Judges 10:1-18 Put Away False “gods” and Taste God’s Compassion

Put Away False “gods” and Taste God’s Compassion

Judges 10:1-18                                                                                                       Lesson       12

Key verse 10: 15-16

“But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.” 16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.”

       After a time of civil unrest the times became very dark for the people ofIsrael. This time, the real enemy was not the Canaanites. This time, their suffering was a byproduct of their own internal strife. Crippled  by  the damage cause by one of their own son’s,Israelwas overcome by the Canaanite culture and religion. Once again, they forsook the Lord and worshiped the false gods of the nations around them. God, in his great compassion, raised up Tola, and then Jair, to save his people. After 45 of leadership provided by these two judges, the Israelites again drifted away from God. The Lord became very angry with his holy and righteous anger and allowed the Philistines and the Ammonites to shatter and crushIsrael. He allowed all this to happen, because he wanted to lead his people to repentance. And his plan worked, for after 18 years of suffering, the Israelites repented and cried out to the Lord for help. When they confessed their sins, got rid of foreign gods and pled to God for his mercy, he relented for he couldn’t bear to see his people’s misery any longer. His people were filled with a new spirit. Through a study of this passage may we see the point of God’s “tough” love. May we see God’s compassion. May we see clearly the way of salvation, which is to confess, cry out to Jesus, repent practically, placing all of our hope and trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus hears our cries and will always come to help in the best possible way. This is the way to be saved.

Part 1: God’s Tough Love  (1-9)

  1. What does verse (1a) infer? What is significant that “one of their own” caused so much trouble? What did God do? (1b) Who was Tola? How long did he leadIsrael?

2. Who was Jair? (3-5) Describe his family? Why must we be cautious about worldly  wealth, including position or honor? (Mt 19:23-25; 1 Tim 6:9-11; Lk 16;9) Who do you know in the Bible who was rich and at the same time served God?

3.   How long did God blessIsrael? (Add up the years). What did the Israelites do? (6) What do you know about the idol worship of the Canaanites? How did the Israelite’s respond?  (6)

  1. How did God react to all this? (7a) What happened to them? (7b, 9, 16) How does this reflect the power of sin in our lives?

Part ll: Israel Cries Out To The Lord (10-18)

  1. What did the Israelites do? (10a) What else does crying out to God entail? (10b) What does the Bible say about those who confess their sins? (James 5:15-16; Acts 3:19-20)
  1. What did God remind them of? (11-13) What was their response to this grace? What was God’s challenge to them? (14) What is a modern day equivalent?


  1. How did the Israelites respond? (15-16) Why was there such a good response? After they repented and got rid of their foreign gods, what new spirit was manifest in them? What effects does sincere repentance have on us?

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