In the Beginning – Lessons from Liberators

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Israel’s Judges were really Deliverers or Liberators. Archaeology and geography testify to them; their major battles foreshadow Armageddon; and they give us many character lessons.

“Joshua vs. Jericho” typifies the fall of symbolic Babylon and shows us the meaning of seven trumpets elsewhere in the Bible.

Apostasy, repentance, and deliverance are lessons of defeating extreme wickedness and of defeating opulent obesity, in “A New Generation and a New Direction in Israel’s History” (Othniel and Ehud).

“Deborah and Barak vs. Jabin and Sisera” records that Barak’s faith did not match Deborah’s, but it was still sufficient to overcome the high technology of the time.

How innumerable hordes of people cannot thwart God’s plan is illustrated in “Gideon and the Midianites.”

“Jephthah vs. Ammon” tells of an illegitimate son being rejected by his brethren but used by Jehovah God to liberate Israel from oppression. Later, Israel rejected Jesus as though illegitimate, yet he was resurrected and is even now beginning the restoration of Israel.  And he keeps his vow.

“Samson: Then, Now, and Future” relates how God motivated Samson against Philistine injustices until Samson gave his remaining life for the LORD’s people. His dying feat suggests that the completion of the faithful church will coincide with Armageddon.

“Idolatry and the Danites” tells of Moses’ grandson looking for a job and selling himself into idolatry. The character lesson is for us too.

Putting the past in the past, and thenceforth doing our best, is the lesson of “Guilty — or Not?”

“More to Learn” offers additional insights on archaeology, the end of our age, and character lessons for each of us.


Categories: 2018-July/August