Posts from June 2019

Posts from June 2019

June 21, 2019

Judges Summary We didn’t talk about everything in this series. The book of Judges goes on for a few more chapters to talk about what happened in Israel. They failed over and over and over until God eventually did something in their midst. In the next book, Ruth, we meet a few characters who did terrible things in this time of the judges and we also met some people…

June 20, 2019

Judges 15:9-13   This is probably the craziest part of the story. Israel worked with the Philistines to capture Samson. The people who were persecuting them, hurting them, oppressing them, came under fire from this guy Samson and the people of Israel volunteered to help.   You have to be in a really bad place to fall this in love with your captor. You have to…

June 19, 2019

Judges 15:1-8   Samson had issues. He was a hot head. In the passage we read today he is wronged, but he goes over the top in his reaction. He does some pretty crazy fox/fire stuff that ends up getting not only a family mad at him but an entire people. The whole community is now against him because he tried to burn down all their stuff. He got angry and did something…

June 18, 2019

Judges 14:4-20   Samson goes on a long rampage of ruining his own life. He begins breaking all of the ceremonial promises that he had made. He acts arrogantly, pridefully, and in some cases, sinfully. All of this came from the decision to pursue a woman.   We all make small choices every day. Sometimes they seem small and insignificant and still others we…

June 17, 2019

Judges 14:1-3   Samson was born, he grew strong, and eventually wanted a wife. At that time he saw a Philistine woman and decided she would be perfect for him. His father interjects and asks him if he couldn’t find anyone from his own country or his own people.   This isn’t a racist action. He wasn’t against the Philistines because he was a racist but instead he…

June 14, 2019

Judges 13:2-25   Samson’s parents wanted a child so bad. The prayed and tried all different manner of ways to get God’s attention. What’s amazing is that even in their weird attempts to reach out to God, he still answered. An angel of the Lord appears to them a few times to talk about the child they will have and what’s even crazier is they don’t recognize it.…

June 13, 2019

Judges 13:1 Israel, for the last time we’ll see in this study, did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They continued after all the examples and struggles they had gone through to fall back into the same habits. Even after trying to force their own way and ending up with a leader like Jephthah, they still managed to find their way back into the same mess.   The…

June 12, 2019

Judges 12:1-15   At the beginning of this chapter we get one more story of Jephthah doing terrible things. He ruled six years and was not good for Israel. He had people killed if they pronounced a word wrong. It’s  insane.   After this we see 3 more men who reigned over Israel. They didn’t do terrible things like Jephthah, but they didn’t do anything…

June 11, 2019

Judges 11:29-40   Jephthah’s vow is one of the most devastating stories in this book. A man, whom God used to free his people locks himself into a vow that ultimately costs him his only daughter. He burns her alive as a “sacrifice” to God. He had made a vow and he was going to keep it.   The worst part of Jephthah’s story comes not only from his own ignorance…

June 10, 2019

Judges 11:4-28   As tension would arise between Israel and their neighbors, in this case, it is only made worse by the rhetoric and banter of Jephthah. He goes to argue with the king of the Ammonites and in doing so he leads the nation into war.   Most believe this was a just war. There was no backing away from it and the Ammonites were in the wrong trying to…

June 7, 2019

Judges 11:1-3 Jephthah was from a very broken home. He was neglected as a child, lived in shame most of his life, and he never really worked any of that out. In a time of need, he was the one the people would call on but they didn’t think about his past, his flaws, and his potential to do great harm. He eventually did.   Jephthah did unspeakable things. The failure…

June 6, 2019

Judges 10:6-18   The people did evil again. They fell back into their sin and they picked up their foreign gods. They had forsaken God again and at this moment we see God deny their cries. They wanted God, but they wanted him for what he could offer, not for who He is. They wanted his miracles, but not his leadership.   In one of the hardest passages in the…
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