Gideon’s Legacy

August 13, 2017

Abimelech killing his brothers was calculated, time consuming, and an act of murder that occurred one by one. The people knew what kind of man he was but accepted him anyway.

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The 5th Judge: Gideon (Part 5)

August 6, 2017

Gideon may being saying he doesn't want to be king, but he was acting like it.

Gideon actually leaves Israel in worse shape than when he started

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The 5th Judge: Gideon (Part 4)

July 30, 2017

Gideon's Battles

He had to fight against Midianites

He had to fight against the Israelites

He had to fight against himself

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The 5th Judge: Gideon (Part 3)

July 24, 2017

Israel's army of 32,000 was still at a 4 to 1 disadvantage against the Midianites. This was too many Israelites for God.

When 22,000 soldiers leave, leaving 10,000, it was now a 14 to 1 disadvantage against the Midianites. This again was still too many Israelites for God.

After the testing at the water, only 300 pass the test, making it now a 450 to 1 disadvantage against the Midianites. God doesn't even need the 300 and Gideon but chooses to use them.

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The 5th Judge: Gideon (Part 2)

July 16, 2017

The problem of Israel was not the Midianites but the fact they forget God. 

Gideon puts God to the test, where he is at in fear and doubt, not out of faith.

God responded to Gideon out of grace.

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The 5th Judge: Gideon (Part 1)

July 9, 2017

God commands Gideon to tears down his father's alter to Baal in the middle of the night.

Idol worship is not just in Israel in some vague way, its in his own family!

Even though the whole town wanted Gideon's life, his father stands with Gideon.

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The Song of Deborah and Barak

July 4, 2017

Chapter four the Israel's battle is conveyed in literal detail. Chapter five conveys the same battle in poetic terms.

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The 4th Judge: Deborah/Barak

June 26, 2017

Was Barak fearful or wise in wanting Deborah to come along?

Was Deborah rebuking or prophesying?

Who was the true Judge and deliverer Deborah or Barak?

The hero is always God.

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The 3rd Judge: Shamgar

June 6, 2017

Shamgar's Time people traveled carefully and in much fear due to oppression by the Philistines. Shamgar's killing of 600 Philistines is reminiscent of Samson or David's mighty men 

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The 2nd Judge: Ehud

May 28, 2017

Eglon's death was meant to be a comedy. This event shows Moabites as jokes but also Israel also for serving them for 18 years before calling upon God.

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