Judges

Judges 19-21

Despite the teaching of sociologists, this world is not becoming better and better, but rather growing worse and worse. There is a shocking breakdown of morality, a complete collapse of morals: pornography, homosexuality, rape, child abuse, murder, adultery, and lawlessness. Then, in the professing church, there is a “form of godliness which denies the power and presence of God.” In recent years, there has also been an invasion of demons into our Western culture, which has resulted in disastrous and tragic incidents.

The Lord reminds us, brethren, that “we are in the world, but not of it.” John reminds us that “we should not love the world, neither the things of the world. He that loveth the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” He also said, “he who doeth the will of God abideth forever.”

The last chapters of Judges have been described as the cesspool of the Bible. The sex crimes committed by the sons of Benjamin caused the pagans around them to blush in shame and disbelief. The spirituality of the nation was at a low ebb. Even the leaders were delinquent.

Malachi, a Levite who was set apart to care for the holy things of God took a second wife. His wife was a concubine. He undoubtedly conformed to the practices of the world around, but was totally displeasing to God. This action was “sin” in God’s eyes and it triggered off a series of sins that affected the whole nation. The Levite sinned and the concubine lost her life. The village of Gibeah, the tribe of Benjamin, the people of Tabish Gilead, and the Shiloh - yea, all of Israel - suffered, because of the sin of one man.

Old Testament (Joshua-2 Kings)

Lesson 58: Joshua—Call And Commission
Joshua 1:1-18
Golden Text: Joshua, 1:9

We are now introduced to the new leader of Israel whose history we shall follow for the next eight lessons. I. His Preparation. He had a long period of preparation. This is true of all God’s servants. He must be faithful in the little things of life before he can be entrusted with the greater responsibilities. 1 Timothy 3:6, 10.

1. A courageous soldier; Exodus 17:13. Cp. 2 Timothy 2:3; 1 Timothy 6:11, 12.

2. A devoted servant; Exodus 24:3. He who would lead must first serve. Cp. 2 Kings 3:11; 1 Timothy 3:10; John 13:12-17; Proverbs 15:33; Mark 10:45.

3. A true worshipper; Exodus 33:11. Cp. John 4: 23, 24.

4. A faithful witness; Numbers 14:6-9. He stood out against the popular opinion and witnessed for God. Cp 2 Timothy 1:8-12; 4:1-5; Romans 1:14-16; Proverbs 14:25.

5. Taught in the Word; Exodus 17:14. Cp. 2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1-9

6. Spirit filled; Numbers 27:18. Cp. Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Gal 5:22-23.

7. Divinely appointed; Numbers 27:18-23. Cp. John 15:16, etc. Note his name—Joshua means “Jehovah, Saviour;” translated “Jesus.” Hebrews 4:8, and a wonderful type of Christ.

II. His Commission; Joshua 1:1-18.

1. The charge from God; Vs. 1-2.

2. The promise; Vs. 3-4. Note that personal appropriation was essential. They must possess their possessions. So with the Christian—he has “all things;” 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; and “all blessings,” Ephesians 1:3; but only enjoys that which he appropriates himself. See Genesis 14: 17, 18 “Arise and walk through the land.”

From the Editor’s Notebook: Historical Books, Judges

From the Editor’s Notebook

W. Ross Rainey

Highlights on the Historical Books of the Bible

Judges: The Book of Rebellion And Restoration

Key Word: Declension.

Message: God’s favor and faithfulness midst failure and faithlessness.

Key Verse: 21:25 — “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

Introduction

The book of Judges has been referred to as “a philosophy of history” (see Prov. 14:34), one of its chief lessons being “the folly of forsaking God.” Sin, sorrow, suffering and salvation are key words which sum up the years covered by the book, 300 to 450 years embracing the various estimates of the time period covered. Judges takes its name from the history of the 15 (some say 13, others 14 — the difference being whether or not Shamgar and Eli are counted) judges raised up to rescue and rule Israel, the book serving to record not only the various judges (“saviours,” RV), but the details of seven apostasies, seven servitudes, seven cries to God, and seven deliverances. The book is like a “Dark Ages” of the Old Testament, yet there are many bright spots in it, and it is well to remember that of the time period covered only 100 years were spent in unfaithfulness to God — and that’s 100 too many, of course!

Nazariteship

SAMSON (Judges 13‑16)   Nazariteship These chapters form a new division in the book of Judges. From Judges 3 to Judges 12 we have seen a series of deliverances wrought by instruments raised up of God. It was a period of revivals. The part with which we are about to be occupied has a special character. Again did Israel fall: "And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of Jehovah; and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years" (Judges ...

Judges 12:7-15

Ibzan, Elon and Abdon After Jephthah, under the reign of three judges, Israel enjoyed the peace which had been acquired. One of these judges sprang from Judah, another from Zebulon, and the third from Ephraim. They were not called on to fight, but to maintain the people in the condition in which victory had placed them. Possibly they had not the energy of a Jair (Judges 10: 1‑5), who "arose," as the word tells us, but, like him, two of these judges were men of great wealth. Periods of o...

Judges 12:1-6

Strife between Brethren Judges 12 is a picture of one of the gravest symptoms of ruin: contention and open war between brethren. Formerly, when the people had not left their first love, or when their leader evinced more spiritual power, this calamity had been averted. The constant design of Satan is to disunite the children of God. He knows that our strength consists in being gathered around a common centre; and, not being able to destroy this essential unity which God has established, he...

Judges 11

Jephthah and his Daughter In verses 1‑11 the deliverer comes on the scene. He bears the stamp of infirmity, so often found throughout this book. Jephthah, the Gileadite, was "a mighty man of valour," but of impure origin, the son of an harlot, the remembrance of which could not fail to fill him with shame. Nevertheless God used him, yea much more than this, presents to us, through him, some of the characteristics of Christ. Let us remember that the history of believers is only of va...

Judges 10:6-18

A Fresh Revival in Israel The peaceful times of Tola and Jair did not prevent the people from sinking lower and lower. The declension increased, and the evil became more pronounced. "And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of Jehovah, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook Jehovah, and served not Him" (v. 6). Never before had suc...

Judges 10:1-5

Tola and Jair The beginning of this chapter gives us a brief sketch of the history of two judges in Israel - Tola and Jair - both eminent men. The first was renowned for his descent, his ancestors being mentioned in Genesis amongst the sons of Israel who went down into Egypt - namely, Tola and Puah among the sons of Issachar (Gen. 46: 13; 1 Chron. 8: 1). The second was conspicuous for his wealth, the number of his sons, his prosperity (c.f. Judges 5: 10), and his cities. But, stra...

Judges 14

The Serpent and The Lion. The Feast We have seen what nazariteship is. The history of Samson shows us, that in it lies our spiritual power.   Christ only has fully made good His nazariteship, an absolute moral separation, throughout the whole of His life down here, and it is still the case in heaven where He abides the true Nazarite "separate from sinners" (Heb. 7: 26). Samson, the Nazarite, is hardly a type of Christ except as to his mission (Judges 13: 5). He is really, r...
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