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    • Forsaken Judg 2:11-15 Forsaken
    • • There could not be a worse feeling than being all alone in this world. Forsaken
    • • There could not be a worse feeling than being all alone in this world. God created man as a social being. • Forsaken
    • • There could not be a worse feeling than being all alone in this world. God created man as a social being. • “It is not good that the man should be • alone; I will make a helper fit for him” (Gn 2:18, ESV). Forsaken
    • • There could not be a worse feeling than being all alone in this world. God created man as a social being. • “It is not good that the man should be • alone; I will make a helper fit for him” (Gn 2:18, ESV). Man’s social need is surely one reason God • created the church. Forsaken
    • • There could not be a worse feeling than being all alone in this world. God created man as a social being. • “It is not good that the man should be • alone; I will make a helper fit for him” (Gn 2:18, ESV). Man’s social need is surely one reason God • created the church: “Day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46, ESV). Forsaken
    • • This morning’s text is about being forsaken, all alone in this world. Forsaken
    • • This morning’s text is about being forsaken, all alone in this world. • We see the Israelites: FORSAKING THE LORD. • FORSAKEN BY THE LORD. • Forsaken
    • vv 10-13 Forsaken
    • • “And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger” (vv 10-13, ESV). Forsaken
    • Forsaken
    • • The Hebrew for “know” – as fits this context – refers to an intimate relationship. Forsaken
    • • “There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV). Forsaken
    • • “There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV). There was an intimate relationship between the Lord & Moses. Forsaken
    • • “There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV). There was an intimate relationship between the Lord & Moses. • The term is also used of the sexual relationship. Forsaken
    • • “There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV). There was an intimate relationship between the Lord & Moses. • The term is also used of the sexual relationship. “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she • conceived and bore Cain” Gn 4:1, ESV). Forsaken
    • • “There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV). There was an intimate relationship between the Lord & Moses. • The term is also used of the sexual relationship. “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she • conceived and bore Cain” Gn 4:1, ESV). The sexual relationship is a very intimate • relationship. Forsaken
    • • Thus, at the time of the judges, the Israelites did not have an intimate relationship with God. Forsaken
    • • Thus, at the time of the judges, the Israelites did not have an intimate relationship with God. This means more than that they simply • didn’t know who God was. Forsaken
    • • Thus, at the time of the judges, the Israelites did not have an intimate relationship with God. This means more than that they simply • didn’t know who God was. The Israelites were not walking with God. • Forsaken
    • • Thus, at the time of the judges, the Israelites did not have an intimate relationship with God. This means more than that they simply • didn’t know who God was. The Israelites were not walking with God. • • We need to walk with God. Forsaken
    • • Thus, at the time of the judges, the Israelites did not have an intimate relationship with God. This means more than that they simply • didn’t know who God was. The Israelites were not walking with God. • • We need to walk with God. • “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God” (Gn 6:9, ESV). Forsaken
    • • Thus, at the time of the judges, the Israelites did not have an intimate relationship with God. This means more than that they simply • didn’t know who God was. The Israelites were not walking with God. • • We need to walk with God. • “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God” (Gn 6:9, ESV). • Levi “walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many away from iniquity” (Mal 2:6, ESV). Forsaken
    • Forsaken
    • • The Israelites did not know what the Lord had done for Israel. Forsaken
    • • The Israelites did not know what the Lord had done for Israel. He had done so very much for them. • Forsaken
    • • The Israelites did not know what the Lord had done for Israel. He had done so very much for them. • But, this generation knew nothing of • God’s mighty acts. Forsaken
    • Forsaken
    • • The previous generation had been commanded to teach their children. Forsaken
    • • The previous generation had been commanded to teach their children. “And these words that I command you • today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut 6:6-7, ESV). Forsaken
    • • The previous generation had been commanded to teach their children. Deut 6:6-7. • “When your children ask in time to come, • ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever” (Josh 4:6-7, ESV). Forsaken
    • • It certainly seems that the previous generation had not fulfilled this obligation. Forsaken
    • • It certainly seems that the previous generation had not fulfilled this obligation. Therefore, their children knew nothing of • God’s mighty acts. Forsaken
    • • It certainly seems that the previous generation had not fulfilled this obligation. Therefore, their children knew nothing of • God’s mighty acts. We have an awesome responsibility to • teach our children. Forsaken
    • • It certainly seems that the previous generation had not fulfilled this obligation. Therefore, their children knew nothing of • God’s mighty acts. We have an awesome responsibility to • teach our children. “Train up a child in the way he should go; • even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov 22:6, ESV). Forsaken
    • • It certainly seems that the previous generation had not fulfilled this obligation. Therefore, their children knew nothing of • God’s mighty acts. We have an awesome responsibility to • teach our children. “Train up a child in the way he should go; • even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov 22:6, ESV). “Fathers, do not provoke your children to • anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph 6:4, ESV). Forsaken
    • Forsaken
    • • The people followed & worshiped the various gods of their neighbors. Forsaken
    • • The people followed & worshiped the various gods of their neighbors. • The Israelites had been commanded to annihilate the Canaanites. Forsaken
    • • “When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than yourselves, and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction.You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire” (Deut 7:1-5, ESV). Forsaken
