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… When The Judges Ruled Israel Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth Lesson 1 – General Introduction Familiar quotes depicting a sad truth… Students of history & “people watchers” easily see examples illustrating this in everyday culture

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When The Judges Ruled Israel

Biblical Studies From Judges & Ruth

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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

Familiar quotes depicting a sad truth…

  • Students of history & “people watchers” easily see examples illustrating this in everyday culture
  • Biblically, no book better illustrates this than Judges
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

Overview

  • The Scripture reveals “negative reviews” of Israel’s O.T. history
  • Paul gives such a “review” Acts 13:16-41
    • Judges are mentioned v. 20
    • Days when Israel didn’t do her best
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

Overview

  • These days fall between the end of the Conquest Years & the United Kingdom
  • Any O.T. revelation is always worth our time & effort to study 2 Tim 3:16-17 Rom 15:4 1 Cor 10:1-11
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Judges

  • A chronicle of a sad & disappointing cycle in Israel’s history…repeated unfaithfulness
  • When studying the book, one can only wonder why she kept committing the same sins over & over [earlier secular quotes]
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350+

Years

Israel’s “Cycle Of Unfaithfulness”

Apostasy

Peace

Oppression

Deliverance

Repentance

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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Judges

  • As unfaithful as the book portrays Israel, it shows God’s mercy & patience 2 Pet 3:9
  • The term “judge” does not fit our modern idea of black-robed jurists who sit on benches to hear & decide legal cases
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Judges

  • Some such “judging” did occur 4:4-5
  • A more accurate term = “deliverer”
  • God would raise up such a “rescuer” to deliver Israel from oppression 3:9, 15
  • How many? The “list” can vary…
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Abimelech

(Not really a “judge”)

List Of Judges

  • Othniel
  • Ehud
  • Shamgar
  • Deborah
  • Gideon
  • Tola
  • Jair
  • Jephthah
  • Ibzan
  • Elon
  • Abdon
  • Samson
  • Eli
  • Samuel
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Judges

  • The author is unknown…the most popular choice is Samuel (not provable)
  • The book was definitely written after the death of Joshua 2:7-9
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Judges

  • Most likely, it was written during the reign of David
  • The reference to Jebus (Jerusalem) was not fully conquered until his days as king 1:21 Josh 15:63 2 Sam 5:6-10
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Judges

  • Students will learn or be reminded of…

…the consequences of disobeying God

…the patience, mercy, & forgiveness of God

  • The book has a 3-point outline, and is not arranged chronologically
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Ruth

  • As bad as are the accounts of the judges, the story of this book is that refreshing
  • Spiritual character absent in Israel was found in a young Moabite widow who came to live in Israel during those days 1:1
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Ruth

  • More than likely, her story occurs very early in the days of the judges
  • Rahab (the harlot spared at Jericho) was the mother of Boaz…Ruth would eventually marry him Josh 2 Mt 1:5
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Ruth

  • Some view this book as a “love story”… this can be an accurate viewpoint
    • Family love 2:2, 11, 17-18 4:15
    • Marital love 3:10-15
    • Spiritual love 1:16
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Ruth

  • The author is unknown…the most popular choice is Samuel (not provable)
  • The book was most likely written during the reign of David 4:18-22
    • Purpose Ù to show David’s lineage
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Lesson 1 – General Introduction

The Book Of Ruth

  • The book has a 4-point outline