EPIC Doomed to Repeat
The start of the Judges sermon series entitled "epic!". The cycle of sin and rebellion followed by God's rescue and restoration is introduced. The challenge is to learn from history... Israel's history mirrors our own!! Judges 1:1-3:6
1. Doomed to Repeat It Judges 1:1-3:6 2. Judges, the people A judge is a man or woman used by God to deliver people from sin by leading them to right living leader deliverer, savior endowed with supernatural power not always perfect, or heroic 3. Judges, the people OTHNIEL (3:7-11) EHUD (3:12-30) Shamgar (3:31) DEBORAH/BARAK (4:1-5:31) GIDEON/ABIMELECH (6:1-8:35) Tola (10:1-2) Jair (10:3-5) JEPTHAH (10:6-12:7) Ibzan (12:8-10) Elon (12:11-12) Abdon (12:13-15) SAMSON (13:1-16:31) 4. Judges, the book The book of Judges is a history of Israel written as an EPIC. Not a complete history Not necessarily chronological Theological purpose 5. Judges, the book Introduction A (1:1-2:5) political/military Introduction B (2:6-3:6) spiritual The Cycles (3:7-16:31) Climax on a geographic axis Nadir on a theological axis Conclusion B (17:1-18:31) spiritual Conclusion A (19:1-21:25) political/military 6. The Layers of Judges 7. Purpose of Judges Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to REPEAT IT. -- Winston Churchill 8. RELATIONSHIP 9. RELATIONSHIP REBELLION 10. RELATIONSHIP REBELLION RETRIBUTION 11. RELATIONSHIP REBELLION RETRIBUTIONREPENTANCE 12. RELATIONSHIP REBELLION RETRIBUTIONREPENTANCE RESTORATION 13. The Center 2:11-13 forms a core of the instruction in the religious-spiritual introduction: A and they served the Baals B they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt C they followed various gods of the peoples around them; they provoked the LORD to anger B because they forsook him A and served Baal and the Ashtoreths 14. Conclusion LEARN from history. Develop a taste for RELATIONSHIP and an aversion to REBELLION. Pay attention to warnings, challenges, and RETRIBUTION. CRY OUT to God for help and rescue! Break cycles of sin by grooving new patterns of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Write a good EPIC!