No, not those kind of judges. The book of Judges.
My Pocket ESV intros the book with this statement:
Judges is named after an interesting collection of individuals who led Israel after Joshua’s death until the rise of monarchy under Samuel.
Interesting is one way to put it. I always intended this blog to be a ‘mindmap’ of my thoughts about different subjects. The hope was that over time I could come back and remember these thoughts and what God was speaking to me.
- Throughout the book the theme that repeats again and again is he idea that “the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” It still happens.
- God leaves them to “in order to test Israel, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the Lord.” Judges 2:22
- For the first time reading, I realized that the judges listed in the book aren’t judging the whole nation. They seem to have their own jurisdiction or area that they lead. Not reading commentaries, so it makes me wonder which Judges could have been alive at the same time. hmmm. Would Deborah approve of Samson’s methods? Would Elon and Gideon twitter to each other?
- Gideon’s Testing of God was pretty bold.
- Would Deborah be accepted as a teacher in Baptist churches today?
- That Tent Peg incident with Jael and Sisera is incredible.
- Jephthah’s vow = Stupid
- Samson and the donkey bone situation reminds me of Neo and the Matrix
- and What is up with Samson and his little riddles?
- Tragic, that Samson did not know that the Lord had left him. (16:20) Ouch.
- The chopping up of the concubine girl in chapter 19 into 12 pieces and sending the body parts throughout all Israel… not something that will be taught in VBS this summer. But, wow what a way to get a point across.
- The war of Israel against Benjamin is a little crazy. Of course the circumstance that led to it was crazy too.