EPIC Doomed to Repeat

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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

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EPIC Doomed to Repeat

  1. 1. Doomed to Repeat It Judges 1:1-3:6
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. The Layers of Judges
  7. 7. Purpose of Judges “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to REPEAT IT.” -- Winston Churchill
  8. 8. RELATIONSHIP
  9. 9. RELATIONSHIP REBELLION
  10. 10. RELATIONSHIP REBELLION RETRIBUTION
  11. 11. RELATIONSHIP REBELLION RETRIBUTIONREPENTANCE
  12. 12. RELATIONSHIP REBELLION RETRIBUTIONREPENTANCE RESTORATION
  13. 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. 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!

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