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Bring Back the Glory (1 of 6)
Series: Bring Back the Glory
Judges 1:1-2; 2:1-4, 16
Would you take God's Word, please, and be finding Judges chapter 1 and when you've found it, look up here and let me tell you something. The book of Judges is not a happy book. It's a sad book and yet it's a book that holds out hope. It's a book that tells how God had blessed the nation Israel and how Israel then lost her glory. Israel had a glorious heritage. God had done a miracle for Israel. By the power of God, she had broken the gnawing and tormenting bonds of slavery. She'd come out of Egypt and God had given to her a promised land, a land that flowed with milk and honey and God had given to them liberty and freedom like God had given to the United States of America. But the people of Israel did not appreciate their miracle, their heritage, the blessings of God. God had given to them Himself. They had a Lord. God had given to them Canaan. They had a land. God had given to them His commandments. They had a law. But they denied the Lord. They defied the law. They defiled the land. And God had to bring judgment to these people who had been blessed so very much.
That reminds me so much of America because there is such a striking parallel. God has so blessed this nation. We told you recently how no nation ever had such a Christian beginning as America and yet America must admit that the crown has fallen. America, I say it with a broken heart, has forgotten God. Yes, we still have religion. Yes, we still have culture. But, all of that is the formaldehyde, the sickening perfume that disguises the deadliness and the decay that is in our land today and unless something happens, some historian may someday write, The Rise and Fall of the American Empire.
Look in the book of Judges, chapter 1 verses 1 and 2. ''Now, after the death of Joshua, it came to pass that the children of Israel asked the Lord saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first to ...
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