Judges 1 Outline
– Judah and Simeon tribes fought the Canaanites (Judges 1:1-20)
– Benjamin tribe failed to capture Jerusalem (Judges 1:21)
– Bethel is captured by the Ephraim and Manasseh Tribe (Judges 1:22-26)
– The Israelites failed to get rid the Canaanites (Judges 1:27-35)
– The border between the Amorites and Edomites (Judges 1:36)
Judges 1 Summary
After Joshua died, the Israelites asked God which tribe should be the first to attack the Canaanites. God answered that Judah is to be the first tribe to attack the Canaanites. The Judah tribe needed some help so they asked the Simeon tribe to help them fight the Canaanites. If the Simeon tribe helps them, they will help them get their territories in return.
At first, Judah attacked Canaanites and Perizzites at Bezek. The war caused 10,000 men to die at Bezek. The king of Bezek, Adonibezek, ran away but they managed to catch him. After they caught him, they chop off his thumbs and big toes. The king remembered how he used to cut off the thumbs and big toes of the seventy kings; and made them crawl under the table for scraps of food. He regretted it as God has now paid him back with the what he had done to the 70 kings.
Next, they proceeded to attack the Canaanites in the mountain, south, and valley. While at Hebron, the Judah tribe attacked
the clans of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai. After that, they went to conquer Debir. Debir used to be known as Kirjathsepher previously. At this point, Caleb promised that whoever that successfully conquer Kirjathsepher can marry his daughter, Achsah.
Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother managed to conquer Kirjathsepher so Caleb let him marry his daughter. After Othniel married Achsah, she pressed him to ask his father for a field. One day, she rode an ass to her father and ask him to give her some springs. After listening to her daughter’s request, he gave her a few small springs including upper springs and nether springs.
The descendants of the Kenite went to settle among the Judah tribe, in the wilderness of Judah, south of Arad. The Judah and Simeon tribes conquered the city of the Zephath people and renamed it as Hormah. The Judah tribe also conquered Gaza, Askelon, and Ekron. They did not conquer the people that live in the valley because they are equipped with iron chariots. Caleb expelled the sons of Anak in Hebron and conquered it successfully.
The descendants of Joseph wanted to conquer Bethel so they decided to send some spies. The spies saw a man came out of the city and they made a promise with him. They asked the man to show them how to get into the city and they will return the favor by not killing his family. The man showed the spies the entrance into Bethel and they did not kill his family. The man and his family moved to the land of the Hittites after they conquered Bethel. He built a city and called it Luz.
Later, other tribes also attacked and claim their lands. However, several tribes did not drive out the Canaanites that live in their territories including Benjamites, Manasseh, Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, and Naphtali. Some of the tribes did made the Canaanites became their slaves. The Amorites were strong so the Danites had to settle in the mountain. The Amorites protect their territory in Mount Heres. When the descendants of Joseph became stronger, they made the Amorites became their slaves.
Judges 1 Bible Study
1. Staying away from situations that tempts us
The Israelites did manage to conquer the Canaanites and took over their land. However, they neglected in getting rid them out of the land. This caused the Canaanites to tempt them to worship other gods later. They befriended and intermarried with the Canaanites. The circumstance of the Israelites applies to us in our lives. We should always stay away from situation that tempts us. If you know that you cannot resist a temptation, you should stay away from it completely. Even if you can feel you have strong will power to resist a temptation, you should still say no to it. This will close all the doorways that give the devil a chance to tempt you and lead you astray from God.
2. Staying away from temptations doesn’t mean you cannot befriend a sinner
However, it doesn’t mean that you should stay away from sinners completely. Becoming friend with a sinner doesn’t make you a sinner. Jesus had befriended and healed many sick people who were sinners. When befriending a sinner, you should speak to him about the gospel so that he can get to know God as well. If the person is not listening to your gospel but leading you to sin instead, you should cut off the relationship with the person. You don’t have to go to places where there are many sinful people such as brothel, casino, or bar to teach the truth. Doing so can lead you to compromise sin. You can do this at a suitable place and time, when the person will be more receptive towards the gospel. If you have bad habit such as drinking alcohol or smoking, you should avoid mixing with people that have these bad habits. Doing so will help you to overcome your bad habits.