    • • The people followed & worshiped the various gods of their neighbors. • The Israelites had been commanded to annihilate the Canaanites (Deut 7:1- 5). • But, the Israelites did not do that! Forsaken
    • • The people followed & worshiped the various gods of their neighbors. • The Israelites had been commanded to annihilate the Canaanites (Deut 7:1- 5). • But, the Israelites did not do that! “Now when the people of Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly drive them out” (Josh 17:13). Forsaken
    • We cannot simply do what everybody else does. Forsaken
    • • The majority of the people in this world are going to hell. Forsaken
    • • The majority of the people in this world are going to hell. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is • wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Mt 7:13-14, ESV). Forsaken
    • • The majority of the people in this world are going to hell. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is • wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Mt 7:13-14, ESV). If we do what the majority do, we’ll find • ourselves headed straight to destruction. Forsaken
    • • We are called to be different from those around us. Forsaken
    • • We are called to be different from those around us. “If you were of the world, the world would • love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (Jn 15:19, ESV). Forsaken
    • • We are called to be different from those around us. “If you were of the world, the world would • love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (Jn 15:19, ESV). “Therefore go out from their midst, and • be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you” (2 Cor 6:17, ESV). Forsaken
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    • What shall we do? Forsaken
    • vv 14-15 Forsaken
    • • “So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. Whenever they marched out, the hand of the Lord was against them for harm, as the Lord had warned, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress” (vv 14-15, ESV). Forsaken
    • • God became angry with the Israelites. Forsaken
    • • God became angry with the Israelites. • God does become angry. Forsaken
    • • God became angry with the Israelites. • God does become angry. “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven • against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Rm 1:18, ESV). Forsaken
    • • God became angry with the Israelites. • God does become angry. “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven • against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Rm 1:18, ESV). “Let no one deceive you with empty words, • for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Eph 5:6, ESV). Forsaken
    • • A T Pierson: “God’s anger was seen to be not a passion, but a principle—the eternal hatred of wrong, which corresponds to the eternal love of right, and which is only another aspect of love. The magnetic needle swings on its delicate axis; it attracts at one end; it repels at the other.” Forsaken
    • • J. I. Packer: “The entire New Testament is overshadowed by the certainty of a coming day of universal judgment, and by the problem thence arising; how may we sinners get right with God while there is yet time?” Forsaken
    • • Raiders came against the Israelites & plundered them. Forsaken
    • • Raiders came against the Israelites & plundered them. The worship of Baal was supposed to • protect one’s crops. Forsaken
    • • Raiders came against the Israelites & plundered them. The worship of Baal was supposed to • protect one’s crops. God is likely purposefully sending • plunderers against the crops to make a point that Baal is no protection at all. Forsaken
    • • Whenever the Israelites went out against their enemies, they could not stand against their enemies, v 15. Forsaken
    • • Whenever the Israelites went out against their enemies, they could not stand against their enemies, v 15. Victory over their enemies established • God’s care for the Israelites. Forsaken
    • • Whenever the Israelites went out against their enemies, they could not stand against their enemies, v 15. Victory over their enemies established • God’s care for the Israelites. “And Joshua said, ‘Here is how you shall • know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites’” (Josh 3:10, ESV). Forsaken
    • • “At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel” (Josh 10:12-14, ESV). Forsaken
    • • Because of the people’s sinfulness, God withdrew his help. Forsaken
    • • “The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you’” (Josh 7:10-12, ESV). Forsaken
    • • “The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth” (Deut 28:25, ESV). Forsaken
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    • • God promises retribution upon the disobedient. Forsaken
    • • God promises retribution upon the disobedient. “There will be tribulation and distress for • every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek” (Rm 2:9, ESV). Forsaken
    • • God promises retribution upon the disobedient. “There will be tribulation and distress for • every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek” (Rm 2:9, ESV). The wicked “will suffer the punishment of • eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thess 1:9, ESV). Forsaken
    • • If we are not faithful to God, he will withdraw his blessings. Forsaken
    • • If we are not faithful to God, he will withdraw his blessings. God promises blessings to the obedient. • Forsaken
    • • If we are not faithful to God, he will withdraw his blessings. God promises blessings to the obedient. • “The one who looks into the perfect law, • the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (Js 1:25, ESV). Forsaken
    • • If we are not faithful to God, he will withdraw his blessings. God promises blessings to the obedient. • “The one who looks into the perfect law, • the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (Js 1:25, ESV). “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn • us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him” (1 Jn 3:21-22, ESV). Forsaken
    • • The conclusion of this narrative is quite interesting. Forsaken
    • • The conclusion of this narrative is quite interesting. The Israelites were in great distress. • Forsaken
    • • The conclusion of this narrative is quite interesting. The Israelites were in great distress. • “ Then the Lord raised up judges, who • saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them” (v 16, ESV). Forsaken
    • • The conclusion of this narrative is quite interesting. The Israelites were in great distress. • “ Then the Lord raised up judges, who • saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them” (v 16, ESV). • God still loved his people & when they returned to him, he returned to them. Forsaken