Peacemakers: Judges 11:36-14:20

Judges 11:36-14:20

Fighting within Israel. Judges 12:1-6

Did Judges know they were Judges? Or did God just give them wisdom and people instinctively knew to follow them? Were they called Judges back then? Did they say, hey let’s go ask Judge Debra, or did they say, hey let’s go ask Debra? There doesn’t seem to be any training or any kind of inherited right.

Feeding people looks to be an act of peace. 13:15

His father and mother didn’t realize the Lord was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time. – 14:4 (We never know what God could be up to.)

I can image the frustrating Samson’s parents could have felt after being so careful to follow all of God’s commands about what not to eat, and even receiving a gift of a child from God, and then watching him be attracted to Philistines women. They must have felt like they had failed God, when actually God knew this was going to happen all along. He counted on it.

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