Guides for Living | "The Judges"

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God has always been concerned about His people.  He made covenants with His leaders, and He expected the people to obey them. When God’s people disobey, there are always consequences.   He is the same today. God demands and expects us to love Him enough to obey Him.  The hymnist John H. Sammis penned the words that tell us to “trust and obey for there is no other way, to be happy with Jesus, but to trust and obey”.

The book of Judges reveals an enduring divine principle: when God uses a person greatly in His service, “the Spirit of the LORD (comes) upon him” (3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 14:6, 19; 15:14). At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the Spirit descended upon Him at His baptism (Matthew 3:16; Luke 3:21-22a).  Before ascending to His Father, Jesus instructed His disciples to wait for the promise of the Father.(Acts 1:4-5). Jesus let them know they would receive power when the promise, the Holy Ghost, came upon them (Acts 1:8; 4:33).   If we want the power that Jesus had, we must do what Jesus did. 

The book of Judges tells us about the strength as well as the weaknesses of God’s people. Yet, they were Covenant people.  Under the old and the new covenant, God’s way of overthrowing the enemy and advancing His Kingdom is by the energy, strength, and power of the Holy Spirit working through yielded and obedient human vessels.

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Preface

God has always been concerned about His people.  He made covenants with His leaders, and He expected the people to obey them. When God’s people disobey, there are always consequences.   He is the same today. God demands and expects us to love Him enough to obey Him.  The hymnist John H. Sammis penned the words that tell us to “trust and obey for there is no other way, to be happy with Jesus, but to trust and obey”.

The book of Judges reveals an enduring divine principle: when God uses a person greatly in His service, “the Spirit of the LORD (comes) upon him” (3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 14:6, 19; 15:14). At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the Spirit descended upon Him at His baptism (Matthew 3:16; Luke 3:21-22a).  Before ascending to His Father, Jesus instructed His disciples to wait for the promise of the Father.(Acts 1:4-5). Jesus let them know they would receive power when the promise, the Holy Ghost, came upon them (Acts 1:8; 4:33).   If we want the power that Jesus had, we must do what Jesus did. 

The book of Judges tells us about the strength as well as the weaknesses of God’s people. Yet, they were Covenant people.  Under the old and the new covenant, God’s way of overthrowing the enemy and advancing His Kingdom is by the energy, strength, and power of the Holy Spirit working through yielded and obedient human vessels.

Judges is divided into three basic sections. During our study, we will see and learn that the history of the judges and God’s people reminds us that we as humans do not appear to learn from our history.  After all that God had done for Israel, they continued to rebel, and disobey Him.  Unfortunately many of us are the same today, but the mercy of God is offered to us over and over again.  Thank God that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (from Romans 5:8).

Section one: (1:1—3:6) records Israel’s failure to thoroughly complete the conquest and describes her downward direction after the death of Joshua.  God had told them to completely destroy all the people that were in the land, and they did not do so. Section two: (3:7—16:31) comprises the main body of the book.  It records six examples of Israel’s recurring experience during the time of the judges involving cycles of apostasy, foreign oppression, servitude, crying out to God in distress, and God delivering the Israelites through leaders anointed by His Spirit.  Among the thirteen judges (all are included in this section of the book, the best known are Deborah and Barak, Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson. (Hebrews 11:32). Section three: (17:1—21:25) closes with vivid stories from the time of the judges that shows the depth of moral and social corruption that resulted from Israel’s spiritual apostasy.  We need to take a look at what was happening then and see what we can do to help bring changes that will help pursue Christ Mission and show His righteousness. 

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Preface

God has always been concerned about His people.  He made covenants with His leaders, and He expected the people to obey them. When God’s people disobey, there are always consequences.   He is the same today. God demands and expects us to love Him enough to obey Him.  The hymnist John H. Sammis penned the words that tell us to “trust and obey for there is no other way, to be happy with Jesus, but to trust and obey”.

The book of Judges reveals an enduring divine principle: when God uses a person greatly in His service, “the Spirit of the LORD (comes) upon him” (3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 14:6, 19; 15:14). At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the Spirit descended upon Him at His baptism (Matthew 3:16; Luke 3:21-22a).  Before ascending to His Father, Jesus instructed His disciples to wait for the promise of the Father.(Acts 1:4-5). Jesus let them know they would receive power when the promise, the Holy Ghost, came upon them (Acts 1:8; 4:33).   If we want the power that Jesus had, we must do what Jesus did. 

The book of Judges tells us about the strength as well as the weaknesses of God’s people. Yet, they were Covenant people.  Under the old and the new covenant, God’s way of overthrowing the enemy and advancing His Kingdom is by the energy, strength, and power of the Holy Spirit working through yielded and obedient human vessels.

Judges is divided into three basic sections. During our study, we will see and learn that the history of the judges and God’s people reminds us that we as humans do not appear to learn from our history.  After all that God had done for Israel, they continued to rebel, and disobey Him.  Unfortunately many of us are the same today, but the mercy of God is offered to us over and over again.  Thank God that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (from Romans 5:8).

Section one: (1:1—3:6) records Israel’s failure to thoroughly complete the conquest and describes her downward direction after the death of Joshua.  God had told them to completely destroy all the people that were in the land, and they did not do so. Section two: (3:7—16:31) comprises the main body of the book.  It records six examples of Israel’s recurring experience during the time of the judges involving cycles of apostasy, foreign oppression, servitude, crying out to God in distress, and God delivering the Israelites through leaders anointed by His Spirit.  Among the thirteen judges (all are included in this section of the book, the best known are Deborah and Barak, Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson. (Hebrews 11:32). Section three: (17:1—21:25) closes with vivid stories from the time of the judges that shows the depth of moral and social corruption that resulted from Israel’s spiritual apostasy.  We need to take a look at what was happening then and see what we can do to help bring changes that will help pursue Christ Mission and show His righteousness. 

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