This week we look at Samuel and Saul, at the times when Saul fails. How do we respond to God’s commands? How much do we value obedience?
This week we look at the themes and patterns seen in the the times of the Judges. What cycles do we see in the nations of Israel over this period? We look at the process by which they turn from God, and then compare. Where and when do we make the very same mistakes?
In today’s message we look at the story of Gibeah. We see how God’s law is diregarded, and the way Israel had slipped away from God’s direction. We see how those involved see and plan for their own choices, often without considering God’s authority.
We look at the story of Micah and his idols, a priest, and the story of the tribe of Dan. We look at how the different players think of God, and their treatment the Lord’s commands. We look at how the priest presents God, and compare to religious leaders of our day. Do we look to God to serve our needs, or do we let God challenge us?
This week we look as Samson’s life, and the parity can find in both Israel’s story and in our own life. We see how God does miraculous things over and over, only to be followed by Samson’s compromise and disobedience. We look at Samson’s fate- how does it compare to our own story? How does his willful indulgence compare to our own?
This week we look at the story of Samson, and how God uses bad circumstances and still accomplishes his will.
This week we look at the story of Jephthah. An illegitimate son and an outsider, Jephthah is asked to lead against the Ammonites. He makes a vow, and then follows his promise. We look at his situation, his character, and the consequences from his actions and promise.
Sermon Text: Judges 10-12
This week we look at five Judges that are mentioned in passing, where we hear about their names, their towns, and their families. What can we learn from them? Why are they included? We look at what their names and mentions mean.
We look at the conclusion of Gideon’s battle. We see how he handles the pursuit of his enemies, and the confrontations with individuals afterward. We see how Gideon starts to get credit for what had been God’s victory. How do we react to conflict, then how do we deal with the time of victory?
This week we look at the Midianites and Israel, and at Gideon’s story. We begin as we see that Israel has begun to worship other Gods, and the Midianites have become strong, and have raided Israel every harvest. Israel cries out to God, and God replies by decrying their idolatry. God comes to Gideon, and Gideon tears down his father’s idols, then goes against the Midianite camp. As we contrast what Gideon saw of himself, and how God greeted him, we see that it is His work in us that lets us fulfill God’s plans.