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The Old Testament was preserved for us so that we could learn from the failures of others (1 Corinthians 10:6), and be assured that God will keep His promises to us as He did to the Jews (Romans 15:4).

Promise.  God promised to give Abraham and the Jews a land flowing with milk and honey (Genesis 15:18-21; Exodus 3:8, 17). He did. But they were to drive out the idolatrous, grossly depraved, and immoral people living in the land so they wouldn’t pollute them and their children. Sadly, they didn’t do what God told them to do.

Consequences.  They were dire. Their enemies enslaved them and made their lives miserable for many years. In desperation, they called out to the Lord for deliverance. Mercifully and graciously God sent a deliverer to rescue them from bondage and peace came once again to the land.  This vicious cycle went on seven times.

Dispensations.  As in each of the seven dispensations (rules of living) that were/are/will be imposed on all or some of mankind, so God gave the Jews a test which they failed over and over again.  This led to judgment and discipline from God.  (See our FREE “Dispensational Chart” for more details.  Understanding it could revolutionize your life as it did mine.)

The Test.  Will you Israelites obey Me (God) and drive out the Canaanites from the land that I have given to you? (Numbers 33:51-55)

The Failure.  They chose to disobey God, live with and marry their enemies. (Judges 3:5ff; 2 Corinthians 6;14)

The Judgment.  God turned them over to their enemies to afflict them until they cried out to Him for help. (Judges 3:8, 12)

The Judges.  God used some unusual men and women with unconventional weapons to deliver His people from their oppressors.  Shamgar used an ox goad to slay 600 Philistines (Judges 3:31).  Jael used a tent peg and a hammer to kill an enemy captain (Judges 4:21).  Gideon routed the whole Midianite army with only pitchers and torches as weapons (Judges 7:20).  Samson slaughtered 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass (Judges 15:15), and young David killed the giant Goliath with a stone hurled from a shepherd’s sling (1 Samuel 17).

Quote.  “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him. I will try my utmost to be that man.” – D.L. Moody. What about you?  Would you like to be used by God in some unusual way for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Lesson.  God wants every and all Christians to have and enjoy the Fruit of the Spirit in their lives: love, joy, peace… (Galatians 5:21, 22). But when we choose to go our own way and rebel against God, we will end up being disciplined and suffering just like the children of Israel did.  Because He loves us, God will not let His children live long in rebellion against Him (Hebrews 11:5, 6).

Discipline.  It may come in the form of physical, mental, or emotional problems. If rebellion continues we might die painfully, prematurely, and needlessly (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16).

Appealing.  Are you toying with sin and trying to see how close you can get to the flame without getting burned? Sin is attractive (Hebrews 11:25). Otherwise we wouldn’t sin. The world system appeals to us through the strong desires of our flesh and our eyes, and with the vain glory of ownership (1 John 2:15-17).  Are you abusing this system rather than using it (1 Corinthians 7:31)?

Guards.  What precautions are you taking so you won’t get caught in the devil’s trap (2 Timothy 2:26; Ephesians 6:10-17) or succumb to the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-25; 2 Timothy 2:22)?

Confession.  If you, as a Christian, have already sinned against God and others, He wants you to confess your sins to Him (1 John1:9) and others as necessary (James 5:16) so that fellowship with God can be restored (1 John 1:3, 7).

Unbelievers.  If you aren’t a Christian, the primary issue with you is belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  The Good News is that Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day and can/will save you if you put your faith in Him exclusively (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 16:31).  You can’t be saved by your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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Others.  Since God has blessed us, He expects us to bless and help others who may be in need of spiritual direction in life (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).  He may also want us to help them with their physical needs (Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:15, 17).  Will you be a channel of blessing to someone else today?