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The Book of Judges

 The Book of Judges was taught by Dr. James Modlish


JUDGES 2:1-22



This chapter is simply a review of past events and an overview of things yet to come. The key verse is verse 13 (where else?)," And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtoroth," which were male and female deities.

All through their history Israel was plagued by Baal worship; once it got into their lives, it was difficult to exterminate. Because they forsook the Lord, He forsook them and "sold them" into the hands of their enemies time after time.


I. From Gilgal to Bochim (vs. 1-5)

Gilgal is first mentioned in (Josh. 4:19), It is the place where Israel crosses the Jordan. At Gilgal they are reminded to pass on the mighty deeds of the Lord from generation to generation. Every family needs a "pile of 12 stones" to which they can refer future generations. Judges (2) is the only mention of Bochin in Scripture and is a place of sacrifice. The lesson is obvious - only constant reminders will lead to sacrifice.


II. The death of Joshua (vs. 6-10)

Israel followed the Law during the years of Joshua and the leaders that followed him, but when they were dead, the nation backslide.
(vs. 10)


A. Failure to pass on our faith in a detailed way will result in disaster. God has no grandchildren - (see Deut. 6:1-15)

B. The emphasis is on "inheritance" (vs. 6,9) which is a place of rest. (See Heb. 3:9-19)


III. Disobedience, judgment and deliverance (vs. 11-22)

A. Did you ever hear anyone say they were "hot," voicing displeasure or anger? In (vs. 14) God is "hot!"

B. When the judgment became so severe that the nation finally did cry out to God, He would send a deliverer; but note that God was with the judge personally, not with the nation collectively.

C. These failures are seen in professing Christians today. Instead of overcoming the enemy, we compromise and let the enemy drag us down.

D. God will not do for you what He intended for you to do for yourself.
(vs. 22,23) (Phil. 4:13)

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