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Judges 3:1-31

  

“Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them,  even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 2 only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof; 3 namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanitess, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath. 4 And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. 5 And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: 6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods. 7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves. 8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia:  and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years. 9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even  Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war:  and the LORD delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim. 11 And the land had rest forty years.  And Othniel the son of Kenaz died. 12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD:  and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. 13 And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees [Jericho]. 14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them a deliverer, Ehud the son Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded:  and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab. 16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length [18 inches]; and did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh. 17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab:  and Eglon was a very fat man. 18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present. 19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king:  who said, Keep silence.  And all that stood by him went out from him. 20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone.  And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee.  And he arose out of his seat. 21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly: 22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out. 23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them. 24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber. 25 And they tarried till they were ashamed:  and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them:  and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth. 26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath. 27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them. 28 And he said unto them, Follow after me:  for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand.  And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over. 29 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man. 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel.  And the land had rest fourscore [80] years. 31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad:  and he also delivered Israel.”

 

Introduction  

[Audio version: https://resources.ccphilly.org/detail.asp?TopicID=&Teaching=WED630]

 

“Chapter 3 of Judges, we begin to head into a series of judges this evening, Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar, the first three judges.  The first two chapters set the stage for us.  Chapters 3 through 16 now kind of give us the body of the Book, and 17 to 21 an epilogue.  It is a time when the new generation is turning away from serving the LORD, walking with the LORD.  And look, this for you and I can be a picture of our lives, as individuals, certainly Joshua the first book in the Bible named after a person, Jesus, Joshua [Hebrew: Yeshua], Moses unable to bring the children of Israel into the promises of God, the Law can never do that, the promises of God come to us by grace, by Jesus Christ.  And then there’s a generation that sees that, they appreciate the freedom from Egypt and so forth, and there’s a picture then of the things that the Lord has for you and I in regards to our inheritance, our own growth in Christ, certainly the River Jordan and the land of Canaan is not a picture of heaven because it was filled with wars, and giants and enemies.  But it is a picture of victory, that’s for sure.  And sometimes in our own lives when we’re lacking victory, we get involved in compromise, find ourselves failing, there’s so much practical instruction for us here in this Book, as individuals, as a congregation, and certainly many of them can be related to the nation that we live in.  And what are we supposed to do and how are we supposed to view these things?  So, tremendous things in here as we move into this series of judges.  Israel’s alone, as it were, Joshua’s gone, it tells us when Moses died, God raised up Joshua.  It tells us when Joshua died, there’s no successor, this is the first time, and they’ll be a series of judges from now until David finally takes the throne.

 

The LORD Leaves Some Of The Enemy Nations Of Canaan Within Israel’s Territory To Prove Them

 

It says, “Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;” (verses 1-2) King James makes that sound a little bit complicated.  What it’s saying here, is the LORD, and he is mentioned 15 times in these 31 verses, Jehovah [Yahweh], the LORD has left some of the tribes, the remnants of the Canaanites in the land to do two things, to prove the children of Israel, and then to teach them.  To prove them, to test them, if you look down in verse 22 of chapter 2, you’ll see it says “That though through them,” the LORD speaking of these nations, “I may prove Israel, test them, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein as their fathers did keep it, or not.”  It isn’t to prove to the LORD, he knows, he’s already prophecied and told Joshua clearly that they’re going to turn away and worship other gods.  But there are circumstances that come into our lives to prove us, and then we’re shocked at ourselves, we can’t believe it.  God can believe it, he knows, it says in verse 4, of chapter 3, if you look, “And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.”  So there are things that come into our lives that seem to test us, to poke at us, they come into our lives, and some of those things are to prove us, to prove us.  And we find that if we yield to him and we’re obedient, the tremendous things that happen, we see the truth of his Word and the freedom we have.  Sometimes if we fail, we get angry or we make mistakes or do things that are selfish, and we come to realize so clearly that we need to grow, that we need to get before him in humility and we need to ask forgiveness.  So first lesson here is they’re left in the land, it says, to prove Israel, because they had not known the wars of Canaan, this is a new generation, everything had been handed to them.  “Only that the generation of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;”  So they’re to be taught about war also.  Now this is not swordsmanship, this is not like Tom Cruise Samurai, where he’s learning how to use a sword, mounted on a horse and shoot a bow, it’s not that learning to do war in that sense.  It says in Psalm 44, “We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old, how thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them, thou didst afflict the people and cast them out, for they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them, but thy right hand and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst favour unto them.”  So the older generation could tell the younger one, ‘Look, it was God’s goodness, the LORD made the Jordan River stop flowing and part, the LORD made the walls of Jericho fall down, the LORD made the sun stand still and the moon in the Valley of Aijalon, and it was because we got on our faces before him, it was because we were obedient before him,’ and there is a way to be victorious in this warfare we’re in, but the weapons of our warfare, they’re not carnal, they’re powerful to the pulling down of strongholds, but they’re spiritual.  And the things that you and I have to learn, is that we war according to, it’s an open book test, according to the Lord’s direction.  If we do it in our own strength and our own flesh it ends up to be a mess [often a legalistic mess].  So there are tensions, there are stresses, there are things that the Lord allows in our lives, both to test us and to teach us.  And certainly important for the older generation, to teach the younger generation, we find that throughout Scripture.  “Now also,” it says in Psalm 71, “when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.”  So there is a process here.  God is very much involved, it isn’t just enemies, it isn’t just Canaanites, it isn’t just a new generation, it isn’t any of that without his sovereignty hovering over all of it.  And here it says that for two reasons he left some of the enemy in the land, one was to prove them, so that they could see whether their heart would follow God and walk in his way in difficult circumstances, and secondly to teach them, that there is a way to enter into conflict and do battle.  And it isn’t in your own strength, it’s trusting in him.  And it says, these are the ones that have been left, Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon” which is Banias, for those of you who were just in Israel who were there, Caesarea Philippi “unto the entering in of Hamath.  And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.” (verses 3-4)  Now, here it gives us a picture of what the children of Israel do, and I think somewhat of how the enemy is operating.  Look in verse 5, first problem, “And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:” there is a contentment there that is wrong.  God raised up the children of Israel, and one of the reasons he had waited 400 years to bring them into Canaan, he told Abraham in Genesis 15, “The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet come to a full,” and God was doing two things, he was fulfilling his promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, bringing them into the land he had promised to them, and he was also using the children of Israel as his rod of judgment, to drive out the vile people that lived there.  They weren’t supposed to settle among them and be chummy with them.  There’s things, you and I in this world, there’s things we’re not supposed to be chummy with and comfortable with.  This world has a different system, and a different set of values or lack thereof than you and I do.  There are things we shouldn’t be comfortable with watching on TV, or letting paraded in front of our children’s eyes, there are words and jokes we shouldn’t be comfortable with at work and laugh at just so we might fit in or that we should let our kids hear.  There are lyrics in the entertainment industry and there are standards there that are vastly different.  There are things being legislated that are not good Biblically.  And the thing is, we shouldn’t be comfortable with these things.

