Who will be the one to go up? After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel asked that question about who would go up to fight for them against their enemies who were living in the promised land. Their question ushered in a period of nearly 325 years in which there was no clear leader or savior to unify the people and keep them walking closely with God.
This is the period we know to be the time when God raised up temporary judges to rescue the people from the many problems and “jams” in which they so often found themselves. Our new sermon series will take a closer look as these amazing heroes, with many names that you will recognize, including: Deborah, Gideon, Samson, and Samuel. These men and women accomplished great and mighty things to help the people politically and militarily. They did very little, however, to help the people in their spiritual walk with God. Most often, their focus was on the enemy who was on the outside rather than the enemy from within.
Our new series will explore this dynamic and address the temptation that we all have to be the hero of our own lives. Consider these questions as we begin our journey through Judges together: (1) What does it mean to need a hero? (2) Why is it important to find the right hero? (3) Who would you say is your current hero?
I can’t wait to help you answer those questions as we look to who would be the one to go up on our behalf. God’s answer in Judges 1:2 is that, “‘Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.’” Could that “Judah,” mean the one who would come from the tribe of Judah to save the people from their sins? There is more to come as we begin our new series! -Jason