There Was No King in Israel (Judges)

8 studies from the book of Judges; Leader's notes included

In these 8 studies, Des Smith guides us through the era of judges in Israel, pointing us clearly to the true king God's people need

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After God’s dramatic delivery of Israel from her slavery in Egypt, and her subsequent 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, under Joshua’s leadership the Israelites have now finally entered the promised land. They can get on with obeying God, and a new era of peace can begin.

Except that they don’t, and it doesn’t.

Instead of faithfully living by the laws given to them by the God who mercifully rescued them, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” because “in those days there was no king in Israel”. Despite God’s repeated gracious intervention, the people’s sinful behaviour gets progressively worse.

What they need is a king to help break the cycle of sin and judgement. The judges saved them from their enemies; what they need is a king to save them from themselves.

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  • Before you begin
  • 1: After the death of Joshua… (Judges 1:1-3:6)
  • 2: Othniel and Ehud: the odd couple (Judges 3:7-31)
  • 3: Barak: the reluctant judge (Judges 4-5)
  • 4: Gideon: the weak judge (Judges 6:1-8:28)
  • 5: Abimelech: the man who would be king (Judges 8:29-9:57)
  • 6: Jephthah: the bargaining judge (Judges 10-12)
  • 7: Samson: the rebellious judge (Judges 13-16)
  • 8: There was no king in Israel (Judges 17-21)
  • Appendix (i): The destruction of the Canaanites
  • Appendix (ii): The role of kingship in Israel
  • For the leader

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Author Des Smith
ISBN 9781925424591
Format Paperback
First published December 2019
Dimensions 145mm x 215mm x 5mm
Language English
Pages 88
Publisher Matthias Media

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About Pathway Bible Guides

This Bible study resource is part of our series of Pathway Bible Guides. This series aims to provide simple, straightforward Bible study material for:

- Christians who are new to studying the Bible (perhaps because they've been recently converted or because they have joined a Bible study group for the first time)

- Christians who find other studies (such as the Interactive Bible Studies) too much of a stretch

- groups with limited time for study.

Accordingly, we've designed the studies to be short, straightforward and easy to use, with an uncomplicated vocabulary. At the same time, we've tried to do justice to the passages being studied, and to model good Bible-reading principles. We've tried to be simple without being simplistic; no-nonsense without being no-content.

The questions and answers assume a small group context, but can be easily adapted to suit different situations, such as individual study and one-to-one.

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