 

Who Do We Serve, God Or Idols?

 

Look here, it says first of all, “the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites” they were comfortable there.  Look at number two, the problem, “And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served other gods.” (verse 6) they were so comfortable that they intermingled, they adopted standards, they felt they could be the same family.  Listen, we’re told in 1st Peter that sometimes our enemy, Satan, comes as a roaring lion, sometimes it’s so evident how he approaches.  But then it tells us, also, in 2nd Corinthians, that sometimes he comes as a serpent, sly, subtle.  He’s been doing this a long time, he works 24/7, he doesn’t take a day off.  Sometimes there’s a frontal attack and it is so wrong, and he comes that way, but I believe he’s that old serpent, he would rather come as that.  Because you and I know that we’re more than victors in Christ, you and I know the terms, you and I know that we need to depend on the Lord.  But when he comes subtly, so often it’s different.  Here they are dwelling among the Canaanites, and then it says they’re intermarrying, there’s a level of comfort that should never be there, and then look, ultimately it says this, “and they served their gods.”  They bowed down to the things they bowed down to, compromise always infects the family.  That if the father is not willing to be the high priest of the home and stand up, and if the mother’s not willing to take a stand, if the kids are given away to the standards of the world, it always infects the home.  Listen, Deuteronomy 7:1-4 had said this, if you think it sounds familiar, “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and have cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou, when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee, thou shalt smite them and utterly destroy them, thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them, neither shalt thou make marriages with them, thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his sons, nor his daughters shalt thou take for thy son, for they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods.  So will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you to destroy you suddenly.”  That is the exact verbatim, word for word warning and prediction that they just give themselves to.  The exact thing we just read here.  How many times in the church, or how many times in my life or your life, we find ourselves in the exact thing the Lord said not to do, and if this happens, we find ourselves in it…it’s sad to see this.  Listen, here is God’s estimation of this, verse 7, “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.”  They did evil in the sight of the LORD, remember, it tells us a number of times in this Book, “that there was no king in Israel, and every man did what was right in his own eyes.”  It doesn’t say every man did what was evil in his own eyes, it says every man did what was right in his own eyes.  You and I have a King, we should, it’s called a Kingdom that we’re a member of, that we want to live in forever, it’s not a democracy, it’s an order.  You’re not voting and legislating what you think the rules should be, we’re part of a Kingdom, and we have a King, you and I.  [Comment:  ‘The Times, They’re A Changin’  Satan’s Latest Attack On Christianity & Messianic Judaism  In our Civil War we lost, combined on both sides, the North and the South, over 600,000 fatalities, more than any war we’ve ever fought outside our shores.  Satan now has been trying to divide the United States as well as the greater Body of Christ within the United States through political tribalism over the past five years, 2016-2021 so far.  If this political tribalism continues and intensifies, it could lead to a civil war in the United States.  Sadly, this political tribalism has burrowed deeply into the fabric of Christian churches across America.  The evidence of that can be seen in Christians who’ve been friends for years, now at each other’s throats over which political affiliation they have.  The greater Body of Christ in the U.S. has been very slow to wake up to this attack and recognize where it’s really coming from, nor do they recognize the solution, and that is to eschew all political affiliations and come to recognize that in these end times, “the last days,” our sole political affiliation has to be with the Lord Jesus and in the Kingdom of Heaven alone, soon to come to earth at Jesus’ return.  Our sole political affiliation has to be with Jesus, our soon-coming King and Saviour, and we have to come to recognize him spiritually now as our only King and Saviour.  We must come to recognize that to replace him with any other political affiliation is a form of idolatry.  That’s the only protection we in the greater Body of Christ have from this Satanic attack leveled at the Body of Christ as well as being leveled at the United States.  We’ve been slow to wake up to the reality of this Satanic attack, leveled at Christians, Messianic Jews, and the Sabbath-keeping Churches of God believers alike, as well as being leveled at our nation.]  And this is not about you and I doing what is right and wrong, because here’s man, here’s Israel, they’ve seen all of the miracles, they’ve seen the Red Sea part, they’ve seen manna, just think of the things they have seen, and now it says ‘every man is doing what is right in his own eyes,’ but when it describes the LORD’s perspective, it says ‘they did evil in the sight of the LORD.’  How wonderful, we have a roadmap.  How wonderful we have things so plainly given to us.  They did evil in the sight of the LORD, though it was right in their own eyes, and they forgot the LORD their God.  Now, please, understand, it’s never forgetting like ‘Oh ya, what did we used to do Wednesday night? I feel bad sleeping in on Sunday, didn’t we used to do something, didn’t we used to?’  You never forget God that way.  The word “forget” in the Hebrew is “set to the side,” ‘Oh I believe in God, sure, ya, he’s my buddy, he’s the Man upstairs,’ no, he’s the Creator and Lord of the Universe and you’re going to fall down on your face when you see him, he ain’t your buddy, and he ain’t the Man upstairs.  And if you think he’s just the Man upstairs, you might end up being the man downstairs.  You don’t want to do that.  Either he’s Lord of all, or he’s not Lord at all.  They forgot the LORD, they’ve been pushing him aside, other things are more important, ‘Ya, I’m a believer, just ok, keep him over here.’

