“Now since the Lord, the God of Israel, has driven the Amorites out before his people Israel, what right have you to take it over? Will you not take what your god Chemosh gives you?” Judges 11:23-24.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Judges 9-11, Psalm 49, and 1 Corinthians 16.
Nice way to rile someone up!
Reminds me of Elijah taunting the priests of Baal: “Maybe your god is sleeping?”
Jephthah had to know that his line of questions would get nowhere…and they didn’t. He just couldn’t resist giving the Amorites a jab by suggesting that Chemosh hadn’t given them as much as God had given Israel.
How do we make God appealing? We err if we sell the health/wealth version.
We must believe that God has given us what we most desperately need; freedom from the burden of our sins. It is our greatest appeal.
The consequences of our sins and our sinfulness have been taken care of by God/Jesus with the death on the cross. And that’s not all. When Jesus was raised by God from the dead He was given new life and we were given the same thing. It’s history. It’s happened. Our task is simple: Believe it and act accordingly.
Our appeal to others is in the form of a question and a statement: “Do you realize what God has done for you? He has given you the greatest gift you will ever need.”
In the Old Testament, adding territory was often the indication that God loved you. In the New Testament, God showed His love for us by taking care of our sin problem.
“Lord, You are the best! Thank You for taking care of my sin problem and giving me a new life. I love You for it. Help me to introduce You to others. I want them to know and believe what You have done so that they can begin to live a new life under Your direction.”
How’s whatever you trust doing?