This Lent we are learning the Bible, Bible 100 style. In other words, we’re developing an overview of the entire collection of 66 books. Here’s a summary of what we covered this week. If any of this sparks your curiosity, I hope you will watch the short videos I recorded through Facebook Live. Of course, you can always turn to the Bible to learn even more!
- Judges 2:16-19 gives us a glimpse of the unsatisfying ending this period of Israel’s history will have.
- In the book of Judges, there are 12 Tribes who work together when necessary; there is no “nation of Israel.”
- In the book of Judges, there are 12 Judges (rulers) over the course of several hundred years.
- There are interlude periods when the Israelites are ruled by non-Israelite leaders. For example, Judges 3:14 tells us they were ruled by a Moabite king for 18 years.
- There is a left-handed judge named Ehud. (Judges 3:15-30)
- Abimelech, a usurper, dies after a woman drops a stone on his head. (Judges 9:52-55)
- The period of the Judges ends with everyone doing what is right in his/her own eyes (Judges 21:25), harkening back to Genesis 6:5 where every thought was evil all the time.
- Gideon is the least of the least. (Judges 6:15)
- He is chosen by God to lead the Israelites against the Midianites. (Judges 6:33-35)
- Gideon tests God with two rounds of dew and fleece. (Judges 6:36-40)
- God tells Gideon that 32,000 troops is too many because “Israel would only take the credit away from [God] saying, ‘My own hand has delivered me.’” (Judges 7:2)
- God reduces Gideon’s army to only 300 troops. (Judges 7:3,8)
- Gideon and his 300 troops successfully defeat Midian. (Judges 7:25)
- The Israelites wanted Gideon to establish a dynastic monarchy, but he refused. (Judges 8:22-23)
- Despite having spoken with God face to face (Judges 6:22), Gideon made an idol and worshiped it. (Judges 8:24-27) The idol “became a snare to Gideon and to his family” and “all Israel prostituted themselves to it.” (Judges 8:27)