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Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 3:3-4
WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.
Verse 3: These nations are: the five lords of the Philistines, ALL the Canaanites, Sidonians, and Hivites who lived in Mt Lebanon from Mt Baal-hermon as far as Lebohamath
Verse 4: They were for testing Israel to find out if they would obey the LORD which He commanded.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?
Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow?
Verse 3: Yikes! You look at that verse and say whaaaaat??? What in the world does that mean? I thought for awhile….. The verb “are”…. the enemies of God’s people are these groups of people, and God had commanded Israel to dispatch them. There are enemies that are against God. That may be a difficult sentence to swallow…. you may need awhile to get over that or think about it. This “world culture” teaches us that there are no “real” enemies, everything can always be talked out, the enemy appeased, we can give a little on both sides. The enemy of God will never be appeased, the enemy will always want more. God knew His people would be wooed away from Him by the culture and society of these groups of people, yet the people thought they were strong enough to stand. God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). Israel was placing itself in a situation that would challenge their faithfulness to God. We all have territory in our lives God asks us to destroy completely and walk away from. (see Colossians 3:1-17)
Verse 4: God knew these nations (people) would draw Israel away from Him, not towards Him, yet He allowed Israel to make their own choice in the matter.
There are certain vices that draw each of us away from the God we love and were created to serve. Often times we think we are strong enough to say no to these vices, even if on a daily basis we are confronted with them. God allows these things in our lives to test our commitment to Him. Who or what will we choose? Obedience to God or satisfaction for ourselves for a moment?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.
As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.
*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think. This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?
Verse 3: Are there areas in our lives that we need to destroy completely? Territory which consistently rivals our loyalty to God (areas that put us as an enemy towards God) and we find ourselves compromising time and time again? Have we asked God what He would have us do regarding these areas?
Verse 4: What things or people are we confronted with that tend to draw us away from that relationship with God we were created to have? What prevents us from serving God with all out abandon? What will we do about that?
LIVE IT OUT!
Lord, give me the strength to rid my life of those things which draw me away from You.
Homework: Judges 3:5-7
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