Bible Study book of Judges: The Message of Judges Part Three
From Gilgal to Bochim: The legacy of Joshua
by I Gordon
 ↩ Just a few obvious points here... Moses was the one who received the law directly from God for 40 days and 40 nights. (Exodus 24:15-18). He was the one who wrote the law down and presented it to the people (Exodus 24:3-4) The entire covenant which Israel had with God is called the Mosaic covenant for it was brought into being through Moses. Hence in the New Testament it says 'the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.' (John 1:17) So as a type of the law, he couldn't enter into the Promised Land.
 ↩ A very basic example - All born again Christians have been given a 'gift of righteousness' which is said to enable us to 'reign in life' (Rom 5:17) Yet so many Christians won't apply faith to this and count it as theirs! Instead they live without the peace and rest that comes from this blessing even though it has been given to them as a free gift. This is the sort of picture that is presented to us in Joshua here that God has given us 'the land' but the absolute need is to daily apply these things by faith!
 ↩ The following is stolen from a note in the Scofield Study Bible. 'This particular angel, as distinguished in scripture from all others, is often referred to in the O.T. (Gen 16:9,22:11,48:16,Ex 3:2, 14:19, Num 22:22, Jud 2:4,6:11,13:3,Isa 63:9, Zech 1:12,12:8). He is clearly identified with the Lord Himself as in Gen 31:11-13 where the angel said to Jacob 'I am the God of Bethel'. See also Ex 3:2-6 where the same angel said to Moses 'I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham.' Also Gen 16:10 where Hagar spoke of Him as the all-seeing God. It is significant that in the N.T there is no further reference to the angel of the Lord.
 ↩ If Israel had obeyed God when they were first commanded to enter the Promised Land, they would not have needed to cross the Jordan. It was only because of their unbelief that God allowed them to wander for 40 years and then, in teaching them the first principles again, God dried up the Jordan and allowed them to cross. In doing so God is teaching us that the escape from Egypt (worldliness) and entrance into the Promised Land (our inheritance) is always by the same principle - our union with the Christ in His death and resurrection.
 ↩ While I believe that the Red Sea and the Jordan crossing are both teaching us the same fact - that is the importance of our death and resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ, - there could be a slightly different aspect to the two baptisms. The emphasis in the Red Sea speaks of our death to the world while the emphasis in the Jordan is our resurrection and entrance into the Land, which is Christ living through us.
 ↩ It can only be understood by revelation from God. I remember as a young Christian at Bible College having to do a book review on 'The Normal Christian Life' by Watchman Nee. I started the 'Personal Response' section by saying 'For me, reading this book was like being given the map to a great treasure. I felt that if I could only memorise the entire book then I would know it all! Now obviously, God does not work through mere head knowledge, and nor does examining a map give you the treasure, but through reading this book I feel that I at least know where to look!' The truth of our union with Christ and entering into the benefits of it does start with 'knowledge' for Romans 6 begins early on with 'Knowing this, that our old man was crucified...' But alas, it's not just head knowledge or the guy with the greatest memory that wins! (I had only set myself the small goal of memorising the entire book!!!) We absolutely need to know this truth but it must come from God and that usually only takes place once we have seen our great need of Him first.
 ↩ Major Ian Thomas in 'If I Perish, I Perish' says 'Fulfilment comes with the realisation that you do not have in yourself what it takes. Death to all that you are in your own inadequacy is the only gateway through which you may enter into the fullness of all that Christ is, so that you may live miraculously in the power of His resurrection, crying out from your heart 'Lord Jesus, I can't, but you can, and that is all I need to know - let's go!'
 ↩ It is good to get more practical here for our fleshly tendencies towards self-pity and depression can be very strong. Even while I have been writing these words it has just occurred to me that I have been trying to deal with a situation over the last few days without taking God into account! And surprise surprise, I'm inching my way towards Bochim! If there is something that is making you sad and down then it is essential that you do not let self talk to you, but that you talk to self! I hope you know what I mean... I'll try to explain. In a hard or trying situation your fleshly nature will give you one hundred and one reasons why things are sooooo bad, and if you dwell on them then your emotions will follow what you are filling your head with, and within long you'll find yourself in Bochim - the place of weeping. But look at what the psalmist did - He would not let himself get down but instead of letting self speak to him, he spoke to his own soul saying 'why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence! My soul is in despair within me. Therefore I will remember you...' (Psalm 42:5-6)
So has something been eating away at you and getting you down? Make a conscious effort to take God into account once again! Begin to praise Him like the psalmist, and don't let your fleshly 'woe is me' thoughts take a hold in your mind! If you are in despair, then, like the psalmist, choose to remember God.
Related Series Posts
- Judges Bible Study Commentary - The Cycle of Sin Defined
- Judges 1 Bible Study The Heart of the Problem
- Judges: From Gilgal to Bochim: The legacy of Joshua
- Judges 3 Bible Study The Enemy within the Land
- Judges 3 Bible Study: Othniel and the Power of God
- Judges 3 Bible Study Ehud, the Fat Man & Power of Praise!
- Judges Chapter 6 Bible Study: Gideon and the Power of Weakness P1
- Judges Chapter 7 Bible Study - Gideon and the Power of Weakness P2
- Judges Chapter 13-14: Samson the Nazirite, and the Lure of the Philistines
- Judges Chapter 16: Samson the Nazirite, and End Time Apostasy