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The twenty-eighth century of His-story opens upon a band of 600 Philistines entering the heritage of Shamgar, a man of God in Israel.  They had poured their energy and resources into developing superior iron tools and weapons and felt ready to press into the land of these despised people who put their trust in God.  […]

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As the twenty-seventh century of His-story opens, the tribes of Israel have settled into their appointed places in the land of Canaan.  They have been delivered from the bondage of Egypt, organized as a nation, and given the promised land.  If this were an ordinary earthly story, we might expect them now to live happily […]

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Study Guide on the Book of Judges (5)

Week 18 Judges 17:1-13: Image Worship in a Family With chapter 16, the chronological history of the judges is finished. Chapters 17-21 are an appendix to the book of judges which demonstrate the appalling ungodliness of Israel, and her desperate need for a king. Notice the recurring phrase in 17:6, 18:1, 19:1, and 21:25. This […]

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Study Guide on the Book of Judges (4)

Week 14  Judges 13:1-25: Samson’s Birth and Call  Samson was unique among the judges. He alone was a Nazarite. His strength was legendary, and still is. And he delivered Israel single-handedly—Gideon fought with just a few, but Samson fought alone. In all these ways, he was a picture of Jesus Christ. Samson also was the […]

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Study Guide on the Book of Judges (3)

Week 10 Judges 9:1-57: Abimelech’s Sinful Kingship By defending Israel and governing her, the judges were like kings. But whereas the office of king in Israel/Judah would later be perpetual, passed from father to son, the position of judge was not perpetual. While God accomplished great deliverances though Israel’s judges, it was more and more […]

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Study Guide on the Book of Judges (2)

Week 5: Judges 4:1-24: Deliverance from the Canaanites by Deborah and Barak Chapter 3 recorded God’s work of saving Israel from the Mesopotamians, the Moabites, and the Philistines. What wonderful deliverances! These wonderful works Israel soon forgot, and the familiar cycle of history repeated itself—sin, bondage, repentance, and deliverance. One unique aspect of the deliverance […]

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Judges – Ruth

OUTLINE XXVIII (Judges 20:1-7) “A Cancer in Israel” Introduction:  “The words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times,” Ps. 12:6.  We had better get this text before our minds at once before we approach the shocking and so-called “unrefined” matters with which this scripture deals. […]

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OUTLINE XXV (Judges 17:1-6) “MICAH’S HOUSE OF GODS” Introduction:  The events recorded in this and subsequent chapters of this book form a conclusion to the entire book.  The events are all glimpses into the life of a nation concerning which is said:  “In those days there was no king in Israel” and consequently, “everyone did […]

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OUTLINE XXIII (Judges 15:9-17) Judah Sells Her Deliverer Introduction:  The latter part of the last chapter and the first part of this chapter relate two of Samson’s skirmishes with the uncircumcised.  Certainly in those days there were no pitched battles possible and therefore Samson availed himself of every opportunity to strike at the enemies of […]

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OUTLINE XVIII (Judges 10:10-16) “Cry Unto Your Gods” Introduction: The first part of this chapter tells us three things: 1. Vss. 1-5, forty-five years of rest and prosperity under two judges.  Vs. 4 is a pastoral scene, one of prosperity and quiet.  2. Vs. 6, that, partly as abuse of this period, partly as result […]

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OUTLINE XIV (Judges 8:22-27) “Gideon Refuses the Crown” Introduction: Gideon had shown himself a powerful man: you may read about that also in Judges 8:1-22.  He not only pursued the Midianites, tracking them down into their very dens, until the last one was subdued, but he slew also princes and kings.  He spoke wise words […]

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OUTLINE X (Judges 6:11-16) A Castaway Israel? Introduction: To appreciate our present lesson we must consider it against the background of what we discussed last week, vs. 7-10.  Had not a prophet appeared?  Hadn’t he told them that they were disobedient?  Then the prophet shut the door and left them.  Could this be the end […]

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OUTLINE V Judges 3:1-5 Israel amid the Canaanites, or: The Church in the World. Introduction: This passage of Scripture must not become a bit of ancient Hebrew history.  It will become just that unless we understand that God, in kindergarten style, is holding before us certain eternal Principles.  These principles underlie the Kingdom of heaven.  […]

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Introduction:  The Book of Judges treats the early history of the Church in Canaan.  Judges are not kings, e.g. Gideon was Judge but he refused to be king, saying, the Lord rule over you (Jud. 8:23).  Judges are captains, and heads of the people (Jud. 11:6, 9).  Through them God feeds His people (I Chron. […]

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