Putting to rout the sin in our lives
My ‘Read Your Bible One Book at a Time’ Bible Reading Plan took me to Judges this morning.
I’ve been reading books of the bible in one sitting for sometime now since I discovered the book by Woodrow Kroll. What I love about this book, aside from the great advice and guidance on reading your bible and the different reading plans to follow, is that the book lists all the books in the bible and the time it takes to read each book in one sitting. I admit I haven’t read some of the longer books in one go which take over 3 hours to read, but they are on my ‘To Do List’! Did you know that The books of Jeremiah and Psalms will take the longest to read at 3 and three quarters of an hour each and I am pleased to know that there are loads of books in the bible that only take half an hour or quarter of an hour to read, result!
Anyway, back to Judges, which by the by takes one hour and three quarters to read in one sitting! In reading chapter 1 of Judges from The Bible Experience TNIV translation. I learnt a new phrase – ‘putting to rout’. I guessed from the context that the tribe of Judah defeated their enemies the Canaanites and the Perrizites ( verse 5), but read a different translation to make sure. The New Living Translation confirmed ‘putting to rout’ means defeating, in fact the dictionary states it means putting to flight and goes further and states defeat utterly, cool!
I must admit I was grossed out by the whole cutting off of a King’s thumbs and big toes and this would appear to be yet another demonstration of the disobedience of the Israelites. God instructed his people to execute the enemy Kings not humiliate them. The Israelites were under God’s orders to execute judgment on the wicked people from the nations in Judges 1, but they failed to conquer these tribes and nations completely, letting them live nearby or even amongst them or forcing them to work as slaves.
I am challenged by this record of these battles in Judges and the Israelites failure to obey God and therefore tolerate wickedness amongst them. Do I choose to tolerate sin in my own life rather than drive it from my life? Do I partially follow Jesus, doing some of what He asks me? It says in 2 Timothy 2: 22:
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the name of the Lord out of a pure heart.
Paul tells us all things are permissible, but not all is beneficial ( 1 Corinthians 6:12)
1 Thessalonians 5:22 tells us to reject every kind of evil and Amos 5:14 tells us to ‘do what is good and run from evil’ so that we may live!
And finally Jesus Himself went as far as to say:
If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away… (Matthew 5:29)
Clearly Jesus does not want us to get rid of our eye or other parts of our body literally, but shows how important it is not to tolerate sin in our lives. Sin in our lives left unchecked can destroy us.
Jesus wants us to examine our lives for anything that causes sin and do all that we can to remove it.
Jesus, I want to put to rout the sin in my life, please help me do that as soon as possible if not sooner!