“For the Lord Raised Up a Deliverer”—Come, Follow Me Podcast #23, Judges 2-4; 6-8; 13-16


We’ve simply spent 35 days within the Middle East main three excursions within the Holy Land, Egypt and Jordan. Of course, you can’t go to those locations and lead a non secular tour with out always referring to the Old Testament. On this explicit journey with all these wonderful folks, the factor that struck me again and again was this: When John the Beloved quoted Jesus Christ in chapter 5, verse 39 the place He stated: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” Jesus was sending the folks to the Old Testament to search out Him. When Lehi opened the Plates of Brass for the primary time and searched them from the start (see 1 Nephi 5:10) after which he “was filled with the Spirit, and began to prophesy concerning his seed (see 1 Nephi 5:17) he was immersed in the Old Testament. When Nephi says, “For my soul delighteth in the scriptures and my heart pondereth them…” he was speaking concerning the Old Testament. When Ammon, Aaron, Omner and Himni transformed seven cities of the Lamanites and introduced untold hundreds to the Savior, they had been utilizing solely the Old Testament of their instructing! What a treasure now we have within the Old Testament!


Hello, we’re Scot and Maurine Proctor and we’re delighted to be with you once more this week as we, sure, delve once more into the Old Testament, particularly into the Book of Judges in a lesson entitled “The Lord Raised Up a Deliverer.” As Scot and I learn, examine and ponder the Old Testament we’re always asking ourselves these questions, “How is this leading me closer to the Savior Jesus Christ?” “What can I learn about the Atonement of Jesus Christ in this week’s chapters?” And “What symbols and language in this reading helps me understand the great Deliverer more fully?” The Old Testament is stuffed with wealthy tales concerning the Deliverer who’s Jesus Christ. The complete idea of deliverance is talked about again and again all through this 1,184-page guide of holy writ. In truth, it’s not simply talked about, it could be known as one of many biggest classes of God’s dealings with His covenant youngsters: If you retain the covenants you’ve made with Jehovah, who’s Jesus Christ, you’ll ALWAYS be delivered. He is all the time good for His guarantees. He can all the time be trusted. He is all the time true. Just because the hymn says that we sing so usually, “Israel, Israel, God is speaking. Hear your great Deliverer’s voice!” Let us hear and heed His voice!


We study an amazing deal concerning the results of disobedience within the first few verses of Judges chapter 2. Let’s briefly take a look at them collectively: 

And an angel of the Lord got here up from Gilgal to Bochim, and stated, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have introduced you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I stated, I’ll by no means break my covenant with you.

And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: however ye haven’t obeyed my voice: why have ye accomplished this?

Wherefore I additionally stated, I cannot drive them out from earlier than you; however they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

And it got here to cross, when the angel of the Lord spake these phrases unto all the kids of Israel, that the folks lifted up their voice, and wept. (Judges 2:1-4)


I couldn’t inform whether or not we had been studying out of the Book of Mormon or the Old Testament there—or possibly it was a chapter from our personal instances. Now, this angel was utilizing Diving Imprimatur, which implies, he can converse as if he’s the Lord God himself. He speaks in first individual, as if he’s God. Sometimes an angel will say, “Thus saith the Lord…” after which he’s delivering a message as a messenger and typically, as on this case and sometimes within the Book of Judges, the angel is utilizing Divine Imprimatur.

I like the facility of the phrases, “I said, I will never break my covenant with you.” He has stated the identical factor in our instances:

“I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.” (Doctrine and Covenants 82:10)

We worship the one true God, the one and solely reliable God.


That jogs my memory once we had been in Egypt only a few weeks in the past and we had been marveling at their pantheon of greater than 400 gods, I advised our tour individuals, as we stood earlier than these immense, spectacular buildings and wonderful sculptures and bas aid works of their gods, Horus, Ra, Osiris, Isis, Seth, Ptah, Hathor and Ammon—I stated, “you know that when you get to the other side of the veil, you will not meet one of these gods. They don’t exist. They never did. They are made up and not one has ever lived.” It was an amazing second for me. My spirit took flight as I contemplated the nice blessing it’s that we worship the one true God, our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ whom He has despatched! When the peoples of the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon bear in mind this, they’re blessed and prospered, when they don’t, they’re cursed and overcome by their enemies.


