19 thoughts on “Book of Judges-lesson 10

  1. They had a new secret weapon for the military campaign! Guess? A drone? No! A gun? No? Aircraft? No? Then what? A clue, likes water……..

    1. When going on a petting zoo field trip the children and teachers would be driven through the zoo in an open air vehicle. The camel the secret weapon had a very long tongue and we didn’t want it to spit on us. Not really spit but vomit mixed with salvia that hit hard.

  2. Starting with Adam and Eve we see and can apply according to Pastor Reggie, understanding a problem is more important than eliminating it. Food for thought and soul searching when problems appear.

    1. Rena, thanks for drawing out those wisdom words from our lesson! This thought gives me a mind photo of a fine pointed sewing needle and nice spool of thread and a garment that needs a hem. Some way I need to get the thread through the tiny eye of the needle to make the garment useful. Yet, I know with out a doubt I need to find my glasses 👓 to accomplish the task. Delay makes the charm of the day. Why delay? denial, fear, or just plan knowing I like the feeling of disobedience. Whoa! Enough of this wouldn’t you say?

      1. Sara, I thought about your problem and I thought you might have gotten the problem wrong. Yes thread, needle and garment but problem is how can I get my friend to hem it.🙄

  3. I sure didn’t know anything about camels being a weapon. And so interesting reading about Rena’s experience with the camel at the zoo.
    Seems like animals are so important in this lesson of Judges. Pastor Reggie let us know that God predicted in Deuteronomy that if if Israel disobeyed they would suffer the loss of something very precious to them… sheep, cattle and donkeys.

  4. Few of my notes to be broken down into enlightenment. They cried out to the Lord! Grasshoppers? Devasting insects? Seven years they wiped out the grape, wheat and barley. Pastor Reggie shows us ourselves all to often, no true repentance. Just cry out to God because of the suffering.

    Condemned by an unnamed prophet, the prophecy is giving in the scripture and Pastor makes great emphasis with his voice of bringing enlightenment to issues. Root cause? This is what the Lord says, the unnamed prophet, 1) reminded the Israelites of the gracious mercies God had shown them, they had been delivered from bondage. 2) The prophet expressed to them his covenant relationship 3) the basic command of covenant. You are not to worship the God of this land

    Finally, The unnamed Prophet gives them the final charge, “ you have not obeyed Me!”
    Gideon challenged by the angel of the Lord came and sat under the Oak…
    God appeared directly to Gideon …spoke verbally to Gideon…supernatural deeds acts of God…Then , the Word Gideon a might warrior of God…but that was not yet in sight.

    Pastor Reggie ends with a call and testimony of God’s mercy to him and encouragement for each of us. Thanks Pastor Reggie.

    1. I’m so glad I recorded these notes about an hour ago. A man called me for a specific discussion. As we were in dialogue I thought somewhere I just read something that will help us. Bingo, right here on the Lily. I talked on phone and used my iPad to outline Pastor Reggie’s teaching to him. Whoa! That was wonderful!

    2. If I am understanding some of the lessons so far, from the book of Judges……” we keep reading over and over again how the Israelites go back to sinning, after the Lord helps them, by raising up these Judges. Pastor Reggie said something that got my attention, possibly regarding this? “Israel’s great need was for them to know why they were in this predicament”(being oppressed) Does anyone have any thoughts on this or did I misunderstand it?

      1. Maybe Sara’s comment above too? “. Pastor Reggie shows us ourselves all to often, no true repentance. Just cry out to God because of the suffering.”

      2. Tammy, you understood what Pastor Reggie said the Israelites did and maybe still doing. Wonder if Luke 18:8 gives the answer of when things might have changed. Or have they?
        “…7) Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help? 8) I tell you, He will promptly carry out justice on their behalf. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” 9) To some who trusted in their own righteousness and viewed others with contempt, He also told this parable…10) “Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11) The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the other men — swindlers, evildoers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector. 12) I fast twice a week and pay tithes of all that I receive.’…13) But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’… 14); “I tell you, this man, rather than the Pharisee, went home justified. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”…Hey, Tammy, We’re certainly not like those People of long ago are we? 😱

      3. Thanks for sharing these verses in Luke Sara. The footnotes for verses 11-14 (NLT) says: “ The Pharisee did not go to the temple to pray to God but to announce to all within earshot how good he was. The tax collector went recognizing his sin and begging for mercy. Self -righteousness is dangerous. It leads to pride, causes a person to despise others, and prevents him or her from learning anything from God. The tax collectors prayer should be our prayer because we all need God‘s mercy every day. Don’t let pride in your achievements cut you off from God .” Sara, I pray we are like the tax collector here, who recognizes his own sins and the need for God’s mercy & forgiveness.🙏 ✝️

  5. As I studied today Psalm 108:8-9, I was quickly drawn back to the tribes mentioned in this lesson. The Psalmist writes, “Manasseh is mine, Ephraim is My Helmet, and Judah is My Septer…”

  6. Regarding your comment on the tribes, Sara, I thought it interesting that Pastor Reggie told us the tribe of Manasseh suffered the most under the cruelty of the Midianites. Yet, Gideon from the tribe of Manasseh, was the person that God chose to be his ‘instrument of judgement’ according to the teaching we heard. (“Manasseh is mine” your Psalm 108 that you referred to above said.)

    1. Debi, Very interesting. I had read both scriptures many times I would imagine. But, enlightenment has a way to connect mind to spirit I believe!
      God says, Manasseh is mine” 😳

      1. As I was reading through one of your books this pm, Sara, “The Dance of Healing – The “Ultra -Healing Spirit” Comes From Within”, I noticed something in a passage you quoted from Genesis 28: 10-22 that caught my attention. It was about Jacob at Bethel. God said to him the night he dreamed about the ladder to heaven, “I am the Lord God of Abraham your Father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also, your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

        Wow, what a promise and statement…north, south, east and west seems to encompass the whole globe. I had to go look online to see how “Manasseh is mine” related to all this…as well as “all the families of the earth.”
        Wikipedia said “Jacob, Joseph’s father, adopted Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to share in Jacob’s inheritance equally with Jacob’s own sons (Genesis 48:5). He is counted as the father of the Israelite Tribe of Manasseh, one of the twelve Israelite tribes. Jacob also blessed Ephraim over his older brother (Genesis 48:20).”

        I think it also interesting that after this passage from Genesis, Sara’s book goes on to emphasize: “Focus: Truly Yahweh was in this place and I never knew it.” And the “Review of scripture: Bethel — this place, house of God, home, church….”

        Sure seems to bring Judges to me to present day reality.

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