 

God Responds, The King Of Mesopotamia Conquers & Enslaves Israel

 

Look, it says the anger of the LORD was kindled, that’s what it said in Deuteronomy 7, they shouldn’t be surprised.  “Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia:  and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years.” (verse 8) when you’re in the hands of Chushan-rishathaim you’re in trouble, you can’t even complain, cause you can’t say his name.  [laughter]  His name means “double-evil,” or “doubly-wicked” Chushan-rishathaim, interesting.  He’s the king of Mesopotamia, “and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years.”  I have some questions about this.  First of all, certainly you and I should make observation, it says ‘righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.’  If there’s one thing we learn in the Book of Judges is that, and it’s so clear.  Another question I have, is what was this man’s mother thinking, I mean I wanted to name Joshua, Ezekiel, and my wife said “I can’t nurse somebody named Ezekiel, I’m not naming him Ezekiel,” and I just said “just call him Zeke then,” “but I can’t do it,” so he got named Joshua, and she was right.  But I can’t imagine coming to her and saying let’s name him Chushan-rishathaim, and I was thinking, you know, ‘I was thinking the same thing,’ [loud laughter], ‘call him little Chusey after he was born.’  Chushan-rishathaim, doubly evil, it says that he had Israel in subjection for eight years before they cried out.  Look, verse 9, “And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD,” 8 years, this is the insane thing.  When Satan comes like a serpent, we compromise, let our guard down, we start to make marriages, we start to enter in.  You know, you see people sometimes, they go on and on in their sin for years, and they don’t want to bring it to the surface, and they don’t want to bring it to the light, and I almost think ‘OK, me and you God, we’re going to straighten this thing out,’  ‘Oh ya, God’s pushed it aside, he’s not the Lord of your life, and some day this will be straightened out and nobody has to know,’ until they’re so broken and so empty they finally cry out, 8 years, I hope it wouldn’t take me 8 years under Chushan-rishathaim to cry out to God.  But you know how human nature is.  Again I always think of Jonah, it says after three days, he cried out to the LORD, I’m thinking ‘What is wrong with this guy?’  I’m sliding down that whale’s throat, I’m screaming ‘O God, O God, O God,’ I’m going over the teeth, down the tongue, God’s hearing more from me and more serious than he’s heard in a long time.  I mean, you slosh around down there for three days in seaweed and parts of squid and all that before you say ‘Uncle’?  This guy’s really something.  But we’re laughing at ourselves, aren’t we?  8 years it says, and they cried to the LORD.

 

God Raises Up Israel’s First Judge-Deliverer, Othniel

 

