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.
As I have been preparing to teach a Hebrew exegesis class on the book of Judges, I have been repeatedly struck— convicted, actually— with what has been jumping out of the pages at me. What comes to my mind is “When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn??”
When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church concerning the restoration of a brother under discipline, he cautioned them about letting Satan gain advantage of them. In this connection he made the somewhat “side comment” that we are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) devices (2 Cor 2:11). However, in reflecting on this passage, I must confess that I wonder how true that is today. That is, among believers today, how aware are we of Satan’s devices?
I always struggle somewhat with invoking Greek and/or Hebrew when discussing Scripture. On the one hand, I don’t want to give people the impression that one must know Greek and Hebrew in order to understand what the Spirit has revealed through the Word of God.