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video & outline by Calvary Church
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The Read Scripture Series has a 7+ minute video that gives an excellent visual overview of Judges. Watch & enjoy.
The Book of Judges... Reading this book is like watching a pendulum swing. Back and forth, back and forth, the nation swings from listening to and following God to becoming complacent to intermarrying with the surrounding cultures to following the foriegn gods they and their forebearers refused to utterly destroy to coming under the heavy hand of tribute to crying out to the God of their fathers to swinging back towards the faith they turned their back on and returning to the old ways that protected them in the wilderness. Generation after generation the back and forth pendulum swings...from blessing to corruption to correction to punishment to an attempt to return to the God of Moses. God gave them people who were strong believers and in fellowship with Him, whom we call the Judges of Israel, to correct, guide, teach, and reach out to His people. This book, then, traces the history of Israel in the early days of their time in the Promised Land, and as such, shows us all how history repeats itself over and over if we choose to not learn from it... Judges ~ the book that tells of a fickle and often faithless people and their loving but often reproving Father Who was completely unwilling to lose them all forever.
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Just A Note:
After/towards the end of Samson, Eli and Samuel come on the scene. There may actually have been some overlap, with Eli and Samson being judges of their groups within Israel. After Samson's death, and Eli's demise, Samuel comes fully into his own.
Also, note that during the time of Ruth, our next book, it is quite possible that Samson was near the end of his time, if he was still alive, and that Eli was the judge of Israel while Naomi and family were in Moab and upon her and Ruth's return...
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