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May 24, 2019

Judges 6:11-12 One of the most amazing things about Gideon is the way they approach him. Gideon was a “man of valor” according to the angel of the lord. He wasn’t just faith, he wasn’t called righteous or strong. He was called a man of valor.   Valor is great courage in the face of Danger. It’s the thing that makes some people charge forward while others cower in…

May 23, 2019

Judges 6:1-10 The people fell away from God again. After seeing some pretty amazing things happen they did evil and God allowed the consequences of that evil to befall them. What’s crazy here, though, is God’s explanation of their sin and needed correction .   “I am the Lord your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But you have…

May 22, 2019

Judges 5:1-31   After the war is over and the enemy defeated, Deborah and Barak lead the people in a song. The song chronicles God’s faithfulness. It tells of his glory and his mercy on them. It gives him all credit. It reminded the people how great their God was to them. It would be a call back for generations to see and know that God had been so good to them.…

May 21, 2019

Judges 4:9   Barak agreed to go. He would go out to battle and he would fight. He even knew that the glory of this battle would never belong to him. It would be to someone else.   In the story we see God do some amazing things to take a random woman and end the tyranny of Sisera. She would be known as the one to end his wrath and not Barak. And he went anyways.…

May 20, 2019

Judges 4:2-24   Can we talk about how great Deborah is for just a moment? She is this prophetess of God who happens to also have an attitude. She challenges Kedesh, telling him she knows God told him to go to battle and Kedesh challenges back with “if you go too.”   How often do your fears keep your from things? How often do you find yourself hindered and held…

May 17, 2019

Judges 4:1   Okay, you can’t say we didn’t warn you. This is going to come up a lot. We’re just getting started with this statement. Just imagine for a moment the scene here. God does this amazing thing for his people. He does it on three different occasions. He sees them struggling and hurting because of their sins and he continues to bring restoration,…

May 16,2019

Judges 3:31 Shamgar is a random entry in the book of judges but he is a judge nonetheless.   His name is derived from the Hurrian language, not Hebrew. More than likely, he was a Cabaabute that also struggles against the Philistine raids and dictatorship. We don’t know much about Shamgar, but we know he was a beast with a spear. The “oxgoad” was a tool used help rear…

May 15, 2019

Judges 3:15-30   God used the unexpected. Ehud was a left handed person. In his day and age it was a bad thing to be left handed. It was looked down upon. You were considered unacceptable by many. However, God still saw the beauty if Ehud’s differences. What made him an outcast made him exactly the right person for God’s plan.   Sometimes it can feel like things…

May 14, 2019

Judges 3:15-30 Israel finally called upon God and God answered. He showed up in an unexpected way as he chose the left handed Ehud to free the people and destroy their oppressors. Yet, it all started with Israel calling out to God.   Today might be the day for you to cry out. You may need to look to Christ for something. You may need to remove the pride and embrace…

May 13, 2019

Judges 3:12-14   The people of Israel had fallen away from their faith and once again they “did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” In their sinfulness, God removed his protection from the tribes and Eglon the king of Moab invaded. Parts of Israel spent 18 years in service under a foreign king as they continued to ignore who God was and what He had done for…

May 10, 2019

Judges 3:1-11 The people of Israel had gone into a terribly sinful period of time. They were plagued by the multitude of threats both physical and spiritual, that came from their disobedience to God’s command to remove all the inhabitants of Canaan. They were constantly being attacked by the Canaanite leaders and their armies while they also struggled with the temptation…

May 9, 2019

Judges 2:11-23 This passage sets us up for what we see as a constantly recurring pattern in the history of Israel. The people would wander from God, God is angry with their actions but shows grace and love. This grace and love is unappreciated and the people again wander away to the religion of the very people God had warned them about and had tried to have them drive…