How Far is Too Far (series preview)
Judges 1:1–7 (ESV) After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?” 2 The Lord said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.” 3 And Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into the territory allotted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites. And I likewise will go with you into the territory allotted to you.” So Simeon went with him. 4 Then Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek. 5 They found Adoni-bezek at Bezek and fought against him and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6 Adoni-bezek fled, but they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes. 7 And Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there
19 And the Lord was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but he could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain because they had chariots of iron.
Judges 1:27–28 (ESV)
Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages, for the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in that land. 28 When Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not drive them out completely.
34 The Amorites pressed the people of Dan back into the hill country, for they did not allow them to come down to the plain.
Danny McCaskill-The Ridge I will be referencing this video at the end of this morning’s message.
Questions for further reflection and conversation:
- Discuss the assertion that spiritual decline is inevitable. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
- Discuss the relative benefits and dangers of studying books of the bible at one time verses picking and choosing isolated incidents?
- What is the unique message of Judges gained by studying the whole book?
- How do you answer someone who asks you why God told the Israelites to completely destroy the Canaanites? Why did God ask them to do this? What application to your life now does this have?
- Why was the people’s failure to not drive out the inhabitants of the plain (v. 19) seen as sin rather than simply a military defeat?
- How would you describe spiritual bravery?
- How does the book of Judges illustrate the gospel?