Category Archives : Judges (Rayburn)


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]