"Our Everlasting Leader"
BIBLE READING: Judges 1-2
The book of Judges is a book that sounds like it repeats itself throughout its entirety. As Joshua is their leader, they follow the path that God provides for them. However, when Joshua dies we have this “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger. They abandoned the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth.” (Judges 2:11-13). When this happens, God delivers them into the hands of their enemies and they suffer. When the suffering becomes so great, they cry out to God and He rises up a Judge to lead them out of the suffering and bring them once again to faithfulness. However, when the judges die, they fall right back into idolatry. This process repeats itself over and over again through the entire tenure of judges. The lesson we can learn from that is that we need Godly leaders that can help keep us focused on what is important. The great news for us is that we have many Godly leaders within this church that can help us. The bad news is that these leaders don’t last forever; they will die, just as those godly judges. The best news for us is that we have the Greatest Leader who is called by many names, such as: the Great Physician, The Good Shepherd and most importantly, the Son of God. With Jesus as our leader, we don’t have to worry about Him dying because He is eternal. As we look to His example, it will continue to be there for us and never pass away.