Gilead’s wife also had several sons, and when these half brothers grew up, they chased Jephthah off the land. “You will not get any of our father’s inheritance,” they said, “for you are the son of a prostitute.” – 11:2 (Not very brotherly)
You keep whatever your God Chemosh gives you, and we will keep whatever the Lord our God gives us. – 11:24
“Israel has been living here for 300 years, …” 11:26 (Wow, that’s a long time.)
When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. 35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried, “Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.” – Judges 11:34-35 (How the heck is this HER fault?)
Everytime Israel cried out, God rescued them.
And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). – 6:23
Gideon humbled himself by elevating the people of Ephraim to bring peace. 8:2-3
Gideon attacked nations who would not feed his warriors. 8:7-9, 8:16-17
Crying out to God for help, is an act of peace.
Judges were needed to keep peace with God and with within the land.
By nature, man does not seem to live in peace with God (repeatedly worshipping other gods) or with others (repeatedly feeling threatened by them and fighting to control their land).
I met a gentleman this morning outside a convenience store, near 44th street and Van Buren. He was sitting in his wheelchair as I approached the front door, when he called me over to ask me a favor.
I immediately shake his hand and asked him how I could help. He started off by saying he’s had a rough day, and did I have any money. Something about needing a bus pass, and a bus driver buying him a soda but the cashier inside thought he was stealing it, and then asked him to leave the premises, and he couldn’t leave…and I stopped him. “Do you need a bus pass? Well sure I can get you a bus pass. You wait right here.”
He was very appreciative. I went inside and started to grab the items I came in for; some cheese, a water and a Slim Jim, when it occurred to me I should get him something to eat and drink too. So I grabbed another water and found another Slim Jim, but when I was standing in line I remembered his crooked smile and thought he would probably have a hard time chewing the Slim Jim, so I put it back and started to find something more soft that he could enjoy. I settled on some powdered donuts, and took my place back in line. I purchased my items, reminded the cashier about the bus pass I just bought, then headed back outside to find my new friends exactly where I left him.
“Here you are my friend,” and before I could place everything into his hands he started to tell me about a prescription he needed to pick up that had a copay he couldn’t get and…
I cut him off with the same smile on my face that I had as I approached him, and asked him his name. Daniel, it was. “My name is Kim, Daniel. I hope you have an incredibly blessed day, but don’t carry any cash on me and no I’m not going back inside to get some. This is what I can do for you, so you take care.”
He thanked me for my kindness but I knew he didn’t get what he really wanted, but that’s ok. I still got to be the person I wanted to be and I didn’t let him tarnish my feelings for those in need. I didn’t let him make my heart bitter or hard. Even as I drove off and I could see he wasn’t in any hurry to catch any bus, I still prayed that one day what he wants, is what he needs.
Be well, my friend.
Then the Lord raised up judges to rescue the Israelites from their attackers. 2:16
Whenever the Lord raise up a judge over Israel, he was with the judge and rescue the people from their enemies throughout the judge’s lifetime. For the Lord took pity on his people, who are burdened by oppression and suffering. But when the judge died, the people return to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. 2:18-19
Back in Joshua 15:63, I wondered why the tribe of Judah couldn’t drive out the Jebusites. However, I’m learned in Judges 2:22-23 the reason why is because God allowed some nations to continue to occupy the land as a test to see who Israel would worship. I love finding answers to my own questions!
For those who say God doesn’t show up in their life, I would question how would they know if they don’t know God, or how he works. He shows up even in the lives of unbelievers, but they don’t see it, because they don’t know him. The Old Testament is full of stories of when God ALLOWED good fortune to fall on Israel’s enemies.
She said, “Let me have another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs. – Judges 1:15 (Why did she want the spring?)
Peace with God is shaken because they failed to drive out the people who lived on the land God was giving them. (2:1-3)
So I just finished reading Joshua 18-22, where all the land was allocated to each tribe of Israel. My question, now that everyone is spread out… How did they keep up with all their sacrifices? It seemed like sacrifices were a daily thing, it also kept the priests fed. How did this all happen now that everyone was so spread apart? I’m sure it would have taken days for people to get to the altar to present their sacrifices.
Rest from enemies, is peace. (23:1)
Joshua warned Israel, disobedience against God would destroy the peace of God. (23:15-16)