We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Permission or Presumption? Part 1

In Judges chapter 1, Israel asks God who should go first into battle to defeat the enemy. God says that Judah should go up first. So after prayer and direct revelation from God, Judah goes out to war and annihilates the enemy. Wouldn’t it be nice if we, too, could hear from God each time we had a battle to fight?

In Judges 20, Israel again asks God who should lead the way into battle. But this time the battle is against their own brethren, the tribe of Benjamin. Once again, through direct revelation, God says that Judah should go first. Now if you asked God for direction and received indisputable evidence that He was leading you, how would you respond if His direction led only to your defeat and destruction? Twenty-two thousand-dead!

To make matters worse, they asked God a second time, only this time with prayer and weeping. The result was the same! Eighteen thousand more-dead! Can you imagine? Why would a God of love lead a praying people into such catastrophic defeat?

Perhaps you have experienced something similar. You prayed for your marriage, but it ended in divorce. You prayed for your teen, but he ended up enslaved to drugs. You prayed for your daughter, but she ran off with an undesirable young man. You have prayed and prayed and prayed, yet you have experienced utter defeat. Why? The answer is found in the book of Judges, where we learn that every man did that which was right in his own eyes. And tomorrow we will learn . . . the rest of the story.

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