Judges 3:7-11: Othniel
I) Israel fails
A) They rebelled against God and ________________other gods.
“Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your god, your functional savior. ” Attributed to Martin Luther
What do you serve? What is the primary focus of your life?
B) They did ____________.
C) Their sin _______________God.
D) God allowed them to suffer _____________________for their sin.
II) Israel cries out in pain after 8 years!
What are you crying out for?
III) God intervenes!
A) God uses Othniel to save the _________________!
1) The little we know about Othniel comes from Judges 1:12-15.
The author of Judges does this purposely to put the focus on God and what he has done!
2) God’s Spirit enabled Othniel’s_________over Cushan which brought Israel peace. Othniel literally means “God is powerful.”
B) God sent _________to save believers and grant them eternal peace.
He has defeated sin and death!
C) God’s Spirit ______________us to do the tasks God has called us to.
Isaiah 40:28-31: 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.
Romans 8:26-28: 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.