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God's War Against Humanism



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Judges Commentary

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One of the best ways to communicate truth in such a way as to grip the hearts and minds of the hearer is by means of story telling. The Bible is full of stories, designed for just this purpose. The whole theology of story telling could use a treatment in itself. In this book, however, it is my intention to illustrate such a theology rather then write it systematically.
God is Himself the Great Story Teller. Being God, He can sovereignly superintend all events so as to bring His stories to life. His stories really happened. The fact that they are told as stories does not subtract on whit from their real historical character. Still, what gives them their thrilling power is not only that we know that they really happened in a certain year and at a certain place, but because they speak to us today.
Judges, like all so-called "history books" of the Old Testament, is really a prophecy. Judges is numbered among what are called the "Former Prophets". These books were called prophecies because the histories they recorded were regarded as exemplary. The histories showed God's principles in action, and thus formed prophetic warning to the people. If we read Judges merely as a set of exciting stories, we miss this.
-From the Introduction

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Once Israel was established in the land of promise, they faced the threat of Baalism. Baalism was nothing other than secular humanism in its ancient form. The confrontation between God's people and Baalism, this, parallels the confrontation between the Church and secular humanism today.
The Book of Judges shows us that because of the sins of His people, God raised us Baalist (humanist) adversaries to afflict them. Because of their compromise, God's people had to learn first of all that there was a war, and that peace and compromise with Baalism was impossible. Then they had to learn how to fight the wars of the Lord. In terms of this, Judges is not a book primarily about military tactics but about faith and single-mindedness. As such, it has much of practical value to teach the Church of today.
The lessons of the Book of Judges come to us through stories, stories known to every Christian child. The stories of Deborah, of Gideon of Jephthah, and of Samson are, however, not just captivating stories of faith. They are also, and primarily, theological revelations of they ways of God and men.
In this book, Rev. Jordan examines each story with a view to its theological and practical meaning. What is the command and promise of God? How do men respond? What is the evaluation of the Lord? What are we to learn from this, as we face similar situations today? How does this story display the work of Christ, and the work of His Church? These questions, and the answers to them, enable the reader to see the stories of the judges in a new and thrilling light.
Nor does Rev. Jordan shrink from the hard questions. Should the Church today sing the bloodthirsty Song of Deborah? Did Jephthah really burn his daughter? Was Samson in sin when he offered marriage to the Philistine girl? Was it right for Israel virtually to destroy the tribe of Benjamin? These and other difficult questions are thoroughly explored, and the ways of God are vindicated in the face of the criticisms of men.
Written in a non-technical, highly readable style, Judges: God's War Against Humanism is an absolute must for the library of every pastor and Christian worker.

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