Chariots Of Iron And A Stone Of Witnesses by Jerry Vines

CHARIOTS OF IRON AND A STONE OF WITNESS
For July 4, 2000
Judges 1:19,28; Joshua 24:26-17.
Jerry Vines
7/2/00

I heard a hillbilly song on the way in this
morning. It said, "Nothing tries your faith like a
long sermon on a pretty summer day." I kind of
resented that song. I thought that was a little
strong.

I have a message I want to share with you and I
don't know how long it will take, but I think it'll be
a blessing and a challenge for you. I pray when we
walk out of here you'll be glad you heard this
particular message.

In Judges 1:19 we read this statement. "And the
Lord was with Judah, and he drave out the inhabitants
of the mountain, but could not drive out the
inhabitants of the valley because they had chariots of
iron."

Drop down to verse 28. "It came to pass when
Israel was strong that they put the Canaanites to
tribute and did not utterly drive them out."

If you should ask me what book in the Bible I
think best describes the situation we are in in
American culture, without hesitancy I would say to you
that I believe it is the book of Judges. When you
read the book of Judges you find yourself in the midst
of a cultural situation which is very similar to what
we face in America today. Of course, you do know that
the book of Judges follows on the heels of the book of
Joshua. It is quite a contrast in your thinking to
move from Joshua to Judges. In Joshua we find great
conquest. In Judges we find great defeat. Joshua is
punctuated by shouts of victory. Judges is punctuated
by cries of misery.

So, when you turn to the book of Judges you find
what I believe is the best statement in the Bible of
where we find ourselves as believers in American
culture. When you read the book of Judges you find a
long list of geographical places. You find a lot of
history and you find a great number of names that are
very difficult to pronounce. Why would I call you to
go bac ...


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