Crying Out for a Saviour

Dark Days for God’s People
Everyone did what was right in their own eyes Wrongdoing (Judges 19) Revenge (Judges 20) Regret (Judges 21) In those days there was no king in Israel

Deliverance Through Death
The deliverer no-one wanted (13:1-5) The deliverer who wants to be like everyone else (16:4-21) The deliverer who’s victorious in death (16:22-31) A better deliverer!

Bargaining with God
Israel bargains with God (10:6-18) Gilead bargains with Jephthah (11:1-11) Jephthah’s bargain with God (11:29-33) …has disastrous results (11:34-39) We don’t need to bargain with God! Matthew 7:9-11

Good News for Overlooked People
Abimelech: the man you want as king? (8:33-9:6) Jotham: the voice of judgement (9:7-21) Fire from Abimelech. Fire from Shechem. (9:22-57) Good news for Abimelechs 2 Corinthians 5:10 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

God’s Grace to Unsure and Unfaithful People
Another time around (6:1-10) Gideon an unsure leader (6:11-16, 36-40; 7:9-15a) a spiteful leader (8:4-21) a faithless leader (8:21-32) God is a mighty warrior (7:1-8, 17-23) gracious and patient beyond measure! God’s gracious patience means salvation 2 Peter 3:3-9

When Leaders Lead?
A Prophetess and a Reluctant Leader (4:1-16) An Inglorious Victory (4:17-23) Judges and Us… What does it show about people? What does it show about God? What does it show about how God works in Jesus? Luke 9:51 Philippians 2:9

A Scandalous and Offensive Saviour!
Time after time… Ehud - an ‘unlikely’ saviour (3:12-30) Jesus - an ‘unlikely’ saviour (1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5) Judges and us… What does it show about people? What does it show about God? What does it show about how God works in Jesus?

The Downward Spiral
The story so far (2:1-2a) God continues to be faithful (1:1-18) … but God’s people fail (1:19-34) What went wrong? Israel didn’t pass the baton (2:6-10) The downward spiral (2:11-19) Judges and us What does it show about people? What does it show about God? What does it show about how God works in Jesus?