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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 3: 15-26

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 3:15-26

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.

15:  When Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised a deliverer.

16:  Ehud made a 1 cubit (18 inches) two edged sword and bound it on his right thigh under his cloak.

17:  Ehud presented the tribute to the king, a very fat man.

18: When Ehud finished, he sent away the people who carried the tribute.

19: Ehud turned back from the idols at Gilgal, Ehud said “I have a secret message for you, O King, keep silent.”  All who attended the king left.

20: Ehud came while he was alone on his roof chamber and said “I have a message from God for you.”

21: Ehud stretched out his left hand, took the sword and thrust it into his belly.

22: The handle went in after the blade and fat closed over the blade, he did not draw the sword out, refuse came out.

23: Ehud went into the vestibule, shut and locked the doors to the roof chamber.

24:  When he had gone, the servants came, looked, and behold the doors were locked and said, “He is only relieving himself in the cool chamber.”

25: They waited, became anxious, took the key, opened them and their master had fallen to the floor dead.

26:  Ehud escaped while they were delaying and he passed by the idols and escaped to the Seirah.

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?

15:  God loves us, never leaves us, and is waiting for us to humble ourselves, come to Him where we will find an abundance of grace and mercy. 

16:  God uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes.  God uses the fact Ehud is left handed to hide a sword to deliver His people. The sword being on the right thigh would have a better chance at getting through security.  God is specific in what He calls us to do.  Noah built an ark, Ehud built a dagger.

17-18:  Israel was enslaved to this King and had to pay unjust high taxes to him. Ehud was the courier of these taxes. (probably gold, silver, animals) God makes possible those things he calls us to do, Ehud gets an audience with the King!

19a: They were all dismissed.  I am wondering, if Ehud left the presence of the King…. maybe scared to do that which God had laid on HIs heart to do?  He gets to Gilgal, the idols here can mean graven images or sculptured stones…. I am wondering of here in Gilgal, Ehud saw the memorial of the 12 stones that Joshua had built when crossing the Jordan, and he remembered the God he served, and what that God had commanded the people of Israel concerning the promised land.  No compromise.  Maybe here, Ehud remembered that the LORD his God was with him wherever he went, and to be careful to do ALL He commanded him, and he will have success…. (Joshua chapters 1-3).  Remember who you serve. Be careful to do all. So Ehud turned around, and went back.  It is never too late to turn around and obey God and get another audience with the King.

19b-26:  God blessed Ehud.  God made a way for him to have audience with the King, alone, he got through security (again) with a sword strapped to his thigh.  Ehud faithfully gives the message God had for the King which is summed up in these words: God judges those who touch the apple of His eye.  Ehud courageously and cunningly follows through with all God had commanded him.  God gave him success.  Through this act of courageousness by ONE man, Israel, a nation, gets the courage to stand.  God will make a way when there is no way.  To do that which God has called you to do will always take courage and faith.  There is always gap between what I can do, and what God must do.  Never downplay the impact that one, regular, normal everyday person obeying God can have on a nation.  Be the one. Speak the Truth of God’s Word.

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?

15:  Do I shake my fists at God accusing Him of leaving me, when really, it is I who is the one who has left Him and His commands?  AM I in need of God’s mercy? Will humble myself and cry out?  Pride often is the biggest factor keeping us from coming to God.

16:  Do I believe God has an extraordinary purpose for my life?  Do I know what God has called me to do?  Have I ever asked?  Will I ask and allow Him to use me where I am today for His purpose instead of the purpose I want Him to bless me in?

17-18:  When has God nudged my heart to do something and then made an impossibility a possibility?  (Gotten into a school, money for a mission trip I felt called to do, something I needed to do what God had called me to do suddenly comes in the mail, or is given? Circumstances throughout the day encourage me to step up and out?….)

19a:  Has fear overridden my obedience so I have missed out on the extraordinary hand of God in my life?  Will I have the courage to turn around and obey when all my senses say no, but my spirit within me says, “Trust God!”?  Today will I choose to obey God where I am or will I continue to run as hard as I can to the middle of nowhere?  Is the idea that God has a plan and a purpose for my life, actually the thing I would rather not know?

19b-26:  Will I be the one in my  family, church, apartment complex, job, school, to obey God in this evil and perverse generation, surrounded by idols? (idols: that which takes our focus off of God and puts our focus everywhere and anywhere else.)

