Sin and Evil and the Levite’s Concubine

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 19:1-30 Such a thing has never happened. (v. 30) Sin and evil are not the same thing. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), but not all sinners practice evil. The world is full of good and decent people, sinners one and all. Sin is directed at God. It is being …

Samson and Delilah

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 16:1-31 If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me. (v. 17) The names “Samson and Delilah” live in popular imagination as a romantic ideal. One only needs to read the Bible to learn that’s not true. Samson did love Delilah (love is not used to describe his other sexual pursuits), but it’s hard to …

The Riddler

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 13:3-5, 14:1-19 Let me now put a riddle to you. (14:12) The story of Samson not only contains riddles, it is a riddle. Although some think of him as a Hebrew folk hero, I prefer the words of one commentator who called Samson “an oversexed buffoon.” His story is the longest in the Book of Judges, and …

Jephthah’s Tragic Vow

Jeff Munroe

READ: Judges 11:29-40 Jephthah made a vow to the Lord. (v. 30) This is disturbing. I wonder if Jesus had this story in mind when he said what he did about making vows in Matthew 5:33-37. “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (Matt. 5:37 NIV). The results of …

Violence in Judges

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 9:1-6, 22-25, 42-57 A certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head. (v. 53) Sin can be generational, and Abimelech is the rotten fruit of his father Gideon. As one commentator puts it, “Abimelech is Gideon’s sad legacy.” The tale of Abimelech, which so abruptly and ingloriously ends with a well-aimed millstone dropped from a tower, …