Judges 8

Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, "Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian." Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will...

Judges 7

The LORD said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'” (Judges 7:2)   God told Gideon, “Your army is too big.” Why? Because if Israel wins the battle...

Judges 6

And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.”  “Do not I send you?” “But I will be with you.” (Judges 6:12, 14, 16)  God comes to Gideon with a big assignment. “Go in this might of...

Judges 5

Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day: "That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the LORD! (Judges 5:1-2)  In this chapter, Deborah and Barak celebrate the victory God gave them over Jabin, the King of Canaan. The leaders...

Judges 4

And Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the LORD has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the LORD go out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him. (Judges 4:14)    Ten thousand men follow Barak. Barak follows the...

Judges 3

But when the people of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother. The Spirit of the LORD was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war,...

Judges 2

And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt (Judges 2:11-12a).   Things started out so well in the first few verses...

Judges 1

And Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into the territory alloted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites. And I likewise will go with you into the territory allotted to you.” (Judges 1:3) Under the leadership of Joshua, the people of Israel began to...

Psalm 106

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them  (Psalm 106:4).  Today's chapter goes through example after example of how God's people have screwed up; they experienced God's discipline, but every time God ended up blessing them and pouring out His favor...

Psalm 105

His feet were hurt with fetters; his neck was put in a collar of iron; until what he had said came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him (Psalm 105:18-19).  Joseph was sold as a slave by his own brothers, and as if that wasn't bad enough, he...