April 29, 2010 (Judges 18-19)

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Study Thoughts and Questions

  1. What was the motivation behind the Danites apostasy?
  2. In the story of the Levite, what moral absolutes are broken?

April 28, 2010 (Judges 15-17)

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Study Thoughts and Questions

  1. Read 15:1-8.  What do we understand in regards to sin?
  2. Read 15:9-11.  What insight do these verses give us of the condition of the nation of Israel at this time?
  3. After destroying the Philistines with the jawbone, what is the importance of the episode at the spring?
  4. Did Samson truly understand where his strength came from? What (Who) did Samson put his faith in?
  5. Looking at the life of Samson, how can we compare, contrast, and apply it to our lives?
  6. The death of Samson concludes the accounts of the twelve judges and the history of the people of Israel under their leadership. The last five chapters of the book recount two incidents which provide typical examples of what life was like in Israel at the time of the Judges. The closing chapters reveal the deep effects sin can have when God’s people disobey His instructions and forget about His grace and mercy. Chapters 17 and 18 deal with the religious and spiritual chaos in Israel, focusing on the problem of idolatry. Chapters 19-21 focus on the moral chaos, which is the result of Israel’s spiritual unbelief.
  7. Micah directly sins against the second commandment (Exodus 20:4-5). What is an idol? What is the root of idol worship?
  8. Micah worshiped God in the way he wanted to. How should we worship God (John 4:23-24)?

April 27, 2010 (Judges 12-14)

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Why did the men of Ephraim challenge Jephthah?

In the introduction of the life of Samson, we again find the Israelites doing evil in the eyes of the Lord. Israel is punished by being oppressed by the Philistines for 40 years. Again God rises up a judge in Samson to defeat Israel’s enemy. Samson is the most powerful of the judges physically and the weakest morally. He does more single-handedly than the others, but less for the nation as a whole. Samson is an individualist, but hardly a leader. Two factors differ from the recurring theme of Judges: 1) The people do not cry out to God 2) Samson judges 20 years in Israel and makes a few dents in the Philistines, but their oppression of Israel continues.

What is the significance that Samson would be a Nazirite from birth to death?

Reading the events that unfold – the ­announcement of Samson’s’ miraculous birth, the appearing of the angel, Manoah’s initial doubt – why do you think God was bringing these events at the time?

Samson marries a Philistine woman (see Exodus 34:16). How do we see God’s involvement in our lives even when we make bad decisions (sin)?

What do we learn about Samson’s character? What purpose do these events serve (feast, riddle, betrayal)?

April 26, 2010 (Judges 10-11)

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Study Questions

  1. In Judges 10:13, why did God say “I will no longer save you?”
  2. Why must true repentance be accompanied by new behavior?
  3. What do we notice about Jephthah’s response to the Ammonite king?
  4. Why was Jephthah’s sacrifice of his daughter wrong from the start?

April 25, 2010 (Judges 8-9)

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Study Questions

  1. In Judges 8:23, can we see a change in Gideon by his response to the people’s request?
  2. What were Abimelech’s motives for being king?
  3. What is the meaning of Jotham’s fable?
  4. Why are we told the story of Abimelech? How can we be encouraged?

April 24, 2010 (Judges 6-7)

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Study Questions

  1. For Israel, God’s chastening came in the form of oppression by the Midianites (v2). Why does God discipline His children? (See Hebrews 12:5-11).
  2. What do we learn about Gideon? How does God manifest His sovereign power in the midst of human weakness?
  3. Gideon needs to be sure of God’s voice. Do you think he is unreasonable in his request for proof?
  4. Why was it important for Gideon to destroy the altar of Baal?
  5. The Spirit of the Lord was upon Gideon. He had the angel visit, confirmed by the fire, but still, at the end of chapter 6, he was going through self-doubt. Why?
  6. Why does God reduce the army? How can self-confidence and pride get in our way of giving God the glory He deserves?
  7. Why does God let Gideon hear the dream and interpretation? What was Gideon’s response?
  8. What is the result of the dream?

April 23, 2010 (Judges 4-5)

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Study Questions

  1. Why were the children of Israel scared of Jabin?
  2. What is Deborah best known for?
  3. How did God subdue Jabin?
  4. Where would men and women “recount the righteous acts of the Lord?”
  5. Who was the “most blessed among women?”