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January 23, 2018

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Reading along with us in Judges? Here’s today’s reading:

Judges 1 (ESV)

After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?” The Lord said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.” And Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into the territory allotted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites. And I likewise will go with you into the territory allotted to you.” So Simeon went with him. Then Judah went up and the Lordgave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek. They found Adoni-bezek at Bezek and fought against him and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. Adoni-bezek fled, but they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes. And Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.....Continue Reading

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  1. Honestly there’s a lot going on here. Conquering, cutting off thumbs and toes, Caleb’s daughter marrying her uncle, and some rebellious tribes who refused to drive the Canaanites out. It’s very interesting, but with so many different things going on what are we supposed to learn? I know later in the book (spoilers) there is the repeated idea of not doing what is right in our own eyes, but all that seems to be happening here is setting the stage for their future mistakes.

  2. 7And Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

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