Judges 1:1-36 – Did You Ever Know That You’re God’s Hero
Against a backdrop of defeat, God gives a brief glimpse of the heroes He will raise-up to deliver His people.
Judges 2:1-10 – Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation
The Lord talks to the generation after Joshua’s death who refused to drive out Israel’s enemies from the Promised Land.
Judges 2:11-3:6 – Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Hero’s Life For Me
God tells the Israelites they are living like harlots when they could be living like heroes.
Judges 3:7-31 – The Way To The King’s Hurt Is Through His Stomach
Ehud thrusts his dagger deep into the stomach of fat King Eglon then goes on to rally Israel to defeat the Moabites.
Judges 4:1-24 – Bang, Bang, Jael’s Savage Hammer Came Down Upon His Head
A pagan woman named Jael kills the Canaanite captain by driving a tent peg through his head with a hammer.
Judges 5:1-31 – I Had a Hammer And I Hammered In The Evening
Deborah and Barak sing a duet in which they praise Jael for driving a tent peg through Sisera’s skull.
Judges 6:1-24 – The Ophrah Wartree
Gideon’s war against the Midianites is foretold by the Angel of the Lord while sitting under the tree at Ophrah.
Judges 6:25-32 – BullDead City
The Angel of the Lord instructs Gideon to use his father’s bull to demolish the altar of Baal, then sacrifice it on an altar he’d build for Jehovah.
Judges 6:33-40 – Do The Dew
Gideon puts God to a test by asking Him to manipulate the amount of dew that is on a fleece of wool each morning.
Judges 7:1-8 – Let Lap The Dogs Of War
God selects 300 men who lap-up water like dogs to be Gideon’s soldiers.
Judges 7:9-15 – The Nightmare Before Conquest
God sends Gideon down to the enemy camp where he overhears two Midianites discussing a prophetic dream in which they are conquered by the Israelites.
Judges 7:16-25 – Trumpets Of Mass Destruction
Gideon tells his three hundred man army to simultaneously blow their trumpets at his signal.
Judges 8:1-21 – Hello, My Name Is Gideon. You Killed My Brothers. Prepare To Die.
Gideon reveals that the two kings he has defeated and captured are the men who murdered his brothers.
Judges 8:22-35 – The Lord of the Earrings: The Resemblance of the King
Gideon refuses to be made king, but from the moment he accepts plundered earrings from the men of Israel as tribute, he begins to act as their king.
Judges 9:1-21 – Lord, I Was Born A Bramblin’ Man
Gideon’s youngest son tells a fable to the men of Shechem that personifies his evil half-brother, Abimelech, as a bramble bush.
Judges 9:22-57 – The Woman With The Man Crush
Abimelech comes to a dishonorable but fitting end as a woman drops a millstone on his head that crushes his skull.
Judges 10:1-18 – Scripture Tells Me I’m Into Someone Good
God’s pursuit of His backslidden people illustrates for us that He is good.
Judges 11:1-28 – Valor-Dictorian
Israel’s next hero, Jephthah, is “a mighty man of valor” who gives a speech about peace before engaging in open conflict.
Judges 11:29-40 – The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Mourning
Jephthah’s daughter and her girlfriends retreat to the hills for two months to mourn her father’s foolish vow to offer her life as a sacrifice.
Judges 12:1-15 – Sh-ibling Rivalry
Because in their dialect they could not pronounce the SH sound, the men of Ephraim were identified and killed by fellow Israelites as they attempted to retreat.
Judges 13:1-25 – Make Womb For Samson
Manoah and his barren wife are promised a son and are instructed that he is to be a Nazirite from the womb.
Judges 14:1-20 – Honey Boo Boo
Samson breaks his Nazirite vow when he scoops honey from the carcass of the lion he previously killed.
Judges 15:1-20 – Shock And Jaw
With a sudden spectacular use of force, Samson kills one thousand Philistine soldiers using only the jawbone of a donkey.
Judges 16:1-31 – The Daily Grind
No longer endued with God’s Spirit, Samson is captured, blinded, and sentenced to grinding meal in a Philistine prison.
Judges 17:1-13 – Fraudulent Priests And Where To Find Them
Micah appoints his own disqualified son, then an unqualified Levite, to be his household priest.
Judges 18:1-31 – This Land Was Your Land, This Land Is My Land
The tribe of Dan abandons the conquest of their own allotted territory and instead conquers the land of Laish by murdering its peaceful inhabitants.
Judges 19:1-30 – An Affair To Dismember
To save himself, a Levite delivers his concubine to a mob to be sexually assaulted, then dismembers her body and sends one piece to each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Judges 20:1-48 – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Betrayal
When the Israelites unite to discipline the wicked men of Gibeah, the tribe of Benjamin breaks ranks and defends them, precipitating a bloody civil war.
Judges 21:1-25 – You May Now Catch The Bride
After their civil war, the Israelites devise plans for kidnapping brides for the 600 men of the tribe of Benjamin.