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March 22, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Judges 10-12
Audio: Judges 10-12

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Judges 3 (ESV)

Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lordyour God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” And Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.

The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’” And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God.” 10 And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan. 12 Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. 13 And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.”

14 So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), 16 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17 Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

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  1. Lessons Learned?

    The opening two verses of Judges 3 are interesting:

    "Now these are the nations that the Lord left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan. 2 It was only in order that the generations of the people of Israel might know war, to teach war to those who had not known it before" (Judges 3:1-2).

    Furthermore, we read in Judges 3:4, "They were for the testing of Israel, to know whether Israel would obey the commandments of the Lord, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses."

    Failing the Test

    After the Lord's anger was kindled against the people of Israel for doing what was "evil in the sight of the Lord" which was forgetting the Lord their God and serving the Baals and the Asheroth, (Judges 3:7), He sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim, king of Mesopotamia who they served for eight years. 

    When the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, He raised up a "deliverer for the people of Israel" who's name was Othniel, Caleb's younger brother (Judges 3:9). 

    We don't know much about Othneil. The first time his name is mentioned in Scripture is Joshua 15:17, "And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, captured it. And he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife" (which is also repeated in Judges 1:13). 

    We also know from Judges 3:10 that the "Spirit of the Lord was upon him." 

    What does it mean when the Spirit of the Lord was upon someone (Othniel in this case)?

    In his Study Bible, John MacArthur writes:

    "Certain judges were expressly said to have the Spirit of the Lord come upon them (Judges 6:34; Judges 11:29; Judges 13:25; Judges 14:6, Judges 14:19; Judges 15:14); others apparently also had this experience. This is a common OT expression signifying a unique act of God which conferred power and wisdom for victory. But this did not guarantee that the will of God would be done in absolutely all details, as is apparent in Gideon (Judges 8:24–27, 30), Jephthah (Judges 11:34–40), and Samson (Judges 16:1)."

    MacArthur, J., Jr. (Ed.). (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed., p. 340). Nashville, TN: Word Pub.

    Here is an article from Ligonier Ministries which deals with the question, "Did Old Testament believers possess the Holy Spirit the same way as the New Testament believers?"

    If you're interested, here is a video from Sinclair Ferguson's sermon on the Holy Spirit from 2015:


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