Kick Off To The Book of Judges

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Date of Writing: The Book of Judges was likely written between 1045 and 1000 B.C. Literary form: Historical Narrative. Judges. The history of the nation from Joshua to Samson. Setting: Just after the conquest of Joshua in the land. Time span of events: 400 years. American is only 237 years old. The main Characters. Israel, the “… ites ”, “. . . ites ” false gods; baals and the Judges.

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The Judges: Judge means Judge: All in one package. Judge and executioner 1) to judge, govern, vindicate, punish a) ( Qal ) 1) to act as law-giver or judge or governor (of God, man) a) to rule, govern, judge 2) to decide controversy (of God, man) 3) to execute judgment

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Jdg 17:6 ESV - In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. WHY?: Jdg 2:10 NIV - After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Jdg 2:11 NIV - Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals .

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Jdg 2:12 NIV - They forsook the LORD , the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They provoked the LORD to anger Jdg 3:7 NIV - The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD; they forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs .

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Jdg 2:14 NIV - In his anger against Israel the LORD handed them over to raiders who plundered them. He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. Jdg 2:16 NIV - Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders.

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When God hands you over. Rom 1:24 NIV - Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another . Rom 1:26 NIV - Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts . Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. Rom 1:28 NIV - Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind , to do what ought not to be done.

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God’s punishment is always individual & corporate . Why: Individuals make a community – Individuals: if the majority of individuals are given over by God, greater evil happens

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As individuals: Sexual immorality, substance abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, destroyed homes, fatherless homes, gender confusion, murder in its various forms like abortion. Gal 5:19 NIV - The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;Gal 5:20 NIV - idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions Gal 5:21 NIV - and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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As a community : Just like in Sandy Hook, The Twin T owers , the destruction of sexual morality, the ongoing holocaust of abortion. If you reject God, He gives you what you want. Pagan earth worship, Hedonism , Suffering , Death , and the big one: Hopelessness

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God’s redemption of people is always one of Grace & Mercy , individually and then community As Individuals But You were washed, sanctified & justified 1Cr 6:9 NIV - Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 1Cr 6:10 NIV - nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Cr 6:11 NIV - And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

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As Individuals But You were washed, sanctified & justified 1Cr 6:9 NIV - Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 1Cr 6:10 NIV - nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Cr 6:11 NIV - And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

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Think of what you were. . . . . 1Cr 1:26 NIV - Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 1Cr 1:27 NIV - But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1Cr 1:28 NIV - He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, 1Cr 1:29 NIV - so that no one may boast before him. 1Cr 1:30 NIV - It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1Cr 1:31 NIV - Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

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God has Raised us up! Eph 2:3 NIV - All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. Eph 2:4 NIV - But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, Eph 2:5 NIV - made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. Eph 2:6 NIV - And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

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Continue to work out your salvation Phl 2:12 NIV - Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Phl 2:13 NIV - for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

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As a community: The local and global Church 1Pe 2:9 NIV - But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1Pe 2:10 NIV - Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1Pe 2:11 NIV - Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 1Pe 2:12 NIV - Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

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Your homework. Start reading the book of Judges. Read it different ways. 1 Your Bible. 2. Bible.is or Biblegateway.com listen to the dramatized narratives. 3. Do your own Bible study on the book. Visit Christian Book Distributers and Support The Speakn Deacon Ministry!

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