Text: Judges 10:1-18 In vv. 6-7, we read how Israel abandoned Yahweh and served the false gods of the other nations. As a result, Yahweh gave Israel into the oppressing power of the enemies. They suffered long before they realised that their idolatry, indeed their spiritual adultery, was the reason for their suffering. Will a[…]

Text: Judges 9:1-57 One of Gideon’s wives was from Shechem, a city mixed with Canaanites and Israelites. With the help of the men of Shechem (v.24), Abimelech murdered 69 of his 70 half-brothers. This was his plan to be the ruler, by elimination of all potential rivals. But God did not allow that to prosper;[…]

Text: Judges 8:1-35 The people of Israel want Gideon to be their king, because he saved them (v.22). But they were wrong. Yahweh saved them and that was the point of the strange battle plan in Chapter 7 (cf. 7:2). Instead, Gideon asked for gold jewelry, which he used to make an ephod, a special[…]

Text: Judges 7:1-25 Gideon was nervous about himself being the leader of the battle because he knew himself to be insignificant (see yesterday’s meditations). God was going to walk him through another lesson about strength. Instead of fighting with 32,000 soldiers, God reduces the force to 300! The purpose is to reveal that God is[…]

Text: Judges 6:33-40 Should Gideon have requested a sign from God? God already answered one of Gideon’s requests (6:17-21); so Gideon knows that he has been called by God; and he knows God is able to bring victory. But Gideon probably doubts himself, because he knows he is not a “mighty man of valour” (v.12);[…]

Text: Judges 6:25-32 When Yahweh called Gideon into His service, his ministry started with the removal of Baal and Asherah worship, beginning with the false worship in his own family (v.25). God will not allow His glory to be given to anyone else (Isa.48:11). False worship caused Israel to drift away from the only true[…]

Text: Judges 6:11-24 Because of God’s faithfulness to His covenant union with Israel, He takes pity on them and raises up a Judge through whom He will deliver them. Gideon is that man. According to Gideon’s own words (v.15) he is an insignificant man in an insignificant clan, so why would God use him? It[…]

Text: Judges 6:1-10 After Deborah led Israel, the nation went back to idolatry and was oppressed for 7 years. So, the people cried out to Yahweh for deliverance. God answered by explaining why He brought suffering to them: Yahweh is their Saviour, but the people forgot Him and served other gods, which are not really[…]

Text: Judges 2:16-23 The new generation did not see the work of Yahweh, so they did not believe. As a result they worshipped false gods. Yahweh sent them judges that people could see, military champions, whom God would use to bring deliverance from enemies of Israel. When the people saw what God would do, they[…]

Text: Judges 2:1-15 When Joshua and his generation died, the next generation turned away from worshipping and serving the only true God, Yahweh, their deliverer, the One who covenanted with Abraham. The reason is stated in v.10: the next generation “did not know Yahweh or the work that He had done for Israel.” This has[…]