by Stan Coffey

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Judges: Principles Of Victory (14 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Pastor Stan Coffey
July 15, 1990

AUTHORSHIP: The Prophet, Samuel.
DATE: 1373 - 1047BC.
THEME: Failure through Compromise
BACKGROUND: The Book of Judges follows a definite pattern. The first is sin. God's people forget Him and turn to idolatry. The second step is servitude. As a result of their sin, God sends an enemy nation to make slaves of His people. The third step is supplication. The people cry out to God in repentance and ask God for a deliverer. The fourth step is salvation. God raises up a judge or deliverer to lead the people back to victory. In today's lesson, we have selected one of the judges, Gideon, as an example of how God used these special people and taught them the principles of victory.

Judges 7
INTRODUCTION: The New Testament tells us that the Old Testament characters are given to us as examples and as an admonition for our own spiritual lives. We learn from the story of Gideon that God wants us to be a victorious people and we find in this story the principles of victory. The people of Israel had turned from God who had blessed them and brought them out of the land of Egypt and then turned to serve idols and because their nation turned their back on God, Judges 6 tells us that God allowed them to be enslaved by the Midianite people. The only reason God's people are enslaved by the devil today is that we allow ourselves to be drawn away from the Lordship of Christ. The Midianite people had come into the land of Palestine and had driven the Israelite people from their homes. They had taken their children and their wives captive. They had destroyed the crops and scattered their flocks and herds. They were so numerous that the Bible says that the Midianite people were like grasshoppers covering the earth. As a result, many of the Israelites hid in caves and trembled in fear because of the fierce Midianites. What a picture this is of Christianity ...

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