Judges 4 reminds me a bit of Exodus 15, immediately after the crossing of the Red Sea. Certainly Moses’ authority was established before that dramatic event, but that event cemented his place as the undisputed leader of the people of Israel. In much the same way, this event establishes Joshua as the undisputed leader of the nation of Israel.
- Big Ideas – Main Points
- Joshua’s leadership is firmly established.
- What began in 3:7 is not established in 4:14 (see table)
- Once again, a fixture of stones are used to memorialize an event (think of Jacob and his wrestling with the angel, for instance)
- 14 On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.
- 21–24 And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean? ’ then you shall let your children know, ‘ Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground. ’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.
- Bottom–line application
- God raises up leaders in His timing to effect the change He wants.
- Sometimes those leaders are not the choice that man would make—think of David, the “runt of the litter” who was chosen by God.
- Verses to memorize
- verse 14
- Things that don’t make sense or are interesting
- A fixture of stones set up to memorialize something has a name—Ebenezer1. Yes, like Ebenezer Scrooge.
- Comments, commentary…
I didn’t get to spend as much time on this chapter as others because I was out of town today.
1 Stone of help—1 Samuel 7:12