God's People Today

Victor Folkert

READ : 1 Peter 2:1-12 The world of Judges seems strange. Everything is so Old Testament: the enemies are pagan nations to be killed, the results of sin are famine and bondage, and the results of obedience are prosperity and freedom. What does this have to do with life in 1995? Yet Judges puts in bold relief important truths we often forget: We are God’s chosen people: holy and set apart. We need to act holy and lead others in …

A Wake-Up Call

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 19:1-30 How bad can the world get? As I write this, several shocking events of violence have been in the news; the actions seem unbelievable, and many people are wondering how we reached this state of affairs. Things have become worse than we can imagine in Israel. This Levite, whose marriage is far from perfect, has retrieved his unfaithful wife. Needing a place to stay, he purposely chooses an Israelite city to spend the night. In this …

Echoes of Religion

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 17:1-13 The people in this chapter were not worshipers of the true God, but they maintained a desire for religion. Look at the confusion: The mother blesses her son, who has stolen her life savings because “at least he has been honest.” She piously gives the money to God, but uses part of the silver to commission an idol for worship. Her son takes the idol and invites a Levite to live with him, illegally making him …

The Greatest Tragedy

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 16:21-31 What a tragic figure Samson is! He had a strong body, but such a weak mind. He was used by God, but was not close to God. He had so much potential, but it all seemed to be wasted. For 20 years he won great victories, but he did so little good. What hope is there for a failure like Samson? Why did the writer point out that his hair began to grow again? The hair …

Insulting the Spirit

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 16:1-22 When you think about it, this seems like a small sin! Samson was a murderer, an arsonist, and a regular customer of prostitutes. Can’t we excuse his poor judgment in trusting Delilah? Why is his hair such a big deal? The cutting of Samson’s hair comes dangerously close to the only sin that is finally unpardonable: abusing the Holy Spirit (see Mark 3:29.) Samson has lived dangerously all his life! He has treated the rare gift …

A Taste of Deliverance

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 15:1-20 Samson is not a nice man! His idea of getting even with the Philistines is petty and wrong. The only thing we can say is that the Philistines are just as bad. Yet look what God does for Samson! He sends His Spirit to give him supernatural strength, so that Samson can kill 1,000 men using only the jawbone of a donkey. Then, He takes pity on a tired and thirsty (but complaining!) Samson, and gives …