Everlasting Judge and Savior

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"And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals.  And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt...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." (From Judges 2:11-12, 15)  God always keeps His Word.  He had sworn that if Israel was disobedient, He would bring curses upon them (Deuteronomy 28:15).  And when Israel did disobey and go after other gods, He was true to His Word, and His hand was against them.

In verse eighteen we read, "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."  The Lord was merciful and had pity on His people, even though they had forsaken Him. He sent a judge to save them and rescue them from their enemies.  As long as the judge was with them, they followed God, but when the judge died, they went right back to worshiping their false gods.  Just like that.  They couldn't follow, because they didn't have a leader always with them.  Israel needed a Judge who would always be with them.

Over the years, Israel had many judges and eventually kings -- some good, some bad.  But even the best of them sinned many times.  When the leader did not follow God, neither could the people.  Instead of leading Israel to God, they led Israel away from Him.  Israel needed a Judge who was perfect.

Israel even became captives to their enemies -- for a very long time and to many different nations.  They could not save themselves from their enemies.  They had forsaken God, and He, always faithful to His promise, had brought the curse upon them of which He had warned.  Israel needed a Judge who would save them from their enemies.

Thankfully, God was merciful.  He loved His chosen people.  He sent a Judge to them who would be in their hearts forever, a Judge who had never sinned, a Judge who would save them from their greatest enemy, sin.  This Judge was not recognized by many of the elite of the nation to be the Savior Judge, but He manifested Himself to His chosen people -- sinners and tax collectors.  However, the only way that the enemy could be defeated was for this Judge to die.  So the Judge was nailed to a tree and killed.  But, three days later, God raised the Judge from the dead.  The Judge conquered Death by living again.  Finally, God's chosen people were saved.  And they weren't just saved only to return to their rebellion.  They were saved forever, because the Judge was with them forever.  Their enemy no longer could have dominion over them, because the Judge had lived perfectly and died perfectly.

And the hearts of the people of God had rest, because they rested in Him. 1

1.  Paraphrased from Confessions by Augustine.

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  1. So true! Are you reading through Judges right now? :) Your posts always come on days when I've put off or forgotten to read my Bible and they remind me to make sure my priorities are straight. Thanks for sharing! :D

  2. No, I actually wrote this post more than week ago, but both my proofreaders (a.k.a. Mommy and Joy) have been very busy, so neither of them had time to read this until last night. I'm glad that this encouraged you! By the way, thank you so much for your comments. To a blogger, it means a lot to get comments, and it really helps me to keep going. :)


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