And look,  and “the LORD raised up a deliverer…”  We should just cry out sooner.  “And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.”  Now we find out why he’s been mentioned several times, Othniel.  “And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war:  and the LORD delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim.  And the land had rest forty years.  And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.” (verses 9-11)  He raises up a deliverer, Othniel, the Hebrew language struggles around his relation to Caleb, he can either be the younger brother of Caleb, he can be the nephew of Caleb, there’s a struggle back and forth, the son of Kenaz, because he was a Kenazite, and we know that Caleb was the son of Jephunah, so scholars argue, but none of that matters.  This man was part of a family that was renown for their faith and their trust in the LORD and their courage.  This man, who Josephus tells us by the way was 91 years old in this scene.  So all you seniors, you ain’t off the hook.  You’re 50, 60, 70, 80, God has something for you to do.  And this man Othniel had fought alongside of either his uncle or his older brother, Caleb, in Hebron, he had been a giant-slayer.  He had been in the thick of the battle, he was not afraid of some monstrous enemy, some Chushan-rishathaim.  And it tells us that he went and he took Debir, a city where there were giants, and that Caleb then gave Achsah his daughter to him, and Achsah came and asked her father for the springs that are, her father gave her the upper and lower springs.  This man Othniel was settled in a beautiful valley where there were springs and there were streams.  But this man was not content to sit by and watch this period of time when God’s glory was being mocked by Chushan-rishathaim, he was jealous for the things of God, he was not content.  Ancient rabbis tell us that Othniel was the foremost among all of the judges, and we only have a little bit about him here.  Ancient rabbis tell us that Song of Solomon, verse 7 speaks of Othniel, where it says ‘Thou art all fair my love, there is no spot in thee,’ they ascribe that to Othniel.  Othniel is the first man in the Bible where it says ‘The Spirit of the LORD came upon him.’  We have heard a number of times ‘Of the Spirit of God, Elohim,’ coming on, but this is the first time we actually have the phrase ‘And the Spirit of Jehovah [Yahweh], the Spirit of the LORD, the Covenant God of Israel, came upon him.’  We’re going to hear it in chapter 6 in regards to Gideon, we’re going to hear it in regards to Jephthah, we’re going to hear it in regards to Samson.  It’s going to tell us that the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and hovered over and came down and clothed him, so that Gideon was clothed as it were with the Spirit of the LORD.  It’s going to tell us that the Spirit of the LORD began to move Samson when he was young.  And you look that word up, it’s interesting, it means “to agitate,” it means “to trouble,” but if you look in your Strong’s, the first meaning is “beat regularly.”  You might have had a toddler like that.  The Spirit of the LORD began to whack him on a regular basis.  You know, Samson, he couldn’t rest, he saw what the Philistines, you know, the Spirit of the LORD is grieved by what goes on in the world around us.  The Spirit of the Lord can move on your heart and my heart and tell us what’s right.  Listen, in this picture tonight of the first three judges, we’re gonna have “the power of God in the Holy Spirit,” “the Word of God and the Two-Edged Sword,” and we’re going to have those who are willing to yield to God, even with just an ox goad in their hand and remarkable things can happen.  This man Othniel now, older in years, the first judge, no longer willing to be content with the blessings of God on his life when he sees these other things going on, it says “And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him” took hold of him, the first time in the Bible.  Look, every Christian has the Holy Spirit, but does the Holy Spirit have every Christian?  That’s the question that’s being put before us.  The Holy Spirit hovered over Gideon and clothed him, the Holy Spirit took hold of Samson, the Holy Spirit came upon Othniel, first time, the Spirit of the LORD.  And how real is that to us?  Is that a subject in the Bible?  Is that a subject of theological debate?  We can prove whether we’re a cessationist or a charismatic?  Is he someone we hear about, or is he someone we know?  Is he someone we experience?  Is he someone who settles upon our lives and breaks our hearts and empowers us?  Othniel could be either the Lion of God or the Power of God, beautiful picture of Christ taking a bride, defeating an enemy to take a bride, the Lion of God there, but here a beautiful picture of the power of God.  ‘Not by might, not by human power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD.’  The victory that we long for will never happen in the energy of our flesh.  Jesus says ‘Wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you’ll receive power on high.’  In our struggle, in your own personal struggle as a believer, whether it’s in your marriage, whether it’s in regards to pornography or substance abuse, or just selfishness or bitterness, it’s the Holy Spirit, you’re never going to do it in and of yourself.  No flesh will ever glory in his presence, the Holy Spirit of God, and God loving us, willing to lavish his Spirit upon us, to empower us, to fill us, to produce fruit that we can never produce in and of ourselves, this first judge, what a beautiful picture.  “And the land had rest forty years.” and then it says, “And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.” (verse 11)  Would to God, do we see forty years, do we see an entire generation touched when there’s a move of the Holy Spirit?  Do we see it lasting 40 years?  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  [Comment:  Don’t forget, Israel as a whole did not have God’s Holy Spirit offered to them, nor the salvation we have offered to us that comes with God’s indwelling Holy Spirit he gives to believers in Jesus.  Moses made this clear to Joshua in Numbers 11:13-29, esp. verses 28-29.  The only Biblical offer of salvation, given to the Jews multiple centuries later through God to the prophet Ezekiel, was that they would all be resurrected in a great physical resurrection to life, and be offered God’s Holy Spirit at that time, see Ezekiel 37:1-14.  The Jews take this promise very seriously in their Haf-Torah readings.]

 

Eglon King Of Moab And Ehud, Israel’s 2nd Judge

 

