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Othniel - best of the Judges

Judges 3:7-11, Kristian Diamond, July 22, 2018

Sermon Notes:
  • 3 Reasons why Othniel is the best judge
    • Othniel reminds us of God
    • Othniel fights for God
    • Othniel saves with God

Othniel reminds us of God

  • We don't know much about Othniel
    • He might seem boring - few remember his name
    • Through Othniel we see what God is doing
  • This time of the judges is an absolute mess - explanation
    • Through Othniel we see God at work
    • He reminds us what God's people should be - shining lights
      • The Israelites forgot who they should be
      • When we stop living like Christ His image gets distorted
  • Clip from Finding Dory - a very forgetful fish - how often are we like this?
    • The situation in Judges is a similar kind of mess
    • We all forget things - illustration
    • Jesus instructed His disciples to meet regularly for communion to remember His sacrifice
    • 'With your mouths you worship Me but your hearts are far away' - worship was a sham, people were not loving God
    • The Israelites "did evil in the sight of the Lord, they forgot the Lord" (v7)
      • We needing to keep on reminding the young people of the Gospel
  • God handed over the children of Israel to the King of 'double wickedness' for 8 years
    • Quote
    • God loves us to much to stop reaching out to us
      • Example of the Prodigal Son
    • Othniel wants the people to remember that God is good all of the time
  • The Israelites did cry out to God (v9)
    • The Israelites cried out many times - but only one occasion of genuine repentance (10:15-16)
    • God has not waited for His people to repent but has reached out to His people
    • God does correct us after allowing us to reap our own evil desires for a time
    • God sent Christ into our life
    • We do not truly seek after God, He seeks after us
  • God sent Othniel
    • Othniel remembered Joshua and Moses
    • Othniel reminds us of God and who the children of God should look like

Othniel fights for God

  • 1:11-12 cf. Deut 7
  • The Israelites married foreign women and they worshiped foreign gods
  • Othniel choses Achsah (axe) - it is as if he is saying that he will cut down the Asherah poles
    • He married into a godly family - Example of Caleb
    • Look at her godly wisdom (1:15)

Othniel saves with God

  • Saved (Delivered) - 8 words before and 8 words after, the most important part of the section
    • We know the Lord saves
  • Scripture is vague about whether it is Othniel who saves or the Lord saves
    • The prayer of every preacher - that they remember God (and not themselves)
  • Othniel has the ability to 'get out of the way' and say 'look at God'
    • Deacons should be the same
    • How often do we do things (even serving God) for public recognition?
    • John 3:28-30 & 31-34 -Example of John the Baptist
  • Othniel serves God and others as he is empowered by the Holy

Closing Remarks  (inc Ezk

Sermon Passage:

Judges 3:7-11

7And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves. 8Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years. 9And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. 10And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim. 11And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died. (KJV)

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