It took more faith to save Yisra’el than lamb’s blood on the doorposts as the Destroyer of the firstborn roamed the streets of Mitzraim during the first Passover. Then came being cornered by a huge army and going into the desert without sufficient water or food. It’s all part of the training in righteousness that all believers in the LORD much travel.
The Book of Judges comes to an end with the seemingly bizarre account of Israel ganging up on an entire tribe of countrymen and women for the egregious acts of one town. Because the account, chronologically, fits with the events at the beginning of the book, this account is a fitting bookend to set up the spiritual drift detailed in the following historical books. Continue reading Judges 21 — cleaning up the mess from Benjamin’s travesty and Israel’s indifference
The tribes of Israel recognized the evil done by some in Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin (Judges 19). Yet the disaster that came upon the avenging armies twice didn’t convince all of Israel that a greater evil — a pagan priesthood — was allowed to remain. How do we respond to bad things that happen to good people?
Judges 19-20 is a disturbing account of a Levite, from the tribe God picked to be His closest ambassadors to Israel and the world, who not only had a concubine but also callously let her get raped to death by a Sodom-like mob. The Bible’s detractors and defenders of liberal morality hold this account up as a key exhibit, but what does God really want us to learn in this no-holds-barred account? Continue reading Judges 19:1 – 20:7 — A Levite, his concubine & the life in Israel without the King
Micah makes a graven image and finds a Levite to officiate worship of the graven image. The Danites come to Ephraim and to Micah’s house and ask for God’s blessing on their endeavor to the North to make war. The Danites later take Micah and the worship items as well as their entire households and emigrated North. Continue reading Judges 17-18 — Mikhayahu, Mikhah & Moshe’s wayward grandson
Samson’s "downfall" at the hands of Delilah and the Philistines is a popular Bible story. However, Samson is more prophet — often a messianic figure — than delivering judge. Other than "I won’t leave you alone," what is the message God is telling us? Continue reading Judges 16 — Samson’s prophetic downfall
The stories of Samson’s mighty victories with a jawbone of a donkey and torches lit between foxes’ tails are favorites in children’s books. Was Samson just a clever brute hero, or is God trying to send a message down through the ages about what Messiah would be like when He rode into Yerushalayim as the Passover Lamb on a firstborn donkey? Continue reading Judges 15 — Samson’s mysterious jawboning about donkeys