77: Abimelech, Gideon’s Worst Son (Judges 9-10)

We all roughly know the story of Gideon and his 300 men, but did you know Gideon didn’t finish his life like a judge was supposed to? He had heaps of kids and thought of himself as a king. One of his 70 (yes, SEVENTY) sons, Abimelech, was a total tool-bag. He thought he would continue his father’s legacy by making himself king and killing everyone in line ahead of him. Let’s just say things didn’t work out too well for him.

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76: Gideon’s 300 (Judges 7-8)

After a lengthy cliff-hanger, we resume the tale of Gideon, a nobody who God chooses to be judge over all Israel. Do you know how Gideon’s story ends? It may not be as you may suspect. Tune in to hear us talk about being sore losers and sore winners.

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75: Gideon Lays a Fleece (Gideon 6-7a)

Gideon was a pretty insignificant person when God called him a “mighty man”. Not only that, but he also required a lot of reassurance that God wasn’t playing a trick on him. We discuss if his “making sure” was really putting God to the test (a sin), or if God used it to weed out all the disbelief within him. Also, God used a series of filters to ensure Gideon’s army stood no chance against the enormous force camped in the valley below them. Will they emerge victorious, despite insurmountable odds? Tune in to find out (or read your Bible…whatever).

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74: Deborah, the Female Judge (Judges 4-5)

We discuss why it was significant that God raised up a female judge during a cultural patriarchy. Also, this story features one of the gnarliest deaths recorded in the Bible. Let’s just say someone wasn’t a happy camper…

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73: Ehud, the Left-handed Assassin (Judges 3)

We’re all familiar with this story. A left-handed man stabs a fat king until the sword disappears in his rolls. What did this mean for Israel? Who was Ehud? Why was being left-handed significant? What can we learn from this story? Was anyone else described as “obese” in the Bible? All these questions and more answered on this riot of an episode.

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72: Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1-4)

We interrupt this jaunt in Judges to bring you the story of a widow from a neighbouring nation; a woman who makes quite an impact on events moving forward. Not to spoil anything, but her story intersects with that of another significant female figure which we covered in the last book. We follow the tale of Naomi, who wants to have her name changed to Mara because of some terrible things that happen to her and her family, as she finds redemption and hope in an unlikely place. Also, do you have any idea what “uncovered the feet of…” means? Did Ruth take off someone’s socks- or something else?

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71: Israel’s First Civil War (Judges 20-21)

The tribe of Benjamin chuck a Sodom and Gomorrah and do something terrible, only this time there aren’t angels to interfere and strike everyone with blindness. THEN, they act all defensive when the other tribes get upset. THEN, they go to war against the rest of the country. THEN heaps of people die. Such a dumb thing to have happen. This isn’t the last time that Israel fights with itself, but it can definitely be agreed that it was the first.

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