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Introduction. 

The book of Judges covers a time when God’s people repeatedly turned away to worship other gods. This led to oppression by foreign armies. In desperation, God’s people cried out for deliverance. God responded by sending great leaders (Judges) to restore peace and spiritual faithfulness. But after every judge died, the people went right back to disobedience, and the cycle started over again. This last section of the book (chapter 17-21) focuses on a period after the last judge (Samson) has died. The time of sin and rebellion chronicles several broken things. Each is relevant to our lives today.

 

Audio Version 

SERMON TITLE: BROKEN

PART 6: RELIGION

TEXT:  Judges 18

INTRODUCTION.

The book of Judges covers a time when God’s people repeatedly turned away to worship other gods. This led to oppression by foreign armies. In desperation, God’s people cried out for deliverance. God responded by sending great leaders (Judges) to restore peace and spiritual faithfulness. But after every judge died, the people went right back to disobedience, and the cycle started over again. This last section of the book (chapter 17-21) focuses on a period after the last judge (Samson) has died. The time of sin and rebellion chronicles several broken things. Each is relevant to our lives today.

DISCUSSION.

Everyone wants God on their side, even people who don’t believe in him. What examples have you experienced of individuals/teams/nations claiming that God was on their side?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.1-2      Read Joshua 19:40, 47-48. What is the significance of Dan receiving an allotment in the Promised Land, but looking

elsewhere for a place of their own?

Vv.3-5      The story of Micah now intersects with the story of the Danites. Discuss the reasons why the Danites would ask the

priest to inquire of God.

To get an idea of what was involved in “inquiring of the Lord” check out these passages where the exact same phrase is used: 1 Samuel 28:5-6 and 1 Samuel 30:7-8. Note that the Danites ignore what God already told them to do (possess their allotment of the Promised Land), and looked for God’s help in what they wanted to do (take over an easier land).

V.6           Did that priest have any right to speak for God? Why or why not?

Vv.7-10    One of the details mentioned about the people of Laish is that they “had no relationship with anyone else.” Why might

that be significant?

Notice the reasons why the 5 warriors urge their tribe to attack Laish. What is faulty about their reasoning?

Vv.11-17   Apparently, Micah’s house must be on the main road. Everyone seems to pass by there. One warrior sums up what

should happen with the words “Now you know what to do.” What unspoken plan did he have in mind?

Vv.18-21   What does this confirm for us about the character of the priest?

Vv.22-26   When Micah catches up with the robbers, he is obviously distraught. Discuss what Micah says in v.24. How much has

 he over-valued the idols and priest?

Vv.27-31   What information does the author include to indicate that what the Danites were doing was wrong?

APPLICATION.

  • What are some ways we try to manipulate, control, or bargain with God?
  • How can we guard against that temptation?
  • What are some common idols or god-substitutes in our society?
  • What are some ways that you personally can turn from such idols?
  • Just because there is “an open door” or everything is working out great, doesn’t mean it is from God. How and when do we know the difference?
  • Discuss how dangerous it is to confuse what God has said, with what someone says God told them. What is the litmus test for hearing from God? 

“Idolators worship gods they can carry, but Christians worship a God who carries them.” Warren Weirsbe

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