About Jesus Steve Sweetman
- Jair (ch. 10:1 - 5)
the first 5 verses of chapter 10 we see two more judges.
Why so little is said about them, we don't know.
thing we must remember is that some of the judges were regional judges
and some were national judges. These
judges were national judges. Verse
1 and 3 tells us that these men both "saved" and
"led" Israel. That leads us to believe
that these men were national judges.
That being said, if you study Judges carefully I believe you will
see that even though the word "Israel" is used in terms of a national leader, sometimes the word "Israel" should be understood in terms of a regional leader.
(ch. 10:6 – 18)
verses 6 through 10 we see the cycle of Israel
again, as we've seen throughout the book of Judges.
repents. God blesses them.
She turns from Him. God
need to know that
you are married, consider your own marriage.
Unless you are a so-called liberated person, if your spouse has
an affair, or a sexual partner on the side, you'd consider that
adultery, even though he or she might think differently.
God has done before, because of
in verse 8 the words "shattered and crushed".
This was how severe things got.
Many Bible teachers say that this time of trouble that the Lord
inflicted on Israel
was the worst to date. It
seems that each time of judgment gets worse than the last time of
verse 10 Israel
cries out in repentance to the Lord because of their distress.
In verses 11 through 14 God reminds them about how he has saved
them before. He goes back
right to the days of Egypt. He also reminds the people
that they have repented before but have still worshipped other gods.
This time He would not save Israel. He let them stew in their
says, "let them (the other gods) save you".
This is what should be preached among Evangelicals today.
If we want to unite with Islam and other religions, we should ask
ourselves, "can these other gods save us"?
It's not a matter of unity. It's
a matter of truth. It's a
matter of "who saves us".
see that in verse 16 that Israel
did put feet to their repentance. If
someone really does repent, there will be some kind of visible action
that shows this repentance to be real.
As John the Baptist said, "show fruits of repentance".
17 and 18 begins the battle with the Ammonites.