Yearly Archives: 2004


Judges 19:1-21:25

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 20 Judges 19:1-21:25 December 26, 2004 After a hiatus of several Sunday evenings we return to conclude our studies in the Book of Judges. I thought it made sense to complete this study on the last Lord’s Day evening of the year. Next Lord’s Day […]


Above All Else the Heart

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 15:1-20 Text Comment v.1       Given that Jesus was then in Galilee, the fact that these men came from Jerusalem may suggest that it was some kind of deputation sent to query Jesus about what they viewed as heterodox teaching and practice.  This then is some evidence of the stir Jesus […]


Judges 17:1-18:31

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 19 Judges 17:1-18:31 December 5, 2004 We have completed the account of the judges of Israel. That account, beginning with Othniel and ending with Samson, is the main body of the book. The account of the judges themselves was preceded, if you remember, by a […]


With Jesus in the Storm

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 14:22-36 Text Comment v.22     “Made” is a strong term.  “Compelled” is more like it.  John, in his Gospel, also records this episode as following immediately upon the feeding of the 5,000.  But he adds that such was the enthusiasm of the crowd after that great miracle that an effort was […]


Judges 16:1-31

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 18 Judges 16:1-31 November 28, 2004 Review We have considered the account of Samson’s birth and his divine call in chapter 13, taking note of the emphasis that falls there on the divine initiative. It is the Lord who acts to deliver his people. None […]


The Feeding of the 5,000

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 14:13-21 Text Comment v.13     “What had happened” refers, of course, to the death of John the Baptist.  [Hagner, ii, 417]  We can well imagine what a personal blow this must have been to the Lord.  The one man whose life was most connected to his own; the one man who […]


Judges 14:1-15:20

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 17 Judges 14:1-15:20 November 21, 2004 Review We have begun our consideration of the last and longest narrative of the career of a judge, that of Samson. We considered the account of his birth and calling in chapter 13 two Lord’s Day evenings back. We […]


The Path to Victory

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 14:1-12 Text Comment v.2       We have said that Matthew is treating us to a succession of responses made to Jesus by various people or groups.  Now we have the response of Herod Antipas, though his response to Jesus is somewhat indirect, being couched in comments that Herod made about John […]


Judges 13:1-25

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 16 Judges 13:1-25 November 7, 2004 We have come to the last narrative of a judge. The chapters that conclude the book, 17-21, are a kind of epilogue. They don’t concern the career of any judge but narrate a civil war in Israel, a civil […]


A Prophet Without Honor

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 13:53-58 The chapter divisions, you remember, are not original to the Bible, being added a thousand years after the New Testament was completed.  We now realize that Matthew has organized his material in alternating sections of narrative and teaching.  The third of the teaching sections in the Gospel ended at […]


Judges 12:8-15

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 15 Judges 12:8-15 October 31, 2004 Review We have now completed the Jephthah material. We noticed, at the outset, that it was framed by accounts of minor “judges,” two men before and three after. We said then that these minor figures, about whom little is […]


The Pearl of Great Price

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 13:44-52 We consider this morning three short parables, the first two which have a common theme and the third that links up, in large part, with the parable of the weeds that we considered last Lord’s Day morning. Text Comment v.44     There were banks in the Greco-Roman world of that […]


Judges 11:12-12:7

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 14 Judges 11:12-12:7 October 24, 2004 Review We noted last time that Jephthah was chosen by the men of Gilead to lead them in battle against the marauding Ammonites because he was a proven fighter. The narrator did not, however, lead us to admire Jephthah […]


The Parable of the Weeds

Matthew 13:24-43 Text Comment v.25     The weeds in view are probably darnel or rye grass, a poisonous plant related to wheat and virtually indistinguishable from it until the ears form.  Roman law actually imposed punishment on anyone who sowed darnel among wheat as an act of revenge.  So, once again, as with the parable of […]


Judges 10:1-11:11

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 13 Judges 10:1-11:11 October 17, 2004 We have already encountered one short note concerning a man who did exploits on behalf of Israel, though we are told very little about him. That was Shamgar, to whom is devoted one verse at the end of chapter […]


The Lord’s Family

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 12:46-50 Remember, all of this material in chapters 11 and 12 has been concerned with various responses made to Jesus and his ministry.  Most of those responses have been negative and unbelieving.  But the section concludes with a statement about what constitutes a true and faithful response to Jesus, the […]


