Category: Judges


Day 96 Judges 19-21

I really struggled with today’s reading… WHY go back for the unfaithful concubine only to turn her over to a mob of rapist?  WHY take her body and cut it into 12 pieces and mail them to all the tribes of Israel demanding justice?  Uh, you shoved her out the door!  WHY kill all the Benjamite women then turn around and allow the remaining  Benjamite soldiers to kidnap others to replace them?

  passages like this just make no sense… but Judges records a difficult time for the Israelites.  When God said they turned from him well,  BOY DID THEY!  The Bible is not a book about perfect people… and today was a clear illustration of that.

Samson

Day 95 Judges 16-18

I don’t expect the heroes in the bible to be perfect, well perhaps one is, but the other are all human so inherently flawed… but Samson strikes me as particularly unpleasant.  I’m not sure what it is about him that rubs me wrong, his mistreatment of women, the lack of respect for human life,  the misuse of his God-given powers… and well, he’s just not nice. .  . He has a “fable-like” quality to him like a biblical Paul Bunyan… but meaner and dumber and well minus the big giant bull.

Day 94

Day 94 Judges 13-15

The way the spirit of the Lord comes powerfully onto Samson just gives me this mental image of the Incredible Hulk.  Hmm…

Day 93

Day 93 Judges 10-12

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Day 92

Day 92 Judges 8-9

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Day 91

Day 91 Judges 6-7

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She-Ra

Day 90 Judges 3-5

  When I was a kid none of the “good” cartoons were girl cartoons.. Sure there was Jem and Strawberry Shortcake but come on.. the novelty of  an actual girly cartoon wore off pretty quick and the clichés were a little much for the seven-year-old me to handle.  I prefered my brother’s cartoons, He-man, Thunder Cats, GI Joe.  The plots were better, albeit violent, but the chicks on the boy cartoons ROCKED… They were tough as nails, sometimes tougher than the guys in that post feminist early 80s kind of way.  from Teela, Sheera, Cheetara to Scarlet they satisfied my child mind’s image of what I wanted a woman to be in a way that Barbie, Jem, Rainbow bright and Smurfett didn’t. 

     I knew Deborah was in the bible and I knew that she was one of the Judges but I’m I embarrassed to say I had never actually read about her.  This is one of the perks of reading the bible cover to cover, I’m filling in all the gaps I’ve missed out on.  I was floored.  Now I knew she was one of the leaders of Israel but, wow, she was just really cool, a regular Warrior princess.  And Jael!!  Why had I never heard of her?! I cracked up when at the end they were singing about her:

27 At her feet he sank,
   he fell; there he lay.
At her feet he sank, he fell;
   where he sank, there he fell—dead.

                                                                 poetic drama.. yeah we got it, he fell.

  These passages were so graphic it’s shocking at times, between Jael driving stakes into king’s temples and fat Moabite kings being run through with swords, pooping himself so his servants thought he was just going to the bathroom instead of dying… well we have a regular block buster blood and guts hit on our hands.  Call Hollywood! 

 These women were awesome! I feel the same way about them as I do about my after school cartoon heros.  I love women warriors, I love stories about women who rise to the occasion when the needs arises.  I am SO not that woman.. why is that?

    When faced with a battle it is my nature to run and hide, ignore the problem hoping it will go away, or procrastinate.  There was a time when calling the pizza delivery place scared the ever-living daylights out of me.  Fight or Flight?  This Fraidy cat usually chooses flight.  But when it comes to God, when it comes to the needs of my family I feel the need to take a stand and fight.  I need to fight for what I believe in, a Creator who loves me personally and supports me.  I need to fight for this little family I will soon need to support in a way I’m not used to… This Domestic debutante will need to be a bit more of a scraper to make ends meet for my kids.  The desire to do this on my own, reminds me that I have to be strong in my belief in God and in myself… and what I’m capable of.  No I’m not going to fight any epic battles, but I’m going to conquer some pretty amazing challenges in the years to come.  There is an inner Sheera, an inner Deborah in me somewhere.  It’s time she come out.

Tests

Day 89 Judges 1-2

Judges 2:22 was rather sobering: ” I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their ancestors did.”  Moses had already said this was going to happen, and we know it happens over and over and over… What is up with us Humans?!  We can’t be happy even when we have it good.  I tell you what, I’d rather have a bubble sheet to take this “test” on.  filling in tiny circles sounds so much easier than what the Israelites are facing.