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.
  •


...
• There could not be a worse feeling
  than being all alone in this world.
      God created man as a social being.
  •
  ...
• There could not be a worse feeling
  than being all alone in this world.
      God created man as a social being.
  •
  ...
• There could not be a worse feeling
  than being all alone in this world.
      God created man as a social being.
  •
  ...
• 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 LOR...
vv 10-13




           Forsaken
• “And all that generation also were gathered to
  their fathers. And there arose another
  generation after them who did ...
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).




...
• “There has not arisen a prophet since
  in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD
  knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV).
  Th...
• “There has not arisen a prophet since
  in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD
  knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV).
  Th...
• “There has not arisen a prophet since
  in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD
  knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV).
  Th...
• “There has not arisen a prophet since
  in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD
  knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV).
  Th...
• Thus, at the time of the judges, the
  Israelites did not have an intimate
  relationship with God.




          Forsak...
• Thus, at the time of the judges, the
  Israelites did not have an intimate
  relationship with God.
      This means mor...
• Thus, at the time of the judges, the
  Israelites did not have an intimate
  relationship with God.
      This means mor...
• Thus, at the time of the judges, the
  Israelites did not have an intimate
  relationship with God.
      This means mor...
• Thus, at the time of the judges, the
  Israelites did not have an intimate
  relationship with God.
      This means mor...
• Thus, at the time of the judges, the
  Israelites did not have an intimate
  relationship with God.
      This means mor...
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.
  •




      ...
• The Israelites did not know what the
  Lord had done for Israel.
      He had done so very much for them.
  •
      But,...
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
  •
    ...
• The previous generation had been
  commanded to teach their children.
      Deut 6:6-7.
  •
      “When your children as...
• 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 k...
• It certainly seems that the previous
  generation had not fulfilled this
  obligation.
      Therefore, their children k...
• It certainly seems that the previous
  generation had not fulfilled this
  obligation.
      Therefore, their children k...
• It certainly seems that the previous
  generation had not fulfilled this
  obligation.
      Therefore, their children k...
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 annihila...
•   “When the Lord your God brings you into the land that
    you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away
 ...
• The people followed & worshiped the
  various gods of their neighbors.
• The Israelites had been commanded
  to annihila...
• The people followed & worshiped the
  various gods of their neighbors.
• The Israelites had been commanded
  to annihila...
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
  •
    ...
• The majority of the people in this
  world are going to hell.
       “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is
  •
    ...
• 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 yo...
• We are called to be different from
  those around us.
      “If you were of the world, the world would
  •
      love yo...
Forsaken
Forsaken
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...
• 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
    •...
• God became angry with the Israelites.
  • God does become angry.
        “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven
    •...
• A T Pierson: “God’s anger was seen to
  be not a passion, but a principle—the
  eternal hatred of wrong, which
  corresp...
• J. I. Packer: “The entire New
  Testament is overshadowed by the
  certainty of a coming day of universal
  judgment, an...
• Raiders came against the Israelites &
  plundered them.




          Forsaken
• Raiders came against the Israelites &
  plundered them.
      The worship of Baal was supposed to
  •
      protect one’...
• Raiders came against the Israelites &
  plundered them.
      The worship of Baal was supposed to
  •
      protect one’...
• Whenever the Israelites went out
  against their enemies, they could not
  stand against their enemies, v 15.




      ...
• Whenever the Israelites went out
  against their enemies, they could not
  stand against their enemies, v 15.
      Vict...
• Whenever the Israelites went out
  against their enemies, they could not
  stand against their enemies, v 15.
      Vict...
• “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...
• 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 co...
• “The Lord will cause you to be
  defeated before your enemies. You
  shall go out one way against them and
  flee seven ...
Forsaken
• God promises retribution upon the
  disobedient.




         Forsaken
• God promises retribution upon the
  disobedient.
      “There will be tribulation and distress for
  •
      every human...
• God promises retribution upon the
  disobedient.
      “There will be tribulation and distress for
  •
      every human...
• 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.
  •




 ...
• If we are not faithful to God, he will
  withdraw his blessings.
      God promises blessings to the obedient.
  •
     ...
• If we are not faithful to God, he will
  withdraw his blessings.
      God promises blessings to the obedient.
  •
     ...
• The conclusion of this narrative is
  quite interesting.




