31st March: Judges 20 – 21 – God uses a sinful and shameful situation to call His people back to Himself …

Judges 20:1-28 God uses a sinful and shameful situation - 'Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt until this day' (19:30) - to call His people back to Himself - 'all the people of Israel...assembled as one …

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30th March: Judges 18:14 – 19:30 – A guilty silence which comes from disobedience

Judges 18:14-19:30 'Keep quiet' - There is a guilty silence which comes from disobedience (18:18-20). When God's people remain silent, things go from bad to worse - 'Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint'. We must not be 'disobedient to the heavenly vision' (18:30; Proverbs 29:18; Acts 26:19). Chapter 19 warns us: …

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29th March: Judges 16:4 – 18:13 – A story of tragedy and triumph …

Judges 16:4-31 The story of Samson is a story of tragedy and triumph. We see Samson's tragedy - '"I will go out at other times, and shake myself free". But he did not know that the Lord had left him' (20). There is a warning for us here. Yesterday's triumphs do not guarantee today's victory. …

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28th March: Judges 14:10-16:3 – ‘This man receives sinners’ – words of divine grace

Judges 14:10-16:3 'This man receives sinners' (Luke 15:2). These are the words of legalistic Pharisees. They were intended as an insult. They are also words of divine grace: 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners' (1 Timothy 1:15). Samson was a sinner. There is no question about that. Is he any different from …

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27th March: Judges 13:1 – 14:9 – The greatest triumph of all – victory over Satan

Judges 13: 1-14:9 Samson's birth was announced by an angel. Jesus' birth was announced by angels (13:3; Luke 1:30-33; 2:8-14). Samson's death was a great triumph over the Philistines. Jesus' death brought the greatest triumph of all - victory over Satan (16:30; Hebrews 2:14-15). The story of Samson points us to the greater Story of …

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26th March: Judges 9:50 – 12:15 – When Israel began to return to the Lord, He said to them, ‘Mean what you say’ …

Judges 9:50-11:11 With verses 56-57, read Romans 1:18 - 'The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth'. Doing 'what was evil in the sight of the Lord', 'the people of Israel' brought themselves under God's judgment (10:6-9). When Israel began to …

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25th March: Judges 7:15 – 9:49 – Notice who comes first. It is not Gideon. It is the Lord! …

Judges 7:15-8:35 'For the Lord and for Gideon' (7:18). Notice who comes first. It is not Gideon. It is the Lord! 'The men of Israel' attached too much importance to Gideon - 'Rule over us...you have delivered us'. Gideon gave all the glory to God - 'I will not rule over you...the Lord will rule …

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