Judges Chapters 1-10 Questions and Answers

Book of Judges Chapters 1-10 Questions and AnswersJudges chapter 1-10 Questions and Answers


Why did they cut off the thumbs and great toes off of King Adonibezek in Judges 1:6?

Cutting off a person’s thumbs and great toes is a type of torture. Missing the great toes makes you unable to walk normally, and one has to relearn how to walk. Sometimes this cannot be done. Therefore you are a cripple for the rest of your life. Removing the thumbs makes grasping very difficult and simple tasks like dressing, eating, hygiene, and more complicated tasks such as war, etc next to impossible. This guy did this to 80 kings. He says in Judges 1:7 “And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table:” It seems that the persons he did this to were not able to walk, therefore they were “under my table”. This is an example of Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Were the children of Israel supposed to conquer and destroy the inhabited towns?

Yes, one of the most famous ones was Jerusalem. These towns were inhabited by Canaanites, who were heathen people. It was part of God’s plan for the children of Israel to take these towns and to drive out the heathen inhabitants. Then the Israelites were to occupy those towns.

The people went against God in Judges Chapter 2.

The first five verses of Judges Chapter 2 relates back to Judges Chapter 1. In Chapter 1 of Judges, it is recorded that the people did not utterly drive out or destroy all the heathen inhabits of the land. There are the native Canaanite people. Therefore in chapter 2 of Judges, God tells them that these people will be as “as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.”

Who was Barak? He is first mentioned in Judges 4:6. He was some type of warrior or solider.

Was Barak and Deborah lovers?

No, they were just co-workers – possibly even friends, maybe even related. The Bible clearly identifies Deborah as “the wife of Lapidoth”. She was both a prophetess and a judge of Israel. She was the only female judge of Israel. Barak was military man. No doubt the LORD told Deborah to choose Barak to lead this army. His request for her to go with him possibly may be because he knew that God was with her and he wanted some tangible expression of God’s presence in this conquest.

There were a lot of wars in the book of Judges.

Yes, the setting is the land of Canaan and the Israelites were to go and utterly destroy all the heathen Canaanite people. There were many actual wars. This was the Promised land for Israel but they had to conquer it. The Canaanite people occupied the land and keep it for the Israelites. This is a picture of once a person is saved, we have a lot of spiritual wars as we fight the world, our old nature and the devil in different forms, all of our lives.

Some women were killers. Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, killed Sisera by pounding a tent nail into his head. She is mentioned Judges Chapter 4 and 5. Other women when had to opportunity to kill the enemy did so.

Did the children of Israel go back into slavery for 7 years, Judges 6:1?

Actually this was not quite slavery but rather oppression of the children of Israelites by the Midianites. They could do nothing except what the Midianites allowed them to do. God’s punishment of His people in the Old Testament was either oppression or captivity from another heathen nation. This was just one of many and it was because they “did evil in the sight of the LORD”. Perhaps they were worshiping false gods.

Why did they name the alter they built Jehovahshalom?

Judges 6:24 “Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites”. Jehovahshalom means “The LORD send peace.” What are briers? Briers are thorns.

Did the men of Ishmaelites ware earrings? Judges 8:24 Yes, the men of Ishmaelites it seems from this verse that it was the custom of this particular groupof people that the men adorned themselves with jewelry including earrings.

Who is Gideon? Gideon was a judge of Israel who was chosen by God to defeat the oppressive Midianites. He did so with only 300 men against the whole army of Midian. He is also called Jerubbaal and Jerubbesheth.

What does it mean “the trees went forth?” in Judges 9:8? I did not know that olive trees talked in Judges 9:9?

I combined these two questions together because they are related. This entire passage, verses 7-15,was spoken by Jotham, a son of Gideon, is a fable, it is a fictitious story to make a point. The different trees represented different potential leaders. Lastly the bramble, a worthless plant, represented Abimelech, who had murdered 70 men of Jotham’s family. Jotham was trying to make a point that Abimelech was as useless as a thorn bush.

What do they that they “beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.” in Judges 9:45?

The sowing or covering the area with salt was a custom of some ancient nations to show their permanent desolation and abhorrence of a conquered site.

The children of Israel did evil again. Yes, they did. Their free will allowed them to serve false gods and they did.

In Judges 10:13 & 14 God said He will deliver them no more and in the next verse He says let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. Is that the tribulation in Revelation? No, God is telling His people that since they rejected Him and trusted in idols, the idols can deliver them when they are troubled. Tribulation in this verse means great trouble, trials and suffering, but is not a reference to the Tribulation of Revelation.

Finished with Judges chapters 1-10 ? Please leave your comments and questions below and continue your study with a question on wine from Judges 9:13.

Mary Jane

I'm Mary Jane, child of God, wife of Joe, mom to furry little ones, writer and author of The Faith Series devotionals. Trying every day to be better this day than I was yesterday in every part of my life. Thank you for visiting.

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