tests and lessons

Judges - 1

tests and lessons

Judges 3:1-4 (JDV)

Judges 3:1 These are the nations Yahveh placed to test all those in Israel who had experienced none of the wars in Canaan.
Judges 3:2 This was to teach the future generations of the Israelites how to fight in battle, especially those who had not fought before.
Judges 3:3 These included the five rulers of the Philistines and all of the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in the Lebanese mountains from Mount Baal-hermon as far as the entrance to Hamath.
Judges 3:4 They were for testing Israel, to know if they would keep Yahveh’s commands he had given their fathers through Moses.

tests and lessons

The Israelites had failed to drive out some of the nations, but that is only part of the story. Another factor was that God allowed these nations to remain among them to test them — and to teach them how to fight in battle.

Our God knows what we are experiencing. He has designed the playing field. If there are challenges we face, he is aware of the challenges. He wants us to overcome them — with his help.

Both testing and teaching are things that happen in education. There are aspects of education that challenge the learner, but each aspect is important for the development process.

That is what God is doing among us by allowing these difficulties that force us to learn and grow, and depend on him.

Lord, thank you for the tests and lessons.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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