1708.) Judges 3:1-11

Perhaps this bronze figure is a Canaanite warrior god, with his left hand holding part of a shield and his right raised to throw a spear.  It is dated to the early 2nd Millennium BCE, and measures about 5.5 by 1.5 inches.

Judges 3:1-11 (New International Version)

1 These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan 2 (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience): 3 the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo  Hamath. 4 They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the LORD’s commands, which he had given their forefathers through Moses.

5 The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 6 They took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

Psalm 106:34-39 (NLT)

Israel failed to destroy the nations in the land,
as the Lord had commanded them.
Instead, they mingled among the pagans
and adopted their evil customs.
They worshiped their idols,
which led to their downfall.
They even sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons.
They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters.
By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan,
they polluted the land with murder.
They defiled themselves by their evil deeds,
and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight.

Othniel

Othniel, the Kenizzite — by James Tissot

7 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD; they forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. 8 The anger of the LORD burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim,  to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years. 9 But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them. 10 The Spirit of the LORD came upon him,

so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.

Othniel, Israel’s first judge

–his name could be translated “lion of God”
–he conquered the town of Debir and won Caleb’s daughter as his wife
–he smote the king Cushan-Rishathaim and delivered peace to the Israelites for an entire generation

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Music:

HERE  is “My Deliverer (Is the Lord)” — a Chris Tomlin piece, which puts all the praise before the Lord, where it belongs.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
tall bronze figure.    http://www.heliosgallery.com/noframes/wasian/images/tallbronzefigure.jpg
Failure.    http://sharun.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/failure0400.jpg
Tissot.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/3-tissot-othniel2.jpg
Holy Spirit of God.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/3-holyspirit1.jpg?w=450
lion.  https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/3-lion.jpg?w=450
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