Barak and Deborah

Yesterday I read the story of Barak in the first half of the book of Judges. Deborah told him God said to take other warriors and go claim the land.

When the judge and prophetess, Deborah agreed to go with Barak to battle Israel’s enemies, she told him Sisera, the armies’ general for King Jabin of Canaan would die by the hand of a woman. He wouldn’t get the glory.

Barak was okay with that and had even told Deborah he wouldn’t go if she didn’t go with him.

In Judges 5, the song of Deborah and Barak, son of Abinoam records the greatness of God and the recent history of their victory over the Canaanites and more. I’ve heard it said that the Old Testament is written as an example for us, so we can emulate the right choices and avoid the bad ones.

When I think about the goodness of God to those who obey Him and even to those who don’t, I wonder why I don’t thank Him more often. I need to remind myself not to take Him for granted.

May God bless you.

Investigator

My husband and I watched the DVD movie, “Investigator” tonight. We decided we’d seen it before, some years ago. It’s copyrighted in 2013 by Gabriel’s Messenger Film and in 2014 by Screen Media Films.

It’s pretty good. A police sergeant gets fired so he gets a job as a baseball coach and a criminal justice teacher. He absolutely loves baseball. So even though he never taught before, he gave it his all. He teaches more by example than by talking all the time. He encourages his students to think and investigate, telling them it’ll serve them well all the days of their lives.

I thought of a verse that reminded me of that same concept from God’s point of view, which I’ve quoted before in this blog: Isa_1:18, (KJV): Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

I love that verse. What a promise from God. Our sins can be forgiven and washed away by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. He took on all the sins of the world. He took the punishment for every sin so we could be pronounced not guilty before His Father.

We need to receive the free gift of salvation and then show our love and respect for God by choosing to follow Him and His commandments. Easy if we let Him lead, difficult if we take the lead and don’t know the way.

Those are my deep thoughts for tonight.

May God bless you! He loves you and watches over you. Maybe you can investigate His love for you. He wants us to reason together with Him. What a privilege.