Lesson Unit: Judges and Ruth

Samson destroys the pagan temple

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Judges and Ruth (Four Lessons)

After Joshua died, God used judges to lead Israel. Historically, the Book of Judges provides a bridge between Israel’s conquest of the promised land and the Israelite monarchy, in which Saul initially served as king. In Judges, we see that God used ordinary, flawed people to lead His people; yet He used them in remarkable ways, despite their weaknesses. This unit highlights the leadership provided by three of Israel’s judges—Deborah, Gideon, and Samson. It also features a true story involving a grieving woman, Naomi, and her faithful daughter-in-law, Ruth. In their story, we see not only faithfulness and love, but God’s sovereignty in action. Lessons in this unit are listed below. Just click on each lesson title to access the individual lessons.

Unit Bible Lessons

Deborah and Barak lead the Israelite army against their enemy

God Helped Deborah Lead the People

During the time of the judges. God used Deborah in a remarkable way to judge and lead Israel.

Gideon's army surprises the Midianties

God Helped Gideon to be Courageous

This lesson tells how God used Gideon to effectively judge and lead Israel—despite Gideon’s weaknesses and doubts.

Samson destroys the pagan temple

God Gave Strength to Samson

Samson was the twelfth of twelve judges named in the Book of Judges. God gave Samson supernatural strength to defeat the Philistines on numerous occasions. Samson had some obvious weaknesses, but God used him anyway. This lesson tells Samson’s story.

Ruth gathers grain

God Helped Ruth and Naomi

The story of Ruth is a story of faithfulness, love, and God’s sovereignty. This lesson highlights Ruth’s remarkable story.

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