Judges 9:1-57

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 12 Judges 9:1-57 October 10, 2004 Review We have completed the account of the life of Gideon, of his victories and of his subsequent spiritual failure and its consequence in the life of the nation. Chapter 9 is really something of an appendix to the […]


The Point of No Return

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 12:38-45 Text Comment v.38     There is a sense in which this request amounted to a demand that Jesus verify his authority – a demand that no one would have made at that time, the Lord having performed already by this time so many remarkable works of divine power, no one […]


Judges 8:22-35

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 11 Judges 8:22-35 October 3, 2004 Review After winning an astonishing victory over an overwhelmingly larger army – a victory that was given in such a manner as to demonstrate that it was and only could have been the work and the gift of the […]


The Great Divide

  Matthew 12:22-37 In this section of the Gospel of Matthew, the second devoted to the narrative of the Lord’s ministry, we have been treated to the account of various responses that people made to the Lord.  We have seen the confusion of John the Baptist, the rejection of the Lord by the population of […]


Judges 8:1-21

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 10 Judges 8:1-21 September 26, 2004 Review Remember where we are. Chapter 6 contained a lengthy narrative of Gideon’s call to be the deliverer of God’s people and of his destruction of the Baal sanctuary that his own family had sponsored for his town. Last […]


The Way of the Servant

  Matthew 12:15-21 Text Comment v.15     The paragraph is linked directly to the statement in v. 14 that the Lord’s enemies were now plotting to kill him.  Christ’s withdrawal from that place was an effort to avoid further provocation.  However, he didn’t sneak away.  The crowds knew where he was and brought their sick to […]


Judges 6:33-7:25

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 9 Judges 6:33-7:25 September 19, 2004 Review We began last time, when we took up the first section of the Gideon narrative, that up to this point in the account of the various judges, the career of each one has been reported in a summary […]


The Christian Sabbath

Audio:   Download Audio Matthew 12:1-14 Text Comment Jesus has just said that those who follow him will find his yoke easy and his burden light, especially in comparison to the wearying rounds of endless duty required in the system of Pharisaic legalism.  Now these two different understandings of the law of God and of […]


Judges 6:1-32

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 8 Judges 6:1-32 August 29, 2004 Up to this point in the account of the various judges, the career of each one has been reported in a summary way with little or relatively little detail. Othniel took a paragraph; Ehud a small chapter; Shamgar two […]


Judges 5:1-31

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 7 Judges 5:1-31 August 22, 2004 Review We have begun the examination of the successive narratives of individual judges and what each did to deliver Israel from her enemies, or better, how God used each one to deliver his wayward people. We have so far […]


Judges 4:1-24

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text “Studies in Judges No. 6” Judges 4:1-24 August 15, 2004 Review We have begun our studies in the narratives of individual judges, having so far considered Othniel, whose career is given only in sketch, then Ehud and Shamgar, who make something of a pair. Shamgar, remember, may not have […]


Judges 3:12-31

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 5 Judges 3:12-31 July 11, 2004 We have begun our consideration of the narrative of the individual judges themselves. Last time we considered Othniel, whose deliverance of Israel from an oppressor was described in sketch only, a skeletal narrative lacking all detail. That is the […]


Judges 3:7-11

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 4 Judges 3:7-11 July 4, 2004 The beginning of the book of Judges, up to 3:5, is a prologue in two parts: an historical summary of the failure of Israel, in her various tribes, to destroy the Canaanite inhabitants of the Promised Land and, as […]


Judges 2:6-3:6

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 3 Judges 2:6-3:6 June 27, 2004 Review Last time we considered the first half of the introduction or prologue of the book, 1:1-2:5. We pointed out that it was a survey of the efforts of various tribes (beginning with Judah) to take possession of the […]


Judges 1:1-2:5

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 2 Judges 1:1-2:5 June 6, 2004 As we begin reading the text of Judges, remember what we said last Lord’s Day evening about the structure of the book. It begins with a prologue in two parts: 1:1-2:5 and 2:6-3:6, each part introduced by reference to […]


Introduction

Audio:   Download Audio Download Text STUDIES IN JUDGES No. 1 “Introduction” May 30, 2004 I have wanted us to study Judges for some time now, ever since I learned that studies of the book were available that exploited the new literary methods of Old Testament narrative interpretation. By “narrative” I mean the historical accounts […]