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February 12, 2018

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Reading along with us in Judges? Here’s today’s reading:

Judges 21 (ESV)

Now the men of Israel had sworn at Mizpah, “No one of us shall give his daughter in marriage to Benjamin.” And the people came to Bethel and sat there till evening before God, and they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly. And they said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel, that today there should be one tribe lacking in Israel?” And the next day the people rose early and built there an altar and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And the people of Israel said, “Which of all the tribes of Israel did not come up in the assembly to the Lord?” For they had taken a great oath concerning him who did not come up to the Lord to Mizpah, saying, “He shall surely be put to death.”And the people of Israel had compassion for Benjamin their brother and said, “One tribe is cut off from Israel this day. What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since we have sworn by the Lord that we will not give them any of our daughters for wives?”....Continue Reading

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  1. Grant them graciously to us, because we did not take for each man of them his wife in battle, neither did you give them to them, else you would now be guilty.'” 23And the people of Benjamin did so and took their wives, according to their number,

  2. Wow it has been a while since I have posted. Sorry. I read along in Judges while I was in France but did not have the means to post. Then I had computer issues when I got home. But the up and down nature of the Israelites relationship with God is evident in this book. How faithful God was to rescue them time and again, to raise up a leader, to do the miracles He did, to grant victory and then to have Israel walk away from Him and thereby create the need to be rescued again. And what strange behavior at times the Israelites would participate in. It is certainly what happens when people function without leadership and direction, when people do what is right in their own eyes. The book points out that this occurred because they had no king. But what they really suffered from is not making God their king, continuing to follow Him and seeking His ways, continue to do the work established by Joshua. How quickly things deteriorate when people are left to their own devices. Woe to our society as we continue to put God on the shelf and do what is best in our eyes. We just need to continue to be a people, the church. who continues to chart our way grounded in God’s Word and doing the things that He prescribes for the situations in our lives and seeking the provisions that He gives to help us follow His will. He will never guide where He doesn’t then provide!

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