God has a purpose for the narrative accounts that we find in the Old Testament. Paul wrote in Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” 1 Cor. 10:11,12 tells us, “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come so, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.”
The Old Testament book of Judges speaks to our time. It presents us with living illustrations of individuals who served the Lord in difficult times. The book presents the consequences of spiritual compromise and it reveals what happens to God’s people when they conform to the mold of this world.
The book of Judges reveals that a partial defense is no defense at all; that there is no room for neutrality in the Christian life. We either submit and serve Christ, or we will be swallowed up by the wicked influence of this world. The place for the ship is in the sea, but God help the ship if the sea gets into it! As the sea waters sinks the ship, the flood tides of this world, and the lifestyle and philosophy of this age, will sink the Christian if it infiltrates his heart. John warns us in 1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in Him”
The principles and applications in the book of Judges are vital for spiritual survival! Why is the book of judges in the Bible? What are the purpose, meaning, and message of this three thousand year old book? One reason is to warn us of the dangers of compromise with sin and another is to remind us that God’s judgment upon sin is certain as well as His forgiveness and restoration when we are repentant.
This week read Judges and begin to get a grasp of its teachings.