“TAUGHT TO KNOW WAR” (Judges 3:1-2)
INTRO: Have you been “Taught to Know War?” The book of Joshua is about the Israelites taking possession of Canaan. The book of Judges begins with the continuing conquest of Canaan and Israel’s failure to completely drive out its inhabitants, which eventually resulted in their being led into idolatry (Judges 2:1-3). The death of Joshua (Judges 2:7-8). The next generation did not know the Lord or His works and fell into idolatry (Judges 2:10-14).
The Judges Cycle (repeats 7 times over 300 years):
Blessing & prosperity -> complacency -> idolatry -> bondage -> repentance -> deliverance -> blessing & prosperity -> rinse & repeat.
SEVEN PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS:
- Unbelief and disobedience can cause the promises and blessings of God to go unfulfilled.
- Even though God “gave” Israel the land of Canaan, they had to go to war to see that promise fulfilled (Josh. 18:3)!
- Unholy covenants with the land’s inhabitants led to compromise and idolatry (1Jn. 2:15-16).
- Every generation is in danger of raising up a generation that doesn’t know the Lord or His works (Judges 2:10).
- Don’t allow seasons of blessing to lead you into complacency & compromise!
- The Lord left opposing nations for the purpose of teaching a generation to know war who hadn’t yet learned war (Judges 3:1-2).
- God wants us to know war (Jn. 10:10; Lk. 10:19; 1Pet. 5:8-9; Eph. 6:11-13)!
- Has God allowed opposition in your life so you can be “taught to know war”?
- Learning war includes learning full obedience to God (Judges 3:4-12).
Conclusion: Have you taken possession of your Promised Land? Have you been taught war? Let’s not lose the next generation! Where are you in the Judges cycle?