Judges 8: Gideon goes to Succoth

The 8th chapter in the Book of Judges starts out poorly.  The Ephraimites whine that they were called last which is probably just that they want recognition from the great judge himself and Gideon smartly gives it to them in 8:3 3 God has delivered into your hand the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb! … Continue reading Judges 8: Gideon goes to Succoth

Judges 6: Dreams

While Gideon was brave and obedient enough to build an altar, he remains immobile to the Lord's instructions and continues about his business despite that there is a Baal consecration in his own house. From the various things I have read, Baal having an altar at Joash's house was uncommon and meant that Joash was … Continue reading Judges 6: Dreams

Judges 6: Enter Gideon

The Lord Jehovah's  messenger appeared to Gideon. and tells him  that  " The Eternal One is with you, mighty warrior." (The Voice 6:12).  This does not impress Gideon and instead of being thankful, Gideon complains to the angel and tells him that is surprising that because they are suffering so.  He scoffs at being delivered from Egypt, too … Continue reading Judges 6: Enter Gideon

Judges vi: Pleading for mercy

Israelites hid in the caves in the mountains with little to eat as the Midianites destroyed their herds (camels not cows, remembering this is the desert), flocks (sheep) and crops, and  they cried to the Lord Jehovah and asked for deliverance and mercy. Times are so bad that even when processing the wheat, one has … Continue reading Judges vi: Pleading for mercy

Judges Chapter 6, The Midianites are in Control

Last we saw there was singing and jubilation in Judges with Deborah and Barak singing the Triumphal poem,  Song of Deborah.  But nothing lasts forever and in the next chapter, six,  evil has corrupted the hearts and minds of the Israelites once again and the Midianites  have conquered them. The Midianites are descended from Abraham … Continue reading Judges Chapter 6, The Midianites are in Control

Judges 6, Midianites, Jethro and Gideon

The saga continues with the Israelites one more time falling away from God in times of plenty, and so God uses Midianites to make them see sense, as they came upon them reaking havoc; upon seeing their weakness.  The Israelites, in turn  ran to the mountains for refuge.  They are not the first to thank … Continue reading Judges 6, Midianites, Jethro and Gideon

The Return to Judges

We stopped at the end of May with Judges 5, so we are up to Judges 6.  Judges 5 coincided with my leg spasms and most of June and a lot of July it has been too painful to concentrate on much; I see the orthopedist on Monday for relief.  It’s been an agonizing time … Continue reading The Return to Judges

Singing and Dancing with Deborah in Judges

Judges 5 is a song of jubilation.  It is also known as the Song of Deborah & it seems from what I have read one of the oldest passages in the Bible. It’s a lovely song, full of happiness and strength recounting the story of victory of the people of God vs. hauteur of the … Continue reading Singing and Dancing with Deborah in Judges

And then there is Jael

As a small note to the end of Judges 4, is a bit about Sisera (or Cicera) who is a captain in the army of Jabin the Enemy, King of Hazor who escapes from the Battle with Barak on the slopes of Mount Tabor.  A Sisera will reappear in Ezra and Nehemiah but no one … Continue reading And then there is Jael

Enter Deborah

Judges 4. has a lot of action.  First as I mentioned Ehud dies, then we are quickly introduced to Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth (the H is not pronounced) who is also a judge.  This is all said so quickly and perfunctorily that we have to think that this fourth judge (i.e. Judges 4) being a … Continue reading Enter Deborah