Resources from Judges

Manoah's Wife and her Excellent Argument

Oct 29 THE first remark arising out of the story of Manoah and his wife is this — that oftentimes we pray for blessings which will make us tremble when we receive them. Manoah had asked that he might see the angel, and he saw him: in answer to his request the wonderful One condescended to reveal himself a second time, but the consequence was that the good man was filled with...

Judges 13:22-23

Retreat Impossible

Oct 29 IN Jephthah’s case there were good reasons for going back. He had made a rash vow, and such things are much better broken than kept. If a man makes a vow to commit a crime his vow to do so is in itself a sin, and the carrying out of his vow will be doubly sinful. If a man’s vowing to do a thing made it necessary and right for...

Judges 11:35

Faint; but not Faint-Hearted

Oct 17 THESE three hundred men, though faint, were not faint-hearted. If they had been cowards, they would have left Gideon when he made the proclamation, “Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead.” Twenty and two thousand accepted that permission, and left their general with ten thousand. Out, of that smaller company, which was yet too large, these three hundred had been selected as the...

Judges 8:4

Achsah's Asking, a Pattern of Prayer

Jun 2 IN domestic life we often meet with pictures of life in the house of God. I am sure that we are allowed to find them there, for our Saviour said, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” God is a Father, and he likens himself to us...

Judges 1:12-15

The Danger of Carnal Security

Oct 10 I HAVE for this evening’s discourse what some of you may consider to be rather a singular text; let me therefore begin by briefly stating the circumstances surrounding it.

Judges 18:7, 27-28

Shaven and Shorn, but Not Beyond Hope.

Sep 26 LET me introduce the text to you. Samson was set apart from his birth to be the champion of Israel, to break the power of the Philistines who lorded over God’s people. Everything in his bringing up had reference to his peculiar calling as the hero of Israel, the hammer of Philistia. He was to be a Nazarite from his birth. Amongst other things which concerned the Nazarite he never...

Judges 16:22

The Dream of Barley Cake

Nov 22 THE Midianites were devastating the land of Israel. These wandering tribes purposely kept away during the times of ploughing and sowing, and allowed the helpless inhabitants to dream that they would be able to gather in a harvest; but no sooner did there come to be anything eatable by man or beast, than these Bedouin hordes came up like locusts, and devoured everything. Imagine a country like Israel, which had...

Judges 7:13-14

Hands Full of Honey

Jan 28 IT was a singular circumstance that a man unarmed should have slain a lion in the prime of its vigour; and yet more strange that a swarm of bees should have taken possession of the dried carcase, and have filled it with their honey. In that country, what with beasts, birds, and insects, and the dry heat, a dead body is soon cleansed from all corruption, and the bones are...

Judges 14:8-9

Chariots of Iron

Sep 28 WE frequently use Canaan as a type of heaven, and the Jordan, through which Israel passed, as a symbol of death. Dr. Watts has taught us to sing,— “Sweet fields beyond the- swelling flood Stand dress’d in living green; So to the Jews old Canaan stood, While Jordan roll’d between. “Could we but climb where Moses stood, And view the landscape o’er, Not Jordan’s...

Judges 1:19-20

One War Over and Another Begun

Sep 17 THESE Midianites were wandering Bedouins from Arabia, and from the east country round about the Holy Land. Like those who represent them in the present day, they were masters of the art of plundering, and knew no bowels of compassion. They generally lived a hard life themselves, and when they had an opportunity to feast on the spoils of others, they rioted without stint, and left a famine behind them....

Judges 6:22-24