Day 125 - May 5, 2021
Scriptures: Judges 3-4, Psalm 20
Today’s reading begins the cyclical pattern of the Israelites and their relationship with God. It goes like this: Turning from God, God’s judgment and punishment, repentance, and then deliverance.
This will cycle throughout the book of Judges.
The nations have stayed there in the land of Canaan as a form of testing the Israelites. Will they remain faithful or not? God will use the nations to carry out his purposes. Will Israel show itself faithful to God?
As each turn away from God becomes progressively worse, the deliverance God offers the Israelites becomes greater as well.
I suppose, the greatest deliverance comes for the greatest of sins. Perhaps in our case, it is that the greatest Deliverer comes for us all. All have sinned.
The wages of sin is death. But the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus.
The Greatest Sin has the greatest Deliverer
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.