Mr. and Mrs. Manoah

Today’s reading: Judges 13:1-14 For the next several days we’ll be reading about and considering the life of Samson, probably the best-known judge of Israel. But before we turn to Samson, we’re going to take a little time first to learn about (and...

25-Year Drift

Today’s reading: Judges 12:8-13:1 Not a lot of activity or intrigue happens in the final verses of Judges 12. That being the case, it’s tempting to skim over it… but if we did that, we’d miss something that God most certainly intended for us to...

Crying–Praying–Trusting

Today’s reading: Psalm 22:1-31 We’ve all been there at some point–going through a difficult time when things just don’t seem to make sense and what we’re experiencing feels awful. One of the best things we can do when we find ourselves in...

Dangerous Pride

Today’s reading: Judges 12:1-7 Jephthah’s woes continue as we turn to Judges 12. Shortly after his victory over the Ammonites, the men of Ephraim (fellow Israelites) angrily confront Jephthah. They’re upset to the point that they plan to kill him...

Oh. . . Jephthah

Today’s reading: Judges 11:29-40 I have a hard time with this portion of Jephthah’s story. Every time I read this account, I think to myself, “Why in the world would Jephthah have offered up such a seemingly foolish oath to God? After all, who or...

Engaging Wisely

Today’s reading: Judges 11:12-28 Jephthah was a wise warrior and leader. I say that because of the way he approaches the situation with the Ammonites. A confrontation with the Ammonites is unavoidable. But instead of presuming that the conflict between them can...