The Third Apostasy
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Judges, which we are studying. We will be looking at chapter 4 today. I think it would be wise to review the outline we gave you of the book of Judges at the very beginning of our study, reminding you that the book of Judges falls naturally into three divisions. There was what we call the “Approach” to the book, or the background–the reason that the study of the book of Judges is a necessity. That is presented in the first two chapters of the book. Then we mentioned the second division of the book, which we labeled the “Apostasies,” which began with the chapter 3 and concludes with chapter 16, and this section describes the apostasies into which the children of Israel went when they went away from God. It describes the manner in which God raised up individual judges to deliver them out of the declensions into which they had gone. Then the third portion of the book, we labeled the “Appendix,” and it begins with chapter 17 and concludes with chapter 21. We refer to it as the “Appendix”, not because it is not important, but because it records certain incidents which you will discover could be chronologically placed elsewhere in the book of Judges; but God in His wisdom selected certain incidents and put them all together in one place for the purpose of emphasis, as we shall see, when we study the Appendix by itself.

We pointed out to you, and I think it would be good to keep in mind in relation to your reading, that the book of Ruth might also be included in the Appendix to the book of Judges. As a matter of fact, in some of the earliest manuscripts, we found the book of Ruth included in the book of Judges. The book of Ruth, one of the marvelous love stories in all the world, occurred during the time of the judges.

Now, the outline, which we always believe to be in every book, placed there by the Holy Spirit, we discovered is built around two key phrases. In our introductory lessons, we pointed out to you where those key phrases are. We mention them today so you will become familiar with them and watch for them. The first key phrase we brought to your attention was, “and the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.” When you find that phrase, you know that apostasy has begun, and the apostasy continues whatever length of time God feels is necessary to bring the children of Israel to terms. Then there is another key phrase, “the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.” When you see that key phrase, you know that apostasy is about to end, because God has never and will never, thank God, turn a deaf ear to the cry of His children. When the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the bondage in which they found themselves, God heard and delivered.

Deliverance From the Philistines

Today we are going to think with you about the third apostasy and deliverance. Notice Judges, chapter 4:

Judges 4

1And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, [that is the sign apostasy had begun] when Ehud was dead [He was the judge who delivered them out of the second apostasy] .

There is a reference in verse 31 of chapter 3 to Shamgar, who we pointed out to you, who had an interesting deliverance in that he slew 600 of the Philistines with an ox goad. If you look there at verse 31, you realize that this is not necessarily a declension into which the children of Israel slipped, but rather an attack on the part of the Philistines, who eventually did control the Israelites when they were away from God. God protected His people in this unusual way.

We have discovered in our study of the book of Judges an excellent illustration of what Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians, that God chooses the weak things of this world and the base things of this world to confound the wise and confound the mighty. Think about a man slaying 600 Philistines with an ox goad. You must not think of this ox goad as a little stick with which you prod the oxen along the way. You should think of the ox goad as a long pole, about six feet in length. On one end of it was a sharp point that was used to prod the oxen along the way, and on the other end was a blade which was used to clean the dirt off the plowshares that the oxen had carried along in plowing the fields. Because there was no permission to keep arms when the Israelites were captured, they had learned to sharpen this ox goad to a very sharp end on the pointed end and a very keen cutting edge on the blade end, and it did make an effective weapon. God delivered them from the purposed attack of the Philistines through Shamgar by an ox goad–an amazing deliverance. God does use weak things, doesn't He?

You see in chapter 4, instead of Shamgar being mentioned, Ehud was mentioned because he was the judge who delivered last. We read in chapter 4:

Judges 4

1And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.
2And the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.
3And [notice our key phrases, both of them in the same paragraph] the children of Israel cried unto the LORD: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

The facts are intermingled, but the suggestion is that when the children of Israel disobeyed God after the death of Ehud, God turned them over to Jabin, who was king of the Canaanites, a very powerful king in terms of armor. He had 900 chariots of iron and he mightily oppressed the children of Israel for twenty years. This is the simplest presentation of the lesson, but you recall I told you that every one of these apostasies followed a definite outline, and you are able to pick it out in each instance. We will give you the outline again and follow it in our discussion in this lesson.

Conditions of the Disobedience

First, there was disobedience, then there was discipline, then there was a deliverer, and then there was deliverance. You will keep in mind, we have consistently told you that we are not studying the book of Judges from the standpoint of accumulating some historical information like you might accumulate in Sunday School so that you would be able to name all of the judges and the various apostasies from which they delivered the children of Israel; but we are attempting to learn God's spiritual lesson for us in this portion of the Word of God, and we find in the apostasies into which the Israelites entered a consistent illustration of the manner in which believers today get out of fellowship with God and the manner in which God has to deal with individuals when they do get out of fellowship.

