Good morning. We’re going to continue the series we started many weeks ago where we started going through Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, by getting into the book of Samuel. So please turn to I Samuel chapter one…
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God bless you. Welcome to another Sunday morning fellowship.
As you know, we’ve been going along through Joshua and Judges. There are several chapters left in Judges we won’t read, and you are welcome to read them. But they follow the same general pattern that we’ve seen: where when God’s people turn to Him for help, He helps them; when they turn-away from Him, the neighboring countries come in and put them in bondage, until they’ve had enough of the bondage and they finally cry unto the Lord for help, and God raises up another judge. So, although there are different people and slightly different circumstances, it is the same general pattern that they follow through the end of the book of Judges. We got as far as Samson and you’re welcome to keep reading.
So today we’ll go to the book of Ruth and there are a number of reasons why that is significant; one it is one of the two women in the Bible that are actually named in the Christ line, the other one is Rahab. Both of them were women who came from what we would call pagan backgrounds where they were raised worshiping false gods, but when they learned about the true God, they chose to turn to the true God and not only became wonderful women of God, did great amounts of things to help people in their time, but they ended up being in the Christ line. Ruth I think, and I can’t remember the exactly amount, but I think she is King David’s Great, Great, Great Grandmother. And it was all because she simply believed what she knew. She knew little of Gods word, but later she learned more and believed it.
That is also significant because today we’re having the memorial service today for my mother via Zoom for my mother Marion Campen Mahone, who as some of you know passed away quietly in her sleep two-weeks ago . And she also was a wonderful woman of God. She ran a fellowship like this for I think 15 years in Connecticut and then she went WOW to Phoenix Arizona area in Tempe where she obviously ran a fellowship with her WOW family and back to Connecticut and continue to run her fellowship, then for several years attended the fellowship of our brother Tom Louth and then started joining our fellowship here, and up until a few weeks ago she was a regular call in participant. So, she lived a wonderful life; got past her 94th birthday; died one year to the day exactly, within about a two hour window that my father died last year. So she just had a wonderful life and many wonderful grand children and great grandchildren.
So I think it is very fitting that the day we have her memorial service, as she was a wonderful woman of God, that we read about Ruth, another wonderful woman of God in the Bible. And of course there are many other wonderful women in the Bible and many other wonderful women of God we know in our daily lives. But Ruth is the one we’ll read about today. So, please turn in your Bibles to the book of Ruth…
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Verse Listing and Notes
Ruth 1-4 Great Deliverance – from disaster to victory.
Good morning. We’re going to continue our series, going through Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. We completed our review of Joshua as few weeks ago, and we’ve been going through Judges chapter by chapter. I keep thinking I’m going to skip some of the chapters, but we haven’t yet. We keep going. And today we’re going to ready Judges 13 to 16, which covers the remarkable record of Samson.
Each one of the Judges in the book of Judges has unique qualities, but Samson is very unique, nobody quite like him. He obviously had tremendous physical strength, I’m sure that was part of him physically, but also when the spirit of God came upon him, he put that physical strength to awesome use. As we’ll read when we get into it, he judged Israel for twenty year, he was able to protect them from the Philistines. A lot of the details on how he did that aren’t covered, the main things that are covered here in the book of Judges are his personal life, which was quite remarkable, he had tremendous challenges with the Philistines, obviously, with the women he loved, with the families of the women he loved, with his own parents. Yet, he walked mightily and powerfully for God, and judged and delivered Israel.
So, he’s a remarkable fellow, but I’m just so glad there are these people in the Bible, ’cause you talk to some Christians and they think they have this cookie-cutter idea what Christians are supposed to be, yet if we look at the people that walked with God through the centuries, they’re all very, very different. And God worked with them. But rather than being mad at ourselves or mad at somebody else because they fit into to our preconceived idea of what a believe should be like, I think it is much smarter just to prayer for everybody and encourage people to trust God and walk with God, no matter where they are or who they are. Samson was like nobody I’ve ever met, but neither was Gideon, like anybody I’ve ever met.
