Christ In The Chaos: The Book Of Judges

Jephthah The Apologist

Judges 11:12-28 — Jephthah was brought back from exile to lead God’s people into battle against the Children of Ammon. Before entering the fray, Jephthah had a fascinating dialogue with the King of Ammon and it’s this dialogue that we study in this sermon. Jephthah demonstrated a deep knowledge of Israel’s history in countering the…

You Can’t Choose Your Parents

Judges 11:1-11 — In this sermon we begin studying the exploits of the judge Jephthah. The trajectory of his life was, to a large degree, set by the actions of others. His father had an affair with a pagan harlot and Jephthah was born. Because of his parentage, his brothers rejected him and kicked him…

Consequences & Compassion

Judges 10 — “…I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.” (vs.13-14) The Children of Israel were again guilty of idolatry. They rejected the LORD and went after the gods of many nations – some of the very nations…

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…