We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing. The below Questions for Reflection will stimulate thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.
Judges 8 – What motive is reflected in the actions of the men of Ephraim? To whom do the people give credit for the victory? Do I tend to want to accept the praise for myself or truly acknowledge that it was all the Lord’s doing?
Judges 9 – What basic argument does Abimelech use to persuade the people to accept him as their leader? How are the selfish motives of Abimelech demonstrated repeatedly in the events recorded in this passage? How does Abimelech pay for is methods of gaining power? When have you experienced a similar boomerang effect?
Judges 10 – What, do you think, is the appeal of the nations’ gods for Israel? What is the result of following idols? Why did Israel have to endure oppression? What indicates that the people have a definite change of heart?
Judges 11 – What did Jephthah do to cause the people to listen to him? In the dispute of the land, what does Jephthah point out about the ownership of the land? What is your view of making and keeping vows to the Lord?
Judges 12 – What is different about the ways Jephthah and Gideon (See 8:1-3) handle the resentment of the men of Ephraim? What is noticeable about the impact of the death of the judges in this chapter? To what extent are you dependent on the leadership of another person for your spiritual stability?
Judges 13 – How is the calling of Samson as judge different from the other callings thus far? Describe Manoah’s concern for the future of this promised son. What in Samson’s childhood shows that the Lord confirms his calling of Samson?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments.
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