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Judges 4:1-5:31
One of the great things about reading through the Bible yearly is finding things you’ve read before but didn’t really read. The Song of Deborah (5) has revealed some surprising nuggets of information and wealth this go round. Glimpses of Israel rebellious nature are uncovered and give hints to what is going on in the heart of the nation as well as each region,

2 "When Israel's leaders take charge,
and the people gladly follow-- bless the LORD!

Two things must happen to get a family, group, community, nation out of spiritual dullness, leaders who are willing to lead and people who are willing to follow the leaders willing to lead. I read diligently this book we call the Bible because I am afraid of being taken down the garden path to destruction. My distrust comes from early years of spiritual abuse and misuse so when I turned to the Lord I decided to get into this book for myself. I never take anyone’s word at what this book says. I go to the source for myself. On my part I believe that Israel’s constant falling into the hands of her enemies came because they failed to keep the Book of the Law ever before them and or they chose not to believe the Word of God.

If we don’t know the Word for ourselves, how will we know which leaders are from God? How will we know that the person is speaking and seeking the will of God if we don’t know God’s Word?

In Deborah’s Song we read that there were more tribes who failed to follow them, Deborah and Barak into battle then there were tribes that fought. But nevertheless it was not the numbers that defeated the Canaanites it was God, because when we are willing, even if only a few, God shows up and fights for us. That is a lesson for us today, it is not the numbers that give us the victory, it is the few faithful and the submitted who bring God into the Battle.

2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Luke 22:35-53
36 "But now," he said, "take your money and a traveler's bag. And if you don't have a sword, sell your clothes and buy one! 37 For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: `He was counted among those who were rebels.’ Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true."

Everything that was “written” about Jesus, every Word inspired by God to be placed in the Books of the Prophets, will come true. We can quote Jesus Words about what has been written about Him, and clearly much of the New Testament quotes the Old Testament to confirm who Jesus was and is; however, if we never read what is written how will we know, how will we discern that what is given to us as truth, really is Truth?

I don’t think I can say this enough, “Thank you Mike for hosting this BLOG, thank you for your research and your daily encouragement to, “Post Up.”

Psalm 94:1-23
1 O LORD, the God to whom vengeance belongs,
O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice be seen!

About nine ten months ago, I did a study on the word vengeance: who used it who could extract it, so on and so on. My study came out of a conversation with a friend, and I was interested in finding out what the dangers were in us folks going after and seeking our own vengeance. Vengeance belongs to God not us and I came to the conclusion that is is dangerous for us to go after it and that is why God reserves it for Himself. I also realized that no matter how much wisdom we think we have, God’s “pay back” is done in such a way that everyone benefits from the lesson learned.

When we seek vengeance, once gained, we think, we never will fill the cup of retribution because the cup grows bigger and deeper. The countenance of those seeking retribution becomes marred and the visage of the face and body turns old tired and ruined looking. When we seek vengeance we steal from God! I think it’s best to leave God’s stuff alone, remember Ai and Achan.

Deutermony 32:35
Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay.
In time their foot will slip,
for their day of disaster is near,
and their doom is coming quickly."
Proverbs 14:3-4
3 The talk of fools is a rod for their backs but the words of the wise keep them out of trouble.

Our words do create our worlds. If we don’t like the world we are living in, change the conversation. The footnote for the third verse says “rod of pride,” and it is the fruit of that pride in the words we sow that comes back on us. If we speak foolishness then we reap what ever the seeds of our foolishness produce, and remember the seeds look nothing like the plant that springs up. Good reminder to What our mouths; however it is better to check the heart because it is out of the overflow of whatever is in our hearts that our mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34; Luke 6:46)

Grace and peace,

Judges 4 to 5 - I always wonder why some churches do not choose women to lead. Yes they are allowed to lead, teach other women but not men. Thereby, the elders of the church are mostly men. Here is Deborah chosen to be a judge and led the Israelites to victory with Barak. I believe God calls each of us to serve Him, be it leadership or followers. Any insight or wisdom from others?

And so history repeated itself and still repeats up to the present. After victory, men forget that God delivered us from our enemies and we go our merry own way, forgetting to follow God. The cycle continues. I am guilty. However, God never abandons His people, us, and continue to reach us. Isn't that wonderful?

Psalm 94 - Vengeance is the Lord's. I agree with Ramona that seeking our own vengeance is dangerous. Those who commited sin against us or others are also God's people. As a fair & just Father, He will avenged the wrong. What do we accomplish if we avenged those who wronged us? The cyle of violence will continue.

Proverbs 3:4 Wow. Thank you Mike for a different take on these verses. Reminded me of Mary and Martha, what is more important in life, a clean and spic & span house or listening and dong God's work. I used to belong to a church where some members were upset about the mess the church will have housing the homeless one weekend a month. The same people were upset when the church is not spic and span. I believe that we should have our house of worship and our own house in order. However, what do we gain if everything is spic and span and leaves no room for us to do God's work. My mother-in-law (God Bless her. She is with the Lord now) I am not the best housekeeper especially with 2 growing kids, working part-time and being involved in God's work. Somethings have to go. My house is not a pig sty either. Mom always say that my house is a home. What a nice compliment from Mom. I pray that God will always remind me of what really matters in life since we are only here for a short time.

God Bless.

I have often wondered how Jesus endured all the pain and suffering leading up to the cross. With the beatings and floggings He took prior to the cross one would think that that alone would kill Him. He had to get to the cross though, so I wonder if the visit from the angel in Luke 22:43 to strengthen Jesus allowed Him to endure such great suffering and pain prior to the cross. Just a thought.

Mike D.

43And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

i love those who love me ... and those who seek me shall find me... prov.8;17 seeking is knowing... knowing is loving him,.... no matter who you are ,, ANY ONE WHO TRUST IN HIM WILL NEVER PUT TO SHAME ...ROMANS10:11 Praise God!!!!!! has no favoritism ... STAND STILL DEBORA.!!!!

The verse I underlined that spoke to me was Psalms 94:19, "When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul." It's just another wonderful promise of comfort and refuge.

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