The Story | This Week

Week of March 7-March 13

A Few Good Men...and Women

Judges 2-4, 6-8, 13-16

Sunday's Message

Midweek Video

Even if you have all the strength in the world, it's a good idea to ask for help.

Discussion Questions

Discussion starters for your small group, triad, or family worship time.

  • The book of Judges depicts a repeating cycle of God’s people worshipping other gods, suffering, and finally turning to the true God for help. Have you ever seen a similar pattern in your own life?

  • The Midianites are stealing the food right out of Israel’s mouth. However, before God allows Gideon to defeat Israel’s enemies, he first asks him to tear down altars to false gods. What lesson is there for us today?

  • Judges 8 paints a deeply troubling picture of the last half of Gideon’s life. It is clear that the point of the story is not that we should emulate Gideon (or any of the other judges). So what is the point of the book, then?

  • A refrain throughout the book is, “The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord”  (Judges 2:11; 3:7; 3:12; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6; 13:1). The book ends with this further assessment: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit [did what was right in their own eyes]” (Judges 21:25). What is interesting about the way these verses are translated here? What does it reveal about human nature?

  • Even though God had called Gideon by name and promised him success in battle, Gideon asks for sign after sign from God. Some Christians teach that “putting out a fleece” is a legitimate way of discerning God’s will simply because a biblical character did it. What do you think? How do you know God’s will? Why do you trust his promises?

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