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Truth or Consequences     Judges 2:11-22     July 08, 2012


Introduction

       In the old TV game called Truth or Consequences you could tell the truth and win some money or fail to tell the truth and go away a looser. In the spiritual realms of life it can have similar results as we get God’s blessings or His permitting a curse on our nation.

 

1.   Truth or Consequences and . . Spiritual Adultery. 2:11-13, 17

      A.  Spiritual Adultery . . Stems from False Worship. 2:11-12a

11 The Israelites did what was evil in the LORD’s sight. They worshiped the Baals

       12 and abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt.

 

      B.  Spiritual Adultery Stems from gods of the . . Surrounding Areas. 2:12b-13

They went after other gods from the surrounding peoples and bowed down to them. They infuriated the LORD,

       13 for they abandoned Him and worshiped Baal and the Ashtoreths.

 

      C.  Spiritual Adultery Stems from Refusal to . . Submit to Fathers Teachings. 2:17

17 but they did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted themselves with other gods, bowing

       down to them. They quickly turned from the way of their fathers, who had walked in obedience to the

       LORD’s commands. They did not do as their fathers did.


       If you walk down a road it will take you to its intended destination. If the road one travels is the road that leads to spiritual adultery and you continue on that road that is where you will end up. Many people wake up in that predicament and act surprise their footprints were leading to an end predicted by many. A person needs to notice the people who have been on the same road for a longer period of` time and see where the stems of their lifestyle were leading. The surrounding areas of many walking this same road of the false gods and practices of those participating lead to destruction. Israel refused to submit to the false teaching and instead to walk the ways of their fathers.


 

2.   Truth or Consequences and . . Spiritual Discipline. 2:14-15

      A.  The Lack of Spiritual Discipline Results in . . Slavery to their Enemies.. 2:14

      14 The LORD’s anger burned against Israel, and He handed them over to marauders who raided them. He

       sold them to the enemies around them, and they could no longer resist their enemies.

 

      B.  The Loss of Spiritual Discipline Reaps what God . . Swore would Happen. 2:15

15 Whenever the Israelites went out, the LORD was against them and brought disaster on them, just as He had promised and sworn to them. So they suffered greatly.


       As one looks over history it would not be unusua1 to note societies that went into the slavery of their enemies because they lacked spiritual discipline. Many societies seem to think the spiritual dimension for societies can be neglected without some sad consequences. When they wake up they do recognize how God

had sworn His people would face those kind of circumstances. What a terrible shame for a nation to neglect the commands of God and go off in the worship of strange gods. The text tells us the anger of God turned against the people and allowed foreign gods and nations to conquer them.



 

 

3.   Truth or Consequences and A . . Significant Return to God. 2:16, 18

      A.  Consequences of Truth . . Resulted from Obedient Judges. 2:16

      16 The LORD raised up judges, who saved them from the power of their marauders,

 

      B.  Consequences of Truth As God . . Raised Up Obedient Judges. 2:18

18 Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for the Israelites, the LORD was with him and saved the people from the power of their enemies while the judge was still alive. The LORD was moved to pity whenever they groaned because of those who were oppressing and afflicting them.


       It is a blessing to read in this period of Israel’s history that God raised up judges who stood for Him and the Laws and commands He authorized. The consequences of truth from these judges resulted in a return to the worship of God and He saved them from their enemies. Through this time God raised up judges who followed Him and He supported the people as they groaned because of the oppression their enemies inflicted. God used these judges to call the people back to Him and away from the false gods.


 

4.   Truth or Consequences and A . . Testing of Obedience to God’s Commands. 2:19-22

       A.   A Testing so the People will . . Know who Failed. 2:19-20

       19 Whenever the judge died, the Israelites would act even more corruptly than their fathers, going after

       other gods to worship and bow down to them. They did not turn from their evil practices or their obstinate

       ways. 20 The LORD’s anger burned against Israel, and He declared, “Because this nation has violated My

       covenant that I made with their fathers and disobeyed Me,

 

       B.   A Testing so the People will . . Keep the Lord’s Way. 2:21-22 

21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.

       22 I did this to test Israel and to see whether they would keep the LORD’s way by walking in it, as their

       fathers had.”


       I believe God caused a testing during these days so the people would clearly see and know who’s fault it was that God’s hand had been withdrawn from them. It should have been obvious to them that they went away from the ways of their fathers. God wanted them to return and keep the ways He had commanded and their fathers had followed.. This truly was a time of Truth or Consequences. Amen? Amen!