Have you ever noticed that sometimes life can work in a pattern? If you look, you can see the repetition of actions, events, and outcomes happening over and over. In the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Judges, there was an obvious pattern happening: people sin, people repent, God delivers them by sending a leader...repeat. God’s people stray away from Him and fall into sin. Then they recognize that they’ve moved away from God, repent of their sin, and turn back to Him. Then God sends His deliverer, or “judge”, to the scene to lead His people from trouble that they created. And it happens again, and again, and again. The book of Judges tells the story of the people God sends to redeem Israel: men and women who bravely followed God and played a part in the pattern. These people were chosen by God, but they might not be who you’d expect. They didn’t fit into a mold, and they definitely weren’t perfect, but they made a difference. Their leadership - both in good and bad moments - can help us learn how God can use us to lead others. Over the next six weeks, you’ll read about the lives of Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson. You’ll learn how they lived, listened, obeyed, acted, and grew in ways that expanded their leadership and helped Israel. You’ll also walk through some of the not-so-shining moments of these leaders, and how the pattern of sin they were trapped in paid a toll on their leadership and the future of Israel. Throughout the book of Judges, one thing is clear: God can use us if we are obedient, regardless of where we’ve been or what we’ve done.
Inside The Guide
Each guide is broken up into six weeks. Below is a small insight into each week.