Love this next story, when the kids were little they loved to act this out.  My one son always wanted to be Ehud, always wanted to be stabbing one of the other kids [chuckles].  “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD:  and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab” this is in Reuben’s territory “against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.” (verse 12)  It was right in their own eyes, but was evil in the sight of the LORD.  “And he gathered unto him” this Eglon “the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.” (verse 13) Ammon and Moab, the children of Lot through incest, and Amalek, one of Esau’s descendants.  Now the city of Palm Trees is Jericho.  This is 60 years after Joshua chapter 6, when Joshua and the children of Israel, through the hand of the LORD, had a miraculous victory over Jericho and the walls fell down, and it said they burned Jericho, and Joshua said ‘Cursed is anyone who would rebuild Jericho in the sense of fortifying it.’  Evidently at this point in time 60 years later, there were those who inhabited the area, but it had not been rebuilt as a fortress.  [1406BC – 60 years = 1346BC]  But how sad to see 60 years later, Eglon coming in, and making it his headquarters, the place where Israel witnessed the first demonstration of the miraculous hand of God in regards to warfare, after they miraculously crossed the Jordan, now in the hands of Eglon.  Eglon is a picture of the flesh, ok.  Look down in verse 17, it says, now listen, “And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab:  and Eglon was a very fat man.”  ok, don’t be mad at me, I did not write this Book.  He is the only person in the Bible called a very fat man.  Eglon means “circular,” it means to be a big bull or a fat cow.  Listen, there are ancient rabbinic writers that say he was over 20 foot around the waist…this was Jabba the Hut, a picture of the flesh, never satisfied, always consuming.  This guy orders a robe, they measured him in latitude and longitude.  That’s the idea, burrrup, thing that’s never satisfied, it’s a picture of the flesh, and we’re going to see that.  It says they went and smote and took the city of palm trees, it’s fertile there, Jericho, their water supply is good, tons of food there, fertile.  Garstang, very notable archeologist and Kenyon, the archeologist spade within the last 70 years has turned up adjacent to ancient Jericho a palace, and the pottery there all dates to this period.  And they believe they have found there the palace of Eglon, built in that area.  It says “So the children of Israel served Eglon king of Moab eighteen years.” (verse 14) I don’t know about you, I think that’s a looong time.  “But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded:  and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.” (verse 15) no mention of the Spirit this time, but God raises up a man named “Ehud, the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded:  and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.” a tribute, annual taxation.  Now it’s interesting, because Benjamin means “son of my right hand,” and this guy’s lefthanded.  The Hebrew says that he was “shut off of his right hand,” it doesn’t mean that his right hand was deformed, some writers say that, but when we get to chapter 20 we’re going to meet 600 men that can use the sling from the tribe of Benjamin that are all lefthanded, and it’s the exact same Hebrew phrase, and they’re not 600 men who are all deformed in their right hand and used their left hand.  It’s very interesting, the tribe of Benjamin, the son of my right hand, is known for lefthanders.  But God’s going to use this.  Listen, if you feel like you’re a lefthanded person in a righthanded world sometimes, you need to listen.  Because in this world, that was looked down on, in this culture.  In the Latin, if you’re lefthanded, you’re sinister, and if you’re righthanded you’re dextrose, and you know the connotation of sinister, sinister is sneaky, sinister is weak sometimes, so the Latins called the lefthanders sinister, call the righthanded dextrose, dexterity, capable of doing things.  So there’s a connotation.  And maybe you feel like you don’t measure up, you feel like you don’t have the strength someone else does.  Please pay attention.  Because that’s the way I feel, and this is written for me and it’s written for you.  He is this Benjamite, he is lefthanded, and he is the one who is chosen to go and take the annual tribute to Eglon.  Eglon has subjected the children of Israel, he’s making them pay a yearly tribute.  “But” verse 16, “Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length [18 inches]; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.”  Here God, when you’re born, he gives you idiocrasies, he gives you characteristics, this guy takes his sword and he binds it on his right thigh, it’s not a full sword, it’s a dagger.  Because most warriors were righthanded, they put their sword on their left side, they would draw it across their body when they drew it.  This man’s lefthanded, so even if they frisk him they’re going to check his left leg, there’s no sword, he’s got underneath his garment a dagger on his right side, because he’s going to draw with his left hand.  And God will use who he is, and what he is, because God is wise, and made him just the way he is.  It says Ehud made himself a dagger of two edges, about 18, 16 inches long [about the length of a Roman short sword, very effective weapon], he girded it under his raiment on his right side, “And he brought the present” the taxation “unto Eglon king of Moab:” you know, burrrup!  “and Eglon was a very fat man.” (verse 17)  and part of the tribute wasn’t just money, there may have been a weight of gold or silver, but by and large it was flocks, it was herds, it was grain, he may have eaten most of it as soon as it got there, we don’t know.  “And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.  But he himself” this is Ehud, “turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king:  who said, Keep silence.  And all that stood by him went out from him.” (verses 18-19)  So it tells us this, he leaves with the rest of his men.  When he gets to the area of the Gilgal, by “the quarries,” King James says, the Hebrew word is “the idol statues,” the idolatrous poles that had been set up there, at Gilgal, where 60 years before this, the river had parted and Joshua had piled up a pile of stones to be a memorial, so they could teach their children the great power of their God.  And Ehud is cookin’, he does not like this very big person, who has subjugated the nation, and he looks at those idolatrous things set up at Gilgal, and it’s an affront to him.  And he sends away his comrades and he turns back to go to the king, and he says “I have a secret errand unto thee, O king:  who said, Keep silence.”  (verse 19b) ‘who said, Keep quiet then,’ he didn’t want anybody to know about this.  “And all that stood by him went out from him.” leaving Ehud and Eglon alone.  “And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour,” the Hebrew is “a cooling parlour,” “which he had for himself alone.” as big as he is, I guess it was for him alone.  “And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee.  And he arose out of his seat.” (verse 20) oh boy did he.  Look, there’s no central air in those days, so keeping warm was one thing, but keeping cool, many times that cooling parlour was on the roof where there would be a breeze, sometimes it was in a part of the building that would be in the shade during the day, I don’t imagine this is on the roof, can’t imagine Eglon would like going up onto the roof to get cool, he’d be so hot by the time he got up there, it would be self-defeating.  So I imagine this is somewhere lower.  And he’s sitting in there, and it’s a private place for himself that’s cooler, and he takes Ehud in with him, because Ehud had said ‘I have a secret message for you,’ he takes him in, then he says “I have a message from God for you.  And he” Eglon “arose out of his seat.”  That’s just a sign of reverence, you’re going to speak to me on behalf of God, he stood up.  “And Ehud” possibly moving by with his right side, so he doesn’t see, he’s taking the dagger out at the same time with his left hand, it says “And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:” (verse 21) ‘Urrrup’ that’s quite a belly.  Now listen, here’s the divine details we get from the Holy Ghost, “And the haft” that’s the handle, “also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.” (verse 22)

