Monday, May 12, 2008

Judges: Outline

Outline:

In Judges we see seven apostasies, seven servitudes to seven heathen nations with seven deliverances under fourteen judges. The book of Joshua begins with the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, and Joshua, the minister to Moses (Joshua 1:1). It ends with the death of Joshua, the servant of the Lord (24:29). Judges begins with the death of Joshua (1:1), servant of the Lord (2:8). Judges is sectioned by the phrase, “Israel did evil” (2:11; 3:7, 12; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; 13:1) up to Samson’s end (16:31). Then the sectional phrase becomes, “Israel had no king” (18:1; 19:1; 21:25).

1. JUDGES 1-3:6 – END OF AN ERA

a. Judges 1:1-2:10: Condition of Nation after Joshua’s Death

b. Judges 2:11-3:6: Preview of the Israel’s Cycle of History

(Serve God ->Forsake God -> Slavery -> Repent -> Serve God)

2. JUDGES 3:7-16:31 – ERA OF JUDGES

Scripture

Oppressions

Sin

Punishment

Instrument

Deliverer Judge

Judges 3:7-11

1st Apostasy

Idolatry

8 years

Mesopotamia

OTHNIEL

Judges 3:12-31

2nd Apostasy

Immorality, Idolatry

18 years

Moab & Philistines

EHUD & SHAMGAR

Judges 4:1-5:31

3rd Apostasy

Departed from God

20 years

Jabin of Canaan

DEBORAH & BARAK

Judges 6:1-8:32

4th Apostasy

Departed from God

7 years

Midian

GIDEON

Judges 8:33-10:5

5th Apostasy

Departed from God

Civil War

Other Tribes of Israel

TOLA, JAIR, (ABIMELECH)

Judges 10:6-12:15

6th Apostasy

Idolatry increased

18 years

Philistines & Ammon

JEPHTHAH, IBZAN, ELON, ABDON

Judges 13:16

7th Apostasy

Departed from God

40 years

Philistines

SAMSON

3. JUDGES 17-21: RESULTS OF ERA – CONFUSION

a. Judges 17-18: Religious Apostasy: Confusion over Worship

b. Judges 19: Moral Awfulness: Confusion in the Home

c. Judges 20-21: Political Anarchy: Confusion in the State

Judges begins in compromise and ends in confusion – the same as in every unsurrendered life.