Judges 6:2 The Perils of a Corrupt Age: How Our Sins Have Put Us In Danger

Judges 6:2 (KJV)
And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

  • Because Israel did evil, God delivered them to the Midianites
  • Because of the Midianites, Israel made dens, caves, and strongholds

I suppose one could argue I am making too much of this and give examples of the opposite. What I see here is that the urge to seek places of shelter is the result of choosing to do evil.

No doubt the Midianites were a terrible threat, and finding some place of shelter was a logical choice, given that threat. But the threat would not have existed had they not first done evil.

It seems to me that we are becoming increasingly prone to “shelter in place.”  Whether it is:

  • A storm off the coast
  • A virus in the air or
  • A criminal element in the neighborhood

People are increasingly afraid to go out and more prone to lock themselves in.

Risk-taking ais becoming a thing of the past. Seeing an obstacle as a “mountain to climb” is being replaced with viewing it as an impenetrable barricade. Neighborhoods are becoming so dangerous that the police now advise honest citizens to protect their things rather than to prevent the crimes. Even the Christian Law Association seems to have changed from defending Christians practicing their faith to teaching Christians how to avoid getting in trouble for their faith.

It is wise and prudent to construct ways to protect ourselves in this wicked world.

I merely wish to point out that much of the cause of this wickedness has resulted from our own evil. How we need a call to return to the LORD. He alone can make us to dwell in safety.

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Judges 6:2 The Perils of a Corrupt Age: How Our Sins Have Put Us In Danger

Judges 1:2 We Could Have Known

Judges 1:2 (KJV)
And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

They say, “hindsight is 20/20.”

Since I know where the Bible will take this, I find here a Biblical foreshadowing of what would be the will of God; that the tribe of Judah would be the leading-ruling family.

Leaders lead before they rule.

Once Joshua was dead, and the people found themselves in need of leadership, the Lord directed them to Judah. Though the judges would come from various tribes, and they would have been better off under them, having God as their king, Israel could have known this would be the final outcome. It had already been foretold the scepter would not depart from Judah.[1]

How dull are our eyes!

We have the very Word of God. We may even be faithful and diligent in studying it. But we so often miss the obvious. Our hearts, our culture, and our preferences lead us to excuse away the Word of God in favor of what we believe will be more effective, comfortable, and popular.

Lord, help us!


[1] Genesis 49:10 (KJV)
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

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Judges 1:2 We Could Have Known

Judges 20:30 If A Thing Is Right

Judges 20:30 (KJV)
And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and put themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times.

By all standards this is a difficult passage. 

  • What had happened to the concubine
  • The husband’s response to what happened 
  • The choices that the tribes made against Benjamin
  • That GOD had on two occasions told them to go against Benjamin and allowed them to be beaten
  • That women were “taken” to be wives of the remaining Benjamites

The only way to explain the entire ordeal, in my opinion, is Judges 21:25 (KJV)
In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

I do not condone any action in this account, and I do not believe we are supposed to. 

That said, there are lessons. One of them is that apparent failure and even repeated apparent failure, is no indication that a person is out of the will of God or that they should stop their effort. Israel tried and failed twice. They seemed to being failing the third time. But things were not as they seemed. 

If a thing is right, it is right to do even if we fail in our doing of it. 

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Judges 20:30 If A Thing Is Right

Judges 18:10 Of The People, By The People

Judges 18:10 (KJV)
When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth.

It is easy to dislike leadership. Right now, it seems especially easy. The last two leaders of what we like to consider “the free world” have been opposing ends of the pendulum. (I will confess that I favored the end not in office today.) 

Americans are a free loving people. We live in a land of plenty. Opportunity abounds here. Let us be,  and let us pursue it!  Our government is “of the people and by the people.” We like as little government as possible. 

But, as the Zidonians discovered, it is neither wise nor safe to live carelessly and without a magistrate to “put them to shame in anything.” The reason? Because there is always someone willing to take what we have from us. 

The Zidonians lived carelessly, confidently and with plenty. 

The Danites were more than willing to take it from them. 

Government may have some annoying qualities. But it is necessary and therefore, so is our support of it.

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Judges 18:10 Of The People, By The People

Judges 16:21 The Cause Went Far Deeper

Judges 16:21 (KJV)
But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

It was the Philistines who put out Samson’s eyes, but he had been blinded by way before this. 

He had been blinded to biblical separation 
Against the teaching of the Bible and against the pleading of his parents, he wanted a Philistine woman to wife. The relationship ended badly, and he lost her as his own. I believe this set off a series of other “blindnesses” in him.

He was blinded with a sense of bitterness 
Having lost his love, he lost a heart for right. This set him up for multiple immoral relationships which, in turn set him up for his eventual fall.

