Brookfield Church of Christ
August 11, 2019 Sunday School Judges
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  • Judges 2:1 ESV
    1 Now the angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you,
    Gilgal to Bochim which is near Bethel north of Jerusalem

    Did Israel's unfaithfulness surprise God?

    Genesis 17:7 ESV
    7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
    Exodus 6:4 ESV
    4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners.
    Deuteronomy 31:16 ESV
    16 And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, you are about to lie down with your fathers. Then this people will rise and whore after the foreign gods among them in the land that they are entering, and they will forsake me and break my covenant that I have made with them.
    Judges 2:2 ESV
    2 and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed my voice. What is this you have done?

    Does our unfaithfulness surprise God?

    “What is this that you have done?” Is not surprising to God, He wants us to recognize that our behavior is not good for us to disobey Him.
    Judges 2:3 ESV
    3 So now I say, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.”
    Our free will chooses our associates; friends; job; etc. then there comes a time for us to have to deal with our choices.
    Remember: Freedom is not the absence of Consequences!
    Judges 2:4–5 ESV
    4 As soon as the angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the people of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept. 5 And they called the name of that place Bochim. And they sacrificed there to the Lord.
    Our cries at first and generally are not because of what God has done to us. It is because of what we have done to ourselves.
    Bochim means weepers
    Worship is a good response after disobedience however, do we only worship because we got caught and only because we want something?
    Judges 2:6–9 ESV
    6 When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. 7 And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel. 8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110 years. 9 And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash.
    Joshua buried in Ephraim north of Mt. Gaash
    Good leaders are are necessary for a people to live righteously.

    What are we to do if we have bad leaders?

    You never follow the example and teaching of bad and false leaders.
    Change your leadership to the next higher up authority of righteousness.
    Luke 1:16–17 ESV
    16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
    This is what John the Baptist did who lived in a time when Israel’s leaders were on the wrong path.
    Judges 2:10 ESV
    10 And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.
    Here is where the trouble starts.
    There is always trouble when people do not know God!

    What are we to do, when people do not know God?

    One thing we can do is something like the Eternity Workshops.
    We have to Proclaim the Lord and His Ways
    We start with family and the world around us and keep working while it is day.
    Now the result of not knowing God is automatic...
    Judges 2:11–13 ESV
    11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger. 13 They abandoned the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth.
    Be anger and sin not keep in mind that God’s anger is not misplaced nor is it inappropriate.
    Look what disobedience and unbelief causes… Heb 3:12-19
    Hebrews 3:12–19 ESV
    12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
    God’s anger does not break His character nor His Word...
    Ephesians 4:25–27 ESV
    25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
    So what God does in anger is a just recompese for those He loves.
    Appropriate Discipline is good
    Judges 2:14–15 ESV
    14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15 Whenever they marched out, the hand of the Lord was against them for harm, as the Lord had warned, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress.
    God’s discipline works righteousness...
    1 Corinthians 11:31–32 ESV
    31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
    Hebrews 12:5–11 ESV
    5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
    Revelation 3:19 ESV
    19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
    God’s angry does not last forever except in Judgement
    Psalm 78:38 ESV
    38 Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.
    Judges 2:16–17 ESV
    16 Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. 17 Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord, and they did not do so.
    Judges 2:18 ESV
    18 Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.
    Judges 2:19 ESV
    19 But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.
    Judges 2:20–23 ESV
    20 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he said, “Because this people have transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice, 21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, 22 in order to test Israel by them, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the Lord as their fathers did, or not.” 23 So the Lord left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua.
      • Judges 2:1NIV2011

      • Genesis 17:7NIV2011

      • Exodus 6:4NIV2011

      • Deuteronomy 31:16NIV2011

      • Judges 2:2NIV2011

      • Judges 2:3NIV2011

      • Judges 2:4–5NIV2011

      • Judges 2:6–9NIV2011

      • Luke 1:16–17NIV2011

      • Judges 2:10NIV2011

      • Judges 2:11–13NIV2011

      • Hebrews 3:12–19NIV2011

      • Ephesians 4:25–27NIV2011

      • Judges 2:14–15NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 11:31–32NIV2011

      • Hebrews 12:5–11NIV2011

      • Judges 2:16–17NIV2011

      • Judges 2:18NIV2011

      • Judges 2:19NIV2011

      • Judges 2:20–23NIV2011

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