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Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 3:12-14
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.
12: Israel AGAIN did evil in the sight of the LORD. The LORD strengthened Eglon the King of Moab.
13: He (the King of Moab) defeated Israel and possessed the city of palm trees.
14: Israel served Eglon 18 years.
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?
12: God will discipline His people. Never giving up on them… patiently waiting for them to return, but remember… God will not enable His people. A life of victory must be maintained, it is not a one time deal…. it is an on going decision to be faithful, day after day.
13: The consequence of sin is bondage. Sin always leads us to bondage and death, but is so enticing. Often we don’t realize we are there until we have hit the bottom.
14: This well-known quote seems to sum things up…. “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you intend to pay.” It is hard to turn around and come back to the arms of the loving Savior, but it always worth it, and the instant you turn around and humble yourself before God is the instant you realize He is right there, ready to forgive. God is patient and will wait for us to return to Him, never leaving us in the process, but allowing His discipline in our lives with the purpose to refine us for His service and His glory.
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?
12: Do I ever think that God will give up on me because I have done the SAME thing AGAIN? Do I get angry with God when He will not enable my bad behavior and sin? Do I blame God for the discipline He allows to come into my life instead of being overwhelmingly thankful that He cares that much about me, not to allow me to get away with sin?
13: What sin has me trapped in an ongoing cycle of bondage? Will I ask God for the power and the victory over this sin, or am I not quite done with it yet? Not willing to give up what I think I want?
14: How long will I choose to be a slave to the sin that I refuse to give up? What will it take to humble myself before a loving God? What is so much more important to me than my relationship with the God who created me to know Him and walk with Him?
LIVE IT OUT!
LORD, reveal to me in my heart what sin is keeping me from Your presence. LORD, God, as the Psalmist prayed in Psalm 51, “Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, Oh LORD.” God will allow us to stay in bondage as long as we choose to do so, but when we cry to Him, in repentance, things are made right between us…. then, we will be empowered to walk through that valley in the strength of God. May we come to God with humility and honesty.
Homework: Judges 3:15-26