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Gideon - by Michael Phillips
Judges - Part 7 of 11
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Judges 6:1-8:35
Jun 11, 2006 am - Today, with God's blessing, we will move on in our study of Judges and have a look at one of its most wonderful-and heartbreaking-stories. Its main human character is Gideon who is both a man of faith and of folly, a Judge who both saved the people-and ruined them. Before we get to his story, however, let's remember what kind of book Judges is. If you look at a Bible handbook, you'll find Judges under the heading of History. It is put there because it tells what happened in the past, roughly from the death of Joshua to the birth of Samuel. The story it tells is not complete, but it is true-and not only true, but also useful, both to the people who first read it and to us as well. The two main characters in the Book are God and Israel. The people are prone to backslide, and the Lord is merciful to backsliders, first in bringing them to their senses (through chastisement) and then back to Himself (by sending the Judges to save them). The old story, therefore, is not really old, is it? For we too are prodigal sons, and loved by a Father who knows how to bring us home. The Book of Judges, therefore, is a history book telling what happened more than three thousand years ago on the ... More >>>

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