That's Messed Up!
June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1
Why didn’t God just end them? That’s the question you want to ask when you read through the book of Judges. In graphic detail, Judges describes what happens when everyone tries to play God. At the same time, the book is a reminder of God’s patience and willingness to show mercy to messed up sinners.
June 3 - Repeat Redeemer
God saves. His people sin. God saves again. His people sin again. That’s jacked up! The story of ancient Israel is almost hard to believe. Why would they give up the God who rescued them from Egypt and gave them the promised land? Yet they did exactly that. But instead of leaving them to the consequences of their sin, God heard their cry for help and redeemed his people time and time and again. Thankfully, the same God does the same thing for sinners who struggle with same problem today.
June 10 - Saved By Surprise
A powerful king is murdered on his own toilet by a left-handed spy. That’s messed up! But it reminds us of the surprising facts of our salvation. It is surprising that we would turn our backs on God after all of his goodness to us. It is surprising that God would send a deliverer to save us anyway. And it is the epitome of surprise that God himself would be murdered shamefully to save us from our spiritual slavery.
June 17 - All The Saving Ladies
A quivering commander. A female savior. A housewife who plunges a tent peg through a general’s brain. That’s messed up! But that’s what happened in Deborah’s day. Her unlikely story proves that God blesses and saves his people through those we would least expect—little children, common mothers, and a carpenter from Nazareth.
June 24 - Senior Slide
Gideon seemed so good. The humble farmer who became a Sunday School hero. But the fame went to his head and good ol’ Gideon died as a spiritual adulterer and snare for his people. That’s messed up! But the story reminds us to fight the good fight through the final round, run the race until the last step, and worship God until our final breath.
July 1 - For Mature Audiences Only
The ending of Judges requires an adult I.D. to read. A woman chopped into pieces and mailed throughout Israel? That’s really messed up! But the Spirit inspired this story to prove two points. First, that life falls apart when everyone does what they think is right. Second, that God does not give up on people after the most disgusting sins.