So That They Might Be Taught War

Text: Judges 3:1-2

Those who lived during the time of Joshua were given the land and promised victory over their enemies (Joshua 23:4-5,14). But a new generation arose that would need to continue to deal with these enemies (Judges 2:8-10, 20-21). This was to test them (Judges 2:22) and teach them war (Judges 3:2). We need to learn from this as we are involved in a spiritual conflict today (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Conflict is Inevitable

  • It is easy sometimes to feel detached from the conflicts of previous generations – but such things are not only for the past
  • There will be factions (1 Corinthians 11:19) – conflicts will arise from within and from outside of the church (Acts 20:29-30)
  • We must be prepared for conflicts today (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Jude 3; Philippians 1:16)
  • To be prepared we must know how to use the word of God (Ephesians 6:17)

We Must Defend What Was Previously Gained

  • If the Israelites gave up the conflict, they would lose what previous generations gained (Joshua 23:16)
  • There is a constant danger of slipping away from the right way (Hebrews 2:1) – this could be done individually (1 Corinthians 9:27) or on a large scale (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
  • How might we lose previous gains? … One falls away from the faith (Hebrews 3:12-13), we condone worldliness (Ephesians 5:1-7), we abandon the New Testament pattern (2 Timothy 1:13)

We Must Choose the Way of the Lord

  • The enemies of the Israelites were left to test them to see if they would keep the way of the Lord (Judges 2:22)
  • It is easy to be faithful during times of peace, but more difficult during conflict (Matthew 26:31-35, 56, 69-75)
  • The times of conflict will test us – Will we choose the way of the Lord or not?
  • There is a reward for faithfulness (2 Timothy 4:7-8) – but God takes no pleasure in one who falls away (Hebrews 10:38)

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