Judges 4: 1—5: 31
We are going to get really good at seeing these sin cycles. Pay attention because God is teaching us something here. Sin cycles are not sequestered only to the Israelites in the OT. Ehud dies, and the Israelites do evil in the sight of the Lord. "Doing evil in the sight of the Lord" is an all-encompassing phrase for immoral idol worship. Israel finds themselves being ruled by a Canaanite king so they cry out to the Lord. The Lord sent Deborah. Deborah gets the instructions from the Lord and calls Barak. Now, I am sure he is a great warrior but we cannot skip over the fact that he said he would obey the Lord, but only if Deborah would go with him. And as any good woman would say, she responds with, "I'll go but you should know that I will get all the credit." I love how the Lord gives them victory by using someone related to the Israelites through Moses. No display of force, well except for a tent peg. No fanfare and ceremony. He needs a nap, God directs Sisera to Jael and bam! Tent peg to the ear. God rescued them from the Canaanite king that oppressed them because of their sin. This experience for Deborah and Barak caused them to praise the Lord. I love how they recounted the victory and also threw shade at Sisera by exclaiming his mother was waiting at the window for him to come home assuming it was taking so long because of that plunder! No, ma'am, his new earring makes it hard to move. God saved Israel, and there was peace for 40 years.
Luke 22: 35-53
The prayer in the garden is heartbreaking. We see Jesus' humanity and we see how He is God. He asks The Father if there is another way. But because He never sinned there is no question of Him not being obedient. This shows as humans we can absolutely cry out to the Lord to change things on our behalf. But He is in so much distress because He, as God knows that God the Father is about to judge the sin of the world and the judgment will be poured out on Him. He is in distress because He knows how bad sin is, and how God will not ignore sin, but judge it. And He knows that for the first time ever He will be separated from God. There is no way for me to explain the mystery of how all this happened, but we can sit and see that the Savior of the world knows what's about to happen to Him will be excruciating for Him.
I love the idea of "if God is deaf why did he give us ears?" If God is blind why did He give us eyes?" We are made in His image so obviously, He can see and hear. His creation reveals His character to us. So, if we have ears to hear and eyes to see, so does God. He is not some amorphic energy that swims around the heavens. He sees us and He listens to us.
Proverbs 14: 3-4
You have no idea how many times my prideful words have come back to bite me. But God has this amazing ability to teach me how to put a filter on those words, it just takes time. I think just like the barn has to get a little dirty to house the oxen that help you harvest, I have to get a little banged up to produce more wise words instead of prideful ones.