- The people are always looking for someone to be their leader or king. They have a hard time following God on their own and unless they put someone over them they go astray.
- 70 kings with no thumbs or big toes picking up scrapes under Judah’s table. Think about how much food you could pick up off of the ground if you didn’t have any thumbs and the food was only scraps.
- Verse 19 struck me as weird. "And the Lord was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but he could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain because they had chariots of iron." This passage strikes me because a reason like technology is given for why someone with God’s favor couldn’t conquer a people. Strange.
- You have got to talk about the great things that got has done and remind your people or a generation will arise that knows nothing about the power and work of God.
- What are the altars of idolatry that are standing in your life still?
- "But whenever the judge dies, they turned their back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them." This is a great lesson on making sure that there is someone who is working beside you to take your job and hold the people accountable so that they don’t turn their back to God and go their own way.
I have been thinking about having people around my house with no thumbs and big toes all week. It is freaking me out. You know that after you get your big toe cut off you have to relearn to walk. So more than likely there were guys who couldn’t walk rolling around the floor trying to get to a scrap of food.
So what are you reading? When was the last time you read Judges?