Judges 3:1-15, 31
Judges 3:1, 2
Surrounded as they were by warlike nations, the Lord meant his people to be expert in war, and therefore kept them in marching order, by leaving certain nations near at home to be a trouble to them. The church also is meant to be a militant army, and therefore the Lord will not allow everything to go smoothly with us.
Ungodly marriages are the source of abounding evil. We must maintain the separated condition of the people of God, or else we shall fall into sin and pierce ourselves through with many sorrows. We are not of the world, and we must not act as if we were.
They grew accustomed to talk of Baal and the thick trees in which he was worshipped; by and by they reverenced the lying vanities of the idolaters, and at last their treacherous memories forgot their God. Beware of sin’s sliding-scale.
This king reigned at a great distance, but God will find a rod for rebels, even if he sends hundreds of miles for it.
Othniel had been brave in his youth, and it is pleasant to hear of him in his old age. If we serve God well in the morning of life, we may be sure that he will honour us before the day is over.
Repetition of sin greatly increases guilt.
This time the oppressor was nearer home, and the punishment more severe.
This man struck a deadly blow at Eglon, and so delivered his country. God will use men of any kind for his work sooner than allow the cries of his people to remain unheard.
Rough as he was, Shamgar was honoured of God, and his humble weapon is laid up among the most renowned treasures of the Lord’s armoury. God can use us for great purposes, and he will do so, if we have real faith in him, and full submission to his will.
Beset with darkness, pressed with cares,
To God, in grief, I cried;
His mercy listened to my prayers,
His hand my wants supplied.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me!
His might, his mercies, prove!
How blest his sway! oh, taste and see
How vast, how kind, his love!