Illustratrions of Depravity Pt. 2 (Judges 19-21)

Sermon Outline:

  1. A Perverse Catalyst (19)
    1. A Warm Reception: The Father-in-law (19:1-10)
    2. A Cold Rejection: The City of Gibeah (19:11-15)
    3. A Warm Reception: The Old Ephraimite Man (19:16-21)
    4. A Perverse Nightmare: The Worthless Men (19:22-26)
    5. A Heartless Response: The Levite (19:27-30)

      Expectation #1: Expect the Weak to be Sacrificed for the Self-Interests of the Strong
  2. A Preventable Catastrophe (20)
    1. The Levite's Shady Report (20:1-7)
    2. The Israelites' Senseless Reaction (20:8-13)
    3. The Benjaminites' Stubborn Refusal (20:14-17)
    4. The Catastrophic Civil War (28:18-48)
      1. Battle #1 (20:18-21)
      2. Battle #2 (20:22-25)
      3. Battle #3 (20:26-48)

        Expectation #2: Expect Justice to be Denied and Evil to be Selectively Hated
        Expectation #3: Expect God to Judge Sin
  3. A Preposterous Conclusion
    1. Problem #1: Extinction of the Benjaminites (21:1-7)
    2. Solution #1: Execution of Jabesh-Gilead (21:8-15)
    3. Problem #2: Existence of Bejaminites (21:16-18)
    4. Solution #2: Extraction of the Women of Shiloh (21:19-24)
    5. A Final Word (21:25)

      Expectation #4: Expect the Leaders of God's People to be Drained of all Wisdom and Discernment.
      Expectation #5: Expect the Grace of God to Triumph: A Final Deliverer Will Come

Illustrations of Depravity Pt. 1 (Judges 17-18)

Sermon Notes:

Proposition: Idolatry is when proper worship of God has been distorted and dismissed; therefore, idolatry and true worship cannot coexist.

  1. Idolatry Corrupts a Family (vv. 17:1-6)
  2. Idolatry Corrupts a Priest (vv. 17:7-13)
  3. Idolatry Corrupts a Tribe (vv. 18:1-31)

*Practical Exhortations to Evacuate Idolatry

  1. Assess your standing before God (John 8:31-36)
  2. Acknowledge your idols before God (1 John 1:8-9)
  3. Ascribe glory and honor to God (1 Timothy 1:15-17)
  4. Arm yourself to conquer idolatry (1 John 5:21; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 10:14)

Who is Your King?

Sermon Outline:

Proposition: There is one true King and He alone is worthy of glory, power, dominion, adoration, honor, and worship, forever and ever.

  1. The Ambition for a "King" from the People (vv. 8:22-35)
  2. The Installation of a "King" by the People (vv. 9:1-21)
  3. The Decision Against a "King" and the People from God (vv. 9:22-57)
  4. The Salvation from THE KING for His People (vv. 10:1-5)

Squandering the Promises of God

Introduction: Taking the Land of Canaan

1.  What God Commanded

a.  Total Destruction to Those in the Land

b.  Peaceable Forced Labor to Those Outside the Land

2.  Why God Commanded It

a.  To Demonstrate His Justice

b.  To Demonstrate His Love

c.  To Demonstrate His Grace

Main idea of Judges 1:1-2:5:  The people of God squander the promises of God when they fail to keep the precepts of God.

1.  When Obedience is Slacking, Blessing will be Lacking (vv.1:1-20)

2.  When Disobedience Thrives, Discipline will Soon Arrive (vv.1:21-25)

3.  Areas of Self-Examination:

a.  Are you driving out personal sin?

b.  Are you driving out corporate sin?

c.  Are you destroying strongholds?