Judges 5:6 English Standard Version (ESV) “In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned, and travelers kept to the byways.”
During these present times finding those people who are on the edge and able to hear will not be easy. I begin here in Judges 5:6 because of Shamgar. Israel was being oppressed by the Philistines during these days and Shamgar sought to break the oppression by violent means. Does that sound familiar?
The highways represent paths of righteousness, straight paths easily traveled. It was how mankind could walk in God’s will and good pleasure. Those ways had been abandoned. Does that sound familiar?
The byways represent the crooked paths, were the acts of the travelers would be accepted among their fellow travelers but hidden from the sight of Shamgar. Does that sound familiar?
If we are to find those stragglers that have no desire to lead the violence, nor to oppose it, we will not find them in the highway. It is impossible to save souls in a church full of saved people. Does that sound familiar?
Matthew 3:1 English Standard Version (ESV) In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
Who is preaching peace, love and joy in the byways? Where is God’s love being seen? If you are wondering where the byways are, they are anywhere outside of our church sanctuaries. We all feel safe and protected in church. God is a God everywhere, even in the byways. If we walk in His will we can expect sanctuary protect to be extended wherever we go.
Do not take this word as any kind of encouragement to stand and yell at the leading edge of mob violence. Those people will not listen. Let God lead you in your search for the lost, to reach those on the edge that will still hear reason.