Sermon Archives: Judges Sermons

Will the people of Israel ever have their land? Will they ever subdue the promised land as Joshua commanded them? How do we deal with all the violence in this book? These are some of the questions we seek to answer in our series.

Reconciled or Not Reconciled? (Judges 21:1-25)

Mar 20, 2011

The book of Judges is a book that is rather depressing. The book starts out with Israel sinning, having a nation come against them, crying out to the Lord, repenting, and then the cycle repeats. The book spirals down to civil war, and now finally we witness Israel sorting through the effects of the civil […]

Beyond Sibling Rivalry (3) (Judges 20:18-41)

Mar 13, 2011

We left off with the tribes of Israel ready to make war. There was a brief court case that was held, and Israel did ask the tribe of Benjamin to turn over the guilty offenders. Will Israel break out into full fledged civil war? Will the Lord be on one of the sides? What good […]

Beyond Sibling Rivalry (2) Judges 20:1-17

Mar 6, 2011

The sons of Jacob never fully got along in Jacob’s lifetime. In fact, we can see that Jacob is one who did not get along with his brother Esau. Yes, Jacob was the heir of the promise, but he did not treat his brother all that well. Will Israel ever come together? Will Israel get […]

Beyond Sibling Rivalry (Judges 19:1-30)

Feb 27, 2011

The people of Israel come together as the ones who are supposed to serve the living God. They are called to be faithful to the Lord, and serve the Lord. However we have seen that Israel is one who does not get along well as the brothers have sold another brother into slavery. Can Israel […]

Dan's Good Luck Charm (Judges 18:1-31))

Feb 20, 2011

So, there is no king in Israel, and the people of Israel do what is right in their own eyes. The Lord has promised to build His heavenly city, and so how far can they fall? If they fall too far will the Lord be able to bring them back? Will the people of God […]

Micah's Good Luck Charm (Judges 17:1-13)

Feb 13, 2011

I had a rabbits foot novelty key chain, and always thought it was silly. I thought ti was silly because if the rabbit was so lucky he would still have his foot. Yet, as Christians we can look to our religion, and our religiosity as our "rabbit foot" while missing the Christ who secured our […]

Samson's Fall and Rise (Conclusion)

Feb 6, 2011

Samson the mighty warrior is the last official judge that Israel has. Samson is an interesting figure who does not want to do the will of the Lord, but then always finds himself fighting with the Philistines while running from the Lord. What is good about Samson running from the Lord? What is bad about […]

Samson's Fall and Rise? (3) (Judges 16:1-30)

Jan 30, 2011

So, the Lord’s warrior has finally called out to the Lord. Now, we arrive at the final chapter in Samson’s story. This is the man who is supposed to conduct the Lord’s war in the Lord’s wisdom. This man has not been conducting the Lord’s war, and wisdom would not characterize this man. Will the […]

Samson's Rise and Fall (Judges 14:1-20)

Jan 9, 2011

When we consider weddings we think that they are nice festive events that families can enjoy. Usually, this is the case, but for some reason Samson’s parents do not approve of his marriage. Why are not pleased with Samson’s choice? How does Samson’s choice show the state of Israel and the state of their redeemer? […]

A Warrior Child (Judges 13:1-25)

Nov 22, 2010

The people of Israel continue to be in rebellion against the Lord, and continue to conform to the Canaanites. They have failed miserably in subduing this land. There has been peace, but we find again that this peace is not lasting as the last narrative already hinted. The Lord promises a great deliverer for His […]

Is There Finally Peace? (Judges 12:1-15)

Nov 14, 2010

Jephthah is a man who speaks quickly, and knows how to craft a speech. What will he do when the tribe of Ephraim comes against him in the threat of civil war? What do we do with Israel having these civil wars? Why would the Lord put these things in His scripture? Why remember this […]

Jephthah’s Religiosity (Judges 11:29-40)

Nov 7, 2010

We will never deny that Christianity is a religion. It is a very distinctive religion with doctrines that are nothing like or even close to other religions. Is there a time when being religious and devout can be a contradiction to our religion? In other words can we be so religious that we end up […]

Jephthah the Rejected (Judges 11:1-28)

Oct 31, 2010

Israel has asked the question, "Who is the man who will fight against the Ammonites?" This seems to be a good question in light of Israel putting away her gods. However, how does this question show their distance from the Lord? How does this question bring them the judge that embodies this question? How does […]

Has Israel Returned (Judges 10:1-18)

Oct 24, 2010

The people of Israel have sunk to a very deep low. They have forsaken the Lord, and have been ruled by a tyrant. In fact, in the book of Judges they "do what is right in their own eyes." In other words, they decide what is right and wrong for themselves. Has the Lord forsaken […]

Abimelech's Rise and Fall (2) (Judges 9:22-57)

Oct 17, 2010

So, Abimelech is king who rules over Shechem and he sees himself as part of the pure kingly line. What is he going to do if there is another king who comes into town? Is there another king who has a right to possess Abimelech's throne? Does Abimelech have the right to take this throne […]

Abimelech’s Rise and Fall (Judges 9:1-21)

Oct 10, 2010

Abimelech’s name means my father is king. Israel is warned about having a king, but eventually she has a king. It is interesting to note that the Lord even covenants to David that David will have an eternal heir on his throne. If this is the case then why would the Lord warn Israel about […]