If you are familiar with the book of Judges, you know that chapter 5 is labeled “A Song of Deborah and Barak,” and because it is so labeled, you are inclined to read chapter 4, think you have all the information, then read chapter 5 as a song. If we are to understand the situation at hand, then we are going to have to consider chapters 4 and 5 as one unit because the details of some of the statements of chapter 4 are found in chapter 5.

Anarchy In Israel

The disobedience which we should consider first is not explicitly stated anywhere in one statement in these two chapters. All that we are told in chapter 4 is that the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and if we are to know something of their disobedience, we are going to search through these two chapters and find out what characterized their disobedience. So I'm going to suggest to you that you notice with me in chapter 5, verses 6 and 7:

Judges 5

6In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, [Jael is the lady who was used of God to deliver the children of Israel in this particular apostasy along with some others] the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.
7The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

I'm going to give you one word that will characterize these two verses and which will indicate the kind of disobedience into which Israel lapsed, and that word is “anarchy.” The condition of the land of Israel was somewhat like our own nation today, where it is hardly safe to walk the streets in some of our larger cities. That is the meaning of verse 6. “The highways were unoccupied, and the travelers walked through the byways.” They dared not walk on the public highway. It was as much as their life was worth, so they walked by the byways, the back trails, because anarchy was the order of the day.

Verse 7 is not as happy a translation as it could be. It would lead you to believe the villages ceased to exist because of the situation to which we have already referred, but the idea involved in the verse is that the inhabitants of the villages ceased to travel. They ceased to travel in Israel until “I Deborah arose, I a mother in Israel.”

Anarchy was the condition that existed because the children of Israel were not true to God; and we find anarchy a condition that exists in the lives of a great many believers, anarchy that exists because they recognize not the authority of the Holy Spirit in their lives. When they realize not the authority of the Holy Spirit in their lives, they are guilty of spiritual anarchy. When you decide that you are not going to live by the Word, when you decide you are going to do as you please, then you are in the midst of spiritual anarchy, and this is displeasing to God.

Apostasy Follows Anarchy

Look at verse 8 of chapter 5, and notice another condition that describes their disobedience:

Judges 5

8They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

Notice, “They sought or chose new gods.” The second word that we would leave with you, is the word “apostasy.” Not only was there anarchy in relation to the government of God, there was apostasy in the sense that they went off after other gods, and this is always true. When an individual refuses to yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in his life, you can be sure that his condition will worsen. It never remains static. It gets worse by the moment.

Evidence of Apathy

There is another word that I would like to give you that will sum up the condition of these people when God found it necessary to raise up a deliverer for them and that word is the word “apathy.” No one cared; no one was interested. For example, if you will look up there at the last part of verse 8, you have the Spirit of God asking through Deborah, “Was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?” No one had any implements of warfare at all. The Canaanites had taken them captive and apathy had so taken them and apathy had so gripped them that they did not care. They made no effort to break the bonds of the enemy and set themselves free. I'm sure that you will recognize, without my emphasizing it very much, that most believers are apathetic in the spiritual condition that they find themselves. No one is really hungry for the truth of God's Word. No one is really hungry for the will of God. Remember in your own life how long you remained in an apathetic condition and then suddenly your heart was awakened and you hungered after God's Word, and you wondered why others are not as hungry.

A Divided Heart

There are several illustrations here in this chapter which describe the apathy to which we refer. For example, if you will look down at verse 15, you will notice:

Judges 5

15And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.
16Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.

We are interested primarily in the last statement of verse 15-16, a reference to the tribe of Rueben. When the call went out to follow Barak in battle against the Canaanites as God had raised up Deborah and Barak for deliverers, the call came to Rueben, and Rueben had great thoughts of heart. Rueben had great searching of heart, and he spent his time saying, “Shall I go, or shall I not.” Deborah asks Rueben a question when she sings her song. She says, “Rueben, tell me why did you stay among the sheepfolds? Were you interested in hearing the bleeting of the flocks?” Of course, this is a rhetorical question which does not demand an answer, for in the next statement she immediately gives the explanation. Rueben had a divided heart. Do you remember why? Do you remember when we were studying the book of Joshua where it was that Rueben and Gad settled? Remember as they were going into the land of Canaan, Rueben and Gad looked at the land on this side of Jordan and said to Joshua, “Can't we stay here?”, and Joshua said, “Well, it's mighty close to the enemy.” They said, “We know that, but the land is so good, so beautiful. Can't we stay here?”. Joshua, against his better judgement, said, “You can, if you go on into the land and help the rest of the folk win the land, then you can come back here, but it's not a wise choice.”

