Right in whose eyes?

As we finish our reading of Judges today (Chapters 20-21), we see a phrase repeated….  “right in their own eyes” …..   I am struck with the depravity of the people, as they just did whatever they considered to be right in their own eyes.  Moral, political, social, and spiritual chaos reigned.  There was no recognized … More Right in whose eyes?

Law of the Jungle

We have reached Judges 19, a terrifying and awful account of how bad things had gotten in Israel.  D.A.Carson, in “For the Love of God, Vol 1” says “the law of the jungle has triumphed in the fledgling nation of Israel.” Indeed, Judges 19: 1 says, “In those days, when there was no king in … More Law of the Jungle

Right in his own eyes

Judges 17:6  In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Everyone was doing as they pleased and not according to God.  Micah steals from his mother (so much for family loyalty!) then confesses (maybe because he is afraid….his mother curses the thief, not knowing it was … More Right in his own eyes

God chooses us and uses us…in spite of ourselves

Kim Riddlebarger concludes a sermon on the life of Samson, from Judges 15-16 As for application for us today, there is much to learn from the life of Samson. No question, his allegiance is to YHWH. No question, his sin–especially his dalliances with Philistine women–was his undoing. Like Israel during the time of the Judges, … More God chooses us and uses us…in spite of ourselves

Like Samson, we may have weak instruments, but we have a strong God.

From a Study in Judges, Samson Part 3, from Back Free Church of Scotland: What did Samson have to work with, in his exploits and in his offensive against the Philistines? The answer is — not very much. The first time he attacks, it is with three hundred foxes whom he binds tail to tail, … More Like Samson, we may have weak instruments, but we have a strong God.

Seeing the sovereign hand of God in the life of Abimelech

 Pastor Kim Riddlebarger comments on Judges 9: The story of Abimelech points us in two directions. On the one hand, we see in Abimelech the sovereign hand of God. In order to remove Gideon’s sham dynasty, YHWH allows Abimelech to do in sixty-nine of Gideon’s sons (save one) and then become the leader over much of Israel. The people … More Seeing the sovereign hand of God in the life of Abimelech