Judges

Judges 17-18

I believe it was Winston Churchill after the decisive victory in North Africa against Rommel who said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” In the same way this passage points to the end of the beginning – the exodus from Egypt, the giving of the Law, surviving the wilderness and coming into Canaan. It is a hinge po ...[Read More]

Samson: Judges 13-16

1.  Numbers 6:1-8 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the LORD as a Nazirite, 3 they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. 4 As long as they remain under thei ...[Read More]

Judges 6:1-8:22

1.  The leadership of Moses and Joshua. This is followed by the relative independence of the twelve tribes. They are expected to govern themselves without a single leader – but they drift away from the law and become incapable of resisting the internal and external enemies. The Lord sends them judges to fight for them and during the life of each judge there is peace. When the judge dies, the peopl ...[Read More]

Judges 3:1-6: Enemies In The Land

“So then, the Lord left some nations in the land to test the Israelites who had not been through the wars in Canaan. He did this only in order to teach each generation of Israelites about war, especially those who had never been in battle before. Those left in the land were the five Philistine cities, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in the Lebanon Mountains from Mount ...[Read More]

Judges 1:1-2:19

1.  Succession plan. Moses was the liberator. Joshua was the military leader for conquering the land. There was never any intention to have a leader after that. Everything was to be organized by tribes and local government. No President. No King. No standing national armies. It would be like our having States but no national government. There would be no United States – just States. Some tribes do ...[Read More]

Judges 17-18

1.  It would be easy to turn this into an allegory or a morality play or to treat this as one of Aesop’s fables. We tend to do that with Biblical characters. They are no longer real but simply a means of teaching lessons. Their lives are not neat and tidy. Like our lives, they are not consistent or simply good and bad. They are a mixture. They are complicated. 2.  It’s all one account but in three ...[Read More]

Judges 6:1-8:22

1.  The leadership of Moses and Joshua. This is followed by the relative independence of the twelve tribes. They are expected to govern themselves without a single leader – but they drift away from the law and become incapable of resisting the internal and external enemies. The Lord sends them judges to fight for them and during the life of each judge there is peace. When the judge dies, the peopl ...[Read More]

Judges 3-5

1.  The setting. Another transition in leadership. Think about it as a Western. Wagon Train with Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. Strong leaders. Moses and Joshua. Transition to A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. Moses and Joshua are gone and the people are on their own. They are separated by distance and vulnerable to attack. It is lawless territory. It is dry, windblown and harsh ...[Read More]

Judges 1:1-3:36

1.  Succession plan Moses was the liberator. Joshua was the military leader for conquering the land. There was never any intention to have a leader after that. Everything was to be organized by tribes and local government. No President. No King. No standing national armies. It would be like our having States but no national government. There would be no United States – just States. Some tribes do ...[Read More]

Samson: Judges 13-16

1.  Numbers 6:1-8: 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the LORD as a Nazirite, 3 they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. 4 As long as they remain under the ...[Read More]