Overview Of The Old Testament: Judges

Learning From God's Word

Judges 1-12

God commanded His people to ‘drive out’ His enemies. Again and again, they failed (1:19,21,27-33). In Isaiah 30:21, God says, ‘This is the way, walk in it’. Here, in the sin and shame of Israel, He warns us, ‘This is not the way, do not walk in it’ (2:11-15). Barak is an example of ‘faith’ (Hebrews 11:32-34). Faith involves believing God’s promise – ‘I will give…’ and obeying His command – ‘Go’ (4:6-7). ‘The people of the Lord marched down for Him against the mighty (5:13) – God is still calling His people to march for Him. In himself, Gideon was weak (6:15). In the Lord, he was ‘a mighty warrior’ (6:12). ‘For the Lord and for Gideon’ (7:18). Notice who comes first. It is not Gideon. It is the Lord. The people of Israel had forgotten ‘the Lord their God’ (8:34). What kind of…

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