The Book of Judges: Scary biblical parallels for America today

Today, Pastor Scott Eynon led us through another chapter of The Story at Community Christian Church. It was chapter eight entitled “A Few Good Men…and Women.” This chapter took us through the Book of Judges, a dark time for the children of Israel.

We picked up from last week’s story of triumph when the Israelites entered the promised land under the leadership of Joshua, who challenged his people in his closing address — perhaps a State of the Israelites speech — in Joshua 24:15-16 (NIV) “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!”

However, it didn’t take too long before they forgot that commitment. As it states in Judges 2: 8-10 (NIV) “Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten. And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”

What happened was the torch of faith was not passed on from one generation to another. In the relative twinkling of an eye, the Israelites had forgotten all that the Lord their God had done for them. Basically, they stopped telling The Story.

But God is merciful and even though the Israelites began to worship the idols of Baal, he would hear their cry when their persecutions became great, His righteous judgement against them for abandoning their way. And God therefore raised up Judges, not what we would consider judges in today’s terms but rather political and military leaders. One of the interesting tales of an Israelite Judge is Deborah, a prophetess, who ended up leading the people to a great military victory because of the seeming cowardice of a man named Barak. We also studied the exploits of two other Judges — Gideon and Samson.

The lesson according to Pastor Scott: “God enjoys using the overlooked and the unlikely as He writes His story. God sees you not for what you are but for what you will become.”

And so it was with our Founding Fathers who were unlikely men who wrote an incredible story, of a nation rooted in liberty and freedom. They created America not for what it was, but for what it could be. And just as God raised up “Judges” along the way in dark times, so has America produced brave men and women who have stood to guarantee this blessing of liberty would not be lost.

But what happens, as with the death of Joshua, when we stop passing on the legacy, the torch of liberty to subsequent generations? We find ourselves where we are today, worshipping false gods and images, forsaking the fundamental principles that led to our growth, opportunity, and prosperity.

As Israel forget its legacy of faith, we in America are forgetting our legacy of liberty. And lest we forget, our liberty, the courage to challenge the British empire, was rooted in faith. And as Pastor Scott said in closing, “A faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted.” I believe the restoration of the faith of our fathers will result in a greater America.

The closing verse of Judges, Chapter 21, Verse 25 (NIV) states, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” Replace the word “king” for leader and that is where we find ourselves in America today.

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Mike Walker
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Those who do know remember or know of the past are doomed to repeat it…

Reba
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And “Our Country” is repeating!

Reba
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Thank you for sharing your Sunday Church Services, LTC West.

BePositivenow
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Thank you for sharing this Col West.

God Bless America

Vet4u
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Isn’t it awesome fellow Believers, that We were chose to be in such times as these!!! In what time of History could we have seen the leaves fall half way around the world as it is happening. Fret not about what goes on in this World for God is in control, and always will be.. Rather embrace the Living God for the Good that He shows us and pity those involved in it’s evil.. To Read the Bible and know that it is Truth, and to have a Loving Relationship with the God who Created and Saved you is Joy… Read more »
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You’re repeating another fundamentalist lie …. that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. You can only say this because you’ve never had the inspiration from the Holy Spirit to show you the Truth. Guest… you are not a lover of the Truth and as long as you can keep spouting fundamentalist Satanic lies you’re doing the work of Satan. Perhaps it is because you are doing the work of your father the Devil?

James_Otis_Jr
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Thank you, Colonel. May God bless you in your travels. We desperately need men of your character and faith.

SMJ
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Imagine: Col. West and Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford together. Powerful!
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_lankford/412464

The_Patriot
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Long time no see, Mr Otis. Good to see you

James_Otis_Jr
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You too, sir!

Reba
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Long time no see you, Mr Patriot

The_Patriot
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How are you Ms. Reba

Reba
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Good Morning. I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your
son. I would be good if I could sleep.

The_Patriot
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Ummm count sheep, sleeping pills, drinking warm milk before you go to bed, hypnotizing yourself to sleep? It was a good weekend thanks

Reba
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I took the last one this morning, thank God. Maybe I’ll crash in a little bit for a while.

Reba
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I’ve been on Freedom Outpost about Connecticut.

frozeninbemidji
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“Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and passed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

Harriet A. Cragle
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Scripture is being fulfilled rapidly. Are you ready to meet the creator?

TheGhostofbelleStarr
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I think we are more aligned with 1 Sam.8…we as a nation turned our back on God’s rightoues ways and demanded a ” king”…we were warned against but demanded one any way…now we are crying out to God as the ” king” is abusing our freedoms and God has said He will not hear our cries…..He may use our enemies to bring judgement against us as well…. 1 Samuel 8 Israel Demands a King 8 And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel,… Read more »
Vet4u
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Mr.Starr, I love the Bible and it’s Author but doesn’t this refer to God dealing with His chosen people the Israelites. And that God wanted to be their Sovereign King in a Theocracy. We are Christians and therefore entitled to grace not law and each of us is separately entitled to a personal relationship with God which we are to do Good naturally by the will of He who is in Us. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people which are called by my name , shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways,… Read more »
buck finster
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You and the rest of Pauline pseudo-christianity are in for a huge shock. This ‘grace not law’ crap is the biggest Satanic lie ever told. Christ explicitly said that if you wish to enter into life then you must keep the commandments. That false apostle Paul taught a false gospel of grace. James emphasized that it is what we do that counts not what we say that we believe. James emphatically denied the ‘grace, not works’ b.s. and if you were not deceived by Satan you’d realize this.

WalkingHorse
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Very apropos!

kfmcgahey
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Wow, if our government stopped at a tenth, we’d be ecstatic!

junew
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Thank you for sharing this with us Col. West. We need you to run for Pres.PLEASE!!!!!

wales777
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Amazing parallel indeed. Thank you for bringing this to light. Everything is so dark and this shed light on what is “really” happening.

jcccv
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Spot on Col.

Geordi
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Well said Col.

Kimo Dejon
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You and Trey ought to join forces in 2016…you can whip this country back in shape!

1PierreMontagne1
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Alan West – you do not mention judges 9.

It wold be intersting to hear Pastor Scotts take on the story of Abimelech

You may find that is the real parallel.
Have we not been watching Obama burn down the mighty Oaks for more than a couple of years?

Judges Chapter 9