You go on and on, everybody’s unique, everybody’s different, yet when they trust God and walk with the spirit of God, they can do great things for God and help Gods people. So, let’s get into Judges Chapter 13…
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Good morning! You may recall in our last session, we finished in the book of Judges everything about the sons of Gideon. Gideon, of course. was a great judge of Israel who led Israel to great victory against their foreign oppressors. And then he died. And, after he chased them out there was some argument among the various tribes of Israel about of who would fight the war and get the glory, but they worked that out. Then when Gideon died, one of his sons killed all the rest, except one, and there was a big brew-ha-ha there. So it just goes to show, you really can’t have that much control over your offspring. At any rate, then they all died, and we’re going to pick up the story in Judges chapter ten…
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Good morning. Today, we’re going to continue our study in the book of Judges. In our last session, we read about Gideon. How God called him, and Gideon was very surprised to be called a mighty man of valor and be asked to lead God’s people against the Midianites and Amalekites, but God worked with Gideon — had the wet fleece and the dry fleece, had him go down and listen to the Midianite soldiers who were scared and convinced that Gideon would defeat them. And then of coarse he and only 300 men scared the Midianites and they ran and then a few of the tribes of Israel nearby came and fought and had a great defeat and were very successful. And now we’re going to look at Judges 8 and 9 where things get tougher…
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Good morning! We’re going to continue our series today that we started several weeks ago on the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. And, this particular section of Judges, chapters six through eight, to many people is perhaps the only thing they know know the book of Judges. So, it is a very significant section and it deals with a Judge named Gideon. And the record of Gideon is remarkable in many ways. In some ways its very predictable because it is one of the situations where the children of Israel have walked away from God, so a neighboring country had come in and enslaved the Israelites, until they finally realized they were in a mess, and prayed and asked God for help, and God sent a judge in to to deliver them.
That is pretty typical that you see through entire book of Judges: that sort of roller coaster ride I told you about, that at the top of the roller coaster they’re praying and trusting God, then the Judge dies, they turn away from God and they go back to idolatry and get down to the bottom of the roller coaster. And God has to help them climb back up to the top of the roller coaster. So that is pretty typical, what is unique is the way God called Gideon and the way Gideon responded. Gideon was a fellow that had no leadership background that it talks about, had no background trusting God or walking with God, like you have with someone like Samuel that we’ll get to later on. Yet God called him and Gideon tried hard to do what God told him, but he had a hard time trusting God. So he kept asking God for signs and encouragement. And God kept giving it to him. And, every time God did a little more to encourage Gideon, Gideon would act a little more on God’s word, but then ask for more signs, and more support and then towards the end, without even being asked God is doing things to support Gideon. And in the end, God of course brings great victory to the Israelites through the leadership of Gideon.
But if you read the record of Gideon, and then think about our own lives, what’s obvious is that if you have a heart to love God and serve God, and help His people, God will work with you and He’ll meet you right were you are. It is so common for people to get discouraged when they read about Jesus Christ, or the apostle Paul, or Moses, or any of the other wonderful leaders in the Bible and say: “Gee, I couldn’t possibly be like them.” And, it’s true it would be hard to rise up and be a King David or a Solomon, but when you read Gideon, he’s a little more relatable. Because he’s going through the type of challenges, and doubts and misunderstanding we all go through every day. And if God could work with a Gideon and bring deliverance, I think he can work with you and me. And, obviously we’re different people, in different situations, different countries, different administrations than Gideon was in, yet that there is still that need to know God and trust God and walk with God. And, that just takes time and patience to get there, and God will be there to help us. So, it is a wonderful record and I’m so delighted to be able to share it with you today.
This is a record we’ve all read many times, but let’s just look at it from the particular point of view that here’s a guy that is trying to believe God, but he’s having a hard time, and his asked God to help him and He does. It reminds me of the book of James: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth to all men freely and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.” And, it reminds of verses in, I think Philippians where it said: “It’s God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” So, we can ask God for wisdom. We know He is working within us, He’s not possessing us, but He’s working within us to encourage us to walk with Him and trust Him. And then there are wonderful verses in Proverbs were “you trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” He’s going to direct your paths. And then, verses like: I think it is Psalms 37, maybe Psalms 34, where it says that if you turn all your concerns over to God, He’ll hear you. And, there are so many other wonderful ones like that, and they all are sort of exemplified, or become and example to us in the record of Gideon.
