Victory Vitamin Blog – Judges 2:18-19

“Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived;

-Judges 2:18-19 NIV

 

At this point in Israel’s history, they had left Egypt, wandered in the wilderness, crossed into the Promised Land (modern day Israel/Palestine).  The LORD had instructed the Israelite army to destroy every living thing in the cities they conquered in the promised land.  That way they wouldn’t be tempted to follow the idol-worshiping ways of the previous inhabitants.  They disobeyed the LORD in that regard, and not surprisingly, the Israelites began worshiping false gods.  When they worshiped false gods, the LORD caused the Israelites to lose in battle and be oppressed by other nations.  When the Israelites repented, the LORD would send a “judge” who would lead the people back to the LORD, and back to victory in battle.  As it says above, this would last until that particular judge would die, then the Israelites would start the cycle of disobedience over again.  We’re not that different from the Israelites.  When life is good, we tend to drift away from God, neglect worship and His Word, pray less frequently.  When hardship strikes, suddenly we remember just how much we need God.  We can be thankful that just as God raised up judges to rescue His sinful Israelite people, so He has raised up a rescuer for us.  One who has delivered us from the enemies of sin and death.  We need not worry about our freedom lasting only as long as that judge lives.  Jesus lives forever.  He cannot die again.  Our victory in Him is eternal!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Matthew 18:3

“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

-Matthew 18:3 NIV

 

Pretty strong words by Jesus.  You don’t get into heaven unless you become like a little child?!  What does that even mean?  In Jesus’ day, children weren’t  glamorized and idolized like they are today.  Children had no real status.  They had no say.  They had no power.  Jesus’ point is that we are to give up our grip on earthly status, wealth, and authority and find our hope and strength in Him.  Little children don’t take pride in themselves, they rely completely on their parents for love, care, protection, and support.  We are to do the same.  We don’t look to the world for security, we look to our heavenly Father who, through the death and resurrection of Jesus has provided for our greatest need, the need for a Savior.  So, go ahead, act like a child.  Swallow your pride, humble yourself, and trust God to provide the protection and support you need.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for September 10, 2017 – Matthew 18:4-6

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for September 10, 2017 – Matthew 18:4-6

God clearly has a special love for children.  He directs us to welcome them, teach them, and even act more like them.  On this Fall Kickoff Sunday we’ll see what it looks like to become like a child. Learn more this Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Victory Lutheran Church.