Day 86: Radical Action Judges 4 - 5, Ps 39, 41, and I Corinthians 13
Judges 4 - 5, Ps 39, 41, and I Corinthians 13
Jaban was a cruel Canaanite king, and for 20 years he ruled over Israel. Twenty years is a long time to be taken out - to have someone in charge who shouldn’t be in charge. Jaban and his right hand man, Sisera, the commander of his armies, are a picture of the flesh. It’s a picture of a tyrant that rules over us, in charge where it shouldn’t be in charge.
The flesh is a terrible king. And there’s only one answer for the flesh. The answer is seen in the actions of Jael. Jael put a nail in the flesh. She used that tent peg and pierced and killed Sisera. The only answer for the flesh is to pierce it. There’s only one answer for anything that we put in the place of God, - radical action - to crucify it.
That’s what Jesus did. He became sin who knew no sin. He took on flesh and there on that cross he allowed himself to be pierced, because that’s the only answer for the flesh.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (II Cor 5:21 NASB)
He was made sin for us so that we might be free from the tyranny of the flesh. And now because Christ has done this for us, we are empowered by His Spirit. Now we can put to death the flesh that once terrorized us - that was once in charge where it shouldn’t have been in charge. God has come and offered himself to make us free. He is the only answer to the flesh. He died so that we could truly live..
Israel had a great victory. After this, Israel would never need to battle with the Canaanites again. In many ways, this was a final battle. Well, that battle on the cross was final. Love won the Victory for us at the Cross. And that victory is ours.. Our King of Love - Jesus -was slain. But he has risen in victory, for us..
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)