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A Drifting People. A Delivering God. Timeline. JUDGES. Moses. Joshua. Saul. 1400. 1100. 1200. 1000. 1300. God Conquers Unfinished Obedience. God Conquers Unfinished Obedience. God demonstrates His permission through testing. Judges 2:1-3 (NET Bible). - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • A Drifting PeopleA Delivering God

  • TimelineJUDGES

  • God Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • God demonstrates His permission through testingGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • Judges 2:1-3 (NET Bible)1 The LORDs angelic messenger went up from Gilgal to Bokim. He said, I brought you up from Egypt and led you into the land I had solemnly promised to give to your ancestors. I said, I will never break my agreement with you, 2 but you must not make an agreement with the people who live in this land. You should tear down the altars where they worship. But you have disobeyed me. Why would you do such a thing? 3 At that time I also warned you, If you disobey, I will not drive out the Canaanites before you. They will ensnare you and their gods will lure you away.

  • Judges 2:20-23 (NET Bible)20 The LORD was furious with Israel. He said, This nation has violated the terms of the agreement I made with their ancestors by disobeying me. 21 So I will no longer remove before them any of the nations that Joshua left unconquered when he died. 22 Joshua left those nations to test Israel. I wanted to see whether or not the people would carefully walk in the path marked out by the LORD, as their ancestors were careful to do. 23 This is why the LORD permitted these nations to remain and did not conquer them immediately; he did not hand them over to Joshua.

  • Judges 1:27-33 (NET Bible)27 The men of Manasseh did not conquer Beth Shan, Taanach, or their surrounding towns. Nor did they conquer the people living in Dor, Ibleam, Megiddo or their surrounding towns. The Canaanites managed to remain in those areas. 28 Whenever Israel was strong militarily, they forced the Canaanites to do hard labor, but they never totally conquered them. 29 The men of Ephraim did not conquer the Canaanites living in Gezer. The Canaanites lived among them in Gezer. 30 The men of Zebulun did not conquer the people living in Kitron and Nahalol. The Canaanites lived among them and were forced to do hard labor.

  • Judges 1:27-33 (NET Bible)31 The men of Asher did not conquer the people living in Acco or Sidon, nor did they conquer Ahlab, Aczib, Helbah, Aphek, or Rehob. 32 The people of Asher live among the Canaanites residing in the land because they did not conquer them. 33 The men of Naphtali did not conquer the people living in Beth Shemesh or Beth Anath. They live among the Canaanites residing in the land. The Canaanites living in Beth Shemesh and Beth Anath were forced to do hard labor for them.

  • Israel failed to remove all of inhabitantsIsrael began worshipping their false godsGod strengthened the inhabitantsIsrael cried out to GodGod raised up a deliverer/judgeGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • Israel failed to remove all of inhabitantsIsrael began worshipping their false godsGod strengthened the inhabitantsIsrael cried out to GodGod raised up a deliverer/judgeGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • Israel failed to remove all of inhabitantsIsrael began worshipping their false godsGod strengthened the inhabitantsIsrael cried out to GodGod raised up a deliverer/judgeGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • Once you inject sin into the equation, there is no ideal solution.God Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • This chapter is pervaded by unfulfilled commitment, incomplete obedience, and compromising tolerance. Even when the Israelites gain the upper hand over the Canaanites, they refuse to carry out Yahwehs agenda. Instead of reshaping the world after the image of Yahwehs will, they live in and with the world, and before long they have taken on the characteristics of the world. Instead of making this the land of the people of God, they become like the people of the land. Daniel BlockGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • God demonstrates His permission through testingGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • God demonstrates His permission through testingGod demonstrates His power through judgesGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • Judges 2:10-16 (NET Bible)10 That entire generation passed away; a new generation grew up that had not personally experienced the LORDs presence or seen what he had done for Israel. 11 The Israelites did evil before the LORD by worshiping the Baals. 12 They abandoned the LORD God of their ancestors who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They followed other gods the gods of the nations who lived around them. They worshiped them and made the LORD angry.

  • Judges 2:10-16 (NET Bible)13 They abandoned the LORD and worshiped Baal and the Ashtars. 14 The LORD was furious with Israel and handed them over to robbers who plundered them. He turned them over to their enemies who lived around them. They could not withstand their enemies attacks. 15 Whenever they went out to fight, the LORD did them harm, just as he had warned and solemnly vowed he would do. They suffered greatly. 16 The LORD raised up leaders who delivered them from these robbers.

  • God demonstrates His permission through testingGod demonstrates His power through judgesGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • God demonstrates His permission through testingGod demonstrates His power through judgesGod demonstrates His presence through cyclesGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • Judges 2:16-19 (NET Bible)16 The LORD raised up leaders who delivered them from these robbers. 17 But they did not obey their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned aside from the path their ancestors had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the LORDs commands, but they did not. 18 When the LORD raised up leaders for them, the LORD was with each leader and delivered the people from their enemies while the leader remained alive.

  • Judges 2:16-19 (NET Bible)The LORD felt sorry for them when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 19 When a leader died, the next generation would again act more wickedly than the previous one. They would follow after other gods, worshiping them and bowing down to them. They did not give up their practices or their stubborn ways.

  • Israel rebelsIsrael repentsGod raises up an enemyGod restores using judgesGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • Israel rebelsIsrael repentsGod raises up an enemyGod restores using judgesSinSupplicationSufferingSalvationGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • The central theme of the Book of Judges is the Canaanization of Israel. Herein lies the key to the relevance of this ancient composition for North American Christianity.Like the ancient Israelites we too are being squeezed into the mold of the pagan world around us. Evidences of the Canaanization of the church are everywhere: our preoccupation with material prosperity, which turns Christianity into a fertility religion; our syncretistic and aberrant forms of worship;God Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • our refusal to obey the Lords call to separation from the world; our divisiveness and competitiveness; our moral compromises, as a result of which Christians and non-Christians are often indistinguishable; our [male] exploitation and abuse of women and children; our reluctance to answer the Lords call to service, and when we finally go, our propensity to displace Thy kingdom come with My kingdom come. Daniel BlockGod Conquers Unfinished Obedience

  • Application Questions:Where are you guilty of unfinished obedience?How is the Lord testing you today?Are you willing to be an instrument for our heroic God?Will you claim Gods presence even when you dont feel it?Have you been Canaanized?God Conquers Unfinished Obedience

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