A Downward Spiral

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 8:4-28 It became a snare to Gideon. (v. 27) The pattern of Judges is disobedience, followed by punishment, followed by a cry for mercy, followed by deliverance through a judge, followed by peace, followed by the pattern starting all over again. But another pattern is made clear beginning when Gideon crossed the Jordan in verse 4: Israel …

Never Accept Milk from a Stranger

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 4:1-24 “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink. (v. 19) This is another wild and woolly story! Deborah (“Honeybee” in Hebrew) was judge of Israel, and not a word is mentioned about it being unusual that a woman occupied that …

An Earthy Story

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 3:12-30 He did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out. (v. 22) Bible translation is difficult. A good version has to be appropriate for public reading on the most solemn occasions while also speaking personally for private devotions. Above all, it must be accurate. Translations abound because it is hard to …

Othniel, the First Judge of Israel

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 3:9-11 The Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them. (v. 9) Othniel has the distinction of being the first judge of Israel. As tempting as it is to project our modern notion of a black-robed impartial judge onto the Old Testament, there really aren’t many parallels. To begin with, the Old …

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 3:1-8 They were for the testing of Israel, to know whether Israel would obey the commandments of the Lord. (v. 4) In seeking a one-sentence definition of sin I asked another professor of theology and received a more traditional answer: “Sin is violating God’s law, which immediately results in alienation from God, self, neighbors, and creation.” Certainly …