Thursday, September 12, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 36 Wednesday

Although we do not know the exact date of this event we know that Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron, was the high priest.

Judges chapter 20

Does God issue any commands in this chapter?

  • When consulted, God told the tribes to set the battle in array against Benjamin.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to deliver Benjamin into the hands of the other tribes on the third day of battle. The other two days had resulted in defeat even though God had told them to go. The deaths could have been a judgment because of all the wickedness of all the tribes during this era of Jewish history or it could have been that God was waiting for them to make the proper sacrifices (such as is mentioned in verse 26) before giving them victory.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • When asked whom should be the leading tribe against the Benjamites God told them that Judah would lead the charge. Judah is the chosen tribe because it is from Judah that the Lion of Israel, the King of Israel, would descend.
  • Victory did not come until the third day and then only after great sacrifices, fasting, and weeping. Jesus was victorious on the third day but only following His great sacrifice and the fasting and weeping of His followers. Victory over sin is given as a free gift to us but it cost dearly.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Nothing that I identified. 

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