The Boy with Potential

READ : Judges 12-14 What great possibilities there were for Samson. From his birth, he was called to be a Nazarite, that is, a person dedicated in a special way to the service of God. He had wonderful parents. When they knew they were to have a son, their prayer was that God would show them how to care for this child. They worshiped the true God with great awe. And best of all, the Lord blessed him by sending …

Foolish People

READ : Judges 9-11 What a foolish man Abimelech was! He did not follow the wise decision of his father not to become king; instead he became king at the price of shedding much innocent blood. And how did he end? He was killed when a woman dropped a heavy stone on his head. And how foolish were the people of Shechem to choose such a man as their ruler! It is not surprising that there was a falling out …

God Uses Imperfect People

READ : Judges 6-8 Throughout the Bible, God uses people, imperfect people, because no other kind are available. But the imperfections are a hindrance. Gideon had his faults. He was very reluctant to be God’s instrument. As we have opportunity to serve the Lord, let us not hold back. Later Gideon made a golden ephod. We cannot be sure what the ephod was, but in any case, it became an object of false worship. But Gideon also had good points. …

The Tale of Three Women

READ : Judges 4-5 One must admit that the Old Testament is primarily a story about God and men. There are exceptions, however, and this is one of them. The first woman in the passage is Deborah. She is a prophetess, a woman who shares the message of God with God’s people. In this time of oppression by the Canaanites, she calls Barak to lead the armies of Israel against the enemy. He is very reluctant; in fact, he refuses …

Sin and Grace

READ : Judges 1-3 There is a pattern which continually repeats itself in the book of Judges. The people of Israel sin by serving the gods of neighbors whom they had neglected to drive out of the land. After a time of such sin, God allowed them to fall under the power of some nearby country. They lived in subjection for some time. Then they cried out to God for help. God graciously helped them by raising up a judge …