This is what we refer to as “borderline Christians.” Incidentally, that lesson is in print. There are a lot of borderline Christians. When people are borderline Christians, when it comes time for a real move for God, you will find an apathetic condition which is caused because of a divided heart. God has said, “You cannot serve God and mammon.” You've got to serve one or the other. You can't serve both of them at the same time.

Daunted By Difficulty

If you will look at verse 17, you will notice further evidence of apathy. “Gilead abode beyond Jordan.” The sense of that verse was when the word came to Gilead, “Come help us and defeat our enemies.”, they said, “You know the Jordan is high this time of the year, and it's really hard to get across, and we just don't believe we'll come because it's too hard to cross the Jordan.”

You know, there are a lot of believers today who are in an apathetic condition because there is some Jordan that is too difficult for them to cross.

Deborah asked another question: “Why did Dan remain in the ships?” Dan settled on the seacoast, and he was busy sailing his ships, and when the call came, “Come help us against the Canaanites.”, the answer was, “Oh, we are too busy now. We've got to go fishing. This is the fishing season, and we can't take time off for battle.” I think you get the lesson without my making much comment.

You'll notice in verse 17 that Asher continued on the seashore and abode in the breaches–that is, abode in his harbor. He said, “Oh, let's don't go to all of the trouble of going out and doing battle. There is really no need to do it at all.”

You'll notice in verse 18 there were only two tribes that were interested:

Judges 5

18Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

Zebulun and Naptali were the only ones who placed their lives in jeopardy to win the battle. Down in verse 23, there is special mention made of the apathy of someone. This particular individual is not identified in the Word of God, but Deborah felt very strongly about the apathy of this particular person, we'll say, for want of a better word. Remember Deborah was a prophetess. If you and I go about and say, “Curse ye.”, it's not going to amount to any more than the words that we utter. We're just ordinary human beings, and we have no right to pronounce a curse on any one, but Deborah was a prophetess, and as a prophetess, in verse 23:

Judges 5

23Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

The reason that we speak of Meroz is the individual gave his name to the city. The city of Meroz came not to the help of the people of God, and the Angel of the Lord said to Deborah, “Curse Meroz for this.” Now, I wonder why they didn't. I wonder why they came in for special attention and for special recognition.

Unwilling to Sacrifice

We told you that we will glean far more out of these Old Testament studies if we include word studies, because that is where the lesson often lies, and this word “Meroz” means “built of cedars.” Whenever the Old Testament wants to speak of prosperity, it uses the word “cedars.” This city was a prosperous city. It was a city that was so prosperous and so settled in its luxury that it was not willing to leave its luxury to go out to do battle for God. Some of us may have to give account for that one day, because we are more interested in material things than we are in spiritual things.

The Apostle Paul, when he was writing to the Philippians, said, “I would love to send somebody to see you because I have some very important things I want to tell you, but I can't find anybody who is like-minded. I can't find anybody who doesn't think of himself. I can't find anybody whose god is not their belly. I can't find anybody who is willing to sacrifice, to go.”

I never read that portion of the Word in Philippians without wondering if God might not find it just as difficult in many fellowships and assemblies to find individuals willing to sacrifice in order to go.

This was the disobedience marked by anarchy, apostasy, and apathy. But what about the discipline? We have already learned in verse 2, in chapter 4, that God sold them into the hands of Jabin, who was king of the Canaanites. He had a captain; Sisera was his name. He lived on one of the outposts on the borderland of the territory. He had, as we have already learned, hundreds of chariots of iron, and the Scripture says that he mightily oppressed them. However he oppressed them, it was so great that they cried unto God for deliverance.

The Purpose of Discipline

This is the purpose for all discipline–to cause us to cry unto God in confession of our sins for mercy. This we have learned is what Paul meant in his letter to the Corinthians that if we judge ourselves, we should not be judged; but when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord that we might not be condemned with the world. We would not want you to think that all the misfortunes and difficulties are chastening, but Beloved, when the chastening comes, then we do indeed need to cry out unto the Lord, because that is the purpose of it. He cannot condemn us with the world. We are believers; we have been saved. If we don't judge our sins, He must judge them for us.

There is something that grieves me about this particular chastening of the Lord for Israel and that is that it didn't need to be. If you are familiar with the history that is recorded in Joshua, you will remember that Joshua utterly defeated Jabin, the king of the Canaanites. He utterly defeated the king, and he burned their city to the ground, and if the Israelites had lived in fellowship, the king of Jabin would never have had any more power.

