Grain, Wine, Oil, and Reproaches

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Grain, wine, and oil were the food staples of Israel, along with the animals. When the people stopped listening to the Word of the Lord, these – the grain, wine, oil, and livestock – became scarce. This was in fulfillment … Continue reading

Blessed Be Jael

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Previously, we heard how Jabin king of Hazor had arisen, as if from the dead. A certain Jabin king of Hazor had suffered defeat about 180 years ago at the hands of Joshua, and now a man by the same … Continue reading

The Silence of Shamgar and Deborah

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

The judges in the book of Judges are individually shadows of Christ, and taken together are a more defined shadow. Othniel is a rather vague shadow of the torso; Ehud adds the shadow of a leg; Deborah, the other leg; … Continue reading

Ehud the Left-Handed

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Other gods always look so appealing. The Israelites were drawn to the Canaanite agricultural religion, perhaps because the wars had settled down and they were now farmers, which was quite different from wandering in the wilderness and subsisting on manna. … Continue reading

The Vice of Forgetfulness

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

As with virtue, remembering takes effort; as with vice, forgetting comes readily. And of all the things that mankind so readily forgets, he forgets nothing so readily as the things of God. Notes 7 And the sons of Israel did … Continue reading

On the Usefulness of Pagans and Heretics

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

The pagan world is useful to the Church. Certainly, it doesn’t seem that way most of the time. We often cry out with David in Psalm 3:2, “O Yahweh, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me!” We … Continue reading

The Means of Wrath

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

There are two cups: the Cup of Salvation (Ps. 116:13) and the Cup of Wrath (Is. 51:17). And if you will not drink from the first, you will drink from the second. The Cup of Salvation brims with wine of … Continue reading

Catechlysm

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

What would happen if an entire generation failed to recount the mighty works of God to their children? What if these children could recite humorous lines from their favorite cartoon characters, or the lyrics to every hit in the Top … Continue reading

Judges 1:21-2:5, The Victors Capitulate

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

And he brought them to the territory of his holiness, The mountain that his right hand had acquired. And he drove out the nations before their faces, And he apportioned to them an inheritance with the measuring line, And he … Continue reading

Judges 1:1-20, Grizzled Grasshopper Stamps Out Giants

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Judah – O you! – your brothers shall give thanks to you. Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies. The sons of your father shall bow down to you. Judah is the cub of a lion; From … Continue reading

Introduction to Judges: Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

This post introduces a commentary on the Old Testament book of Judges; I will put it up in weekly installments here at Steadfast Lutherans. But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked – you became fat, you became thick, you became engorged … Continue reading