Will I be the one to stand when those around me fall?  Will I allow God to show Himself faithful to me, thus impacting those around me?  Do I have the courage to allow God to use me or will I succumb to fear, like so many others?

LIVE IT OUT!
Be careful to do all God has commanded me to do.  Obedience is a BIG deal to God.

Homework: Ezra 1: 1-5

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 3:5-7

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 3:5-7

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 5: Israel lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, & Jebusites

Verse 6:  They took their daughters for wives, gave their own daughters to their sons, served their gods

Verse 7: Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, forgot the LORD their God, served the Baals

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 5:  The Word “lived” in this verse has the actual meaning of “abiding” with and among.  We are called to abide in Christ in John 15:5.  We are to be sold out to Jesus.  We are to know God’s Word, and live on His Truth…. instead, God’s people cared more about fitting in with the people and customs around them, than about the God who loves them. 

Verse 6:  God’s people willingly divided their passion from following after God with their heart soul and mind.  Compromise comes into play when we willingly embrace what the world has to offer.  Soon…. the things of God become a faded thing of the past, and telling Truth from lie becomes difficult because our hearts and families are divided.

Verse 7:  It is said that sin takes you further than you planned to go, keeps you longer than you planned to stay, and takes from you more than you ever bargained to give.  Often times, before we know it, we turn around and ask ourselves, “How in the world did we get here?”  God’s own people “forgot” the LORD their God and traded Him in for some cheap imitation.  We become slaves and serve Baals so easily…. money, jobs, power, fame, pride and personal glory are the Baals of the day.  Oh that we could have the hearts to turn back to the Truth and the God who created us to walk with Him and know Him.  Oh that we as God’s people would not be found as the people of these verses, but we would be found faithful, serving the One True God. 

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 5: Do I spend more time trying to fit in, and mesh with those people around me, than trying to follow and obey Jesus who loves me and gave Himself for me?  Is abiding in Christ a priority in my life?  Do I care more of what others think or what God says?

Verse 6:  How have I compromised with the world?  What or who is keeping me from following hard after God?

Verse 7:  We were created to serve and follow someone or something so who or what am I serving?  Can I say with passion and confidence, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” as Joshua did in Joshua 24?  Where does my heart abide?  Have I traded in the One True God for a cheap imitation?

LIVE IT OUT!
Get into God’s Word, today….. then tomorrow…. then the next day.  Live a life day by day, faithful to know the God who loves me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20). 

Homework: Judges 3:8-11 

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 3:3-4

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

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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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 3:1-2

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 3:1-2

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 1: The nations the LORD left to test Israel (all who had not experienced any of the wars)

Verse 2:  In order that the generations of Israel might be taught war (had not experienced it formerly)

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 1:  This may be confusing a little in its phrasing, however; remember Israel decided not to drive out all the inhabitants of the land God wanted to give them, they decided they were tired of war, and hey, what’s the big deal…. so we left a bit of work unfinished (thank goodness Jesus didn’t!).  Joshua is dead, but the warning in Joshua 1 still remains…. Joshua 1:7 “Be careful to do ALL the LORD has commanded, do not turn from it and you shall have success”  Israel is NOT heeding that!  Israel is giving up on claiming their promise… “thanks, but no thanks”…. so God is allowing them to have their choice.  God has so much for His people! I just read a verse today in the “Daily Light”, I Cor 3:23 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” How much God wants to lavish upon His children!  Yet we, turn Him down time after time.  We just have too many blessings and we can’t handle any more, is that it?  I think often times we do not have the stamina and perseverance that it takes to daily follow where God wants to lead.  Be careful to “Do ALL????” Ugh.  What about what I want to do?  I am tired!  I want to see what is over here…  and so we leave business undone, unfinished, and then we blame God for not coming through for us.  God will not drive us to follow Him. He simply wants to lead us where He is. Many times, as in the case here in Judges, that poor decision that Israel makes not to complete the work, God uses in their lives to end up bringing His people back to Himself.

