Mo 7/17Tu 7/18We 7/19Th 7/20Fr 7/21Sa 7/22Su 7/23
Josh. 24
Acts 4
Judg. 1
Acts 5
Judg. 2
Acts 6
Judg. 3
Acts 7
Judg. 4
Acts 8
Judg. 5
Acts 9
Judg. 6
Acts 10

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Whereas Joshua records a relatively victorious time for Israel, Judges records their downward spiral into sin and rebellion. Israel had conquered much of Canaan, but enemies still remained in the land. These enemies were a test: “I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, in order to test Israel by them, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk in it as their fathers did, or not” (Joshua 2:21–22). We read the cycle over and over again how God’s people turned away from Him, resulting in God’s judgment, followed by the people’s repentance, and then once again leading to complacent sins among the people. May we take sober warning from their bad example, as we pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit so that we will take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Jamie Soles has based some of his songs on the history in Judges. Enjoy!

VERSES TO MEDITATE ON

Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to test Israel by them (that is, all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan; only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly). These nations are: the five lords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and the Hivites who lived in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-hermon as far as Lebo-hamath. They were for testing Israel, to find out if they would obey the commandments of the LORD, which He had commanded their fathers through Moses.
—Judges 3:1–4

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise the Lord for His holiness, and that He desires His people to be holy.
  • Confession – Confess the times when you’ve taken His forgiveness for granted and run headlong into sin.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for His grace and justice.
  • Supplication – Pray that we will be a people who joyfully and quickly repent away from sins and who follow the Lord’s commands.

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This post by Paul Belcher

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