Now, Joshua lived to be 110 years outdated and, as we talked about final week, gave his final highly effective speech, pleading with the folks to decide on the God of Israel, after which he died.

Now observe with us in Judges chapter 2, beginning in verse 10:

10 And additionally all that era had been gathered unto their fathers: [now that means, they all died and were buried with their ancestors] and there arose one other era after them, which knew not the Lord, nor but the works which he had accomplished for Israel.

That is a scarry line to me. A era that doesn’t know the Lord. It definitely makes it plain to see why we’re requested to learn our scriptures—in order that we will bear in mind the Lord. And we’re requested to have household house night—in order that we will bear in mind the Lord. And we’re inspired to recurrently attend and worship within the temple—in order that we will bear in mind our covenants with the Lord. And we’re reminded to maintain our journals—in order that we will bear in mind the Lord.


Yes, and to show all of this to our kids in order that they we are going to bear in mind. We did a really highly effective fireplace on the Prophet Joseph Smith for about 20 years in lots of stakes all around the Church. As I used to be bearing my testimony on the finish, feeling the Spirit so powerfully testify that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God and was God’s instrument in bringing forth the Book of Mormon and in restoring the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth—I’d usually say, supported by the Spirit, “You know these things and now you must teach them to your children and your children’s children so that they might also know that these things are true!”

So, look what occurred to the folks after Joshua died, in verse 11:

11 ¶ And the kids of Israel did evil within the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:

12 And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which introduced them out of the land of Egypt, and adopted different gods, of the gods of the those who had been spherical about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.

13 And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. [Now, I can’t fathom this, but we’re not studying and reading these things to be critical of our forefathers, but to learn from them and not to fall into the same trap of forgetting our God.]


14 ¶ And the anger of the Lord was scorching in opposition to Israel, and he delivered them into the palms of spoilers that spoiled them, and he offered them into the palms of their enemies spherical about, in order that they might not any longer stand earlier than their enemies.

15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was in opposition to them for evil, because the Lord had stated, and because the Lord had sworn unto them: they usually had been drastically distressed.

16 ¶ Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of people who spoiled them.

Now, the guide of Judges and the guide of Ruth, which we are going to speak about subsequent week, comprise all of the Jewish historical past that has been preserved to us of the instances between the dying of Joshua and the delivery of Samuel. Judges inform us  concerning the historical past of the Twelve Judges which is sort of a curler coaster experience by way of oppression and relaxation. It jogs my memory of some components of the Book of Mormon when the folks in a matter of some verses can go from righteous to depraved. 


The guide was compiled lengthy after the occasions it information; as a result of in chapter 18, verse 30 there’s a reference to the captivity of the ten tribes, which doesn’t happen unto 721 B.C. The compiler would have had accessible earlier writings that he labored into his guide, such because the Song of Deborah, the parable of Jotham, and among the utterances of Samson. The guide covers greater than 400 years of historical past.

The guide of Judges helps us to know the event of the home of Israel after the settlement in Canaan. During the interval that the guide covers, the Israelites shaped a confederation of tribes moderately than a compact nation. The tribes had been united by their recognition of a typical descent and nonetheless extra by their widespread worship of Jehovah; however, besides when the method of a formidable enemy compelled them to behave collectively, their unity seldom discovered sensible expression and was usually overborne by native jealousies. It was solely in time of battle {that a} single chief grew to become indispensable and was invested by common consent with one thing of kingly authority.

The lack of unity is vividly known as to the reader’s consideration within the closing sentence of the guide (Judges 21:25): “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”


This leaves us to glean some classes for our time and in our examine of this guide we don’t come away empty handed.

One of our favourite characters on this studying is righteous Gideon.

Look in Chapter 6 and let’s assist paint the setting:

And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites got here up, and the Amalekites, and the kids of the east, even they got here up in opposition to them;

And they encamped in opposition to them, and destroyed the improve of the earth…and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

For they got here up with their cattle and their tents, they usually got here as grasshoppers for multitude; for each they and their camels had been with out quantity: they usually entered into the land to destroy it.

