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1. If you could have traded fathers when you were a child, whose dad would you have taken? Why?
2. What war interests you the most? Why is war intriguing?
3. What do your five senses tell you is happening in this prophecy?
4. How were relations between Judah and Philistia in the past (see Judges 13:1; 1 Samuel 18:25 – 27)?
5. Why has God ordered the sword against the Philistines (verses 6 and 7; see Ezekiel 25:15 – 17)? Note: Ashkelon was attacked by Nebuchadnezzar in 604 BC, in partial fulfillment of this prophecy.
6. What determines who wins battles: superior equipment? stronger forces? better strategies? or something else?
7. What would you call an “overflowing torrent” (verse 2) on today’s scene? What can be done about it?
8. Do you know anyone who has fought in a war or lived in a war zone? What do wars accomplish? Are they acts of God’s wrath, or the results of humanity’s folly? Explain your answer.