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Judges 13 to 15 (#1012)

Judges 13 to 15 (#1012)

Good morning. We’re going to continue our series, going through Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. We completed our review of Joshua as few weeks ago, and we’ve been going through Judges chapter by chapter. I keep thinking I’m going to skip some of the chapters, but we haven’t yet. We keep going. And today we’re going to ready Judges 13 to 16, which covers the remarkable record of Samson.

Each one of the Judges in the book of Judges has unique qualities, but Samson is very unique, nobody quite like him. He obviously had tremendous physical strength, I’m sure that was part of him physically, but also when the spirit of God came upon him, he put that physical strength to awesome use. As we’ll read when we get into it, he judged Israel for twenty year, he was able to protect them from the Philistines. A lot of the details on how he did that aren’t covered, the main things that are covered here in the book of Judges are his personal life, which was quite remarkable, he had tremendous challenges with the Philistines, obviously, with the women he loved, with the families of the women he loved, with his own parents. Yet, he walked mightily and powerfully for God, and judged and delivered Israel.

So, he’s a remarkable fellow, but I’m just so glad there are these people in the Bible, ’cause you talk to some Christians and they think they have this cookie-cutter idea what Christians are supposed to be, yet if we look at the people that walked with God through the centuries, they’re all very, very different. And God worked with them. But rather than being mad at ourselves or mad at somebody else because they fit into to our preconceived idea of what a believe should be like, I think it is much smarter just to prayer for everybody and encourage people to trust God and walk with God, no matter where they are or who they are. Samson was like nobody I’ve ever met, but neither was Gideon, like anybody I’ve ever met.

You go on and on, everybody’s unique, everybody’s different, yet when they trust God and walk with the spirit of God, they can do great things for God and help Gods people. So, let’s get into Judges Chapter 13…

As taught by Bruce Mahone,  20210124.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Judges 13-16     Samson

Teaching

Judges 13 to 15 (#1012)

Judges 10 to 12 (#1011)

Judges 10 to 12 (#1011)

Good morning! You may recall in our last session, we finished in the book of Judges everything about the sons of Gideon. Gideon, of course. was a great judge of Israel who led Israel to great victory against their foreign oppressors. And then he died. And, after he chased them out there was some argument among the various tribes of Israel about of who would fight the war and get the glory, but they worked that out. Then when Gideon died, one of his sons killed all the rest, except one, and there was a big brew-ha-ha there. So it just goes to show, you really can’t have that much control over your offspring.  At any rate, then they all died, and we’re going to pick up the story in Judges chapter ten…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20200110.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Judges 10 – Jair and Others

Judges 11 – Jephthah

Judges 12 – Several Judges

Teaching

Judges 10 to 12 (#1011)

Judges 8 and 9 (#1010)

Judges 8 and 9 (#1010)

Good morning. Today, we’re going to continue our study in the book of Judges. In our last session, we read about Gideon. How God called him, and Gideon was very surprised to be called a mighty man of valor and be asked to lead God’s people against the Midianites and Amalekites, but God worked with Gideon — had the wet fleece and the dry fleece, had him go down and listen to the Midianite soldiers who were scared and convinced that Gideon would defeat them. And then of coarse he and only 300 men scared the Midianites and they ran and then a few of the tribes of Israel nearby came and fought and had a great defeat and were very successful. And now we’re going to look at Judges 8 and 9 where things get tougher…


As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20201227.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Judges 8 – Gideon postscript

Judges 9 – Gideon’s sons

Teaching

Judges 8 and 9 (#1010)