As I make the application today, I am reminded of many believers who have won victories, wonderful victories over the enemy, then have gotten into a cold, apathetic spiritual condition, and the enemy that was defeated has strength to rear his head; and the first thing that you know, he has control and the believer is in bondage and helpless until he cries out to God which, as you notice there in chapter 4, verse 3:

Judges 4

3And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD…

The oppression was too much for them to bear, and what happened? God did as He always did. He raised up a deliverer. Now, we might speak of one deliverer. People usually do. In verses 4-5:

Judges 4

4And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
5And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

So Deborah is often listed as the judge or the deliverer. Remember we told you that the word “judge” would better be translated by the word “deliverer” or “savior.” Deborah was raised as a deliverer, as a savior; but in all fairness, we must look down at verse 6 and notice that included with Deborah in this deliverance was a man by the name of “Barak,” about whom we will think a bit more later. Then chapter 5 a reference is made to another who assisted in the deliverance, in verse 24 we read:

Judges 5

24Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

It was these three–Deborah, Barak and Jael–who were used of God to deliver the children of Israel.

Judgment Comes From the Word

We will notice in a moment or two the literal way in which they did deliver, but keeping in mind about word studies, there is a marvelous lesson here about the provision of deliverance for anybody at any age. The word “Deborah,” for example means “the Word.” I find it very interesting to discover that her husband's name, “Lapadoth,” means “fire.” Fire is a symbol of the Holy Spirit consistently throughout the Word of God, and if you accept this typical teaching you find “the Word” assisted by the Holy Spirit. So Lapadoth was there at his house, used of God, for judging the children of Israel.

Learn a lesson from that today: Judgment should not come to individuals in their own strength. Judgment should always come from the Word administered by the Holy Spirit. You and I have no right to sit in judgment on anybody, but always the Word of God, administered by the Holy Spirit, will accomplish its purpose.

The Place of Victory

I find it interesting, too, where Deborah sat when people came to her for judgment. In verse 5:

Judges 4

5And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

Where was it she was sitting? Under the palm tree. Palm tree, in the Scripture, is always the symbol of victory. She was in the place of victory. She was situated very nicely between Ramah and Bethel. “Ramah” is a word which means “heights,” or “heights of victory.” “Bethel” means “the house of God.” She was a victorious Christian, if we can use a New Testament term concerning an Old Testament character. Deborah was able to help her people because she was in fellowship with God. That brings to mind a suggestion from Galatians, chapter 6, verse 1:

Galatians 6

1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault [That doesn't mean that you're hiding outside some theater, dance hall, or house of prostitution overtaking him when he comes out. It doesn't mean that. It means if he falls into sin] , ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Individuals who take upon themselves the responsibility of restoring other believers better be sure that they are dwelling under the palm trees. If they don't, they will be causing a great deal of damage.

Deborah, the Deliverer

Let's look at the deliverance itself, in verse 6 of chapter 4:

Judges 4

6And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun?

When Deborah called Barak and said, “Has not God said,” she was not asking him if God said it. She was telling him God said it. I don't know what folk do with this verse right here who say that the only reason that God permitted Deborah to lead Israel is that there was no man present. You know, the New Testament teaches that women should keep silent in church, and the New Testament teaches that a woman should not be permitted to usurp authority over a man and should not be permitted to teach in that sense. Somebody brings up Deborah and says, “Why did God use Deborah?” Well, the only answer that I have ever heard to that is that there wasn't a man around whom He could use, probably.

What about Barak? He is the one who fought the battle. You just have to realize, Beloved, that there are times when God does not work according to the rules, and He doesn't always explain to you and me why He does it. If God worked always according to the rules that we have set down, we would never have to ask the question, why. We'd never be surprised. We would never have to wonder. But there are times when God does what pleases Him, and He doesn't explain to anybody why, and even though this is a rare instance in which he permitted a woman to lead men, He permitted it. She called Barak and said, “God has given me a message. God has told me that you should take thousands of men out of Zebulun and Naphtali and go up to Mt. Tabor. This is God's message to you.”

Some folk have accused Barak of being a coward, because he said, “Well, let me tell you something, Deborah. God might have told you that, but [in verse 8], I'm not going to go unless you go with me.” Oh, that isn't exactly the way he said it. He said, “If thou will go with me, then I will go. But if thou will not go with me, then I will not go.” So some people say, he was a coward. He was afraid to go to battle without a woman. He wasn't afraid to go to battle; he just had good sense. He knew where the power came from. He knew who it was that God was using. God was using Deborah, and he said, “I'm not about to go unless you go with me. You are the one who God is working through, not me.” If we want to learn a typical lesson today, let us remember that Barak was wise enough to know that he couldn't get anywhere without the Word.

