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The twenty-eighth century of His-story opens upon a band of 600 Philistines entering the heritage of Shamgar, a man of God in Israel.  They had poured their energy and resources into developing superior iron tools and weapons and felt ready to press into the land of these despised people who put their trust in God.  […]

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As the twenty-seventh century of His-story opens, the tribes of Israel have settled into their appointed places in the land of Canaan.  They have been delivered from the bondage of Egypt, organized as a nation, and given the promised land.  If this were an ordinary earthly story, we might expect them now to live happily […]

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Week 10 Judges 9:1-57: Abimelech’s Sinful Kingship By defending Israel and governing her, the judges were like kings. But whereas the office of king in Israel/Judah would later be perpetual, passed from father to son, the position of judge was not perpetual. While God accomplished great deliverances though Israel’s judges, it was more and more […]

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Week 5: Judges 4:1-24: Deliverance from the Canaanites by Deborah and Barak Chapter 3 recorded God’s work of saving Israel from the Mesopotamians, the Moabites, and the Philistines. What wonderful deliverances! These wonderful works Israel soon forgot, and the familiar cycle of history repeated itself—sin, bondage, repentance, and deliverance. One unique aspect of the deliverance […]

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Judges – Ruth

OUTLINE XXVIII (Judges 20:1-7) “A Cancer in Israel” Introduction:  “The words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times,” Ps. 12:6.  We had better get this text before our minds at once before we approach the shocking and so-called “unrefined” matters with which this scripture deals. […]

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Judges

OUTLINE XXV (Judges 17:1-6) “MICAH’S HOUSE OF GODS” Introduction:  The events recorded in this and subsequent chapters of this book form a conclusion to the entire book.  The events are all glimpses into the life of a nation concerning which is said:  “In those days there was no king in Israel” and consequently, “everyone did […]

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Judges

OUTLINE XXIII (Judges 15:9-17) Judah Sells Her Deliverer Introduction:  The latter part of the last chapter and the first part of this chapter relate two of Samson’s skirmishes with the uncircumcised.  Certainly in those days there were no pitched battles possible and therefore Samson availed himself of every opportunity to strike at the enemies of […]

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