Month: July 2012

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]

Joshua 23-24

1.  Context Joshua is old and well advanced in years. “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth.” It is not about his legacy…but about the relationship between God and Israel. He has done what God instructed and, like Moses, he has concerns about their future. Yet, he does not leave any centralized structure in place. He is not building a Kingdom that will last based on a social contract or a ...[Read More]