Verse 2:  God wants to teach His children to war?  The war here is against disobedience.  God said to drive out the nations, and Israel disobeyed.  Obedience is a struggle; it is easier to give in to sin for sure.  The battle against sin and disobedience is good for us though.  When astronauts go into space for any amount of time, and then return home, they need physical therapy.  How much physical therapy depends on the amount of time they spent in space?  Why is this?  The reason is because it is the RESISTANCE of gravity here on earth that enables us to stand! This is the same in our Christian lives.  We go on retreat, we spend time with just God, things are sweet and seemingly easy for a while to choose Christ…. then we come down the mountain and experience immediate resistance.  It is the battle and the resistance that makes us stronger.  What will you choose?  Whom will you choose to serve?  This decision is harder than we wish it would be! David Guziak wrote something that hit home, the symbol of Christianity is a cross, not a feather bed.  Parents don’t enable their kids to be responsible, independent and self-reliant in life by doing everything for them.  God is the same.  Out of God’s love, He allows us to be strengthened by the battles of life.

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 1:  What unfinished business do you need to tend to?  What has God commanded you to do?  Has God stirred something within your heart where He wants to lead? What will you do with that?

Verse 2:  What battles are raging in your life right now?  How does God want you to fight them?  Whom do you serve?  Has it been too hard of a road to follow Christ, denying yourself daily and following the lead of Jesus, the Good Shepherd instead?  Is pride keeping you from Jesus?  Exhaustion?  Lack of perseverance?  Are you satisfied to just shake your fists at God and yelling at Him until He fixes things without you having to turn from your sin and obey?  Will you be careful to do ALL?  (The word careful wouldn’t be in there if it was easy)

Homework: Judges 3:3-4

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 2:20-23

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 2:20-23

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.

20:  The anger of the LORD burned against Israel.  This nation transgressed My covenant and has not listened to My voice

21: I will no longer drive any nations which Joshua left…..

22: In order to test Israel by them (my commandments) whether to keep the way of the LORD (as their fathers) or not

23:  The LORD allowed the nations to stay…. He did not give them into the hand of Joshua.

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?

20:  It matters to God when we disobey.  The word “covenant” means “an alliance, a pledge an unbreakable promise”.  God promised to give His people their own land, and promised to drive out the other nations right before their very eyes, if His people would follow where He lead, and obeyHis voice.  If God’s people would obey Him, in turn His people would be protected, cared for, fed, blessed beyond description and strengthened.  Sounds like a good deal eh?  If God’s people do not obey Him, they will not receive the benefits of abiding with Him.  Israel chose not to obey.  In a world where covenants can be broken as quickly as they are made, this is not so with God.  God always keeps His promises; for this reason, we can rest assured when we follow God that He will not change His mind or go back on what He said He would do.  This is both good and bad….

21:  Israel wanted these ungodly nations to stay, God said to destroy them…. So God gave them exactly what they asked for.  Sometimes exactly what we want or think we need is not the best for us… but literally the worst for us.  God’s people were so far away from caring what God said one way or the other, God gave them what seems an awful punishment… He gave them what they wanted.  God will allow us to get to the bottom of ourselves because He loves us.  God will allow us to make bad choices, and will also allow the steep consequences to follow.  God allows this, because in this we see just how much we need God.

22:  God allows us and brings us each and every one to a crossroads of personal choice.  It says here that the LORD will “test” His people.  What is it you want?  Really want?  Will YOU follow the LORD?  The question is not will your buddy or friend follow, Will you follow?  Your mom may have followed Christ, your grandmother, your father or grandfather, BUT WILL YOU? We were created by God with a God shaped hole that only He can fill, but so often we try to fill that space with all the shiny stuff life has to offer…. a new job, house, car, spouse, kids….. etc.  We were created to walk this life learning and leaning upon our Creator Who has set up guidelines for our protection, Who has a plan and a purpose for our lives and who loves us more than anything.  The catch is…. the choice is up to us…. to follow or not to follow.

23:  God promised to drive out the nations before His people and give His people the Promised Land…. woo hoo…. BUT God’s people didn’t want it.  They did not want the other nations to go…. sooo…. God allowed His people to feel the full force of the consequences of the choices they made.  Note:  God did not make these choices, however; it seems we always like to blame Him for the current painful predicament we tend to be in.  God allowed Israel to have what they asked for and all it ended up bringing was pain, sin and bondage… just like God said it would.  (Those nations they wanted to stay eventually turn on Israel and take them into bondage.)

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?

20:  Are you trying to live an obedient life according to God’s Word this day?  Can you say you are concerned about obeying God?  What does an obedient life to God look like? Did you know your disobedience mattered so much to God?

