Two major mistakes took place after the death of Joshua.
1. They didn’t finish the task (Judges 1:28)
2. They didn’t teach the next generation (Judges 2:10).
The big idea of the Book of Judges is that there is a cycle that is going to be repeated over and over again.
The first step in the cycle is that the Israelites sin.
(repeated phrase: did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
That sin led to oppression.
And that oppression ultimately leads to repentance.
(Repeated phrase: cry out to the Lord.
And repentance leads to deliverance (the last part of the cycle).
6 of the main judges that led the children of Israel out of these six different oppressions:
Gideon’s Story – Judges 7 We today are affected by this same cycle.
1. We sin. Where might we be getting off track? Possibilities may include:
First: I am chasing the wrong thing.
Second: I have mixed-up priorities.
Third: I have an addiction or an addictive personality.
Fourth: I keep mistreating other people.
2. We experience oppression. I’m going to list some kinds of oppression, and I want you to choose one that you have experienced, are experiencing, or you believe is right around the corner if you don’t deal with the sin that you have a tendency toward.
First: My relationship with God has been affected.
Second: I’m destroying my relationships with others.
Third: It is or will eventually affect my physical or emotional health.
3. We repent.
What’s the place you’re in?
Number one: I am not ready to come clean with God.
Number two: I am ready to come clean with God.