Divine exasperation

Judges 10-12 is our Bible reading passage for today.  In Judges 10:10-16 we read: And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.” And the Lord said to the people of Israel, “Did I not save you … More Divine exasperation

April 17 Judges 10-12

April 17 Judges 10-12 (ESV) Tola and Jair 10:1 After Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, and he lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim. 2 And he judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died and was buried at Shamir. 3 After him arose Jair … More April 17 Judges 10-12

When we look at the life of a man like Abimelech we see not Christ, but his opposite

Thus God returned the evil of Abimelech, which he committed against his father in killing his seventy brothers. And God also made all the evil of the men of Shechem return on their heads, and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal. —Judges 9:56-57 Pastor Kim Riddlebarger comments on Judges 9: The … More When we look at the life of a man like Abimelech we see not Christ, but his opposite

April 16 Judges 9

April 16 Judges 9 (ESV) Abimelech’s Conspiracy 9:1 Now Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s relatives and said to them and to the whole clan of his mother’s family, 2 “Say in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal … More April 16 Judges 9

Restoration and Mercy

You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! —Psalm 85:3-4 C.H. Spurgeon, in “The Treasury of David” comments: How often did the longsuffering of God take away from Israel the punishments which had been justly laid upon them! How … More Restoration and Mercy

April 15 Judges 8

April 15 Judges 8 (ESV) Gideon Defeats Zebah and Zalmunna 8:1 Then the men of Ephraim said to him, “What is this that you have done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against Midian?” And they accused him fiercely. 2 And he said to them, “What have I done now in comparison with … More April 15 Judges 8

April 14 Judges 6-7

April 14 Judges 6-7 (ESV) Midian Oppresses Israel 6:1 The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains … More April 14 Judges 6-7

April 13 Judges 4-5

April 13 Judges 4-5 (ESV) Deborah and Barak 4:1 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord after Ehud died. 2 And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. 3 Then the people of Israel cried … More April 13 Judges 4-5