21:  Do you think God cruel because He allows you to hit rock bottom because of your own poor choices?  When have you hit rock bottom? 

22:  Who will you choose to serve?  Who or what are you currently serving?

23:  Are you blaming God for circumstances of personal sin and bad choices in your life?  When have you blamed God for keeping His Word?  When did a thing you desperately wanted to have only bring pain and heartache when you finally received it?

Homework: Judges 3:1-2

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 2:16-19

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTESfrom Judges 2:16-19

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.

16:  The LORD raised up judges who delivered them.

17: YET they DID NOT listen to their judges, they played the harlot after other gods, bowed to them, turned aside quickly from obeying the LORD.  They did NOT do as their fathers.

18: When the LORD raised up judges, the LORD was with the judge and delivered them all the days of the judge.  The LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed and afflicted them.

19: When the judge died they would turn back and act more corruptly; they did not abandon their practices or stubborn ways.

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?

16:  We serve a God who can and will deliver us.  We are delivered by God not because of anything we have done or how deserving we are, but purely and simply because God loves us more than anything.

17: In this world, we want what we want, pure and simple and we don’t want anyone trying to tell us any different. Lord, give us a heart to hear Your Word and be pierced by it, changing us internally forever.

18 & 19:  I saw a fire alarm recently that had glass over it, then the plaque read, “In case of emergency, break glass with key and pull alarm.”  This verse reminds me of that.  In case of emergency, pray.  Praying is the key, but not just in emergency situations, it is a daily key to living out your God given purpose in life.  Israel here had access to the God of the universe, the God who could rescue them, the God who would protect them, the God who would provide for them, and they only prayed and groaned out to Him in the middle of a crisis situation.   God would deliver them, and then the people went back to their old ways. Sound familiar? Often we pray in case of emergency and then when the emergency is settled, we go right back to our previous ways…. even though those previous ways were what got us in the mess to begin with and really weren’t working out for us.

God sent Jesus to break the bondage of sin on our lives, yet we continue to live our days in bondage because we think we deserve it.  Jesus came to open the relationship that we can have with a God who loves us more than anything, who will strengthen us EVERY day–not just in a crisis, yet daily we choose everyone and everything else but Him.  Oh, how we need a change of heart!  

19:  It is easy to turn back to our old ways almost immediatey after God comes through and delivers us.  May it not be so.  Faithfulness is a daily decision.

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?

16:  Do we realize God’s love for us, and that our situation has not escaped His eye?  Do we really believe we serve a God who can deliver?  Or do we believe that was just in the “old” stories?  What do you believe about God and your situation?

17: Has God sent someone into my life, into your life, to speak Truth into it, yet we refuse to listen?  Have we prayed for a receptive heart?

18: Do we pray on a daily basis about growing our personal relationship with Jesus or only in case of emergency?

19: How quick are we to turn away from God?  How often do we pray and pray and pray for deliverance, and then just as soon as it happens, we rapidly forget all God has done? 

LIVE IT OUT!   I love this song, and it came to mind as I did this lesson:  “Change my heart oh God, make it ever true.  Change my heart oh God, may it beat for You.”  Lord, give us the commitment to stay true and to be careful to walk in all Your ways today, then tomorrow and then the next.  Oh, to live a life of faithful commitment.

Homework: Judges 2:20-23 

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 2:14-15

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 2:14-15

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.

14: The anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers, they could no longer stand before their enemies.

15: Wherever they went, the hand of the LORD was against them, as the LORD had spoken and as the LORD sworn, they were severely distressed.

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?

14-15: When God says He will discipline His children…He will discipline his children.  In Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 God had promised that if Israel forsook Him, then they would no longer be able to stand against their enemies.  The Angel of the LORD, back in verse three of this chapter, was a harbinger, one who brings a warning, reminding them of this very covenant, and what would happen.  All too often, when we get caught in disobedience, we say we are sorry and we feel horrible for a moment, a day or even a week, but that seems to be quickly forgotten sometimes and our actions are not changed.  We are thankful at the time for a reprieve of judgement, but then we fall right back into it.  When we choose not to abide in Christ, things often times go badly and our lives become distressed indeed, this is where Israel finds themselves.  Often times, it is in these times, when we come to the end of ourselves right in the middle of our distress, reaping our own consequences, that we turn back to God. Often times we blame God for leaving, when in actuality, it wasn’t He that left at all, it was us who stepped out of fellowship.  God’s goal is not to get this jovial laugh out of punishing us, but God’s goal and His desire is to truly get that heart of repentance, so that He can restore the relationship we were created to have with Him. It is all about relationship. God desires for us to want to know Him as He knows us.

