Scripture Challenge for 7-3-22
This comes from Judges.
__:__And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.
*Normally, we think of a lure as something that we use to catch a fish with or something to entice an animal that we might want to catch or ensnare. The devil uses lures too, so that he can entice us to behave in ways we should not, or waste time on something that has no value. Time is a valuable thing, most people will admit and we should recognize that the devil also would like to steal our time and attention on things that might not seem bad or harmful to us. After all, the fish that sees that lure under the water most definitely sees it as food and nothing harmful, but when he nibbles and the fisherman sets the hook, it is too late for the fish. Time is one of those things that cannot be reversed and we only move forward in it, so that is why it is so very important that we remain focused on the will of God for our lives. When we remain in the will of God, our time will be used in the most effective manner possible for God's perfect will and purpose; and for the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ that is the most important thing! Samson was a man that was set apart for God's purpose, but he played around with things that were harmful to him and his mission and it eventually ended up with the gouging out of his eyes (Judges 16:21) and his eventual death (Judges 16:30). There is another angle as well to the picture and that is for the unsaved, and you can be very sure that the devil is constantly working non-stop to give those people lures to focus on; so that their attention is placed on things that do not really matter and not on their true condition. The unbeliever's eternal soul is at stake and the stakes are very high, even if they don't realize their need for a Savior, it does not change their condition (see Romans 3:23). The devil wants to keep them blinded to verse 23 and definitely wants to keep them blinded to verse 24, as long as the devil can keep them lured away from Jesus he can claim victory over them. All the while the unsaved go about not realizing that there is no time like the present to accept Christ and be saved.
Scripture Challenge for 6-26-22
Answer: Judges 19:1-2
This comes from Judges 19, but read the whole chapter and also 20 and 21 to understand the point I am trying to make.
19:__-__And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah. And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father's house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there four whole months.
*The downfall of a people always begins with apostasy (a turning away from God) and then moves on into the next stage of rot, which is moral awfulness, then from there comes political anarchy. Reading about this reminds me of the way that Sodom was before God destroyed it and with what happened in the house of Lot. In this account you can see that the man sent out his concubine to avoid death for himself and then these people abused this woman and caused her death. This unfortunately sounds about like something that comes out of our country today. As a matter of fact there is a very serious parallel when you read through these chapters. After receiving the message this man sent to the other tribes that was very brutal and coarse, the people of that day believed the law should be enforced. In that sense they had not sunk as low as we have today in our ridiculous philosophy that lawlessness should be permitted and we should have as little law as possible. Friend, do you see how far we have sunk in this nation listening to people that are not led by God? Why do we permit it to happen when we know it is not right? Man left on his own and apart from God always comes up with the most ridiculous and stupid of ideologies. The question is are we as Christians going to humble ourselves before Almighty God and turn back to Him and begin to stand against the tyranny that we have in our day or are we just going to continue to be weak little shells of what we are supposed to be?