A Glimpse into the Exegesis of Judges

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Since January of this year, I have been immersing myself in the book of Judges as preparation for teaching a Judges exegesis course in the Fall. The literary presentation is nothing short of fascinating, and the "true-truth" being presented is both profound and convicting. The message of the book is so important that I have become convinced that anyone involved in Christian leadership desperately needs to have an understanding of what the Spirit has to teach us in this book.

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Praetorium & Crucifixion - Israel Day 11

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Today we visited Herodium, the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem, the Praetorium in Antonio's Fortress, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Garden Tomb. Although visiting all of these sites was amazing, the Praetorium in Antonio's Fortress – where Jesus was questioned by Pilate and then flogged, beaten, and mocked before walking to the cross –had the most impact on me.

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Gethsemane & The Holocaust - Israel Day 10

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Thinking about the process of crushing olives and considering that this garden is where Jesus came to pray before his arrest, it gives some perspective on Isaiah 53:5 where it says that, "He was crushed for our iniquities," and again in Isaiah 53:10 it says, "But the LORD was pleased to crush Him." The evening that Jesus spent in the garden was a time of agonizing prayer, absolute betrayal and ultimate desertion. And that was only the beginning of the crushing of Christ.

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Upper Room & Underground Tunnels - Israel Day 8

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Today we were scheduled to spend the whole day in Jerusalem. But at breakfast, our Israeli guide informed us that he had received an email stating that the US State Dept had issued a warning against Americans being inside the old city today. Today was the Sabbath or commonly known as Shabbat, plus it was also the anniversary of the 1967 six-day war of Independence, and there was a possibility that the Muslims would "act up."

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