Judges: Breaking Sin Cycles
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I. Sin has a Context
(causes-why we do it; and consequences-what will inevitably result) “Complacency creeps toward catastrophe”
Joshua 1:8 “meditate in it that you may observe to do acc to all that is written; then you...prosperous, then...good success”
A. Failure to fully follow, to observe to do all that the Lord commanded, to destroy the roots (deadly desires) and influences of sin►Forget
1:19 Yahweh was with Judah; and drove out the inhabitants of the hill country; but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron. 20 They gave Hebron to (wholehearted) Caleb: and he drove out there the three sons of Anak (demon giants).
B. Compromise, ensnared by temptation of sensual pagan worship influence; trade enduring blessing for temporal yet unsatisfying gratification
2:1 "I led you up from Egypt to the land 'I will never break My covenant with you 2 and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this? 3 Therefore 'I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.' " 4 wept. 11 Then Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals 12 forsook the LORD God of their fathers, followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger. 13 They forsook the LORD and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. 14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them. 15 Wherever they went, the hand of Yahweh was against them for calamity, as the LORD had said and sworn to them. They were greatly distressed
2:16 LORD raised up judges who delivered them...17 Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them...They turned quickly from...obeying the commandments of the LORD 19...when the judge was dead, they reverted and behaved more corruptly...They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way
C. Abandon God, He honors our choice; sold and enslaved; lots of pain; repent-cry out; eventually delivered; fail to eradicate and teach ► Repeat
3:5 Thus the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites...6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave thei daugh/ters to their sons; and they served their gods. So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs. 8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and He sold them...children of Israel served..years.9 When the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer..who delivered them
10:6 Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals and Ashtoreths, the gods of Syria/Sidon/Moab/Ammon/Philistines; and forsook the LORD and did not serve Him.7 So the anger of the LORD was...sold them 8 harassed and oppressed Israel 18 years...Israel was severely distressed. 10 cried out to the LORD, "We have sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!" 11 LORD said "Did I not deliver you...13 Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more.14 Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress." 15 "We have sinned! Do whatever seems best to You; only deliver us, we pray."16 So they put away foreign gods from them and served the LORD. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.
II. Freedom is found
in doing God's will, by dying to your will/desires/ambitions, deciding no retreat; & pursuing holiness w/ others
Lk 9:23 "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 whoever desires to save his soul (m/w/e) will destroy it, but whoever destroys his soul for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and destroy himself or suffer damage/loss? (1Cor 3:15 shipwreck) Rm 8:13; 12:1-2; Col 3:5 put to death
Jn 8:34 whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 slave not...but a son abides forever. 36 if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
2Tim 2:9 "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity" 21 cleanses himself...be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared...22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
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