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Soldier On

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Tim 2:3-4)

“Soldier on” is an expression that depicts soldiers advancing in the pursuit of their mission objective despite hardship. The two words used in that simple expression say it all. A solider is one who is sent on a mission. He is to stay the course given to him, stay free from distractions, and do the job he is sent to do despite the hindrances and difficulties. If he was given a particular post to occupy he could not leave it. If he was given a specific assignment he needed to finish it. Simply put – he was to solider on with his duties.

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Are you Bored?

I am posing this question (the one in the title) to those who have placed their faith in the person and work of Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins; to those who have traded in man-made religion and tradition for the joy that comes from seeing the Gospel of God as sufficient in its salvific efficacy.

I would hope your answer to this question would be a hearty “No! Not at all!” but I know how the mundane-ness of life and the cares and worries of this world conspire with the flesh and the enemy to form, for many, a perception that life is nothing but a blasé carousel ride that leaves human beings jaded.

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The Destructive Nature of Vengeance (Judges 15-16)

If someone were to ask me, “What is the most vivid biblical illustration of the destructive nature of revenge that you can think of?” I think my answer would be, ‘The narrative of Samson and the Philistines.’ For the most part, the entire narrative has these two parties going back and forth at one another until it leads to both Samson and thousands of Philistines being killed.

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The Story of Caleb, Othniel, and Achsah (Jdg. 1:12-15)

Then Caleb said, “Whoever attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give my daughter Achsah as wife.” And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah as wife. Now it happened, when she came to him, that she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you wish?” So she said to him, “Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.” And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs. (Judges 1:12-15) 

 

I think most people who have read through the Bible, even if they haven’t read through all of it, have at some point looked at a passage and asked the question, “Why is this here?” In some cases a person might scratch their head and wonder why God decided to include such a narrative in the canon. But hopefully such head scratching recognizes that there is no issue with God’s eternal decision to reveal what He has willed to reveal. The issue is always with us. After all, our finite minds fall well short of God’s infinite wisdom. But with that being said, it wouldn’t surprise me if the passage above has prompted some to ask something like the aforementioned question. Hopefully this teaching can provide some clarity to replace any potential confusion.

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Collectively Relying upon God and Teamwork (Jdg. 1:1-5)

As the Book of Judges opens there are two things that are immediately noticeable to the reader: (1) Joshua has died and so life without Joshua begins for the children of Israel, and (2), the children of Israel get off to a good start.

Joshua had led the people into the Promised Land and to many wonderful victories but now the nation was in a position where they needed to collectively rely upon God because the presence of an intercessor like a Moses or Joshua wasn’t there.

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