"The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever."
Judges 3:7 to 3:31 "Othniel, Ehud, and Shamgar"
This week Chris Decker will be leading us. In verse 7 we read, "the Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord". This becomes a refrain throughout the Book of Judges. But what follows this verse is the "why" and "how" of the evil they did. They forgot God and they worshiped idols. We often too forget God. We forget his past faithfulness, we doubt his goodness and sovereignty, and so very often put other "things" in front of Him. God gives us over to enemy and if we cry out for help and He saves us. We have a period of peace and then sometimes fall right back into forgetfulness and idol worship. This is the cycle in Judges but it is also often the cycle in our own lives. The Good News is God has given us a Savior that can save. In Judges he was often an unlikely prospect such as "left-handed" Ehud. When Jesus came Isaiah says they esteemed Him not. He also seemed unlikely, but now reigns as King of Kings!
Suggested Bible Memorization Verse:
Judges 3:7 "The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs"
Questions for Discussion:
- Can you truly repent of a certain sin if you don’t stop committing that sin?
- Why do you sometimes get more upset when other people keep committing the same sins over and over again than when you commit the same sins over and over again?
- If you were to “blow a trumpet” in gratitude for something God has done for you recently, what would it be?