Full text of Zac Poonen’s teaching on the Book of Judges and Ruth which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
Let’s turn now to the Book of Judges.
The Book of Judges. Judges, chapter 1. Now, Judges is describing the backslidden state of Israel, immediately after this very powerful victory and triumph they had in the Book of Joshua over a period of number of years. And again we see the same lesson that we have seen before, that everything depends on God’s people having a good leader.
Wherever there were good leaders — whenever there were good leaders, Israel prospered. When Moses was leading Israel, everything was okay. When Moses went up to the mountain for 40 days — just 40 days! – they started worshiping idols, made a golden calf. Even Aaron could not control them.
Most leaders in Christendom are not strong enough to control God’s people, to keep them in the straight and uncompromising path, because those leaders don’t know God themselves. They seek popularity, like Aaron. And so a person who seeks popularity can never be a man of God, can never lead God’s people. Moses never sought popularity, neither did Joshua.
But by the time of the Judges, Joshua had died and there was nobody there to replace him.
AND SO WHAT HAPPENED?
We read in chapter 2 and verse 7…
Judges 2:7: “the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD which He had done for Israel.”