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BRINGING AMERICA BACK TO GOD
Dr. Stan Coffey
The theme of the book of Judges is that "there was no king in Israel in those days, and every man did that which was right in his own eyes." They didn't recognize God as their king; they simply did what was right in their own eyes. God raised up judges - men, and in today's case a woman - to give Israel spiritual leadership and spiritual counsel. "After Ehud died, the Israelites once again did evil in the eyes of the Lord. So the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. Because he had nine hundred iron chariots and had cruelly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years, they cried to the Lord for help." (Judges 4:1-3)
Israel had been given a law; they had been given a land; they had been given a Lord. Yet Israel went through a cycle of self-defeat. Notice in this passage it said that Israel "once again did evil in the eyes of the Lord." Every time prosperity and peace came, they used that as an occasion to disobey and disregard the commandments of God and to do evil in the sight of the Lord. So there was REBELLION. Rebellion was followed by retribution - that is, God would raise up someone to be an instrument of judgment against His people. In this case, the Lord sold them into the hands of the king of Canaan. For twenty years they were in slavery there. They were living in a land that belonged to them, but they weren't possessing their possessions because they had rebelled against the Lord. As surely as night follows day, reaping will follow sewing. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Whatever a nation sows, that nation will reap. If it sows rebellion, it's going to reap RETRIBUTION OR JUDGMENT from God. We look at America, and there are many signs of God's judgment upon our nation. Financial prosperity is only one kind of prosper ...
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