The Next Great Leader or the Next Fall?
hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is
the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not
assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy
the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to
preserve, protect and defend it."
- Is the
-Who was the first positive leader after Joshua?
- Is God a jealous God?
- How important is to follow God’s paths for us?
The first five books of the Bible include the stories of such
great leaders as Abraham,
Joseph, and Moses. The first five books end with the book of Deuteronomy; the same
book that we read about the end of Moses’ leadership. At the end of the book of
Deuteronomy and through the book of Joshua we read about the leadership of Joshua.
Joshua was handpicked by God and received instruction from Moses. But who was the
next positive leader after Joshua? The answer can be found in the next book (after the
book of Joshua) . . . it is found in the book of Judges.
In Joshua 24:19-24 and Judges 2:7-12 we read about the death
of Joshua, and the
commitment by God’s people to follow God’s ways. And in Joshua 24:29 we read
that Joshua dies.
Footnote from the Holy Bible:
“Joshua shows God fulfills His promises and renews His expectations of His people.”
The book of Judges is something of a “Sin Pattern”:
God’s people fall into sin and idol worshiping . . . and spent time as captives . . .
repented . . . restored . . . sin . . . captives . . . repented . . . restored . . . sin . . .
Deborah – a positive influence:
The first positive leader that we read about after Joshua was
Let’s see what the book of Judges tells us about Deborah.
Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was
5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and
country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.
6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, "The
LORD, the God of Israel, commands you: 'Go, take with you ten thousand
men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to
7 I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his
troops to the
8 Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me,
I won't go."
9 "Very well," Deborah said, "I will go with you. But because of the way you are going
about this, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a
woman." So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh,
14 Then Deborah said to Barak,
"Go! This is the day the LORD has given Sisera
your hands. Has not the LORD gone ahead of you?" So Barak went down Mount
Tabor, followed by ten thousand men.
16 But Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim. All the troops
of Sisera fell by the sword; not a man was left.
Commentary found on MyJewishLearning.com:
From Tikva Frymer-Kensky,
“Although the book of Judges has traditionally been seen as
describing a chaotic period of time between the Joshua's orderly conquest and the
founding of the monarchy, many modern biblical scholars consider the book an
alternative historical view of how the "conquest of Canaan" came about. This is the view
of the author of this article, and by this interpretation, Deborah becomes an important
figure in the story of the defeat of the Canaanites . . . .”
that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam
sang this song:
2 "When the princes in
themselves — praise the LORD!
3 "Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing to the LORD, I will sing;
I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel.
And then the fall:
After Deborah leadership, God’s people fell into sin again. A lesson not well learned.
- How great was Deborah’s faith in God?
- What do you think the people of God did after Deborah was no longer their leader?
- How well are you following in the paths that God has
planned for you?
– Do you give thanks to the Lord daily, weekly, monthly?
Optional additional reading: Judges 4 and Judges 5
Holy Bible. Authorized King James
Broadman and Holman Publishers. 1998.
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