At first glance, Judges appears to be one of the most bizarre books of the Bible. The behavior of Israel collectively, and the men of God specifically, can leave us scratching our heads because it is so out of character with God. In Judges the concept of descriptive versus prescriptive truth is probably best displayed. Just because they did it, doesn’t mean that God sanctioned it. God isn’t telling us to do what they did (prescriptive truth), He is telling us what they did (descriptive truth).
Despite their failures, God was not limited by the foolishness or rebelliousness of man in maintaining His faithfulness to Israel. God used imperfect people to accomplish His perfect plan. These truths can be a great comfort to us today as we live in chaotic and wicked times and recognize that we are but frail and imperfect vessels. We can also learn to avoid the common spiritual pitfalls that can shipwreck believers and negatively impact the spiritual generations to come.
This study began in October 2016 and new lessons will be posted as they are completed.
- Judges: Setting the Stage (Notes)
- Judges: An Overview (Notes)
- Judges 1:1-20 – Starting off on the Right Foot (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 1:21-2:5 – The Cycle of Spiritual Decay (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 2:6-3:6 – A Test with a Purpose (Notes, Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2)
- Judges 3:7-30 – Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 4:1-24 – Deborah and Barak (Notes, Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2, Audio Part 3, Audio Part 4)
- Judges 5:1-31 – Deborah and Barak – The Soundtrack (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 6:1-40 – Gideon’s Call, the First Mission, and the Fleece (Notes, Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2)
- Judges 7:1-25 – Gideon, God, and the Midianites (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 8:1-35 – Gideon’s Descent (Notes, Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2)
- Judges 9:1-57 – Abimelech on Fire (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 10:1-16 – Seven-Fold Rebellion (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 10:17-11:28 – Jephthah the Jilted Judge (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 11:29-40 – The Foolish Vow (Notes, Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2)
- Judges 12:1-15 – From Division to False Peace (Notes, Audio)
- Judges 13:1-23 – The Dawn of Samson (Notes, Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2)
- Judges 14:1-20 – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Notes, Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2)
- Judges 15:1-20 – The Battle of Jawbone Hill (Notes, Audio Part 1, Audio Part 2)