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
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!
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
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
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
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
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 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?