Gideon the Procrastinator

Aug 6, 2010

Imagine an ideal warrior. What does he look like? My guess is that he is a man of action, and a man who is not afraid of conflict. I bet that he is also a man who will eagerly engage in battle and fight until the end faithfully for his king. These are some of […]

Gideon's Legacy (Judges 8:29-35)

Jan 24, 2010

The story of Gideon has had many ups and downs much like the history of Israel. Now, that Israel is in the land, and for all practical purposes has a king you would think that they would remember Gideon. Gideon had many flaws, but at least he had lip service to Yahweh. How will Israel […]

Gideon A King? (Judges 8:1-28)

Jan 17, 2010

Gideon has come a long ways in his service to Israel. He has moved from an absolute cynic about the Lord’s deliverance to one who was used to accomplish a great victory with 300 men. The Lord’s deliverance through this man is remarkable. So, will Gideon see this as the Lord’s deliverance? Will Gideon seek […]

Gideon's Victory or Loss? (Judges 7:16-25)

Jan 10, 2010

Gideon’s name has been changed to, "Let Baal Contend." The change happened after Gideon broke down Baal’s alter. Now, we witness the facing off of Gideon and the Midianites. The Midianites outnumber the Israelites. It seems that all the cards are staked in favor of Baal. Will Baal win? Will Yahweh defeat Baal? Will the […]

Gideon A Warrior? (Judges 7:1-15)

Dec 11, 2009

Finally, it is time for Gideon to go to war, but now it is the Lord’s turn to stall. Gideon has tried the Lord several times in the previous scenes, and now it is the Lord’s turn to try Gideon. Will Gideon really trust that God is the great king? Will he see that the […]

Let Baal Defend HImself (Judges 6:25-32)

Nov 22, 2009

One of the names of God is El Shaddai. This means "God Almighty." The force of the name is that God is the mightiest of all beings. He is the king of kings and the Lord of lords. The point is that there is no being that can pull God down from His throne. There […]

The Midianite Menace (Judges 6:1-24)

Nov 15, 2009

Israel seemed to be in such a high point when we left off last time, but we find again the usual statement: and Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. How will they get out of this one? Will the Lord remember His people? How can the Lord show His mighty […]

The Song of Deborah (Judges 5:1-30)

Nov 8, 2009

The people of Israel have seen the mighty hand of the Lord working in covenant history. They have been lead through the Red Sea. Joshua lead the people of Israel into the promised land, but Judges is not progressing in a positive direction. What will the Lord do? Is the Lord able to establish His […]

What Has Happened to God's New Adam? (Judges 3:31-4:24)

Nov 1, 2009

The Lord declared that a champion would be raised through the seed of the woman. The Lord made clear in Genesis 3:15 that the Lord would triumph over Satan. As we have been studying the book of judges there is reason to doubt that the Lord will do this especially as we see the people […]

Eglon the Ripe Cow (Judges 3:12-30)

Oct 18, 2009

The battle for Jericho was a high point for the people of Israel. Now, that city is captured by the Moabites. The Moabites were involved in hiring Balaam to speak words of condemnation against Israel in the past. Now, Israel is held captive by Eglon the king of the Moabites. Israel’s holy city Gilgal, that […]

Othniel the Deliverer (Judges 3:7-11)

Oct 11, 2009

I imagine various Israelites sitting around the fire at night reminiscing the good old days when they heard or experienced the rest under Joshua or even Othniel. As humans we think of the man, but we do not think about what makes the man. Why was Othniel such a good judge? What power did he […]

The Lord Has Mercy (Judges 2:16-3:6)

Oct 4, 2009

The Lord states through Moses that Israel shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. It seems like the mandate is rather simple: go into the land, secure the land, dissposses, and then finally possess the land. What went wrong? Why did Israel fail to become this kingdom of priests? What has the […]

Israel, the Failed Nation (Judges 2:6-15)

Sep 27, 2009

Judges is a book that is supposed to come after the book of Joshua. The context of the book is that Joshua has died, and Israel is to finish the conquest. However, in chapter 2 we find that Joshua dismissed the people, and then Joshua died. Why is Joshua’s death mentioned again in chapter 2? […]

Israel's Incriminating Indictment (Judges 2:1-6)

Sep 20, 2009

The angel of the Lord vowed to fight on behalf of Israel as they were leaving Egypt. The Angel of the Lord was to go before Israel in the land of Canaan. However, we heard the report of Israel’s war in the land, and we know that they did not perform well. Has the Angel […]

And He Settled Luz…(Judges 1:21-36)

Sep 13, 2009

The land of Canaan is the land that is flowing with milk and honey. It is a land of riches, wealth, and a place of rest. The Lord made very clear to Israel in Deuteronomy 7 that if Israel followed the Lord’s precepts they would have the land. We see in the book of Judges […]

Judah Shall Lead You (Judges 1:1-21)

Sep 6, 2009

The tribe of Judah is destined to bring forth a king from their midst. We notice that they are also the tribe that is to take the initiative in holy war. Judah is to lead the people of Israel in holy war. There are victories as they cleanse the land. However, are all these victories […]

Who Shall Go up for Us? (Judges 1:1)

Aug 30, 2009

We have studied the book of Joshua and witnessed the Israelites conduct the Lord’s holy war as they entered the land of Canaan. There were times when they did well, and there were times when they did not perform so well. So, now we turn to the next book that begins with the statement that […]