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Book of Judges: Lesson 2

Judges 1:16-36

Rev. Jeremy Walker

Section 1:  The Purge Continues but is Incomplete

16 And the children of the Kenite, Moses’ father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.

17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah.

18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.

19 And the Lord was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak.

21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

Section 2: The Spies and the Man of Bethel

22 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the Lord was with them.

23 And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.)

24 And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will shew thee mercy.

25 And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family.

26 And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city, and called the name thereof Luz: which is the name thereof unto this day.

Section 3: Tributaries

27 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Bethshean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.

28 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.

29 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.

30 Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.

31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:

32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.

33 Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Bethanath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Bethshemesh and of Bethanath became tributaries unto them.

34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:

35 But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.

36 And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.

Important Doctrines Being Taught:

1. Men that side with God and His people prosper and so do their families. 

2. Men are prone to follow their own wills and desires rather than God’s.

3. Men delight in making others serve them.

4. Man can only succeed in their efforts by the will of God.

5. God does what he wants in heaven and on earth and none can stay His hand.

Questions and Answer:

1. Who destroyed the Canaanites in the city of Hormah?

Answer: Judah and Simeon

2. What did the people of the valley have that helped them defeat Judah and Simeon?

Answer: Chariots of iron.

3. How many sons of Anak did Caleb expelled from Hebron?

Answer: Three

4. Who did the children of Benjamin not drive out of Jerusalem?

Answer: The Jebusites.

5. Where did the children of Benjamin live with the Jebusites?

Answer: In Jerusalem.

6. What did the spies do to the man that helped them learn the way into the city of Bethel?

Answer: They let him and his whole family go. 

7. What did the different tribes of Israel make the people of Canaan that they did not drive out?

Answer: They made them tributaries. 

8. Which house made the Amorites tributaries?

Answer: The House of Joseph.