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April 20, 2017

Judges 7

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Along with the passage identified in the title of the post, I was reading from Timothy Keller’s Judges for You book which I purchased on Amazon. This is “the book” that I am referring to, unless otherwise noted.

What Did I Learn?

I know I’ve heard this story before, but for 2/3 of the people to be too afraid to stay is astounding to me. And for the last 1/3 to be so brave after 2/3 leaves? and for them to say that they were still wanting to fight surprises me.

 

What Stood Out To Me?

Judges 7:18 I didn’t like that he told them to go into the camp saying “For the Lord & for Gideon!” I’m confused, because isn’t that taking the glory away from God and putting some on himself. Like it was about him? And since God led him the entire time, I felt it was a slight to God to put any amount of praise onto himself.

Judges 7:25 It sounds pretty barbaric that they killed the princes of Midian and took their heads back to Gideon. … Not much to comment other than that seems rough, but I have to remember it was a different time and different culture. And war today is much different than war back then.

The book says this “Notice what great faith Gideon shows in verses 3-8, trusting God and not numbers.” This is something that really stands out to me, and I’m surprised I didn’t notice it in the bible reading. It was only when it was spelled out to me in the book, that I am totally impressed and motivated. Instead of worrying and saying, “uh… God this doesn’t make sense. I went from 30k+ to 300. Are you sure?” He said, “Yes, God! Lets do this!” I want to be more like that. Faith Like Gideon! He believed that God knew what he was doing and he ran into war with less than 99% of what he had and he still had faith they would make it out victorious! Can I do that? Can I live my life with less than 99% of what I thought I had to help me and still make it? With less than 99% of the money we have now? With less than 99% of the possessions? or quality of items I have? Or not even talking about that, can I trust in God when I look at myself and say, “I have nothing, but I will trust that you will provide me with all I need to serve you in the way you want me to.”

 

What is God Trying to Tell Me? or
What Does This Tell Me About God?

Obviously, this tells me about how mighty God is, that he is able to take over an entire Midianite army with 300 people and that he is true to his word, that he led Gideon to this and helped him the entire way.

In the book + in the bible it talks about how God wanted to emphasize that the victory was all God’s. I need to remember this on the daily. So many times, I start out saying “God you are so good and this is all because of you. This is all yours.” And then as time goes on, and the days go by, I forget. And I start saying, “This is so great. I am so lucky. We are awesome. Sean, you are great.” I need to continue my praise to the One who deserves it all. Or as Timothy Keller puts it, “The glory is His, and the privilege is mine.

 

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Genesis: Intro + Chapter 1-3

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What Did I Learn?

I didn’t realize Genesis was probably written by Moses during the time they were all in the desert wandering around.

 

What Stood Out To Me?

Genesis 3:16 This is when God is punishing Adam + Eve for eating the fruit. God tells Eve that she will have painful labor but he also says “Your desire will be for your husband, yet he will rule over you.”  This stands out to me because it makes it sound not so easy. This is my CSB version. In my NLT study bible it says it this way “You will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.” 

 

What is God Trying to Tell Me?

A couple weeks ago, when I was in my small group and we discussed Deborah in Judges, we discussed at length the role of women: in churches and in the home. We talked about the concept of submitting to your husband. With the Genesis 3:16, it speaks to me and confirms to me that submitting to your husband is part of our role. I ended up calling my mom and talking to her about it. We discussed at length the idea of submitting to your husband and also discussed the idea of whether or not God punishes (out of love, to teach a lesson, not to cause pain) his people. The punishment part, I may discuss in another post, but this is what she said about submitting to your husband.

She basically said in an ideal world it would be easy to submit to your husband because he would love you and listen to you and be kind and also be in prayer about every decision, but that God honors wives when they submit to their husbands and that even though you might need to deal with the consequences of their decisions on earth When you are brought to heaven God will never hold it against you if you submitted to your husband because it is what he calls of wives. She also made it a point to say that in every relationship, or company, or anything, there is a leader. There is one person that people look up to: A CEO if you will. And God has appointed the man to make those hard decisions, to lead the family. And that in a marriage, God has made it the man’s job to make those hard choices.

There are many differing beliefs when it comes to this, and I am not trying to tell anyone how they should live their lives, neither am I a marriage counselor to give advice. But I know from my own life, that my marriage has definitely benefited from my submitting. It has not come easy and I have dug my heels in countless times. But I know that the times that I have said, “Okay, Sean. You are the husband, you make the decision.” or after giving my opinion, and he has decided to do this own thing, I have said, “Look, Sean. If you have prayed about this, and you feel confident in your decision, I support you. I love you and I am proud of you and I support you.” When I am able to do this with no sarcasm or spite in my heart, with no underlying frustration or waiting for shit to hit the fan, our marriage is made stronger. And even when we have to face consequences, we face them together and in love, knowing that our decision was made together. I don’t walk away saying, “He did THAT wrong.” or harbor any ill feelings toward my husband.

I have to trust that in the bible when it says in 1 Peter 3 (CSB) “wives, submit yourself to your own husbands, so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by the way their wives live…” and “husbands, in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker partner, showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” 

Or in the NLT it says “you wives must accept the authority of your husbands.” 

I was talking with a friend, who says that we are fully redeemed from the curse of Genesis 3 because of the new covenant, but it still talks about how we as wives should act toward our husbands in 1 Peter. This I cannot deny and I fully believe that my marriage has been made better by my attempt (and yes, I say attempt as I have never been perfect at this) at submitting to my husband.

 

Another thing, that I feel God is speaking to me about is sin. This is what the devotional in my bible says:

This is what sin does: it lies. It promises to be shiny and colorful… … forever. It promises to be worth it. Sin tells us that God wants to keep the good stuff from us, that what we want matters more than what He has for us (Gn 3:4-5).

This was a new take that I hadn’t thought of.  It goes onto say “Sin wasn’t worth it. It never is.” Which is my point. And I think sometimes it’s hard to remember that. Not only is it not worth it, but as it says in other parts of the bible, God hates sin. He hates it and wants nothing to do with it. And for us to do it so nonchalantly at times, hurts him. We should loathe it the same way he does, if we love him so.

I find in my marriage, the more time I spend with Sean, the more my likes and dislikes align with his. I would like to align myself more with God, and have my likes and dislikes be closer to His.