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?

14-15:  Have I ever been sorely sorry about a matter one day, then, as quick as the next day, I find nothing has changed in my attitude or actions and I continue to choose to live a life of deliberate disobedience?  Do I realize that God will go the distance and allow me to come to the end of myself so that I can see just how much He loves me?  Have I thanked the LORD because He loves me enough not to allow my disobedience to slide?  Do I think a loving God is a God who just gives me everything I think I want no matter how I act?

LIVE IT OUT!
Today, abide in Christ.  Be careful to do all that God has commanded me.  If I have been far off, experiencing the distress of my own choices, repent and return to the God who loves me and gave Jesus for me.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life, live it in relationship with Jesus.

Homework: Judges 2:16-19 

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 2:11-12

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 2:11-12

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.

11. Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD & served Baals.

12: they forsook the LORD who brought them out of Egypt.  They followed other gods from among the people who were around them.  They provoked the LORD to anger. 

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?

11: We were created by God to serve Him. Israel had a personal relationship with the living God and they traded that in…. For what?!  Baal… Baal would bring them wealth and security…. Really?  No…. But Israel was easily duped into believing all the world had to offer was going to meet all their wants, needs and desires. Sound familiar?  How often we work and work and work– for what? Wealth and security that can be taken in a moment? Perfect security is found in the living God who is faithful to His promises to us, regardless of our faithfulness to Him. Don’t be duped by the bait the world offers, in the end the world will always leave us empty, alone and wanting.  God will always fill us, love us and lead us. 

12: Israel forsook God.  Bottom line: Israel chose to walk away from God; God didn’t choose to walk away from them.  All of us make a conscious choice to follow God or forsake God. No one rides the fence. 

The influence of others brought the Israelites down. We must surround ourselves with people of like faith and of like mind, or before we know it, we will drift away off course, from the God we love and serve. Live in the world but not of it (Matthew 16:26) (Philippians 2:15) (1 John 2:15) We need to be careful that we don’t forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25). No church is perfect, no people are perfect, but together we can help to encourage each other to stay on course. It is so easy to fall away. Be on guard! It takes one moment, one choice, one second to fall. No one is above this. 

Idolatry angers God. God is a jealous God. Idolatry is anything or anyone including ourselves in our life that we place higher than God. 

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?

11: Have I traded in a personal relationship with the Living God for the empty promises of the world?

12:  What choice have I made today regarding following the LORD?  Will I chase after the things of God today or the things of the world?

Who am I allowing to influence me and the choices I make? Am I surrounding myself with people of a like-minded faith? 

Is God #1 in my life? Will I choose today to begin to follow after God and to glorify Him?

LIVE IT OUT!   Lord, help me to daily choose to honor and glorify You. Forgive me for being drawn away, draw me close to You. 

Homework:  Judges 2: 14-15

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 2:7-10

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Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 2:7-10 

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. 

vs 7:  The people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who had seen all the work of the LORD He had done. 

vs.8-9: Joshua, servant of the LORD died at age 110, they buried him in the territory of his inheritance.  

Vs.10: There arose another generation who did not know the LORD nor the work He had done. 

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?

vs. 7:  When you live what you believe, it makes a difference to others.  People want to not just “hear” what you believe, but see it.  Say what you mean and do what you say — it will impact others more than you think! 

vs. 8-9:  “Servant of the LORD”  We all serve someone or something.  Joshua served the LORD and it was obvious to all, this is the legacy he left:  faithfulness to the one true God.  I love that Joshua believed what God said when He said He would lead them and give them the land of promise.  Joshua believed God with the decisions he made, and in the end, Joshua was buried in the land that God promised was theirs!  Godly men, lead a nation in godly ways.  A life of faithfulness is made in a daily decision to follow after God.  Choose your leaders carefully! 

vs. 10:  Christianity is not biologically passed down to the next generation.  Joshua and his leaders led a life of faithfulness to God. The next generation chose not to know God.  Each and every person must make the decision to follow God for himself or herself.  I don’t necessarily think that Joshua and the elders did not teach the next generation about God, I think Joshua and the leaders were living testimonies of who God is and who God was to them, but a personal decision must be made by every individual since the beginning of time. The next generation chose to turn their backs on the God who loves them and wanted to bless them. God’s works can still be seen today in your life, my life, in our churches, families, and the world. We can have just as potent a testimony as Joshua had, but we must each personally make that all important personal decision to follow after God.  This relationship with God is available and free for the taking. 

