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Judging the Judges

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JUDGING THE JUDGES

INTRODUCTION
The book of Joshua is “Victory through Faith.”  The book of Judges is “Failure through Compromise.”

I.    Title of the book of Judges, Judges 2:16  – 19
These extraordinary judges, in delivering the chosen people from their oppressors, were not arbitrarily sent forth to their work, but were chosen to vindicate Jehovah’s righteousness, that is, His faithfulness to His covenant, in behalf of Israel.  His eternal principle is, when His people return to Him in repentance, He returns in mercy.

II.    Author of the book of Judges according to Jewish tradition is Samuel.
A.    Judges 1:21 – the Jebusites were in control of Jerusalem.
B.    Judges 18:1 – there was no king in Israel.

III.    The Canonicity of the book of Judges
It has always been considered inspired, Acts 13:20 & Hebrews 11:32.  This is not Jewish mythology (Greek heroes).  There is no attempt to glorify Israel or the judge.  It is not patriotic fiction.  Only the Holy Spirit could have dictated the record that vindicates God’s righteousness, at the cost of exposing to view the sin, shame, and suffering of the writer’s own nation.

IV.    Seven Observations from the book of Judges
A.    Israel’s apostasies were a combining of God and idols.
1.    Altar – the majority of mentions are Gideon and Manoah, Samson’s father
2.    The Ark of the Covenant is mentioned in 20:27, which implies that the Tabernacle was there and the high priest is mentioned.
3.    Sacrifice – 6:26
B.    Imperfection of the judges is seen even though they are empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Gideon made a golden ephod that was worshipped, Jepthah offered his daughter and Samson was Samson.
C.    The deliverances were partial, only to that tribe(s).
D.    Jehovah’s warnings and their fulfillments are 2:1 – 5, 6:7 – 10 & 10:10 – 14.  God’s people cannot sin with impunity.
E.    God’s theophanies and Israel’s apostasy, twice the angel of the Lord, 2:1 & 13:3, and an unnamed prophet, 6:8.
F.    There were peaceful times.  The actual years outnumber the years of oppression.  God is merciful when we repent.
G.    Israel’s descent into sin is detailed and they need an earthly king.  They did not appreciate the theocracy.

This was the gradual furtherance of God’s purpose, out the judges came Ruth 4:18 – 22.
OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF JUDGES
Judges 17:6

I.    Apathy, Judges chapters 1 – 2
A.    There were early victories, 1:1 – 26.
B.    There were repeated defeats, 1:27 – 36.
C.    There was divine rebuke, 2:1 – 5.
D.    They were serving other gods, 2:6 – 23.

II. Apostasy, Judges chapters 3 – 16
A.    Israel is oppressed by Mesopotamia, 8 years, Othniel, 3:1 – 11.
B.    Israel is oppressed by Moab, 18 years, Ehud & Shamgar, 3:12 – 31.
C.    Israel is oppressed by the Canaanites, 20 years, Deborah & Barak, chapters 4 & 5.
D.    Israel is oppressed by Midian, 7 years, Gideon, chapters 6 – 8.
E.    Israel is oppressed by Shechem, which leads to Abimelech who is a usurper, chapter 9 also Tola and Jair, 10:1 – 5.
F.    Israel is oppressed by Ammonites, 18 years, Jephthah, 10:6 – 12:7, Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon, 12:8 – 15.
G.    Israel is oppressed by Philistines, 40 years, Samson, chapters 13 – 16.

III. Anarchy, Judges chapters 17 – 21 (appendix)
A.    Idolatry, chapters 17 – 18
B.    Immorality, chapter 19
C.    Internal Wars, chapters 20 – 21

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