Being one with God, bought and fought for
Judges 3 /Proverbs 17 /1Timothy 1-3
Judges 3:1-4 The LORD left certain nations in the land to test those Israelites who had not participated in the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle. These were the nations: the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the hill country of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath. These people were left to test the Israelites–to see whether they would obey the commands the LORD had given to their ancestors through Moses.
Proverbs 17:13 If you repay evil for good, evil will never leave your house.
2:1-6 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.
OT Flash Points
Opponents are left in the land to teach and test by conflict
Ehud takes care of business
Proverbs: Even fools seem wise when they keep their mouth shut
NT Flash Points
Cling tightly to your faith in Jesus
Keep your conscience clear
What Jesus did on the cross readjusted all mankind back to the place God created us to be
Anyone can enter that relationship now
Abandonment – “Convictions” and “Consistency” sacrificed for devotion to Jesus