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Judges 7:1-8 (4/11/19)

Battle Ready

April 11, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* It was time for Gideon to go to war. * He had already passed the first test by tearing down his dad’s altar to Baal. * vs 2-3 - But God needed to widdle down the army. * He first dismissed the COWARDLY. * vs 4-7 - God wanted to trim it down even further. * He then dismissed the CARELESS. * These men were not battle ready. * Finally we’re left with the COURAGEOUS. * vs 8 - the courageous collected provisions for the fight - weapons and food. * Note - if you’re a coward or careless you can no longer fight the enemy nor can you be nourishment for yourself or others.

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Judges 1 (4/12/18)

Power and Authority • April 12, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* The Israelites had ownership of the land but they did not possess it. * They had the power and the authority, but they refused to walk in authority and use their power. * They “could” not take the land because they “would” not. * Why? * 1) They were slothful and cowardly. * 2) They were covetous - they wanted the Canaanites’ labour and money would do them more good than harm. * 3) They pitied those who would lead them astray - they didn’t have the proper view toward the dangers of idolatry. * 4) They didn’t truly believe they could defeat them.

Judges 1:19 (4/13/17)

Power AND Authority • April 13, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* Luke 9:1 - God has given us two things: * Power - the “ability” to do something. * Authority - the “right” to do something. * As Christians we have BOTH! * ** Side note - Judas had authority as well. * In Judges 1:19 we see that the Israelites owned all the land, but they didn’t possess all of it, so they couldn’t enjoy it. * They “failed” to drive them out because they “refused” to do it. * The Israelites had the authority and power to possess the entire land, but they didn’t. * Judges 1:27-36 - all of these tribes went from defeat to defeat. * We walk in defeat when we cease to walk in faith. * Judges 2:1-3 - the reason they couldn’t drive out the inhabitants - they hadn’t done their part by staying set apart from the people. * If we do our part God will do His part.

Judges 3:1 (4/12/18)

Learning to Fight • April 12, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* God turned the Israelites failure of driving out the Canaanites into something that could be positive. * For the Israelites who didn’t know how to fight it would teach them how to be warriors. * This is a picture of what we are to do with sin - drive it out! * This will require a FIGHT. * The Israelites had to learn to be militant and so do we.