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? 

vs.7: Do I lead with words or action?  Do I say one thing and live another?  What does my life say I believe about the LORD?  What would others say my actions say about the LORD? 

vs.8-9: In what ways am I a leader?  In my home? Job? Sunday school class?  How am I leading?  Am I leading through a personal relationship with the one true God, following after Him, or do I think I have the knowledge and the ideas that are needed?  What will be said of my legacy?  Will I be remembered as a servant of the Most High God?  Or a servant of my own desires?   

vs.10: We were created by God with a God shaped soul, that only He can fill.  Have I been trying to fill the space in my life with everything else but God? Have I made that personal decision to follow after the One True God?  Did I know I was created to have a personal relationship with God and that He went out of His way to make that possible? 

LIVE IT OUT!   LORD, there are so many things to distract me from my relationship with You.  Give me the strength to walk away from those things that draw me away, and help me put in place those things and people that draw me to you.  Change my heart O God, make it ever true, as You transform me to being more like You. 

HOMEWORKJudges 2:11-12

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Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 2:3-5

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study. This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity. We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 2:3-5

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.

3.I said; “I will not drive them out but they will become thorns in your side, their gods a snare to you.”

4.When the LORD spoke these words to all Israel, the people wept

5.They sacrificed to the LORD.

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?

3.We settle for so much less than God has for us when we give sin the power in our lives instead of Christ. I am always reminded of the verse in Joshua 1:7, “Be careful to do ALL I have commanded you.” Be careful… that means I will be tempted to leave things unfinished. God does not say, “Be careful to do most of… or be careful to start well….” God says, “Be careful to do ALL I have commanded you.” Here Israel was getting slack on the “all” part and they decided to settle for doing most of what God commanded. God must deal with the sin of disobedience and unrepentance. The sin of Israel not clearing out all the land as they were commanded will turn around and be the thing that leads to their destruction. By not driving out the foreign people, their foreign gods will draw them away from the One true God. The foreign people will influence them to turn their back on God. God is a jealous God for His people, Exodus 34:14.

4.When God’s people heard the Word of the LORD, it cut them to the core and they wept. Soft hearts towards God and His Word brings hope to a hopeless situation. Repentance brings hope and revival.

5.True repentance brings about godly action. It is one thing to “feel bad” about something because you got caught or found out and it is an entirely different thing to prove that change of heart, change of mind. “Joel 2:13 Rend your hearts, not your garment” which means don’t just act like you feel bad about it, change your choices and prove that you repented and meant it. The heart of the people was rent, and sacrifice was the result, remembering God’s patient loving kindness and forgiveness toward His people. As I look to the cross of Calvary, I remember what it cost God Himself to provide forgiveness for my sin. It breaks my heart as I realize I have broken the heart of God with my disobedience.

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?

3.Have I been careful to do “ALL” God has commanded me, or have I gotten off course if only by a degree or two? Do I need to return to course and finish “all”? What has God asked me to do, do I know? Am I willing to seek that out in God’s Word today, and the next day and the day after that?

4.Do I have a repentant spirit or one of defiance and stubborness? What things have been a thorn in my side and what things have driven me from God instead of to Him? Am I willing to walk away from those things that have drawn me away in order to make things right with God? Are the “things” I am involved in more important than knowing and obeying God?

5.Have I been more sorry I got caught and not so concerned about personal obedience to God? Have I taken what Jesus did on the cross to cleanse me from my sin for granted? Is sacrifice the least I can do for Jesus or do I think He is asking too much for me to walk away from those thorns and other gods?

LIVE IT OUT!

LORD, there are so many things to distract me from my relationship with You. Give me the strength to walk away from those things that draw me away, and help me put in place those things and people that draw me to you. Change my heart O God, make it ever true, as You transform me to being more like You.

HOMEWORK: Judges 2:7-10

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