Archive for October, 2018

Timeline of Truth: Gideon, the Fearful, Faulty Judge – The Calling of Gideon (Judges 6:1-40)

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Gideon, the Fearful, Faulty Judge – The Calling of Gideon (Judges 6:1-40)
We begin the first of four lessons related to a well-known deliverer:  Gideon. Israel continues “the sin” by serving other gods. God delivers them into enemy hands again, this time, into the hands of the Midianites. Israel cries out to God because of the oppression by the enemy. God graciously raises up another “fighting rescuer,” Gideon. In this chapter of the Bible, we see God’s patient process of raising up a leader through a gradual process. God labels Gideon by the outcome he can be through God’s help: “Might man of valor.”

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Timeline of Truth: Deborah and Barak Lead a Celebration of God’s Victory Over Israel’s Enemies (Judges 5:1-31)

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Deborah and Barak Lead a Celebration of God’s Victory Over Israel’s Enemies (Judges 5:1-31)
Through Deborah’s prophetic prompting, Barak obeyed God and defeated the occupying, oppressive enemy of Israel. Deborah and Barak sing a song, and the song recounts details that we did not find in Chapter 4. Two key lessons we draw from the song: (1) Leaders need to lead willingly and people need to follow willingly to experience God’s blessing; (2) Our scope of responsibility extends beyond our own needs, but also extend to the needs of others.

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Timeline of Truth: Barak, Reluctant Leader (Judges 4:1-24)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Barak, Reluctant Leader (Judges 4:1-24)
This study of Judges 4 introduces us to an unusual figure, Deborah the prophetess, and her prompting of God’s deliverer, Barak. Barak seemingly was refusing God’s direction to assemble an army. God used Deborah to encourage Barak to obey God, and to defeat completely the occupying enemy army. Because of Barak’s reluctance, God tells Barak that he will lose the glory normally enjoyed by such a defeat. A woman will receive the glory, and that’s exactly what happened.

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Timeline of Truth: Ehud, Elite Assassin (Judges 3:12-4:1)

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Timeline of Truth:  Ehud, Elite Assassin (Judges 3:12-4:1)
The second deliverer God raises up in the book of Judges is Ehud. Israel again commits “the evil” by serving other gods. God Himself strengthens Eglon, a Moabite king, and this enemy comes in and conquers a portion of Israel and makes them serve him for 18 years. Israel cries out to God, and God, in His grace, raises up a military rescuer. Ehud is likely not a military reject, as sometimes presented. His left-handedness is much more likely to indicate his elite military training like other Benjaminites had, allowing him to fight with both is right and his left hand. Eglon is often considered obese, but we challenge that misconception as well. In this study, we run through the timeline, and then present 5 observations regarding Ehud as well as 5 lessons that we can learn from this account.

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