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Tuesday, January 22 2013
Judges: Right In Their Own Eyes
After their entry into the Promised land (see Joshua: Crossing The Jordan), the Israelites remained faithful to the LORD "all the days of Joshua."
"2:6 And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land. 2:7 And the people served the LORD [i.e. Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.
With the passing of Joshua and the pioneer generation that crossed the Jordan, "there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel." The result was that Israel descended into heathenism. They became morally weak, "so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies."
"2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. 2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD [What Does Wicked Mean?], and served Baalim: 2:12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. 2:14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 2:15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed." (Judges 2:10-15 KJV)
The Book of Judges is the historical account of how the Israelites descended into depravity, in which "every man did what was right in his own eyes," from which their enemies would conquer them. They eventually cried out to the LORD, to which He sent them a deliverer, a "Judge," to restore them to the true freedom found only in the Law of the LORD (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Law Of The LORD). The cycle repeated itself over and over through the era of the Judges i.e. the very reason why there was an era of the Judges.
"2:16 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. 2:17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so. 2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. 2:19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way." (Judges 2:16-19 KJV)
The Chapters Of The Book Of Judges
Fact Finder: Who was the last of the Judges? What role did he play in the establishment of the Israelite monarchy?
This Day In History, January 22
871: The forces of Ethelred of Wessex fought the Danes at the Battle at Basing.
1371: King Robert II of Scotland ascended to the throne.
1506: The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrived at the Vatican.
1517: The Battle of Raydaniyah near Cairo, Egypt. Ottoman Empire ruler Selim I defeated the Mamluk armies and invaded Cairo 7 days later, bringing Egypt under Ottoman rule (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1528: A declaration of war was made by England and France against Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (see The Holy Roman Empire).
1760: During the Seven Years War, the French under Lally-Tollendal were defeated by an Indian-British force at the Battle of Wandiwash in India.
1771: After a dispute that had gone on since the islands were discovered in 1592, Spain conceded that the Falkland Islands were British territory.
1775: The Jews of Warsaw, Poland were ordered expelled by Marshal Oscar von Lubomirski.
1840: The earliest British colonists arrived in New Zealand, at Port Nicholson.
1879: During the British-Zulu War, 830 British troops of the 24th Regiment were massacred at the Battle of Isandhlwana.
1901: After a reign of 64 years (1837 to 1901), Queen Victoria of Britain died at age 82.
1941: Tobruk was captured from Italian forces by Britain and Australia.
1944: During the Second World War, allied forced landed at Anzio.
1957: Israel's military withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula.
1973: The U.S. Supreme Court "legalized" (in their eyes, not in God's Eyes) the Satanic butchering of God's created children ("139:13 For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb" Psalm 139:13 RSV). It became known as "the Roe versus Wade decision." The plaintiff of the decision today opposes abortion; "Jane Doe" (her real name is Norma McCorvey) now calls her pro-abortion legal case the "single biggest mistake of my life."
1984: The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, was introduced.
1998: President Bill Clinton came under intense media publicity for his sexual involvement with numerous women, including with a 21 year old intern who performed oral sodomy on Clinton numerous times right in the Oval Office. The point of this entry is not to single out Bill Clinton, but to point out that millions of people, in every country on Earth, are, by the legal and Biblical definition, "sodomites" without realizing it (Legal definition: "Sodomy is any non-penile/vaginal copulation-like act, such as oral or anal sex, or sex between a person and an animal. The word is derived from the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in chapters 18 and 19 of the Book of Genesis in the Bible." Wikipedia article on Sodomy January 21 2013).