When the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.
-After the Israelites settled in Canaan, they did evil in the sight of the Lord & their neighbours who dwelt in Mesopotamia oppressed them. They cried to God in prayer, returned to Him in repentance & acknowledged Him as their Saviour. The Spirit of the Lord came upon Othniel; the first judge who went to war against Mesopotamians & the Lord delivered their king into his hands. Most judges like Othniel delivered the Israelites from the hands of their oppressors before the system of kings was formalised. The Spirit of the Lord also came upon other judges like Gideon, Jephthah & Samson who also delivered the Israelites from their enemies. Gideon with his 300 troops fought the Midianites & defeated them (Judg 8:28), Jephthah defeated the Ammonites (Judg 11:32) & Samson conquered the Philistines with a jawbone of a donkey (Judg 15:16). Most of the other judges are mentioned in the book of Judges except Samuel & Eli who are seen in 1 Samuel. Apostle Paul also recognises Gideon, Jephthah, Samson & Samuel as hero’s of faith; strong & valiant in battle who delivered the Israelites from their enemies (Heb 11:32). Judges are a picture of Christ our Savour; Who delivered us from our main enemy; sin & death, that we may inherit eternal life.
Our Lord & Saviour, we thank You for Your everlasting love & mercy upon us. We praise Your name on high Oh righteous Judge. You have redeemed us from the snares of sin & death; we believe in You. Strengthen our faith as walk in salvation & purify us from all that is not pleasing to You. Protect us from road accidents causing death & heal the families of those who have been affected. As we celebrate our independence Father, may Your light shine upon our country’s economy, leadership, religious beliefs & relations; that we may always live in peace & unity among ourselves & our neighbours, & may plenty be found within our borders. All glory & praise belong to You Jesus. Amen
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