He was blinded toward the source of his strength
There came a time when he assumed he would be as strong as before. He wist not that the Lord had departed from him. 

The physical blindness at the hands of the Philistines was minor in comparison to the other forms of blindness. 

The Philistines were a symptom.

The cause went far deeper. 

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Judges 16:21 The Cause Went Far Deeper

Judges 15:11 What Is This?

Judges 15:11 (KJV)
Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.

It is pathetic when men become so bound by fear that they attack those whose aim is to deliver them from their oppressor. Samson had terrible flaws, but he had obvious strengths. Though few of his day understood those strengths to be of the Lord, it would have been apparent if they had but looked. 

It could have been prejudice over his unconventional appearance. It might have been disgust over his lack of personal separation. Whatever the cause, they did not see that this was of the Lord (2 Samuel 14:4). 

Jesus came to Israel at a time not that different than Samson’s. Israel again had a foreign nation ruling over them. Though they did not like Rome, they feared anything or anyone that might disturb their tenuous “peace.”  Jesus was unconventional. He came, so they thought, from the wrong side of the tracks. He challenged their system of religion. He was purported to be a king. So, the religious leaders of Israel bound Him and delivered Him to the ruling nation to be condemned. 

Jesus did not resist. They did not know that the cross they nailed Him to would be the very thing that won deliverance for His people. 

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Judges 15:11 What Is This?

Judges 13:16 Details, Details

Judges 13:16 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.

Adam Clarke says that this angel is “generally regarded to be the second Person of the Trinity.” Gill agrees. So do I. Manoah, however, does not appear to have known that and the angel of the Lord seems quite concerned by that. 

Manoah was hasty in his desire to worship this angel. He did not seem to care if the angel was a created being or not. He seems only to care that he is heavenly and that he has promised he and his wife a miracle. 

It was God who spoke with them. By the end of the encounter, he knew it. But he would worship him whether he was or was not. Details didn’t matter. 

There is a great deal of Christianity that is “manoahan” in nature. So long as a thing appears to be from God and gives good things that look like they come from God, the details are of little concern. 

The product of this sort of spiritual relationship, for Manoah, was a son who was powerful, but not godly. He accomplished a mighty thing, but it cost his life. We have no record of any lasting fruit from Samson. I am concerned the same will become of much of Christianity today. Anxious to have immediate power and success, we fail to be diligent in the details. This will lead to little and likely no fruit in the near future. 

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Judges 13:16 Details, Details

Judges 10:2-3 Hat’s Off!

Judges 10:2-3 (KJV)
And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.
And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and two years.

Tola and Jair judged Israel a total of forty-five years. We know nothing else about them. The Bible records: 

  • no miracles 
  • no great military exploits 
  • no acts of heroism. 

It is in what is not recorded I believe we find the greatness of these two leaders. It was not until Jair died that the Bible says, in verse six, “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord…”

The greatest act of greatness is that which encourages the people to live righteously before the Lord. 

My hat’s off to Tola and Jair. 

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Judges 10:2-3 Hat’s Off!

Judges 6:7-8 A Prophetic Reminder

Judges 6:7-8 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,
That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

  • Before there was a deliverer there was a prophet 
  • Before the angel of the Lord there was a prophet
  • Before a promise of victory there was a prophet 

He is not named in the Scriptures. 

  • We do not know who he was
  • He offers no solution for the people
  • He only reminds them of why this sorrow is come upon them

But he is as much an answer to their cry as was Gideon and his victory against the Midianites. 

None of us like hearing reminders of our transgressions. The fact is that if we do not face them and correct them, any victories we experience will be shallow and short lived. 

Need proof?

Just read the book of Judges. 

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Judges 6:7-8 A Prophetic Reminder

Judges 5:31 Our Choice

Judges 5:31 (KJV)
So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

The bulk of this chapter is the song of Deborah. I think the final verse is a comment of the writer of Judges. Gill agrees that at the least, the final phrase is the penman’s work. 

I see it as an application, a declaration, and a concluding truth. It’s not a wish or a prayer but a statement of fact. 

The enemies of God perish
Sisera was slain in a rather ignominious fashion but because of his aggression against the people of God. The mention of his mother relates to us that, though the enemy of God, these people have feelings. They suffer at their losses. The enemies of God are not cold hearted. That makes their judgment worse. They do not go down to the grave as animals but as souls lost and without hope.

Those that love the Lord shall arise as the sun
It’s not a hope, a wish, or even a prayer. It is a truth. The end of all who love God is resurrection and eternal life in the glorious presence of the Lord. 

Our choice. 

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Judges 5:31 Our Choice