9/28 Reading (Judges 4-6; 1 Corinthians 5)

Judges 4: Again, the people did bad things once Ehud died. So, in this chapter we get the story of Deborah, Barak, and Jael, who together destroy Sisera and his army. This chapter is the prose version of this story.

Judges 5: This chapter is a poem/song version of the story of Deborah, Barak, and Jael and how they destroyed Sisera and his army. This version of the story also includes pointed comments directed towards the other tribes who failed to help. This was followed by 40 years of peace.

Judges 6: Yet again, the Israelites fell back into the cycle of disobeying God and needing help. This time they are controlled by the Midianites. God’s messenger comes to the people and reminds them that they chose to break the covenant they made with God. Then we meet Gideon. God charges Gideon with rescuing the people, but Gideon questions God and pretty much demands evidence to prove that he is God. God proves it is him and Gideon does as he’s told. All throughout this chapter Gideon continues to ask for evidence that God is with him and God continues to provide the evidence. The back and forth between Gideon and God reminds me of the back and forth between God and Moses in Exodus.

1 Corinthians 5: Now we get to a discussion of sexual immorality: a man having sex with his father’s wife (aka stepmother). Paul tells them that they need to remove this man from the church as his sin will bring them all down. He says this is for the sake of the church and the sake of the offender himself: “At that time we need to hand this man over to Satan to destroy his human weakness so that his spirit might be saved on the day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5.5).

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