Judah took the land that the Lord gave them
Judah began to capture the land that God had given to the tribe, “Now the children of Judah fought against Jerusalem and took it…afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites…” (Judges 1.8–11).
All seemed to be going well. It had been over four centuries since the Lord had promised the land to Abraham’s descendants, and then they experienced disappointment when the ten spies discouraged the heart of the people and they failed to take the land.
The Book of Judges opens with showing Israel finally gaining the land, but before you finish reading the first chapter, you will see that Israel did not do fully what the Lord wanted done.
Starting is good, but finishing as the Lord wants is better. DR
Discovering that Jesus speaks the truth
A centurion sent Jewish elders to Jesus to come and heal the centurion’s servant. However, before Jesus entered the house, the centurion sent friends to Jesus to tell Him that He did not have to come any further, but that the centurion knew Jesus only had to speak the word, and the servant would be healed.
Then Luke shows us, “And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick” (Luke 7.10).
Jesus spoke it. Therefore, it happened. The people believed it. DR