"The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever."
Judges 17:1-18:31 "Men without Chests"
This Saturday Sandy Schwartzberg will be leading us. In chapters 17:1 through chapter 18:31 we become focused on the people of Israel when they had no king and no savior, when “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”. Scripture draws our attention to the example of Micah and the tribe of Dan. Micah is a man who creates a shrine to worship a religious god, Not a God of personal relationship. Micah wants God for what God can do for him and not what God would like to do through a heart that is truly devoted to Him. When God gives us over to our own “home-made religion” and our own idols it never ends well. It seems time has not changed at all and men still want a god they can control and fashion after themselves. In chapter 18 we see the tribe of Dan who has disobeyed God by refusing to occupy the land he has commanded. They have a “better idea”, and they acquire a priest of self-promotion who will put his stamp of approval on their disobedience. Why is it we have so much trouble believing and worshiping God as He has revealed Himself through the Scriptures?
Suggested Bible Memorization Verse:
Judges 17:6 "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
Questions for Discussion:
- What parts of Gods word would you most like to be different? Are you ignoring those parts or wrestling through them?
- How are you, or how could you be holding an area of your life from God? Are you experiencing real blessing in that area?
- John 4:23 talks about “worshiping God in Spirit and in truth” Talk about what that means to you and how you practically live it out.