Rebellion, Bloodshed and Contrast: Failure of a Generation in Judges

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Obscure ancient Middle Eastern history and culture coalesce in uncomfortable heights of bloodshed, irony, dejection interspersed with a rare glimpse of selfless realignment. This is Judges, the Old Testament book of great contrast. The narrative of a divine King calling his wayward people to a better life.

Only the ignorant or calloused soul would refuse the notion that these stories, these people have something poignant to share for a modern-day reader to glean, some sort of challenge to engage. Stories of old have the tendency to weasel their way into the present.

Considerations from Judges 1

  1. Judges are leaders, prophets, rescuers, warriors, redeemers, and instigators. They call people back to God and His ways.
  2. Sin and redemption begs the question of lordship; what do I surrender to God?
  3. How do we deal with sin, personally and communally?
  4. God called the people of Israel to leave…
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What things stand out in the first couple chapters of Judges? What are the central ideas?
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3 responses to “Rebellion, Bloodshed and Contrast: Failure of a Generation in Judges

    • Couldn’t you also use the sword to cut the losses? To cut off whatever is keeping you back?
      Or just deal with the loss of a blade in large body mass? Haha.
      Thanks for reading, Kati.

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