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     Studies in the Book of Judges.   

    

  

 

             Introduction. [Scofield Bible] 

¶ This book takes its names from the thirteen men raised up to deliver Israel in the declension and disunion which followed the death of Joshua. Through these men Jehovah continued His personal government of Israel. The key-verse to the condition of Israel is (17:6). "Every man did that which was right in his own eyes."

Two facts stand out - the utter failure of Israel; the persistent grace of Jehovah. In the choice of the judges is Illustrated Zechariah's great word (4:6), "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord"; and Paul's word (1 Corinthians 1:26), "not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called."

The Book records seven apostasies, seven servitudes to seven heathen nations, seven deliverances. The spiritual parallel is found in the history of the professing Church since the apostles, in the rise of sects and the lost sense of the unity of the one body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

 

               Judges Ch. 1.

 

      Ready for War and The Lord Spoke 1:1-2.

¶ Ready For War: [1:1]
The Children of Israel asked the Lord for counsel; there was a readiness for more inheritance & victory gains.
¶ The Lord Spoke: [1:2]
Hearing the Lord's voice is the approach in everything. How precious is the promise that The Lord will "wake" our "ear to hear as the learned" [Isaiah 50:4.] When the Jews at Jerusalem looked on the disciples they "took knowledge that they had been with Jesus" and learned of him. [Acts 4:13.] War ready means Hearing His voice!

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                  Judges Ch. 2.

 

                    The Angel of the Lord 2:1.

                              "An Angel of the Lord Came Up".

¶ There is much speculation as to who this "Angel of the Lord" could be; but there is little doubt that it is The lord Jesus Christ, which is in keeping with the mighty power and authority that accompanies this "Angel". [Exodus 3:2-4.]

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                  Judges Ch. 3

 

             What the Lord leaves and Allows.

                            "Nations which The Lord left" 3:1.

There are some things which the Lord leaves and allows to remain which we sometimes would prefer to be changed. Paul besought the Lord three times for the removal of the "thorn in the flesh" but the Lord promised that His grace would be "sufficient". Jesus always has sufficient Grace for any and every issue which he might allow. With Israel here the reason was to prove them, and this "proving" of Israel's trust would also "prove" the Lord's Power and Faithfulness. With Paul also, his weakness proved the Lord's strength. [2 Cor. 12:9.] "He would put strength in me" [Job 23:6.]

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                   Judges Ch. 4.

 

             1. Israel under Mighty Oppression.

                                             "Mightily Oppressed" 4:3.

Mighty oppression is overpowering but David said that the Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. [Ps. 9:9.] We must remember that we are claiming an inheritance from the Lord in the midst of a hostile land. If we let down our guard we can also like Israel find ourselves oppressed and even "mightily oppressed" in the Worlds troubles and distress. The World offers no refuge and you can only become the Devils guinea pig . Choose your rich inheritance in Christ and prove that "The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge" [Ps. 46:7.]

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Judges Ch. 5. Recovery & Praise! | Print |
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                 Judges Ch. 5.

 

                                1.Willingness and a Song.

                "Deborah sang ...People willingly offered" 5:1-2.

¶ A song always follows the blessing that comes via "willingness": ("to present spontaneously." Strongs Dictionary.) Hannah was willing to hand over all her love for a son if The Lord would so give to her. In answer to this willingness and availability Hannah received more than she had asked or thought [Eph.3:20.] which brought to her heart great rejoicing. [1 Samuel 2:1.] You can't out give the Lord. Out of her barrenness not only came the son for whom she asked (who became one of the greatest seers in Israel) but also the Lord gave other children: Abundant Life!

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