 

When The Word Of God Goes In The Dirt Comes Out

 

So what it says is, he plunged the dagger in so hard into Eglon that his belly burrup bounced back again and covered the handle, and it disappeared into him, he couldn’t withdraw it, the whole knife was gone, except a part of it came out the back, and it says “and the dirt came out.” people want to argue around that.  It’s enough.  Look, this is the second picture, the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword.  David says ‘Wheresoever shall a young man cleanse his way but by taking heed unto thy Word, O God.  I have hidden thy Word in my heart,’ not my head, ‘in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.’  Isaiah, ‘the LORD says that his Word is like the snow, like the rain coming down from the heaven, it accomplishes what he sends it forth to do, it doesn’t ever return void.’  We’re told in John’s Gospel, it says this in regards to the Word, Jesus says ‘Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.’  Ephesians chapter 5 tells us this in regards to the Word, ‘Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he, that Jesus relative to the church, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of the water of the Word.’  In chapter 6 in regards to our warfare in Ephesians, verse 17 it says ‘Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.’  Listen, the simple truth Jesus says in John 17:17 is ‘Father sanctify them through thy truth, thy Word is truth.’  But the Word of God cleanses us, it sanctifies us.  The truth is, in your life and my life, when the Word goes in, the dirt comes out.  The more time you spend in the Word of God, the cleaner and healthier, spiritually, you’re going to be.  It doesn’t happen overnight, that’s what we want all the time.  But if you start spending a significant time in the Word of God every day, again, John Wesley in his 70s was angry, because he could only read the Word of God 18 to 21 hours a day before it started to bother his eyes.  I was just talking to someone in England today, and we were talking about George Mueller, and those 16 years he traveled as a missionary, and he traveled through Montana, he was in Seattle and San Francisco, and this is between when he was 71 and 87, and someone asked his wife, “How is it that he always stays vibrant?” She said “He never puts down his Bible, at every turn, in every train, when the sun comes up, he’s reading, he’s in it all the time, he bathes himself in it, it makes him vibrant, it makes him clean, it makes him alive.”  The question is not, ‘Are you going through the Word,’ we do that every Wednesday night, the question is, ‘Is the Word going through you?’   Are you reading your Bible so you can just tell people, ‘Ya, I do devotions,’  [we always called it more literally, Prayer & Bible study time in the church I came from], ‘chapter a day.’  Or do you sit down with it and say ‘Lord, how am I going to live by this today?  How can I obey this today, how can this become part of the way that I think?’  Colossians tells us ‘that we should put off the old man,’ that’s not enough, you can’t say to people ‘well I don’t do this, I don’t do that, I don’t do this, I don’t do that,’ that’s a football team with only a defense, no offense.  Our defense is so good, we cream the other team, we take the ball away, soon as we get it away, we give it back, without an offense.  Don’t tell me what you don’t do, because I’ll never know who you are.  Tell me what you do, and I’ll know who you are.  Don’t tell me what you don’t do, ‘I don’t do this, I don’t do that,’ but what do you do?  The Word of God, do we open it and say ‘How do I live this out?’  ‘How do I walk in this?’  ‘How do I rest in this, how do I trust this?’  ‘How do I let this be effective and alive, Lord, in my life today, cutting down into me between that which is soulish and that which is spiritual?’  We gotta finish this story, anyhow, he sticks this dagger in, the guy’s so fat the dagger disappears, evidently it penetrates and comes out on the other end, and the dirt comes out the other end, when you put the Word in, you always find out, that’s what the flesh is, it manifests.  You read in Galatians chapter 5:19-21, ‘these are the works of the flesh, adultery, fornication, lasciviousness, wantonness, uncleanness, murder, strife, envy, sorcery,’ you read this list, that’s all the flesh is.  It’s dirt.  The Word goes in, the dirt comes out.  This is just a great little thing you should put over your mantle, you can put it on your mirror, refrigerator, ‘The Word Goes In, The Dirt Comes Out,’ it’s a great little thing. 

 

Ehud’s & Israel’s Victory Against Moab

 

“Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.” (verse 23) he shut the doors on this cooling parlour, this private place for Eglon, he locked the doors, must have climbed out the window, “And when he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.” (verse 24)  now there’s three “behold’s” here in these two verses.  “he covereth his feet,” he’s going potty is what that means in the Hebrew, ‘he’s got the doors locked, he must be going to the bathroom in his cooling chamber there, and they tarried, they waited,’ because you didn’t want to become involved in that, Eglon’s in there, you know.  And it says ‘They tarried until they were ashamed,’ they finally said, ‘Look, nobody takes this long, I mean even Eglon,’ and here’s the second “behold,” “And they tarried till they were ashamed:  and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them:  and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.” (verse 25)  They’re knowing and there’s no response, “therefore they took a key, and opened them:  and, behold,” third “behold,” “their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.” that’s another reason I don’t think he was up on the roof, they’d have heard that for sure.  “And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.  And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.” (verses 26-27) he had arranged a signal.  “And he said unto them, Follow after me:  for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand.  And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.” (verse 28) what it says is this, Eglon, the Moabites are up in the area of Jericho, the Israelites go around Jericho and take the fords of Jordan so they can’t escape over into Moab, they cut them off, and suffered them not, not a man of them to pass over.  [Comment:  Eglon, being the king of Moab, living just across the Jordan river in Israelite territory, being the king of Moab, would have had a protective ‘occupying’ army stationed around him and his palace in Jericho.  This occupying army had been sitting “in place,” a standing army, getting lazy in their occupation, like the Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria at the end of World War II, when they were suddenly conquered by the Soviet Red Army in three short days, 700,000 slain in three days.  Eglon’s army were sitting ducks, lazy and in place on the wrong side of the Jordan for 18 years, and now with their king suddenly dead, and the recently mobilized army of Israel having done an end-around them to capture the fords leading back across the Jordan and safety in Moab.]  “And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.” (verse 29)  King James says “lusty,” in the Hebrew it actually says “the best, and all of the men of war of the army, of valour, and there escaped not a man.”  Of course Eglon had the best of all of Moab’s troops around him there, because he hadn’t fortified the city, he had a palace there, so the best of everything Moab had was camped there with him, and it says they cut them off and slew all of them, 10,000 of the best men of valour that Moab had.  “So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel.  And the land had rest fourscore years.” (verse 30) had rest for 80 years, this is the longest rest under any judge in the Book of Judges.  And of course it’s a picture of the Word of God, when it becomes prominent, when there’s a generation where the flesh is being subdued and put to death, and the Word of God is everything it is supposed to be in esteem.  Man, how would you like to see something like that last 80 years, wouldn’t you?

 

3rd Judge, Named Shamgar--That Can Be Any One Of Us

 