          Forsaken
• The conclusion of this narrative is
  quite interesting.
      The Israelites were in great distress.
  •




          ...
• The conclusion of this narrative is
  quite interesting.
      The Israelites were in great distress.
  •
      “ Then t...
• The conclusion of this narrative is
  quite interesting.
      The Israelites were in great distress.
  •
      “ Then t...
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  1. 1. Forsaken Judg 2:11-15 Forsaken
  2. 2. • There could not be a worse feeling than being all alone in this world. Forsaken
  3. 3. • There could not be a worse feeling than being all alone in this world. God created man as a social being. • Forsaken
  4. 4. • 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
  5. 5. • 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
  6. 6. • 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
  7. 7. • This morning’s text is about being forsaken, all alone in this world. Forsaken
  8. 8. • 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
  9. 9. vv 10-13 Forsaken
  10. 10. • “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
  11. 11. Forsaken
  12. 12. • The Hebrew for “know” – as fits this context – refers to an intimate relationship. Forsaken
  13. 13. • “There has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deut 34:10, ESV). Forsaken
  14. 14. • “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
  15. 15. • “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
  16. 16. • “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
  17. 17. • “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
  18. 18. • Thus, at the time of the judges, the Israelites did not have an intimate relationship with God. Forsaken
  19. 19. • 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
  20. 20. • 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
  21. 21. • 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
  22. 22. • 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
  23. 23. • 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
  24. 24. Forsaken
  25. 25. • The Israelites did not know what the Lord had done for Israel. Forsaken
  26. 26. • The Israelites did not know what the Lord had done for Israel. He had done so very much for them. • Forsaken
  27. 27. • 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
  28. 28. Forsaken
  29. 29. • The previous generation had been commanded to teach their children. Forsaken
  30. 30. • 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
  31. 31. • 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
  32. 32. • It certainly seems that the previous generation had not fulfilled this obligation. Forsaken
  33. 33. • It certainly seems that the previous generation had not fulfilled this obligation. Therefore, their children knew nothing of • God’s mighty acts. Forsaken
  34. 34. • 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
  35. 35. • 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
  36. 36. • 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
  37. 37. Forsaken
  38. 38. • The people followed & worshiped the various gods of their neighbors. Forsaken
  39. 39. • The people followed & worshiped the various gods of their neighbors. • The Israelites had been commanded to annihilate the Canaanites. Forsaken
  40. 40. • “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
  41. 41. • 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
  42. 42. • 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
  43. 43. We cannot simply do what everybody else does. Forsaken
  44. 44. • The majority of the people in this world are going to hell. Forsaken
  45. 45. • 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
  46. 46. • 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
  47. 47. • We are called to be different from those around us. Forsaken
  48. 48. • 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
  49. 49. • 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
  50. 50. Forsaken
  51. 51. Forsaken
  52. 52. What shall we do? Forsaken
  53. 53. vv 14-15 Forsaken
  54. 54. • “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
  55. 55. • God became angry with the Israelites. Forsaken
  56. 56. • God became angry with the Israelites. • God does become angry. Forsaken
  57. 57. • 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
  58. 58. • 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
  59. 59. • 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
  60. 60. • 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
  61. 61. • Raiders came against the Israelites & plundered them. Forsaken
  62. 62. • Raiders came against the Israelites & plundered them. The worship of Baal was supposed to • protect one’s crops. Forsaken
  63. 63. • 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
  64. 64. • Whenever the Israelites went out against their enemies, they could not stand against their enemies, v 15. Forsaken
  65. 65. • 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
  66. 66. • 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
  67. 67. • “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
  68. 68. • Because of the people’s sinfulness, God withdrew his help. Forsaken
  69. 69. • “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
  70. 70. • “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
  71. 71. Forsaken
  72. 72. • God promises retribution upon the disobedient. Forsaken
  73. 73. • 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
  74. 74. • 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
  75. 75. • If we are not faithful to God, he will withdraw his blessings. Forsaken
  76. 76. • If we are not faithful to God, he will withdraw his blessings. God promises blessings to the obedient. • Forsaken
  77. 77. • 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
  78. 78. • 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
  79. 79. • The conclusion of this narrative is quite interesting. Forsaken
  80. 80. • The conclusion of this narrative is quite interesting. The Israelites were in great distress. • Forsaken
  81. 81. • 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
  82. 82. • 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
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