James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Major Project Due February 6 – Don’t Forget Rubric for the project will be passed out next Thursday, January 26
Evaluate the role of Deborah and Barak in delivering Israel Understand why god chose Gideon to liberate Israel Examine Gideon’s call and evaluate the use of signs in making decisions Discover the reasons why god gave Gideon pitchers, torches, and trumpets to defeat the Midianites Discern the parallels between Gideon’s victory and spiritual success in the Christian life Evaluate making vows in light of Jephthah’s misguided sacrifice
12 judges of Israel Gideon and Samson are 2 of the most famous
Israel did evil and so God allowed them to be sold into slavery – into the hands of Jabin, king of Canaan Wife of Lappidoth was leading Israel at the time She sent for Barak – told him she would lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, and then you can kill him. He said – ‘if you go with me, I will go’ Deborah said – OK – but since you won’t do it – the Lord will give Sisera into the hands of a woman.
Sisera had 900 iron chariots and all his men All the chariots fell and all the troops were killed Sisera fled on foot to the tent of Jael – wife of Heber the Kenite – relatives of Moses’ brother- in-law – because they were friendly with Jabin the king – so he thought he would be safe Jael took a tent peg and hammer and while Sisera was asleep she nailed the peg into his temple and he died – DUH!!!!!
Again the Israelites did evil and so they were given into the hands of the Midianites Angel of the Lord sat down under an oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the father of Gideon Angel of the Lord told him to go out and save Israel Gideon said – his clan was the weakest in Manasseh and he was the youngest in his family Gideon wanted to prepare a meal for the angel – when he finished he brought it to the angel and the angel touched the tip of his staff to the food and it consumed the food
God told him to tear down the Asherah pole – altar to Baal He did it at night because he was afraid His name changed to Jerub-Baal – Let Baal contend with him God said that he would defeat the Midianites Test God – fleece wet – everything else dry; fleece dry and the ground wet
Started with 32,000 soldiers – God said – too many 1. Whoever is afraid – leave – 22,00 left Still too many 2. Take down to the water – separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink – 300 lapped like dogs – the rest knelt down to drink 300 were chosen by God
Gideon and Purah, his servant, went and snuck into the camp and heard what they were saying Man had a dream – round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the camp and struck the tent and the tent was overturned. Friend said – this can be nothing other than Gideon. This means that God has given the whole camp into his hands
Divided the 300 into 3 companies – gave them trumpets and empty jars with torches inside the jars Blew the trumpets and shouted – For the Lord and Gideon – smashed the jars – then took the torches and continued blowing the trumpets in their other hand Midianites began killing themselves
Again Israel did evil Jephthah’s mother was a prostitute – his father was Gilead When he grew up the brothers did not want him to get any of the inheritance – so they kicked him out. Jephthah settled in Tob and a group of men followed him – mercenaries Ammonites went to war against the Israelites – the elders of Israel sent for Jephthah to fight for them. Jephthah reminded them – they ran him out So he said – if I do this – you will make me your leader – they agreed
Promised the Lord – if you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph will be the Lord’s and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering He returned victorious to Mizpah, his home – and his daughter came out – his only child He shared what his promise was – she said – just let me spend 2 months weeping with my friends in the hills – she was a virgin She returned and Jephthah sacrificed her