We come to our last friend here, “And after him” that word implies this is now the third judge, “was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad:  and he also delivered Israel.” (verse 31)  And he also delivered Israel.  We’re not told very much about this guy.  [Comment:  Ehud and his army subdued Eglon and the Moabite army in the central-western part of Israel, while the Philistines had obviously been harassing Israel in the southeastern territories owned by Judah and Simeon, in the region of Gaza, Askelon and Ekron.  So Shamgar, in my estimation, was bringing peace to this other region of Israelite territory which was being harassed by the Philistines, and again, in my estimation, this could have been done simultaneously but probably sometime after the military operation of Ehud in the central western part of Israel.]  One sentence right here, Shamgar.  It’s not really a Hebrew name.  The very interesting thing is, as you dig and dig and dig, even the best lexicons say this name is of uncertain derivative.  If people try to give meaning to it, this is a guy named Shamgar, that’s all we know.  His father is Anath, they try to say that’s part of Naphtali [not likely, Naphtali is to the north in Israelite territory, Gaza, Askelon and Ekron is where the Philistines lived].  Or they try to say this is the Canaanite goddess of war and fertility, they’re not sure there either.  So this is kind of, you and I.  This is somebody who kind of lives in obscurity.  This is somebody nobody really knows, ‘Whose Shamgar?  What kind of name is that?  Who is Anath, whose his dad?’  We don’t know.  This could be anybody.  I think it’s that way on purpose.  Over in the 5th chapter it tells us this, if you begin in verse 6, it says, “In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.”  People didn’t travel openly and publicly, they snuck around, they were on the byways, it was so dangerous that people could not travel openly.  It says The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.” (verse 7) it was not safe for families, it says “They chose new gods; then was war in the gates:  was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?” (verse 8)  What happened is, the Philistines, and they were, their metallurgy was way ahead of that of Israel, they came in and they stripped Israel of their metal weapons, if Israel needed a metal plow, they had to buy it from the Philistines.  Israel, it says, didn’t have a sword or a spear among 40,000, and the Philistines had so subjected the land, it wasn’t safe to travel in the open, you couldn’t go visit your children or your parents’ home.  Families were ceasing, they were constantly being bludgeoned and terrorized by the Philistines, and there was a man there that couldn’t stand it, a nobody, Shamgar, we don’t know any more than that, son of Anath.  He slew 600 Philistines with an ox goad, he’s a farmer.  An ox goad was a pole, six to eight foot long, varied in length sometimes, it usually had a metal point on one end, and on the other end there was a small spade that was used to, the sharp end you would goad the ox to make them move forward, and as the ox pulled the plow, the plow got clogged up with clay and dirt, you would use the small spade on the other end to clean the plow off.  That’s what the man had in his hand.  Did he know the story of Moses?  I think maybe he did, Moses there at the burning bush, God telling him he’s going to deliver Israel, Moses says ‘I’m nobody, I can’t talk,’ and God says to Moses ‘What’s that in your hand, Moses?’  And Moses says ‘A rod, a stick,’ he says ‘Throw it down in front of me.’  That rod brought the mightiest nation in the world to its knees, God used it, because it was yielded to him, it turned the Nile to blood, it brought plague after plague on Egypt, it divided the Red Sea, a stick.  What’s in your hand tonight, a computer [yes, I’m typing, transcribing this on a computer], a wrench?  ‘I can’t do anything, I’m just a farmer.’  [I was a power supply tech]  ‘I’m not qualified, I can’t serve.’  Listen, it’s not in your power that you’re going to serve, the power is the power of the Holy Spirit.  The weapons of our warfare, they’re not carnal, it’s the Word of God, accessible to you, accessible to me.  It is the Spirit of God and it is the Word of God, and it is someone whose compliant or available to God.  This man slaughters 600 Philistines.  We think ‘We need to fight fire with fire, if we’re going to fight the Philistines, we need iron swords to fight iron swords, we need scholarship to fight scholarship, we need techno to fight techno, we need cool to fight cool, we need to fight worldly, the worldly tide with worldly weapons,’ no, no, no, no, not at all.  What we need is a man or a woman whose filled the Holy Ghost [King James 1611 English for Holy Spirit], who has hold of the Word of God, and is willing to give themselves to whatever God has put in their hand, to his service.  It can change the course of a life, or of a church, or of a community or of a nation [what God inspired me to pick up and fashion as a tool for him is this website, which uses the analogy of being like a B-17 WWII bomber delivering a spiritual bombload of rich Bible content, verse by verse, book by book connective expository sermons going through the Bible, a spiritual B-17 bomber along with its bombload of spiritual material, being delivered across the internet to a growing number of hungry souls the Lord is calling during these “last days” (see https://unityinchrist.com/memphisbelle.htm).]  There’s some great, great people here, and sometimes we hear them say ‘I’m not qualified, God can’t use me,’ and yet he can.  Look, his greatest joy is not to use you, I have four kids, yet he can.  Look, I have four kids, my greatest joy is not to use them, it’s to sit with them, to look in their faces, to love them, to put my arms around them.  One of the greatest strivings of my life, is life is so busy and time goes away so quickly, and I look at them and I watched them grow up, and I wish I’d spent more time with them.  God’s greatest desire is not to use you, but when we talk about qualification, he’s looking for individuals that are available, not necessarily qualified, available.  [I am not a computer geek, nor do I know how to put the material I write or transcribe on this website, I can’t design a website, I’ve used so far, six different webhost/designers, paying them to create this site over the period of 26 years now.  God’s used me and them to create this tool, and I’m part of that tool, but I’m not that qualified in that sense, I learned as I went, God inspiring, God teaching me, God opening doors and me walking through them.  It’s been a long, lonely at times, journey, but I’ve had to make myself available to God and the task each and every day of my life (see https://unityinchrist.com/author.htm).  God provided the qualification, created some of it in me over time, and inspired me to find qualified personnel to create, update and service the site, qualifications I at my age can’t even dream about learning of having on my own.  I didn’t start out as a Bible scholar, nor am I one, nor am I currently a pastor or preacher or church leader in any sense of the word, I struggled to finish high school, as one having spent 8 years in a remedial reading school before going to high school, and I struggled to get through high school and graduate, only to have to go on active duty in the Navy and onto a submarine from there.  God did inspire my teachers to assign me typing classes for the eight years I was at Dearborn School, which I think was God giving me one tool necessary for my future job, but qualified, in no way was I, nor am I really, it was what the Holy Spirit did through me, that’s all.]  ‘They took note that they were unlearned and ignorant men, but that they had been with Jesus,’ they were wrong, they were still with Jesus, Shamgar, that’s you.  Lots of Shamgars and Shamgaresses out there.  You have an ox goad, it’s the one the Lord’s given you.  ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest me?  It is hard for thee to kick against the goads, isn’t it?’  God was goading that man’s heart with his Word, with his Spirit.  You have the Spirit of God, you have the Word of God, you have the “goad” in your hand.  There is a lost generation around us, there are standards that are destructive and evil, not just wrong, God doesn’t say ‘Hey, hon, just what you’re kind of doing here in front of me, is really not cool,’ no, he said ‘it’s evil.’  To turn away from the Living God, to do whatever you want to do, it’s evil, because it’s destructive in your life, and anybody who is not a believer whose watching you, if it lowers the standard, and keeps them from coming to Christ, you’re talking about eternity, you’re talking about it’s evil.  But, such as us, he’s filled us with his Spirit, the Spirit of the LORD, the first one we read about, it came upon Othniel, the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you.  You have that double-edged sword, it’s yours.  And it was that Spirit, and it was that Word that was the goad that was goading Saul of Tarsus, and he changed the world (see https://unityinchrist.com/history2/earlychurch1.htm to see just how he did that).  Who knows, where you work, you may be goading, one of your children, one of your teenagers you might be goading, a parent, a friend, a classmate.  Do you try to do it on your own? or do you go to the Lord and say ‘Lord, fill me with your Spirit, let his power, his love, his unction be upon my life, show me in your Word how to live today, Lord.  I can’t stand some of the things that are going on around me, the pain, the difficulty, the suffering I see, people I love and care about.  Let me goad them lovingly today Lord.  Don’t let me goad them in my own flesh as a Pharisee or a carnal person, let me goad them filled with your loving and powerful Spirit, let me goad them because your eternal Word is alive in my life, and it overflows to theirs.  All I have to be is a farmer, Lord, filled with the Holy Spirit, holding onto the Sword, unyielded, all I’ve gotta be is like Pop-Eye, and just say ‘That’s all I can stand, I can’t stands no more!’  Feels good, doesn’t it?  Feels good.  Who knows what the Lord might do with a room full of people like this, that are filled with the Spirit, steeped in his Word, not afraid to take whatever God’s put in your hand, and touch this generation.  Amen?  Let’s stand, let’s pray…[transcript of a connective expository sermon on Judges 3:1-31, given by Pastor Joe Focht of Calvary Chapel Philadelphia, 13500 Philmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19116] 


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