Christ In The Chaos: The Book Of Judges

What It Takes For Evil To Flourish

Judges 9:1-6 — “And he went unto his father’s house …and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone…” Gideon’s son Abimelech perpetrated one of the most vicious crimes in Israel’s history. He was enabled and assisted by the leaders of his city, who, when it was done, made…

Messing Up The Ending

Judges 8:22-35 — Most of us love the story of Gideon and that’s probably because we identify with his struggles. We love the way God ministered to his fears and the way he was used to bring about a marvellous victory. But the sad thing is that Gideon’s story doesn’t end well. He wanted more…

Are You Afraid?

Judges 7 — On the eve of battle with the Midianites, Gideon was afraid and the LORD knew it. The LORD understood that Gideon was not a fearless warrior like Samson or David and he didn’t expect him to be. In this sermon, we consider the ways by which the LORD tenderly addressed Gideon’s fear and…

Your Own House In Order

Judges 6:25-32 — In this sermon we continue to think about the action Gideon took against the false worship his family was practicing. We see how this prepared him for the greater task that God had for him. If Gideon was going to lead Israel into battle then he needed first of all, to have…

Polytheism Is Still A Problem

Judges 6:25-32 — Before Gideon led Israel into battle he had to deal with the sin of his own family. The LORD ordered him to destroy the altar to Baal his father owned. What was happening in Gideon’s home was representative of what was happening all across Israel. People had moved from the worship of…

The Sign Of The Cross

Judges 6:11-24, 36-40 — When it comes to asking God for a sign, Gideon is the quintessential example in Scripture. Many of us grew up hearing the story of “Gideon’s fleece” in Sunday School and unfortunately there are those today who misapply his example.   Gideon actually requested a sign from the Lord twice and in…

Gideon, God’s Word & You

Judges 6:1-16 — Sadly, it is a familiar refrain in the Book of Judges. The Children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD delivered them into the hands of their enemies. On this occasion the enemy was the Midianites, a nomadic people who came into the Promised Land and took…

Selling Barak Short

Judges 4 — In the usual telling of this story, Deborah is the hero and Barak is a bit of a coward, but is this right? Do we underestimate Barak’s faith and his courage? That’s what we think about in this sermon and it leads us to some vital truths for our Christian lives. God…