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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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