My “Read the Bible in 90 Days” challenge is already more than 1/5th of the way complete! In the past 19 days, I have read all the books from Genesis to Ruth. I have loved spending so much time in the Word daily and have loved going back and re-reading some of my old favorite Bible stories.
In the book of Judges, we meet some great characters. From Deborah & Jael, great women who led in the victory of the Israelites against the Cannanites, to the great Sampson, who obviously had issues in choosing the right women to trust… we see this awesome cycle of judges who ruled over Israel. Again and again, the Israelites turned from the Lord and again and again they came back. It’s so easy to point fingers and see how ridiculous the Israelites behavior was. I mean, God TOLD them that when they kept his commandments He would be with them… and they obviously just didn’t get it. They failed over and over and over again.
Man. I’m glad I’m not them. *Ahem.*
At least when I screw up, over and over and over… God doesn’t turn me over to the hands of the Philistine army.
Don’t we do the same thing, though? Fail to remain pure? Stumble over the same things over and over again? Turn away from God when it’s not convenient or we think that our plan is better than His? Ouch. I am so glad that we have the ability to be forgiven over and over again!
“but because Jesus lives forever, he has permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest meets our need – one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their since once and for all when he offered himself.” Hebrews 7: 24-27
In the midst of all the cool stories, the book of Judges teaches and reminds me to be thankful and in awe of God’s gift of grace to me… Oh, and not to be rash in the words I speak… (read Judges 11:28-40).