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THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD (2 of 2)
by Dr. Jesse M. Hendley
Judges 4 and 5
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn
with me to the Book of Judges, chapters 4 and 5, and
we are studying The Government of God, the Rulership
of God. We found that God is ruling mankind today,
that God is moving on, that He operates in nations and
also in individual lives. If we could only learn the
principles and if we could have EYES TO SEE how God
operates and where God operates! We find that in the
Book of Judges, when a nation SINS against God, God
sends their enemies against them, and they stay in
captivity till they repent. When they repent, God
raises up a judge and they are restored to the land.
And that is repeated over and over again.
I want to call your attention to two
thoughts, we have brought out. One is "first-hand and
second-hand religion." Deborah had first-hand
religion. She was near to God. There wasn't anyone
else in Israel that God could use but Deborah. She
was nearest to His hand. If YOU are not being used of
God it because you are not near to God, because God
USES everyone who is near enough and surrendered
enough and spiritual enough for Him to speak to.
Deborah got her religion first-hand. She knew the
Lord. She was the strongest person in Israel,
spiritually, so strong that SHE could lead the nation
in victory over their enemies and God could pour
Himself THROUGH HER to give the victory to the nation
Now Barak had second-hand religion. He had to
get his call, not directly from God but from Deborah.
He listened to God, but THROUGH the voice of a human
being. In this case, a woman, because a woman was
NEARER to God than any man. He Followed God only as
Deborah followed God. He said, just before going out
to battle, if you don't go with me, I'm not going.
SHE planned the battle. SHE told him what to do. SHE
called him. We'd never have heard of ...
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