And Israel was drastically impoverished due to the Midianites; and the kids of Israel cried unto the Lord.

So, now we have that very same sample: When issues get actually tough, the kids of Israel both complain or they cry unto the Lord.


¶ And it got here to cross, when the kids of Israel cried unto the Lord due to the Midianites,

That the Lord despatched a prophet unto the kids of Israel, which stated unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I introduced you up from Egypt, and introduced you forth out of the home of bondage;

And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from earlier than you, and gave you their land;

10 And I stated unto you, I am the Lord your God; worry not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: however ye haven’t obeyed my voice.

So, primarily the Lord reminded them of all of the miracles of their fathers being introduced out of Egypt, the then tremendous energy of the entire world, and the way they weren’t solely delivered however all of the individuals who had been within the Promised Land had been pushed out earlier than them—miraculously by the Hand of God.

11 ¶ And there got here an angel of the Lord, and sat beneath an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to cover it from the Midianites.


12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and stated unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

13 And Gideon stated unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and the place be all his miracles which our fathers advised us of, saying, Did not the Lord convey us up from Egypt? however now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the palms of the Midianites.

See, Gideon had been taught effectively by his mother and father. He knew of the miracles of deliverance of his forefathers and he knew that the folks in his time had sinned.

14 And the Lord appeared upon him, and stated, Go on this thy may, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: haven’t I despatched thee?

This is identical sort of language the Lord gave to Joshua.


15 And [Gideon] stated unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my household is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s home.

16 And the Lord stated unto him, Surely I might be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.

There is a sample launched right here and seen again and again within the scriptures. The Lord makes use of the weak issues of the world to “come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones.” (see Doctrine and Covenants 1:19; 1 Chronicles 29:1; Acts 4:13; 1 Corinthians 1:27; 1 Nephi 7:8-18; Doctrine and Covenants 35:13; and Doctrine and Covenants 124:1) And Gideon thought-about himself, as Joseph and Brigham, and David, and Jeremiah and Isaiah and Moses and Nephi and Spencer W. Kimball—one of many weak issues of the earth.

President Monson cherished Gideon. He tells the story this fashion:

“Sometimes the task appears overwhelming. We can take fresh courage from the experience of Gideon of old, who, with his modest force, was to do battle with the Midianites and the Amalekites. You will remember how Gideon and his army faced an overwhelming strength of forces vastly superior in equipment and in number. The book of Judges in the Old Testament records that the united enemy, the Midianites and the Amalekites, “lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.” Gideon went to Almighty God for his power.


“To his surprise,” President Monson continues, “Gideon was advised by the Lord that his forces were too many in number for the Lord to deliver the enemy into their hands, lest they say, “Mine own hand hath saved me.” Gideon was instructed to proclaim to his folks: “Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart … from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.”

I wish to simply add a footnote right here: This all the time amazed me that with a military of not less than 32,000, they got a free-will selection primarily based on their bravery ranges—if they’re afraid, they will withdraw and return to their tents and never have interaction within the battle. And 22,000 of them withdraw! Incredible!

Back to President Monson:

Then the Lord stated, “The people are yet too many.” He instructed Gideon to take the boys to water to watch the style by which they need to drink of the water. Those who lapped the water had been positioned in a single group, and people who bowed down upon their knees to drink had been positioned in one other. The Lord stated unto Gideon, “By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.”


“Gideon returned to his forces and said to them, “Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.” And he divided the 300 males into three firms, and he put a trumpet in each man’s hand, with empty pitchers and lamps throughout the pitchers. And he stated unto them:

“Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, after I come to the surface of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

“When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side … and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” He then stated in impact, “Follow me.” His actual phrases had been, “As I do, so shall ye do.”

“At the leader’s signal, the host of Gideon did blow on the trumpets and did break the pitchers and did shout, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” The scripture information the result of this decisive battle: “And they stood every man in his place,” and the victory was received. (Monson, Thomas S., Stand in Your Appointed Place, General Conference, April 2003)


President Boyd Ok. Packer attracts but extra from this story for our day:

“Gideon had an interesting way of selecting his recruits. When the men drank water at a stream, most “bowed down … to drink.” Those he handed over. A number of scooped up water of their palms and drank, remaining fully alert. They had been those chosen.

