Judges

The book of Judges shows the chaotic cycle God’s people find themselves in when they stop tenaciously following and obeying him.

God’s desire has always been for his people to experience life to the full, with blessing and promise. However Israel shows through this period that they were simply unable to stay in covenantal relationship with him, regardless of his grace to them. Time and again he raised up judges (deliverers) as an answer to their cries of oppression and discomfort, and time and again they slid into the moral and syncretistic chaos of the society around them. Judges is a story of a passionate and gracious God pursuing a helpless people who have lost their identity. The book of Judges stands as a mirror to today’s Church – a warning to stay faithful, lest our foolishness diminish our opportunity for the fullness of life that God offers.

Session 1 & 2

Introduction, Israel’s disobedience, the beginning of the cycle of chaos, Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah & Barak

Judges 1:1-5:31

[Video for sessions 1 & 2 unavailable – sorry!]

Session 3 & 4

Gideon’s fall, Abimelech & the Minor Judges

Judges 6:1-11:39 & 12:8-15

Session 5 & 6

Samson

Samson 12:1-7 & 12:16-16:31

Session 7 & 8

Two Levites, civil war, ultimate moral anarchy & conclusion

Judges 17:1-21:25