So, I know every record in the Bible is wonderful and I know everyone is unique, but here is one I can really relate to, and I think most people can. Because I think most people go through the kind of challenges Gideon did or does. And, the next time that happens to you, where you want to believe God, but you are having a hard time, instead of getting all down on yourself, or getting mad at God for not doing more for you, why not do what Gideon did? And, just ask for help. Now obviously God may just deal with you in a different way than He dealt with Gideon, but He’ll be just as faithful. To supply your needs, direct your paths, give you the desires of your heart, and give you great victory in all that you do. So, with that brief introduction, which wasn’t so brief, let’s go to Judges chapter six…
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Well God bless you. In this session, we’re going to continue going through the book of Judges. We finished the book of Joshua, which took the children of Israel out of the wilderness and into where they occupied much of the land of Canaan, but not all of it. And we’ll continue on in chapter three of Judges…
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Verse Listing and Notes
Judges 3 – Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar lead Israel
Judges 4 – Deborah leads Israel with Barak and Sisera is defeated
Well, welcome. In our previous sessions we read through several sections in the book from the book of Judges. We know from the book of Exodus that the children of Isreal had a real hard time crossing the wilderness, they didn’t listen to what God said about claiming the promised land, they kept saying they were going to die in the wilderness and God finally got fed up with them and said: “well OK, you think you are going to die in the wilderness, go ahead and die in the wilderness.” So, the adults that came out of Egypt with Moses and crossed the Red Sea, they all died. And it was their children that were very young when they left Egypt or born in the wilderness; they’re the ones that entered into the promise land with Joshua. And in the book of Joshua for the most part the children of Israel walked with God.
There were a few problems like with the situation at AI and a few others, but for the most part, the children of Israel walked with God. And claimed, not all, very but much of the land that God had promised to them. And as long as Joshua was there and those that had served with Joshua were alive, they continued to walk with God. And at the end of the book of Joshua, it said that not one word failed of anything that God had promised the Israelites; all claim to pass.
Then we’re about to start into the book of Judges. So again, the book of Exodus the children of don’t do well, in the book of Joshua, the children of Israel do real well for the most part. Now the book of Judges is a bit of a roller coaster. In one chapter, they’re really walking with God as there is a judge, which is the term used for a leader that God would put His spirit on and raise up to lead the children of Israel.
So, in one chapter you have a judge leading them and they would listen and they would push out the neighboring countries who would try to enslave them, they were very safe and prosperous. Then the Judge would die and they would tend to go back into idolatry and follow the gods of the people in Canaan that they hadn’t chased out yet. These are the ones that God said would be thorns in their side because they would tempt them to worship false gods. And then things would get so bad that the children of Israel would cry unto the Lord for help and He would raise up another judge, a fellow or in some case a woman, that would have the spirit of God on them to lead them out of the bondage they were in.
So, it was a real up and down. Again, we probably won’t read all the book of Judges, but we’ll read portions of it to give you an idea of what happens. So, let’s start here in Judges chapter one…
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Good morning. We’ll continue the series we started several sessions ago on the book of Joshua. I mentioned in a previous session that we would see how Israel is treated as a nation and many times if one person or a small group within Israel sins and walks against God, the whole group takes the brunt of it. Which is so different than today, where in the age of grace and each one of us that is born again, and at least as far as God is concerned it is the individual that believes God. Now obviously, any individual in any country can do something that effects everybody, but as far as God is concerned we’re the body of Christ. That has nothing to do with governments.
You know there are those who want to say that America must be a Christian land and America is different than other countries and that is OK to have those opinions about our history and about our politics, but don’t blame it on God. Because God will answer the prayers of anybody. They could be in a country that is 99% non-Christian, and that 1% that is Christian, God will bless them if they believe God. And if you happen to be in a country that is 80 or 90% Christian, God will bless you. But not because of the country like it was with Israel, it is because of the individuals in the body of Christ who choose to trust Christ; trust God through His son Jesus Christ. So, at any rate is is a big difference and much of the talk you hear in the modern Christian world, especially here in the United States is frankly based on old testament records, where the whole country was either believing God or they weren’t.
Just one example: when the children of Israel first left Egypt and they sent twelve spies into the promised land, to check it out, the land of Canaan, ten of them came back and said the Anakim are too scary, we should not go in. And the whole group believed those ten guys, and God got fed up and said: ‘OK, you guys are just going to stay in the wilderness until you die.’ So, that whole group turned their back on God, so God had to turn His back on them. But then that group died, and their children led by Joshua after Moses died, followed the word of the Lord very well. And they crossed the Jordan on dry ground and as we read last time, they Marched around Jericho for seven days and then the walls came a tumbling down. And they went in and claimed the city. So, its much more a matter of what does the group as a whole do. Individuals obviously affect that. But, for the most part it is as individuals as a whole do things. So, let’s got to Joshua 7…
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Good morning. We’re going to continue the series we started a few sessions ago, looking at the book of Joshua, and following on to Judges and Ruth eventually. Last week we got through Joshua chapter four, where they actually crossed the Jordan and setup a monument of twelve stones to remind themselves that God had brought them safely across the river on dry ground. Now we’ll pickup at chapter five…
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Verse Listing and Notes
Joshua 5 Circumcision, eating the fruit of the land, holy ground
Joshua 6 Circling Jericho for seven days, the walls came tumbling down