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Why Judges?

March 29, 2011

At East Point Church, we have wrapped up our time of preaching through Judges. When we first began our time in Judges, someone asked me, “Why Judges?”  I understood their question to mean, “Of all the books of the Bible, why would you choose to preach through Judges?”  Good question.  After all, not many, if any of us, have actually heard a series of sermons on Judges.  It is not the first book you think about when you discuss preaching and teaching the Bible.

Nevertheless, as we made our way through this portion of Scripture, here are five reasons I have come to embrace during our time in Judges.  Why Judges:

1.  It’s in the Bible.  This may sound trite, but the fact of the matter is that we understand the Bible to contain the whole counsel of God and thus to preach from any portion of it, is to preach God and his glory. As we are reminded in 2Tim. 3:16: “All Scripture is inspired by God…”

2.  It’s Real-life Israel.  No one can argue that if you want to the bare bones of Israel’s struggles to live faithfully before God, look at Judges.  It is reality, made-for-tv drama.  There is sex, violence, idolatry, deception, wars and rumors of wars, abuse and neglect, doubt and fear.  As we have seen, it is real life Israel and it easily and often uncomfortably translates to real life us.  Daniel Block:  “No book in the OT offers the modern church as telling a mirror as this book.” It is real life Israel. It is real life church.

3.  The Gospel Wins.  To look at Judges and to see the gospel on display is one of the most glorious benefits we get from it.  If the gospel conquers or wins in Judges, then it can conquer and win anywhere.  It triumphs everywhere.  Dale Ralph Davis, my favorite commentary on Judges, reminds us that in Judges we see that “Yahweh’s grace is far more tenacious than his people’s depravity and insists on still holding them fast even in their sinfulness and their stupidity. Nor is he finished raising up Saviors for them.”

4.  Judges is about Hope. Judges reminds us that God’s promises have not failed.  We can see that though our sin often clouds our perspective, and thus things appear dark and bleak, the light of God’s glory is going to pierce the darkness and eventually win the day.  It reminds me of what the Bible says in 2Cor. 4:8: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken,”

5.  Judges is about Jesus.  Lastly, like the rest of the Bible, Judges is ultimately about Jesus.  Jesus reminds us in John 5:39: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” In the pantheon of Holy Scripture, Judges uniquely gives witness to Christ as the Long Expected King.  It reminds us that because of sin, we are prone to live like there is no king, and thus do whatever is right in our own eyes.  Yet, the grace of God says a King is what you need and a king you shall have!


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