"The ultimate tragedy of man's self-understanding is that he believes himself to be free, has all the feelings of a free agent, but does not realize that he is a slave to sin and serves the will of Satan naturally." — Michael Horton
It is worth noting that, unlike every other section in Judges, none of the characters are named (apart from the priest Phineas, in 20:28). This anonymity is meant to suggest that these men and women stand for all of their “type” in Israel. This is how Levites lived. This is how fathers thought. This is how women were treated. It is a dark picture, which is about to become far darker.
– Tim Keller
When we simply ignore (either intellectually or psychologically) the parts of God we don’t like, it means we don’t have a God that can ever contradict our deepest desires or say “no” to us. We never wrestle with him. We never let him make demands on us. We can end up worshiping a much more comfortable God, but also a non-existent one.
– Tim Keller
Of course, there will be objections. Someone will argue that Israel— like Samson— does not deserve Yahweh's help. So what else is new? Those who marshal such objections are frequently those who have little if any sense of their own depravity. And what of the Christian who has stupidly and miserably failed his Lord? Should he not find hope in seeing that being cast down does not mean being cast off? Should he not rejoice that he can call on Yahweh even from Dagon's temple? - Dale Ralph Davis
The man who had not feared when he was delivered, bound, into the camp of the enemy now shrank in fear and distrust at the prospect of death through thirst, with the probability of the Philistines returning to mutilate his corpse. The scene is so typically human.
– Leon Morris
When I use the word "providence"…I mean that wonderful, strange, mysterious, unguessable way Yahweh has of ruling His world and sustaining His people, and His doing it, frequently, over, under, around, through, or in spite of the most common stuff of our lives or even the bias of our wills.
- Dale Ralph Davis
Yahweh didn’t merely raise up a deliverer who was, as it were, already available; rather, he grew one- from scratch. It is crucial that we see this, lest we think Yahweh’s salvation is always an ad hoc, Band-Aid affair, a piece of divine crisis management instead of a plan that He had in view far in advance. - Dale Ralph Davis
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God is so gracious and so sovereign, that He makes groans without words to be understood and to prevail by the work of the Holy Spirit. Even when through the pressures of life, and the accompanying spiritual darkness, we grow helplessly and inarticulately in prayer, God still hears. For confused or even mistaken as we may be, He discerns the voice of the Spirit in our prayers, and He is not confused, even if we are.
– J. Ligon Duncan
Pastor Sean Nolan- Why There Is No Reason To Be Ashamed Of The Gospel from Romans 1:16.
“Glory to God in the highest!” the song begins. Now is come the highest degree of glory to God, by the appearing of His Son Jesus Christ in the world. He by His life and death on the cross will glorify God’s attributes–justice, holiness, mercy, and wisdom–as they never were glorified before. Creation glorified God, but not so much as redemption. - J.C. Ryle
The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding.
– Martin Luther
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Just as in the beginning 'God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light' so, at the moment He appointed for our new birth, he said, 'Let there be life' and there was life. - J. A. Motyer
We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things. The sun of God's glory was made to shine at the center of the solar system of our soul. And when it does, all the planets of our life are held in their proper orbit. But when the sun is displaced, everything flies apart. The healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all-attracting place at the center. - John Piper
Church is not an event. It’s a community. Mission is not an event. It’s a lifestyle. We are called to live ordinary life with gospel Intentionality. - Tim Chester