NO OTHER GODS
Suggested Reading: Judges 17-18
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Key Verse: Judges 17:6
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
The book of Judges was probably edited from manuscripts written during the years when the Children of Israel still held to the belief that the God of Abraham was their King. It would appear that there was a godly king in Israel at the time this record was finalized. There was no revision of history which might have made the people look better. The good, the bad and the ugly are all here. These last five chapters of Judges are the most depressing in the entire Bible. This was because, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” When the human family turns away from an objective standard of moral behaviour, disaster always follows. How often do we hear, in our time, statements such as, “If it feels good, do it” or, “I have my own beliefs,” etc. If we read these stories with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other, one cannot help but notice a similarity in human behaviour.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I realize more than ever that I need to follow Your unchanging standards for my behaviour if I am to truly live my life pleasing to You and as a good influence on others. I know that I need the prayer of the man of whom Jesus spoke who prayed, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” It’s so very true that, “All (including me) have sinned and come short.” Please lift me up higher in my conduct so that I may glorify You. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Dr. Jerry Johnston is our Crossroads USA Executive Director, and also serves as one of the hosts of the 100 Huntley Street daily TV show. I’ve just read Not Suicide, the teen pocket-size edition of the book Why They Die. It is a shortened edition of the book published last Fall which is authored by Dr. Johnston and Don Simmonds, Crossroads CEO. The reason I read it once again is that Don was on TV from Dryden, Ontario, where 30 hockey teams from First Nations communities were having a hockey tournament. Don is a hockey coach and he was distributing the book on suicide to the players, as well as looking for ways to help. The story of the suicide of Don’s former goalie is in the book.
It occurred to me that even suicide becomes a reasonable choice in a culture that does not have a standard that is above what people think is right or wrong. I very much want this book to be placed in the hands of every high school student everywhere. I’m asking you to help accomplish this. Here’s how you can order a quantity.
Yours to take a stand for God’s standards and for life,
P.S. Here is a video from crossroads360.com where Jim Cantelon interviews Don and Jerry about the suicide prevention book, “Why They Die” (click here).