Category Archives: Judges

You Need a King!

Wrapped up Judges this morning. Heavy sigh! What a train wreck. The book finishes with three accounts of incidents which occurred “in those days, when there was no king in Israel.” Not necessarily chronological, occurring after the days when Samson … Continue reading

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Living Outside of Legacy

He knew who he was, he just chose to ignore it. Aware of where he’d come from, he didn’t really want it to impact where he was going. Able to articulate his roots, but not all that willing to live … Continue reading

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Jephthah

Hovering over Judges 11 this morning. Noodling on Jephthah, deliverer and judge of Israel. And honestly, not sure what to do with him. He was a man of disreputable beginnings, the son of a prostitute. He was rejected by his … Continue reading

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The 300

We know it’s not about us . . . but maybe, just maybe, we like to think it is a bit. We know it’s not about who we are or what we’ve done . . . but I wonder if … Continue reading

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In the Battle

Noodling on the story of Deborah and Barak in Judges 4 and 5 this morning. And to be honest, the danger in familiar stories is that the lessons are familiar, too. In this case, before I even start reading I’m … Continue reading

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Drive Them Out . . . Again (a 2013 rerun)

Looking back through my journal, it’s been a reading that I’ve spent extra time “chewing on” seven of the past ten years. The opening chapters of Judges have repeatedly served as a fresh warning against the propensity to compromise. The … Continue reading

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Flee!

Gideon is a kind of an enigma for me. Seems to have, for the most part, run the race well but then gets tripped up at the finish line. He has an encounter of the divine kind with the angel … Continue reading

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