- They failed to utterly drive out all the inhabitants of Canaan.
- They made them slaves and had them pay tribute.
- God was angry and would not help them anymore.
- They began to worship Baal and other false gods.
- He raised up judges to lead them back to Him.
- The new generations of Israel had not known war. God wanted these to experience war and also wanted to test them to see if they would obey His commandments.
- Othniel and then Ehud were the first of the judges.
- A female judge and prophetess.
- He felt God was with her and nothing would happen to him if she was with him.
- He would receive no glory in this battle. It would go to another, a woman.
- Jael, a Kenite woman.
- It condemned the tribes who did not go to help fight the Canaanites. It praised the woman, Jael, who killed the
commander of the army of the Canaanites.
- His clan was the weakest, and he was the least in his father's house.
- a. The altar to Baal and the wooden image. b. He did it at night.
- God made the fleece on the floor wet by the dew and everything around it dry.
- God made the fleece dry and everything else around it wet by the dew.
- a. Gideon had 32,000 men. b. He did not want Israel to say it was by their power they defeated the Midianites.
- a. Gideon's men were reduced to just 300. b. The men were lead to water and separated according to those who drank the water by using their hand.
- He divided his men into three companies, each man with a trumpet, an empty pitcher, and a torch. They surrounded the Midian camp with the torches shielded by the pitchers. They broke the pitchers, raised the torches, and blew the trumpets shouting to God and Gideon. The Midianites became confused and killed one another.
- They were upset because they had not been called earlier to the battle.
- a. An Ephod which he hung up in the city. b. They people began to worship it instead of God.
- He murdered 69 of his seventy brothers.
- Jotham escaped from Abimelech.
- He predicted Abimelech would turn against the people of Shechem and Beth Millo, and they would turn on him.
- Gaal, the son of Ebed.
- Abimelech killed those who had turned on him.
- A woman dropped a millstone on his head, but he had his sword bearer to finish him off so he would not die by the
hand of a woman.
- The nation of Ammon.
- He was the son of a harlot. They would not let him have an inheritance with them.
- He and some men became a band of raiding bandits.
- Jephthah was called to be their leader.
- The Ammonites accused Israel of taking their land.
- Jephthah used the recorded history of Israel from the books of Moses to justify Israel's posession of the land.
- He would sacrifice as a burnt offering, the first thing that would come of his house to meet him when he returned from
- His daughter was the first thing out of his house.
- a. Ephraim was angry with Jephthah. b. He did not call on them for help to fight the Ammonites. c. Pride, haughtiness, and greed. They wanted to show their power and strength and, possibly, were on the hunt for the plunder of the other nation's wealth.
- She would conceive and bear a son who would deliver Israel out of the Philistines' hands.
- A Nazarite.
- He could not eat anything unclean or of the vine from birth until death.
- A woman of the Philistines.
- a. A young lion. b. A swarm of bees and honey.
- He caught 300 foxes and tied a torch between the tails of a pair and sent them through the Philistines' fields.
- a. The jawbone of a donkey. b. 1000 men.
- 1100 sheckles of silver from each of them.
- His hair had never been cut because he was a Nazirite.
- They put out his eyes and made him a grinder in the prison.
- About 3,000 people which was more than he had killed when he was free.
- One of his sons became his priest.
- A Levite who happened to stop at his house became his priest.
- He gave him a place to stay, a suite of clothes, money, and food to be his priest.
- They were going to spy out land for their inheritance.
- They convinced him to serve them, a tribe, as priest rather than serve just one household.
- They stopped overnight at Gibeah in Benjamin.
- She was abused by evil men of the city and left dead.
- He cut her up into 12 pieces and sent one piece to each tribe in Israel as a message of the evil deed done in Gibeah.
- They decided to go to war and destroy the Benjamites.
- Three times Israel fought the Benjamites before the Lord let them defeat them.
- 600 men were left who fled to the wilderness in Rimmon.
- They defeated Jabesh Gilead (who had not come to their gathering before the Lord at Mizpah) and took 400 of their virgin women for the Benjamites.
- The dancers in Shiloh at the yearly feast were stolen as they came out to perform.