We have reached a turning point in our sermon series through the Old Testament book of the Judges. It is a moment worth pausing to reflect.
There has been what seems like a pattern. Israel forgets the Lord their God, serves the gods of their surrounding culture, God mercifully puts them under oppressive rule and servitude (loving them too much to leave them comfortable in idolatry), Israel cries out to the Lord, He sends a judge to deliver them and there is ‘rest in the land’ for as long as the judge lives. The judge dies and the cycle starts ... more