the ways of Yahweh to walk in them as their fathers kept them or not. So, so, God is saying another driver mark as you have been behaving number one number two I'm going to leave them because I'm going to use them to weed out fake believers and the true believers come back to that verse 23 therefore Yahweh left those nations without driving them out immediately. Nor did he deliver them into the hand of Joshua so is not God's ideal.
He had to settle for this is not obligated to wait for those whom he knows will never love him will never want him. That's a scary thought to be on the other side okay.
So imagine if you are living. Someone some island and you are told that the US Air Force was going to ball on that island until it was no longer an island to be pretty scary.
I mean if you if you were toasty Eskimo Air Force. He wouldn't be bothered to hit me with the sled. I'm fine, but if our military coming Air Force. It got so much stuff.
What if he's we were told. God is good on you. I miss even worse was going to give you a chance to get out of it to escape. I think that this story of humanity.
God is saying to the Jews. You have to choose sides. I'm going to leave these people in the land and I'm going to find out who is choosing me and who is not. It is one reason why God allows not only the Colts but also all the other things that exist in this life to try to pull us away from him to weed out those who are for him from those who are not those who pursue him and those who do not first John chapter 4 we had this Sunday we are of God, you will knows God hears us. You is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth in the spirit of error. So when we ask yourself why does God leave this in this world.
Well, that's the probation it's the sorting out process.
Those who are not interested in God will or one time were lost delight in him.
They sell off God chooses to not work effectively in environments of unbelief. He doesn't help.
Well I just will close with this verse, Matthew 1358 Jesus is about Jesus and says now he did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. It's okay to say to the Lord. I don't feel like it. I'd I don't feel I believe it but I choose to believe it because I have enough proof to know who you are and I except that that's faith but waiting just to be in the mood for it.
That shallowness faith is much deeper than then feeling comfortable with God fact, as I mentioned from Corinthians chapter 11 second Chapter 11 all suffering, all those things not because he felt like this. He knew better. Met the risen Lord and so have all those born again move thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Judges cross reference radio is the teaching ministry pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. If you'd like more information about this ministry, we invite you to visit our website cross reference radio.com will find additional teachings from Pastor Rick available there, and we encourage you to subscribe to our podcast by doing so you will be notified of each new edition of cross reference radio. You can search for cross reference radio on your favorite podcast or just follow the links and cross reference radio.com that's all the time we have for today. Join us next time to continue learning more from the book of Judges right here cross reference rate