5/05/2013 | Tim Baldwin
Tim Baldwin provides an introduction to Judges. God's people finally get to inhabit the promised land, to fulfil the promises made to Abraham. And what should have been a great experience for God's chosen people, becomes a series of generations who reject God, are rescued by a Judge, then fall away into worse behaviour. As God calls his people to drive out the other nations - it's worth considering if Holy war is ever ok? 1. It was punishment for their wickedness (see Gen 15) 2. God owns all land and was fulfilling His promise (Deut 7:7) 3. To maintain the covenant relationship (Deut 7:6) What about now this side of Jesus? No - it's not ok to use these verses to justify war, we are in Exodus preparing for the new Kingdom Yes - spiritually we are at war, and need to rage Holy war on sin.
23/06/2013 | Andrew Heard
Andrew unpacks the Judge Samson. Despite Gods continued mercy and love, Israel again did evil in the sight of The Lord. The Philistine oppression was more subtle, and This time Israel doesn't cry out for The Lord. Samson's parents were God fearing and he was dedicated as a Nazirite. In chapter 14. Samson ignored the requirements of the vow. His riddle was an arrogant provocation. Samson had a problem with his eyes, & discipline - which undermines his actions. Samson was physically strong but of weak character. God used this broken man. He used Samson to stir up the Philistines to oppress Israel, to stir up Israel to cry out for The Lord. God is the deliverer !
28/10/2012 | Andrew Heard
God's overarching plan for us is to become more Christ-like. There are also examples of 'Conscious-guidance' in the Bible. Eg Cornelius vision from an Angel (Acts 10). God is supernatural and has and does guide via 'conscious guidance'. Should we expect this ? Was - Ought distinction. Matt 17:24 Jesus sends Peter to catch a fish who has a coin in its mouth. This miracle is unique and we don't conclude that the fish is some divine guidance for us on paying taxes today because the rest of the bible provides guidance principles on taxes. God's 'conscious guidance' examples are listed in the Bible primarily to demonstrate the fulfillment of His plan to bring all the nations together under Christ to bring glory to God.