Testing and the First Judges
May 17, 2015 Speaker: Scott C. Jones Series: Judges: Partial Victories & the Faithfulness of God
Topic: Exposition Scripture: Judges 3
THE JOURNEY DOWNWARD
The Purpose of Testing
Ideal Judge / Ideal Provision
The Importance of Leadership / Temporary Impact
Unlikely Hero, Strange Victory
Ehud’s Revelation: The Comic Deceitfulness of Idolatry
(Even More) Unlikely Hero, Strange(r) Victory
THE POINT OF THIS?
Jesus: Spirit-Giver, Eternal King
Unlikely Hero, Strange Victory over Idolatry
Us: Unlikely Victors in Jesus
- What are the idols in our culture that can appear most seductive to you? What evidence is there that those idols offer misleading hope of fulfillment? Help one another “unveil” the deceit of the idolatry in our lives.
- Consider Jesus’ provision over and against the false promises of the idols you’ve just discussed. How is Jesus better?
- Do you think there’s anything in your life that God may be using to “test” you?Do you think of yourself as an unlikely member of God’s plan to redeem the world? What makes you feel inadequate? How do you think God would respond to your objections?
- The Book of Judges begins with conflict and ends in chaos? How can we find encouragement in this? If this was the only chapter of the story, how would we feel?
- Waging war against indwelling sin is primarily a fight to worship the actual God rather than false imitations of God. What practical steps can you take to pursue right, rather than misguided, worship this week? Go beyond simple answers and get very practical here.