February 28, 2023
DAY 59 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Judges 17:6; 21:25
Today, we conclude our journey through the book of Judges. Looking back at our study over the last several weeks, you have likely come to see the circular nature of the nation of Israel. Reject God, suffer, repent and seek a deliver, experience deliverance, return to God, repeat.
Take a few moments and pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for today’s journey. Read Judges 17 through 21. Let’s begin!
Judges 17-21: Our study today begins with a man named Micah. Through Micah’s life, we see how far the Israelites have fallen from true worship of the Lord. Micah wanted God’s blessings without being completely dedicated to God. Israel was turning from the true God. The tribe of Danites were seeking a place to dwell as they forsook the territory God had given them. The Dainties encounter Micah, steal his Levite priest, claim the land of Laish, and place an idol in the place where they worshiped the Lord. The tribe of Danities became lawless criminals. Through the Levites and his wife, war is declared on the tribe of Benjamin. Israel had turned its back on God. The tribe of Benjamin refused to turn over the murderers of the concubine. Although the other tribes consulted God, it took them three attempts to defeat the tribe of Benjamin. In victory, the Israelites killed every woman and child of the tribe of Benjamin. They allowed 600 warriors of the tribe of Benjamin to survive. The surviving Benjaminites were to have wives so the tribe would not cease to exist. (Judges 17:1-21:25)
Our focus verses for today:
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.
(Judges 17:6 and 21:25, NIV)
Today’s journey could take hundreds of pages to fully explore, but our focus verses succinctly explain what happened to Israel. They had no king because they turned from God to worship idols. The twelve tribes of Israel during the period of Judges represent our culture today. We want God’s blessings without surrendering ourselves over to Him. Many want to live in sin, expecting a lot of grace like the Israelites of the Judges period. How do we protect ourselves from becoming complacent in our faith? You know, making sure envy, a form of idol worship, is in check while striving to seek and live our lives in reflection of God’s will.
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