19 Old Testament- The Reign of the Judges

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“Lesson 19: The Reign of the Judges,” Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 87

Judges 2; 4; 6–7; 13–16

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To encourage class members to seek influences that will strengthen them in living the gospel in a challenging world.

RE: The Prophetess Deborah; Gideon; and Samson

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19 Old Testament- The Reign of the Judges

  1. 1. The Reign<br />of the Judges  "In those days there was no king in Israel: everyman did that which was right in his own eyes." ( Judges 21:25; also Judges 17:6)<br />Judges 2;<br />4; 6–7; 13–16<br />“Lesson 19: The Reign of the Judges,” <br />Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Man., 87<br />
  2. 2. President Gordon B. Hinckley told of a time when he planted a young tree in his yard but neglected to use supporting stakes to help it grow straight. In time, the wind caused the<br />tree to lean badly to one side. President Hinckley realized that if he had tied the tree to stakes, it would have been supported until it was strong enough to resist the wind on its own. (In Conference Report, Oct. 1993, 77–78; or Ensign, Nov. 1993, 59.) <br />
  3. 3. In the book of Judges we learn about some of the “stakes”that can support us.<br />
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  9. 9. CYCLE of APOSTASY<br /> in<br /> JUDGES<br />
  10. 10. Cycle of Apostasy in Judges<br />…similar in many ways to the history of the Nephites prior to the coming of Christ: Old Testament Israel turned to the worship of false gods and the Book of Mormon Israelites were caught up in wealth and pride. The result was the same = APOSTASY<br />
  11. 11. Knew not the Lord,nor His works <br />Did evil in the sight of the Lord<br />Forsook the Lord God of their fathers<br />Followed other gods<br />Would not hearken unto their judges<br />Turned quickly from the way their fathers walked <br />Transgressed God’s COVENANT given to their fathers<br />Did not hearken unto voice of the LORD<br />Did NOT keep the WAY of the Lord<br /> Did NOT WALK in the WAY of the LORD<br /> Did NOT WALK as their FATHERS<br />
  12. 12. The Strength of Righteous Parents<br />
  13. 13. The strength of righteous parents and theconsequences of forsaking their ways <br />
  14. 14. Deborah, a prophetess, judges Israel<br />
  15. 15. AndDeborah said,<br />“I will surelygo<br />with <br /> thee.”<br />
  16. 16. As a TRUE FRIEND, Deborah, inspires us to obey the Lord and gives us the strength to do what is right<br />
  17. 17. True Friends <br />inspire us to obey the Lord’s commandments Good Friends <br />give us the strength to do what is rightReal Friends <br />help us face difficult challengesRighteous Friends<br />set the example for us to follow<br />
  18. 18. The Strength of a Righteous Friend<br />
  19. 19. The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour<br />
  20. 20. And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you<br />
  21. 21. When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.<br />
  22. 22. Gideon and 300 other men deliver Israel from the Midianites<br />and cry:<br />The sword of the Lord,<br />and of <br />Gideon<br />
  23. 23. “With God, All Things are Possible"<br />
  24. 24. The Strength of Faith in God<br />
  25. 25. The covenantswe make with the Lord should be a sourceofstrength, guidance, andcommitment<br />
  26. 26. Israel in Philistine bondage for forty years—An angel comes to Manoah’s wife and promises a son who shall begin to deliver Israel—The angel comes again; he ascends in a flame from the altar—Samson is born; the Spirit of the Lord moves upon him. <br />
  27. 27. Samson slays a young lion with his bare hands<br />
  28. 28. As a Nazarite<br />and a<br />member of the House of Israel, Samson made Covenantswith the Lord<br />
  29. 29. The Lord gave Samson spiritual and physical strength<br />
  30. 30. Samson loves Delilah, who delivers him to Philistines<br />
  31. 31. Samson’s hair was a sign of his<br />Covenant with the Lord<br />
  32. 32. Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God<br />
  33. 33. Samson kills himself and 3000 others<br />
  34. 34. The Strength of Covenants and the Consequences of Breaking Them<br />
  35. 35. Tree of Life<br />Followthe ways of righteous parents and ancestors<br />Make goodfriends<br />Increase our faith in the Lord<br />Keep our covenants<br />
  36. 36. When we hold fast to the rod, we will find that we have also tethered ourselves to the Tree of Life when we secured our stakes around the Tree: in walking in the ways of righteous parents; in abiding the company of good friends; in developing our Faith in the Lord; and in making and keeping our sacred covenants. <br />
  37. 37. Lehi’s Dream and The Tree of Life depicting us as modern day Israel. <br />We are holy and pure, prepared for the Second Coming of the LORD, <br />having secured STRENGTH in stakes tethered to the TREE through<br />FOLLOWING RIGHTEOUS PARENTS and CHOOSING RIGHTEOUS FRIENDS, <br />in MAINTAINING FAITH IN GOD, and by KEEPING OUR COVENANTS. <br />
  38. 38. When our lives are staked to the TREE of LIFE, we discover that THE TREE appears as the HAND of GOD extending to offer its FRUIT to mankind.<br />
  39. 39. “The First Supper” is meant to be an all-inclusive invitation to partake of the Lord’s Supper….where believers are partaking of the sacrament.  Just to the right of Christ sits three men representing the future and the Second Coming of Christ.  Rich and Poor are represented here as none but the proud are refused a place at the table of Christ.   In the background are found representations of high priests, pharaohs, kings and emperors of mankind, crumbling away; the only things that remain are our covenants with Christ.  A place is set for the viewer to sit down at the Lord’s Supper.<br />
  40. 40. “In Our Days, JESUS,<br /> Our LORDand SAVIOR is the KING in Israel:<br />and Every Man and Woman does that which is RIGHT in HIS Eyes.” <br />

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