Monthly Archive: March 2015

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An all-time low

I’ve never read the final three chapters of Judges before. Gang rape, dismemberment, idolatry, immorality and sodomy are not preached from the pulpit very often. These verses record the ultimate in depravity – the...

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Micah’s idol

Now here’s a story I’ve never heard before so I’ll tell it like there is. There was a man called Micah. From the hill country of Ephraim. Micah to his mum: You know that...

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Samson Part 4

Morally dubious, that’s our Samson. Judges 16 starts by finding him with a prostitute in Gaza. The people of Gaza lie in wait all night to kill him in the morning. Samson only stays...

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Samson Part 3

Ah Samson, what a lad….. ‘Later on’…..when he has had time to calm down and reflect, he changes his mind. The prerogative of all teenagers. He takes a young goat and goes to visit...

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Samson Part 2

Judges 14 is something else! It’s all about a wedding – a very different wedding to my son’s wedding I will be attending on Saturday, I hope! But when I read this chapter, I...

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Samson Part 1

So that’s it. We’ve covered all the minor judges and I’ve introduced you to fifteen individuals in my life who have led, challenged and inspired me. It’s been a wonderful exercise for me and...

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Abdon and Helen

ABDON After Elon, Abdon son of Hillel, from Pirathon, led Israel. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years. Then Abdon son of Hillel died...

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Elon and Twanna

ELON And after Ibzan, there was Elon РAfter him, Elon the Zebulunite led Israel ten years. Then Elon died and was buried in Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.  Judges 12:11-12 And that...

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Ibzan and the SAF writers

IBZAN After him, Ibzan of Bethlehem led Israel. He had thirty sons and thirty daughters. He gave his daughters away in marriage to those outside his clan, and for his sons he brought in...

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Jephthah and Jim Francis

JEPHTHAH Here we are, back with the familiar story – Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the...