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Timeline of Truth: Jonathan, the Compromising Levite: Danites and Jonathan (Judges 18:1-31)

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Judges 18 continues the story of the Levite and Micah. This situation illustrates how, once you make sinful choices, it becomes easier and easier to continue to disobey.  We also find out the identity of the mysterious Levite: Jonathan, the grandson of Moses.  Spirituality is not inherited. It must be taught, and embraced. We are taught in this lesson that we must be diligent and committed to doing what is right.  It is too easy to abandon the things of God and to do what is right in our own eyes. 

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Timeline of Truth: Jonathan, the Compromising Levite: Micah and Jonathan (Judges 17)

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The mindset of the children of Israel during the time of the Judges was “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  Though the story of Micah and a certain Levite we see the dangers of ignoring God’s word and choosing to live by one’s own “wisdom.”  We need to learn that God’s ways are the way a Christian ought to live and ignoring His instructions only bring trouble and confusion.

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Downfall of Samson (Judges 16:1-31)

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Samson’s life reaches an end that reflects his entire life. He lives his life for himself. Even in death, Samson dies to avenge his own eyes, not to vindicate God or to liberate God’s people. What can we learn from one who lived (and died) for himself?

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Victory of Samson (Judges 15:1-20)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

We now enter the third chapter in Judges devoted to Samson. Here God uses Samson to begin to work against the Philistines, who are occupying Israel’s land and oppressing Israel’s people. Through an escalating series of events where Samson is wrongly treated, Samson burns the crops, vineyards, and trees of the Philistines by an ingenious method. The Philistines respond by killing Samson’s wife and father-in-law. Samson kills those responsible (and more), inciting the wrath of the Philistine army. The army moves in to capture Samson, aided by the men of Judah. God uses Samson and his feeble displays of faith, in spite of his selfish motives, to fend off Philistine control. Are we hurting or helping the work of God and the people of God?

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Weakness of Samson (Judges 14:1-20)

Monday, February 4th, 2019

The Book of Judges shows that God accomplishes His work through both the faithful and unfaithful. God begins to use Samson begins as a rescuer of Israel all while Samson pursues sinful and selfish pleasures which violate the commands of God and the restrictions of the Nazirite vow. Samson’s biggest weakness is himself, and he allows his desires and lusts to dictate his choices. Samson begins his downward trek of sinful, self-destruction while God leverages this behavior to keep His promises. Bad choices may ruin our lives but not God’s plan or control.

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Birth of Samson (Judges 13:1-25)

Monday, January 28th, 2019
Timeline of Truth: Judges

Samson is the last in the cycles of Judges, and the lowest judge with regard to his conduct. Samson’s account starts out with his supernaturally announced birth to his then barren mother. Though Samson ends up living for himself through his life and even his death (as we will see in future lessons), God still works through this rescuer to keep the nation of Israel on course to fulfill God’s promises. God reigns, and works even through imperfect and immoral leaders.

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Timeline of Truth: The Six Minor Judges (Judges 3, 10, 12)

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Timeline of Truth:  The Six Minor Judges (Judges 3:31; 10:1-5; 12:8-15)   Most have heard of Gideon, Samson, Barak, and Jepthah. Some have heard of Othniel and Ehud. Most have never heard of Shamgar, Tola, Jair, Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon, the six minor judges reported in the Book of Judges in just 14 verses. What can we learn from these “hardly mentioned” rescuers?

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Timeline of Truth: Judges Mid-Book Review (Judges 1:1-12:7)

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Judges Mid-Book Review (Judges 1:1-12:7)
Here we take a mid-book pause and review the overall lessons of Judges thus far, review the failures of Israel, the response of God, and the deliverers God sent up to this point. We also take a peek at where we yet have to go in this book of reality, which reveals what happens when people forsake God.

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Timeline of Truth: The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Wars of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 11:30-12:7)
Jephthah becomes the victim of his own words. Jephthah has negotiated with the elders of Gilead, and he has negotiated with the Ammonite king who leads forces oppressing Israel. Jephthah depends upon God to give him victory over the Ammonites, but seeks to unnecessarily manipulate God’s favor by vowing like a Canaanite. Jephthah promises to offer as a burnt sacrifice the first thing that comes out to meet him. God gives Jephthah victory, and who comes out to meet him but his only child – his daughter. We examine the different views of what happened, and what Jephthah could have done and should have done. Then we look at Jephthah’s merciless killing of his own Ephraimite brethren. Rejecting of God’s ways can lead to us making foolish choices and committing horrible actions. 

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Timeline of Truth: The Rise of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 10:6-11:29)

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  The Rise of Jephthah, the Negotiating Judge (Judges 10:6-11:29)
Once again Israel rejects God, and God turns the nation over to a very oppressive enemy. Israel confesses their sin, but God says “No.” They put repentant words to their actions. God relents and allows for the raising up of another delivering warrior, Jephthah. Jephthah had been rejected because of his past, which he had no control over, and now is pursued by Israel to lead their army to war against the oppressors. God can use someone that others rejected? How do we approach others that do not meet our affirmation? 

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