Danites Settle In Laish (Judges 18)

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Judges 18

Questions:

1. Where would you like to retire? Why there?

2. What prized possessions did you used to fight over with “big brother” or “big sister” and hated giving up? How did you feel being short-changed or left empty-handed?

3. “An offer you couldn’t refuse” in your career field would be an offer to _________.

4. Why had the Danites not yet come into their inheritance (see Judges 1:34 and Joshua 19:40 – 48)?

5. How is it “they recognized the voice” of the priest (verse 3)? Had the warriors of Dan known him before? Was he on their most-wanted list? Or what?

6. Why would the Danites want his religious paraphernalia? What does this tell you about the spiritual maturity of the Danites?

7. Why does the priest go along with them?

  • vanity
  • greed
  • career advancement
  • arm-twisting
  • have idols, will travel
  • other?

8. What about Micah’s loss is ironic? Tragic? Comic?

9. What “cover up” by later scribes do you detect in verse 30? What difference does it make whether this young Levite is a descendent of Moses or Manasseh?

10. What is the purpose of this chapter? How is it related to chapter 17? What is the object lesson here? If it were cut out of this book, what would we miss?

11. When it comes to job-hunting and career changes, in what sense are you like this young Levite? Selling your services short? Eager for advancement? Other? Explain.

12. What do you like about your current job? What is difficult for you on the job? When a new job offer comes your way, what things will you take into consideration?

13. List some of your prized possessions. Which (if any) might you be holding too tightly? Which may be hindering your relationship with God?

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Micah’s Idols (Judges 17)

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Judges 17

Questions:

1. Why did Micah confess what he had done? Was he principled or pragmatic?

2. What do you think of his mom’s response?

3. What does her use of the 200 shekels say about spiritual values in Micah’s home (see Exodus 20:1 – 5)?

4. What’s wrong with the bargain which Micah struck with the young Levite (see Deuteronomy 12:4, 14)? How does the 10 shekels compare with the 1100 shekels he stole?

5. What does this bargain tell us about the character of Micah? Of the young Levite? Who’s lazy? Greedy? Naive? Desperate?

6. If you were to create God in your own image, what qualities would you include? And exclude? In what way might you be doing this very thing now?

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The Death of Samson (Judges 16:23 – 31)

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Judges 16:23 – 31

Questions:

1. This past week, when and why were you in “high spirits”?

2. What “entertains” you the most?

3. Why didn’t the Philistines kill Samson? Why play with him?

4. What does the crowd’s mood remind you of? Any modern parallels?

5. What is the object lesson in Samson’s prayer life? In his moral life? In his death?

6. Why would God use such a man as this?

7. Why did God answer Samson’s prayer?

  • because Samson’s hair had begun to grow again
  • because Samson had repented
  • to save face
  •  to kill multitudes of Philistines
  • to give Samson revenge
  • to fulfill Samson’s destiny
  • to put Samson out of his misery

8. What was the most redeeming thing about Samson’s life?

  • He went down swinging
  • God used him in spite of his faults
  • The New Testament includes him as a hero of faith (Hebrews 11:32)
  • Through him God brought justice
  • He was dependent on God’s Spirit to perform mighty exploits

9. If a Christian’s witness includes “dying well”, what witness did Samson have? How do you suppose he was eulogized? How can you prepare yourself to “die well”?

10. What’s the relation between “living well” and “dying well” as typified by Samson? Like Samson, where do you feel like you are merely “performing” and not really “living”?

11. What would you say to your son who says, ” I want to grow up to be like Samson”?

12. What has been (or is) the most tragic thing about your life? What has been (or is) the most redeeming?

13. What is your greatest strength that God can use? How can that strength become a weakness? How can you keep it from being your downfall?

14. Where do you feel weak? How do you sense God using you in spite of this? What could energize you?

Additional Comments:

After the death of  Samson, the chronological sequence in Judges ends.

It is not possible to assign the events of the remaining five chapters of the book to any particular period. They may be considered an appendix, which shows the utter apostasy of Israel in their civil, religious and moral life.

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