“We live in a day of “wars [and] rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places.” As prophesied, “the whole earth [is] in commotion” and “Satan is abroad in the land.” He seeks to destroy all that’s good and righteous. He is Lucifer, who was solid out of the presence of God. Against all of that, now we have very optimistic emotions about what lies forward.

Gideon’s small pressure succeeded as a result of, because the file states, “they stood every man in his place.”…

“It has by no means been straightforward to stay the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was not straightforward when He lived, and it was not straightforward within the early days of the Church. The early Saints had been subjected to unspeakable struggling and opposition.

“It has been over 180 years since the priesthood was restored. We now number nearly 14 million members. [And we might add now nearly 17 million members] Even so, we are a tiny fraction when compared to the billions of people on earth. But we are who we are, and we know what we know, and we are to go forth and preach the gospel.”


“The Book of Mormon makes it clear,” President Packer continues, “that we by no means will dominate by numbers. But now we have the facility of the priesthood.

“The prophet Nephi wrote, “It came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few … ; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their dominions upon the face of the earth were small.”

“President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “While it may be said … that we are but a handful in comparison with … the world, yet we may be compared with the leaven of which the Savior spoke, which will eventually leaven [or lift] the whole world.”

“We can and in due time certainly will influence all of humanity. It will be known who we are and why we are. It might seem hopeless; it is monumentally difficult; but it is not only possible but certain that we will win the battle against Satan. (Packer, Boyd K., The Power of the Priesthood, General Conference, April 2010)

The Lord seems to like small numbers. Yes, if He wanted to He could call down 12 Legions of angels to intervene, but generally He doesn’t. He just stands with us in our battles and as we stand with Him, the battles are won.


Scot, I so well remember going to the Ghana Temple dedication in Accra and interviewing the senior missionaries and leaders there. That was the first time we ever held a Youth Celebration just before a temple dedication. And it could not have been a harder place to coordinate such an effort. Few of the kids even had addresses. To get to one youth’s home it was ten miles on the dirt road that passes the water supply station, then turn at the small Coca Cola sign and look for the third cement house on the left. The youth were young in the gospel. They had never seen a Road Show or a play. They were each given a local area director and then, on one full day, they would put the nearly 2,000 kids together and put on a performance for the Prophet.

I remember the colorful native costumes, the indigenous instruments—especially the drums.


And do you remember those kids were told they could only perform their part for three minutes and they said that it wouldn’t work. These kids were used to sending messages and communicating with drums. They could send whole messages with the drums and in their culture, everyone understood what they were saying. But it might take 15 minutes to communicate a certain thought. “President Hinckley will never understand what we are trying to say if we only have three minutes. We can hardly even welcome him properly.” But, welcome them they did. I used to be standing proper by him when the native missionaries got here onto the stage and sang “Called to Serve” on to the Prophet. Both President and Sister Hinckley had been in tears. And then 850 main youngsters, all wearing white, entered the stadium, every with a hand on the shoulder of the individual in entrance of her or him, they usually sang, of their stunning African English: I like to see the temple. I’m going there some day To really feel the Holy Spirit, To hear and to wish. For the temple is a home of God, A spot of affection and wonder. I’ll put together myself whereas I’m younger: This is my sacred obligation.”


And I bear in mind, Scot, you had the toughest time photographing these youngsters as a result of your individual eyes had been so full of tears you possibly can not see to focus. Here, certainly, had been the weak issues of the world, coming into this stadium with the opposite stunning youth and placing on essentially the most stunning program full of sunshine and energy. Here was the military of Gideon that might flip away in enemies of the Church and who had been full of the sunshine and energy of God. I’ll always remember that night time and to see, as Nephi had seen, the facility of God resting down upon the Saints in Ghana.

And all of it jogs my memory of what the Lord can do with small numbers.  It is the loaves and fishes precept.

