“A treasure hunt”
The book of Judges contains the description of the conquest of the promised land and begins in the southern region of the country and is the focus of chapter 1 verses 3-19. As a military report this chapter just states the facts and adds no commentary, it is left to the reader to draw appropriate conclusions. What is recorded is hard to pronounce names and battles in places we have never heard of. Because of this many people believe that this section is not very practical for spiritual growth. But dear ones the best gems are often hidden in boring landscapes! When you unearth a gem two things are certain: You are going to have to dig and in doing so you are bound to unearth some things that would prefer to be left alone. The book of Judges reveals that owning the land and possessing the land are two different things. Further more if you don’t posses what you own then you will never be able to enjoy it. Sometimes, as in the case of the rich young ruler, the problem lies not in what we posses but rather that what we posses us! The nation’s boundaries had been established early on under Joshua’s leadership but although the victory had been secured the battles were not as the 12 tribes had yet to claim the inheritance won.
In verse 2-3 God said for Judah to go up and that He would deliver the land into his hand yet the first thing that Judah says to his brother Simeon is “Come up with me”. The Lord did not say Judah and Simeon, He said Judah. Oh how hard it is far us to believe that God can do a work with us. Interesting as Judah’s name means “praise” and Simeon’s name means “hearing and obeying”. I think God gives us insight in the name of these two boys as it relates to possessing our inheritance in Christ:
First, if you are going to be successful in rooting out the enemy in the land of promise then you are going to have to be a worshipper of God. We must not forget that the way in which we do battle is in worshipping the Lord. In 2 Cor. 10:4 we are told that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds”. At the end of David’s life, he wrote his own epithet and what he saw as his greatest strength was not being king of Israel, nor being a mighty warrior who had slain giants. No, he calls himself in 2 Samuel 23:1 the “sweet psalmist of Israel”.
Second, those that are worshippers are going to need to “hear and obey”. Worship is not a passive thing, its offence folks! Though Judah took Simeon with him Simeon would have his inheritance in the land of Judah. Do you get it saints? Worship is how we root out those pesky things in our lives which requires us to “hear and obey” but that won’t be based upon self effort but rather upon grace.
This has been pastor Dale, Blessings!