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Wafuasi: Judges (Gideon)

Key Passages:

  • Judges 6-8

Key Takeaways:

  • God is gracious, compassionate and empathetic in the way he deals with Gideon, the nation of Israel and us.
  • Victory and humility are synonymous in God’s kingdom. This is most evident in the life of Jesus.
  • We want to be super hero’s but mostly we are weak and fearful like Gideon.
  • God uses lots of different kinds of people.
  • Success, even succes for God can lead to pride

Challenge Questions:

  • What is competing for God’s loyalty in your life.

Wafuasi: “Judges” (Week 4 – Deborah)

Key Passage:

  • Judges 4-5

Key Point: You Can’t Stop God.

  • You can’t stop God’s salvation.
  • You can’t stop God’s plan.
  • You can’t silence God’s praises.

Key ChallengeWill You Volunteer?

  • Volunteer your trust.
  • Volunteer your details.
  • Volunteer your voice.

Objection: How can God be both loving and wrathful?

Answer: His wrath is an expression of his love; his hate and opposition are directed at whatever is destroying that which he loves so fiercely.

Key News:

  • (Ps.110) Jesus is the ultimate warrior and perfect volunteer.

Jesus’ victory through willing self-sacrifice and invincible resurrection is the only way we can get all of God’s love and none of his wrath, while also seeing the model for how we are to obey God’s mission for us, and engage the world.

 

Wafuasi: Judges (Ehud)

Key Passage:

Judges 3:12-31

Key Takeaways:

  • God can rescue anyway he wants.
  • God may mock those who oppose him and his people.
  • God is not a boring God.

Application:

  • No matter what kind of trouble you are in, whether self inflicted or not, God hears you, and he has sent a rescuer to save you.
  • God is willing to intervene in even the messiest circumstances of life.
  • God does not want you to clean yourself up, he simply wants you to acknowledge that you need him to rescue you!
  • Ehud was not a sufficient savior. He could not change the hearts of Israel. He provided relief and motivated them, but they eventually went back to their idol worship.

 

Wafuasi: JUDGES: WEEK 1

Who’s in charge here?

“There was no King in Israel and Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”   Judges 17:25

  • Who’s running your show?  Do you live like God is in charge of your life or you?
  • Judges is a book where we read it and ask the question who is in charge of this mess?

KEY Point of Series: OUR KING HAS COME TO US!

(Yahweh, our True God and Perfect King has come to make his home with us again and again, even though we’ve rejected him repeatedly.)

  • We don’t want God running our sexuality (see Ashtoreth)
  • We don’t want God running our stuff (see Baal)
  • We don’t want God running our hearts (half-way obedience/Outward Religious conformity/Second Generation Rebels).

BOOK SUMMARY:

I.   Introduction: Setting fourth of main themes, 1:1-3:6
II. Main Narrative Cycle:  A series of Variations on the Themes, 3:7-16; 31

Repeated Cycle:

1. Israel commits idolatries “in the eyes of YHWH.” (2:11-13)
2. Israel suffers from her idolatrous enemies and from YHWH. (14-15)
3. Israel cries out and God saves them with a Judge-Savior. (16, 18)

  • 12 Judges / 6 Primary Judges
  • Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Samson, and (Technically Samuel)
  • Ruth is a longer short story during the same time

4. Israel returns to idolatry after judge dies and cycle degenerates more each time.  (17, 19-23)

III. Epilogue: A “Coda” Illustrating the Primary Themes, 17-21

KEY Response: WELCOME HIM INTO EVERYTHING.

(We are called to welcome him in to every part of our lives.)

2 KINDS OF “HALF-WAY WELCOMES”

1. You say God is in charge and things look really bad, and God is obviously not. (You are calloused to how far you are from God.)
2. You say God is in charge and things look really good, but God is actually not in charge. (You are blind as to how bad things are “whatever was right in their own eyes.)

  • You need to admit that your welcome to Him is half-way.  That your obedience and turning to him has been partial, and re-commit to receiving His Re-ordering of your life- no matter what it takes.
  • You need to ask God to show you where you are playing “Musical Thrones” with God.

2 KINDS OF HONEST ADMISSION: “I admit I’ve openly rejected God as King.”

1. You admit that you live like you’re in charge, but you’re blind to how bad
things are. (Things will only go from bad to worse without God as King.)
2. You admit that you live like you’re in charge, but you want for God to be somehow.

KEY QUESTION:

Q: How do you know that God is worth worshipping and having as King?

A: Jesus’ truthful instruction and life-giving sacrificial death/resurrection.

[REPEAT]

KEY Point of Series: OUR KING HAS COME TO US!

(Yahweh, our True God and Perfect King has come to make his home with us again and again, even though we’ve rejected him repeatedly.)

KEY Response: WELCOME HIM INTO EVERYTHING.

(We are called to welcome him in to every part of our lives.)

* The song from the Judges series video is Clipping by Mutemath