Judges - 14 Conclusion

Chapter 14

The Conclusion

    We have sought to trace the events God has recorded in this book and apply them to our lives personally as well as to the conduct and practices of assemblies. In harmony with the original premise of this book, we have noticed the correspondence between the major periods of the judges and the seven churches addressed by the Lord in Revelation 2-3. The similarity is more than coincidental; we recognize that the downward spiral of events in this historical book is typical of what the Lord presents in His letters to those churches. We see those letters present a prophetic view of the church age. As a result, we recognize that the Lord is giving us His assessment of the sequential conditions of the periods of church history and of the present systems in Christendom.

    Since Judges presents an allegorical view of those churches and the words of the Lord in Revelation 2-3 address them directly, it is clear that the Lord is seeking to warn His people in order to preserve them. To ignore these warnings is our loss, since, as we have noticed already,  “whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,” (Romans 15:4) and “all these things happened unto them for ensamples (types): and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11). We have their examples of failure to warn us, but we also have repeated examples of God’s merciful restoration to encourage us.

    How solemn to see that the events of these latter chapters are characteristic of the days that approach the end of this age; men thinking that they are doing right—and in their own eyes what they do is right—but rejecting Divine authority at the same time. Is that not what prevails in our religious or secular world today? Does it not make us long for the establishment of the righteous kingdom of our God and Savior Jesus Christ? Yet, it is our responsibility as believers to acknowledge and submit to His authority in our lives today. The condition of others in an assembly or in the world is not the standard that should prevail in our lives. It is the King established upon the throne of our hearts that expresses His authority and gives His guidance to those who are submissive to Him. Peter admonished the saints, “But sanctify the Lord God (or “the Lord the Christ,” or “Christ as Lord”) in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15).

    We have a responsibility to live and act personally and collectively as those who gladly yield their obedience to Him and have crowned Him “Lord of all.” His Word says that many will come to Him in that day saying, “Lord, Lord. . .” (Matthew 7:21), but those will not enter into the kingdom of heaven; those who do the will of His Father which is in heaven enter that kingdom, and they express it practically in their lives. Those who do so presently enjoy what God will fully express in the day of Christ’s rule. They know the peace of God ruling (exercising control) in their hearts (Colossians 3:15). They are filled with joy and praise and their lives are worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing (pleasing Him in all things”) and they are “fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).

    We trust that the thoughts expressed on this practical and typical book will serve to cause every reader who is a believer in the Lord Jesus to seek to serve Him “acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28). It is our desire that in every sphere of our lives and service all might be “to the praise of His glory,” (Ephesians 1:3) and that He might be honored as a result.