Tuesday: Samson
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Samson's Haircut

The battle lines between good and evil are blurred in the story of Samson. His life starts in impressive fashion with an announcement from the Angel of the LORD that he is to be a Nazarite from birth. The Angel instructs Samson’s parents how to prepare for their special baby. The mother is told not … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Gideon
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Gideon Selects His Army

Read Judges 6:1. What is happening here? See Judges 6:10. After Deborah, the land enjoyed peace for the next 40 years, but soon they were back in the hands of oppressors. This time it was the Midianites, who, with their allies, would enter Israel and destroy all the newly planted crops and steal the livestock … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Deborah
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Deborah Leads the Battle

The story of Deborah adds interesting details to the great- controversy theme. Here we see the people of God suffering oppression and facing impossible odds. This parallels what we observed in Revelation 12, with the incredibly unfair contest between a seven-headed dragon and a newborn baby (see Tuesday’s study, week 1) . The main characters … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Jacob and Esau
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The struggle between God’s purposes and individual rebellion makes further progress in the story of Jacob and Esau. It was customary in antiquity for the firstborn son to receive the father’s blessing (the birthright) before the death of the father. This included most of the family’s wealth; so, the eldest son became responsible for the … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Abraham
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Abe & Isaac

While Abraham (first called Abram) is known for his faithfulness, his life experiences are more about God’s faithfulness to him. Twice God has assured Abraham that he would have a son. He first told him when Abraham was about 75 years old (Gen. 12:2 & Gen. 12:4) , then about ten years later (Gen. 13:16) … [Click to read more …]