July 17, Reading 1 – Judges 10:6-11:28


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SAA Notes

Jephthah is the rejected Judge who comes and saves God’s people. Jephthah has a similar background to Abimelech, but is of an entirely different character. Jephthah is one of the few characters (Othniel, Gideon, Samson, Jahaziel, Zechariah son of Jehoiada, Ezekiel) of whom it is said that the Spirit of the Lord came upon him.

SJA Notes

* Holy God, as we wait patiently for You, You incline to us and hear our cry. You draw us up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set our feet upon a rock.

“And they forsook the LORD and did not serve him.”

Choosing idolatry is both a singular and not-singular temptation.

Singular in that we have one God, true and living, that we are tempted to turn away from.

Not-singular because there are a multitude of false gods to choose form!

Look at verse six in this passage – gods of Syria, Sidon, Moab, Ammon, Philisita. As well, baals and ashtaroth.

Israel turned from God and served idols, and the Lord’s anger burned against them.

This is a clear warning about the seriousness with which God takes turning from Him.

Idolatry for us comes in many forms, just like with Israel.

But we have Jesus, God in the person of the Son. We worship Him! And there is nobody and nothing better to worship!

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5

* Holy and true God Above,

You are God alone, there is none like You.

You are faithful and true, Your love is steadfast and Your mercies without end.

There is none like You.


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