Barak had a lot of good weapons. He wasn't short on armor, but he knew that the battle was not his. He knew that it was the Lord's, and if it was the Lord's, then Deborah must go with him. He wasn't a coward, he was a wise man.

God's Provision In the Battle

Now, notice this: In verse 6, Deborah said,“God wants you to go up on Mt. Tabor.” Then in verse 7, God said:

Judges 4

7And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.

Look over at verse 15:

Judges 4

15And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.

If you just read this part of the chapter, you would have very little detail about the battle. But when you read Deborah's song, where she gave the story–I'm going to ask you to do that yourself, when you have time–you're going to find that God really did fight the battle. This battle was fought on the plains of Megiddo, where many of the great battles in the land of Israel have been fought in years gone by. It was fought on the Plains of Megiddo, where the last great battle this world will know will be fought, the Battle of Armageddon, which will be fought on the plains of Megiddo.

This is exactly where this battle was fought. As you read Deborah's song, you discover what happened. Keep in mind that Sisera was the captain of the Canaanites, a mighty formidable enemy, and Barak had only ten thousand men and of all the silly things, Barak went over to Mt. Tabor in plain sight of everybody. Heber, the Kenite who was friendly with the Canaanites, sent word to Sisera and said, “Barak, all the Israelites are going to rebel, and they are all up there on Mt. Tabor.” He said, “Well, we'll fix that in a hurry.” So he ran to the foot of Mt. Tabor with his men, and Barak and his men came swooping down off the mountain and, of course, Sisera was laughing at the idea that they could do anything at all, and Deborah sings about what God did.

Do you know what God did? He started a rainstorm. Deborah expresses it in the words, “The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.” God started a rainstorm, and that little river Kishon is a little stream, not worth much unless there is a heavy rain. When there is a heavy rain, that thing overflows its banks and the plains of Megiddo become like a swamp. These 900 chariots of iron bogged down to the hub caps. I wish we had time to read that in chapter 5. Deborah uses beautiful, poetic language to describe it. The horses were prancing back and forth trying to get out, and they couldn't. Sisera sized up the situation and said, “This is it. I've got to get out of it.” He got out of the chariot and began to run and he bogged down, but he kept on running. Well, Barak pursued the rest of them that were running away and slew the whole mess of them, and then he decided he would take out after Sisera. Sisera was going back toward the capital city where the king was, and he had to pass by the tent of Heber, the Kenite.

Standing Against God's Enemies

I suppose it is difficult for a woman to know whether she ought to always obey her husband. Sometimes she has no choice. Well, the story here tells us that Jael didn't agree with her husband, Heber. He was going to make friends with the Canaanites and there wasn't anything she could do but go along with him, but she saw a chance to do something for God. So when she saw Sisera running, she knew what happened and she knew where he was going, so she stood in her tent door, and she said, “Why don't you come in and rest awhile? It's raining, you're muddy, and it's a while before you get to the city.” He said, “You know, that is not a bad idea.” She gave him a glass of warm milk and said, “Why don't you lie down and take a nap.” He did, and she covered him over with a cloak, and then she waited until he got good and sound asleep and she took a tent peg and a mallet. She put it up to his temple and she hammered it all the way through his head and nailed him to the ground. Wasn't that an awful thing to do? Imagine a woman doing a thing like that! Do you know what God said about her? That she would blessed among women for that.

You say, “Surely God doesn't endorse murder, does He?” No, but He does endorse taking a stand against the enemies of God, and this is exactly what Jael did. Did you notice what Deborah told Barak when he said, “I don't want to go unless you go with me.”? Deborah told Barak, “Well, it really doesn't make any difference whether I go or not, because God is not going to give you the victory. God is going to give it to a woman.” She wasn't talking about herself. She was talking about Jael, this faithful woman who saw an opportunity to rend at least one blow for God, and she did, and God delivered the children of Israel out of the hands of the Canaanites.

Another deliverance, and Deborah described it in the words of the song, recorded in chapter 5, which closes with the words of verse 31, which we want to suggest as the last words of our meditation today:

Judges 5

31So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD [she is talking about how Sisera perished] : but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

God delivered them once again, and gave them rest forty years, and men who were lovers of God could go forth as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. There wasn't any mamby-pamby, silly, sentimental ridiculous kind of love when Old Testament saints got ready to do business with God. When they got ready to do business with God, they made war against the enemy and they expected to win the battle, and they didn't stop until they did.

Conclusion

Another deliverance. God heard the cry of the nation of Israel. May we remember today that the Word, administered by the Spirit of God, will always accomplish its purpose.


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