Do you notice a pattern?

Four seasons of rebellion and sin.

Four seasons of slavery.

Four judges raised up by God to rescue His people and return them to peace.

Do you notice a pattern?

 

“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord” (3:7). The result of those evil choices was 8 years of servitude to the King of Mesopotamia (Babylon). Then God hears their cries for help, and in His mercy He raises up the 1st Judge – Othniel – to rescue them and restore them (3:11).

“And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord” (3:12). The result of those repeated evil choices was 18 years of slavery to Moab. Then the Lord again responds to His people’s cries for help by raising up the 2nd Judge – Ehud – to rescue them and restore them to peace for 80 years (3:30).

Then again the pattern is repeated – with God raising up the 3rd judge – Shamgar – to rescue His people and restore them to peace (3:31).

“And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord” (4:1). The result of those evil choices was 20 years of slavery to the Canaanites (whom they should have exterminated years earlier). This time God raises up Barak and Deborah to rescue His people and restore them to 40 years of peace (5:31).

Do you notice a pattern?

 

Then Judges 5 records a song, which (to me) reflects the life of the believer living under the Blessing. After the war has bee fought – and the smoke clears – the lights go down and the subtle sounds of a song fill the air. Deborah and Barak come out on stage and sing a beautiful duet about what the Lord has done.

Before the victory – life was difficult. Bandits and robbers held the citizens in captivity in their own homes (5:6-7). The people (thinking God had abandoned them) chose new gods to ask for help… which only led to more trouble (5:8). They couldn’t even go to draw water (a normal part of daily life) because the bandits would ambush them (5:11). But – after the victory – there was such peace that even the rich folks would talk about it in the streets (5:10).

Do you notice a pattern?

 

The message here should be clear – we all have a choice in our lives. We can either follow the Lord’s direction and reap the spoils of peace and a good life – or we can choose other ways and reap those spoils of war and slavery. Our God is merciful and He will hear our cries and come to our rescue every time – yet wouldn’t it be easier to simply obey Him from the start?

It was the same God who raised up the final Judge in His Son, Jesus. At the sound of our desperate cries for help – He came and delivered us from our slavery to sin (Rom 6:16) and restored us to peace and a good life. What Good News that is!

Can you hear the music coming?

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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