Elder James E. Faust taught:

“Some months ago, as Elder Spencer J. Condie and I were in the Salt Lake airport, we unexpectedly met a devoted and faithful couple who have been friends for long years. This couple has spent a lifetime of service, meekly, faithfully, and effectively trying to build up the Church in many places in the world. Elder Condie noted, “Isn’t it remarkable what people with five loaves and two fishes do to build up the kingdom of God.” This sort of quiet, devoted service to me is definitely a success of the phrase of God “that the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers”…


Elder Faust continued: “It has been stated that this church doesn’t essentially entice nice folks however extra usually makes atypical folks nice. Many anonymous folks with presents equal solely to 5 loaves and two small fishes amplify their callings and serve with out consideration or recognition, feeding actually hundreds…

“These are the hundreds of thousands of leaders and teachers in all of the auxiliaries and priesthood quorums, the home teachers, the Relief Society visiting teachers. These are the many humble bishops in the Church, some without formal training but greatly magnified, always learning, with a humble desire to serve the Lord and the people of their wards.”…

“In the listening viewers right now are Jeff and Joyce Underwood of Pocatello, Idaho. They are mother and father of Jeralee and their different 5 youngsters. Jeff works on a constructing upkeep crew that cares for a few of our chapels in Pocatello, Idaho. Joyce is a mom and homemaker. One day final July, their daughter Jeralee, age eleven, was going door to door accumulating cash for her newspaper route. Jeralee by no means returned house—not that day, nor the subsequent day, nor the subsequent, nor ever.

“Two thousand folks from the realm had gone out day after day to seek for her. Other church buildings despatched assist and meals for the searchers. It was realized that Jeralee had been kidnapped and brutally murdered by an evil man. When her physique was discovered, the entire metropolis was horrified and shocked. All segments of the group reached out to Joyce and Jeff in love and sympathy. Some grew to become offended and wished to take vengeance.


“After Jeralee’s body was found, Jeff and Joyce appeared with great composure before the television cameras and other media to publicly express their profound thanks to all who had helped in the search and who had extended sympathy and love. Joyce said, “I know our Heavenly Father has heard and answered our prayers, and he has brought our daughter back to us.” Jeff stated, “We no longer have doubt about where she is.” Joyce continued, “I have learned a lot about love this week, and I also know there is a lot of hate. I have looked at the love and want to feel that love, and not the hate. We can forgive.”

“Elder Joe J. Christensen and I, representing the General Authorities, had been among the many hundreds privileged to attend Jeralee’s funeral service. The Holy Spirit blessed that gathering in a exceptional means and spoke peace to the souls of all who attended.


“Later, President Kert W. Howard, Jeralee’s stake president, wrote, “The Underwoods have received letters from people both in and out of the Church stating that they prayed for Jeralee, and they hadn’t prayed in years, and because of this, they had a renewed desire to return to the Church.” President Howard continued, “We will never know the extent of activation and rededication this single event has caused. Who knows the far-reaching effects Jeralee’s life will have for generations untold.” Many have come into the Church as a result of they wished to know what sort of a faith may give the Underwoods their non secular power.

“I mention the good coming from this tragic event with Jeralee’s parents’ full approval and encouragement. Their sweet daughter was like the lad who had only five barley loaves and two small fishes to give to the cause of the Savior, but by the power of God, countless thousands have been spiritually fed.” (Faust, James E., Five Loaves and Two Fishes, General Conference, April 1994)


Whether a younger woman in Pocatello, Idaho or Gideon, the least of a poor household in historic Manasseh, the Lord could make us devices in His palms to do His work to bless, elevate and strengthen His youngsters. He will not be frightened about numbers; He solely requires faithfulness and obedience. And His guarantees are certain. He will ship us from all our enemies as a result of He is the nice Deliverer.

That’s all for right now. We’ve cherished being with you—and thanks for becoming a member of us. Next week we are going to examine the Book of Ruth and the primary three chapters of First Samuel. As all the time, thanks to Paul Cardall for the music that accompanies this podcast and far due to our producer, Michaela Proctor Hutchins. Have an amazing week and see you subsequent time.

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