- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Judge 3
The beginning verses of chapter three record why God left some Canaanites in the land— five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonian’s , and the Hivites. God wanted to teach the Israelites who had not experienced battle for conquering, to be faithful to the covenant, submitting to God, so that they could live by the grace of God in the land.
The rest of the verses of the chapter records about three judges, Othniel, Ehud, and Shamgar.A repeated cycle of life of the Israelites describes this way; The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the idols. The anger of the Lord burned against Israelites and God sold them into the hands of the enemies. The Israelites were subject to their enemies. They cried out to the Lord. God raised up for them a deliverer who save them from the hands of their enemies. So the land had peace.
The first judge Othniel saved the Israelites from the hands of king of Aram, and there was peace in Israel for forty years. The second judges Ehud saved the Israelites from the hand of king of Ammon, and there was peace in Israel for eight years. The story of the third judge Shamgal was mentioned briefly.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?