Judges 1: Accept the Delivery

The tribe of Judah was specifically chosen by God to lead the charge against the Canaanites in Judges chapter 1.

Jdg 1:1  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 fight against them?

Jdg 1:2  And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

I like the use of language in the second verse. The land has been delivered. That makes me think of the Postal Service. As the end customer, we do not need to do any of the work behind the scenes. The company coordinates everything to deliver that package or envelope right into our hands.

I think that is what God is trying to tell the Israelites and modern readers through these verses. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that we cannot coordinate, but we cannot just say that all of that activity does not happen.

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God has already orchestrated all of history, and because of that, we need to accept his deliveries. Although I don’t think most of us have been handed military conquest like the tribe of Judah was, we have been given a wide variety of different blessings and gifts.

It is not at all by our own merit that we have been blessed, but just like He chose the tribe of Judah, God still gives us certain talents and abilities to equip us for whatever He needs.

The obvious application from this passage is that we need to accept our deliveries from God and then use them in the way that He would want us to.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on February 19, 2013, in Judges and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on Refresh My Heart In Christ and commented:
    From the time of Joshua’s death to the rise of Saul as king, God raised up twelve men and one woman to rescue the rebellious nation of Israel. A nation that was loosing its national identity and its unity. The book of Judges contains some of the ugliest stories in the Bible. But I find a lot of comfort in knowing God doesn’t sanitize the horrible, raw ugliness and sin we each are guilty (and capable) of. Though this book, we can get a glimpse of God and ourselves. He would not let the Israelites go. And He will continue to pursue us. The Lord God is the real Hero. To continue reading Zak’s post, click the “Read More” link above.

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