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As you read through the Old Testament, you keep coming across the theme of idolatry.
An article in The Wall Street Journal provides a helpful definition of idolatry: “[People] are redefining God… [They] are embracing quirky, individualistic conceptions of God to suit their own spiritual needs.”
Idolatry is powerfully attractive, but it is also deeply offensive to God.
God responds to our idolatry by saying, “I AM WHO I AM. You cannot redefine me.”
Defining God as you would like Him to be will only lead to your life going around in circles, just like the book of Judges. Jesus came to break that cycle.
He is the great deliverer and He is able to save you from a futile journey in which you never make progress, by bringing you to know who God is and what He has done.
As you read through the book of Judges, it quickly becomes clear that while these military leaders (or judges) achieved remarkable things, most of them were seriously lacking in character.
Ehud was a cowardly assassin (Judges 3:12–23).
Gideon was lacking in faith (6:36–40).
And Samson’s moral failures are legendary (Judges 14-16).
There is no one in this book that you can truly admire.
Reading through the book of Judges will leave you thinking, we need a better deliverer!
And Jesus is that better deliverer.
The contrast between Jesus and the judges is striking. The judges made their mark by taking the lives of others; Jesus came to give his life for us. The achievements of the judges were short-lived; the deliverance Jesus brings lasts forever.
The judges addressed the external circumstances of God’s people; Jesus focused on the heart: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you” (Ezekiel 36:26).
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