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1 Judges Bible Studies Study Judges Title Main Character 1 1:1-2:5 God’s People Intro 1 2 2:6-3:6 God is our Judge Intro 2 3 3:7-31 Expect the Unexpected Othniel & Ehud 4 ch 4-5 Willing Leadership Deborah 5 ch 6-8 Strength in Weakness Gideon 6 9:1-10:5 Bad Leadership Abimelek 7 10:6-12:15 Unlikely Leadership Jephthah 8 ch 13-16 One for Many Samson 9 ch 17-21 Without a King Appendix 1 & 2 Judges was a time of heroes, of daring rescues and mighty warriors, or merciless enemies and epic battles; a time of fear, a time of revenge, a time when every man did what was right in his own eyes. Or that's how the movie trailer would go. The book of Judges is certainly a dark and gruesome part of the Bible, in which Israel lurches from sin to judgement to salvation and back again with grim regularity. Yet it contains strong warnings and encouragements for us as Christians today. Matthias Media
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2 Background Genesis God made promises to Abraham in Gen 12:1-3 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation [many descendants], and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Exodus/Leviticus Moses has led the Israelites out of Egypt, and sets them up as a nation to enter the land promised to Abraham - a land “flowing with milk and honey” – by giving them the Law (that is the constitutional framework of what it means to be, and to live as, the People of God. This is formally known as the Pentateuch - the first 5 books of the Bible: Gen-Deut). Numbers/Deuteronomy Deuteronomy means “second law”; 40 years after Moses had received the 10 commandments in Exodus 20, he is required to reissue them in Deuteronomy 5 to make sure God’s people understood that this is what it meant to have God dwelling with them. Due to their disobedience in the interim, as they wandered in exile, the generation that escaped Egypt would die out before reaching the Promised Land. Joshua is commissioned by Moses to be “strong and courageous” and to lead the people. Israel is finally ready to enter the Promised Land. Joshua Under Joshua’s faithful leadership, and the command to “be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law”, Israel seeks to take possession of the promised land. But, as we will see in the book of Judges, Israel demonstrates only half-hearted obedience. As a result, they are unable to completely conquer the lands they have been promised and their compromise leads to significant problems as we will see over the coming weeks.
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3 The Promised Land (with tribal allocations) Map courtesy of:
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4 Study 1 God’s People (Judges 1:1-2:5) Have you ever been halfway through a difficult, lengthy task and felt tempted
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