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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

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A Righteous Reward

“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP

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25th Judges Chapter 8 Chapter 9 A Righteous Reward

Memory Verse: And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you. Judges 8:23 KJV

In Judges the eighth chapter, we learn of princes who rebuked Gideon for not giving them honor. They felt disrespected. Therefore, they and their people would not so much as give bread to Gideon’s army when they were faint with hunger and going up to battle.

40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. 41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. Matthew 10:40-42 KJV

The Bible says that Gideon died in an old age. In his absence, the Children of Israel discontinued their kindness to the descendants of Gideon. (Judges 8:35). Their disobedience opened the door for evil men to reign over them. Some think it is the servant’s doing when the princes fail. In God’s kingdom, He does not need help to avenge His own. He also says, He will fight for them – that they should relinquish the vengeance to Him (Romans 12:19). The princes were able to do a great kindness to the army of Gideon, but they chose to be indifferent. Had they helped, they would have received the reward of a good steward; yet, it was not so – according to choice made in their hearts.

In His 1770s publication, Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents,  1770, Edmund Burke wrote, “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” This statement is more popularly phrased, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

James, a servant of God (James 1:1) also wrote, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 1:17 KJV

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