February 20, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Judges 12-16
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Commentary: Not all judges continued in their mission of uniting Israel. Jephthah was coming off a great victory, but wound up dividing the nation and taking personal revenge for a slight that he perceived. The references to minor judges serve to remind the reader that this book is not a comprehensive list of all judges, but only a partial. Samson is one of the more famous judges, but consider why he is so well known. He had great potential that he squandered, often rejecting the Lord and suffering for it.
Focus Verses: 16:23-31 What lessons can be learned from Samson’s life and death? What is your opinion of Samson? Why? Was he a good and/or successful judge of Israel?