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Study on Book of Judges - Advanced Bible Study Online: 21 Lessons — Lesson 2

Judges chapter 2
1. Who was responsible to drive out the people?
(a) Each tribe of Israel
(b) God
(c) God and the Israelite tribes together
2. Why did some Israelite tribes fail to drive out the people?
(a) Some tribes did not think it was fair to drive out the people
(b) God pulled a trick on them and did not help as promised
(c) The tribes disobeyed God and God no longer drove them out before them
(d) The tribes were not good at warfare and were not physically strong
3. What did the angel of the LORD say was the disobedience of the Israelites?
(a) They failed to drive out the people
(b) They failed to keep the sacrificial law
(c) They intermarried with the people
(d) They made covenants with the people and did not break down their altars
4. The term “judge”, in the book of Judges, is used differently than today. Which definition of a “judge” is used in Judges chapter 2?
(a) A man respected and elected by the people to make fair decisions
(b) A man who acts with great physical strength to protect the weak
(c) A person appointed by the priests to implement the law
(d) A person raised up by the LORD to save the Israelites from their oppressors

Refer to Judges 2:10-23 for questions 5-9. This passage introduces the repetitive cycle of the behavior of the Israelites and the subsequent actions by God.

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5. Select the things the Israelites did when they turned away from God.
(a) They did evil in the eyes of the LORD
(b) They forsook the LORD
(c) They followed and worshipped various gods of the peoples around them.
(d) They still obeyed the ten commandments.
(e) They served Baal and the Ashtoreths.
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6. Which did God do in his anger against Israel?
(a) He simply waited until the Israelites realized their mistake.
(b) God handed them over to raiders who plundered them.
(c) He sold them to their enemies.
(d) Whenever Israel went out to fight the hand of the LORD was against them to defeat them.
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7. What did the LORD do when the Israelites became in great distress?
(a) He raised up judges who saved them out of the hands of the raiders.
(b) He laughed at their distress since it was their own fault.
(c) He had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them.
8. The LORD saved the Israelites from their enemies as long as the judge
(a) lived
(b) kept the ten commandments
(c) implemented the law without error
(d) fought hard against the Israelite oppressors
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9. After the judge died, the people did which things?
(a) Returned to ways more corrupt than their fathers.
(b) Continued to follow after God, having learned from their mistakes.
(c) Followed other gods, serving and worshipping them.
(d) Refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.
10. Because of the Israelite violation of the covenant with God, the LORD no longer will drive out the other nations before them, and will use these nations to
(a) destroy Israel
(b) test Israel
(c) encourage Israel.
11. Which of the following describes Baal? (See Nelson pages 511-512)
(a) An ancient spelling of the word used today as "bale", like bale of hay
(b) The word Baal means lord or master
(c) Portrayed as a mating bull
(d) Thought to provide fertility for crops and livestock
(e) B and C and D
12. Worship of Baal, who symbolized the productive forces of nature, occurred with much ______________. (See Nelson page 511)
(a) thanksgiving
(b) joy
(c) sensuality
(d) feigned anger
13. Which of the following describes Ashtoreth? (See Nelson page 513)
(a) A Canaanite goddess identified with the planet Venus
(b) A special type of hardwood found only in the middle east
(c) The goddess of the moon, sexuality, sensual love and fertility
14. Life application: As we saw in this lesson, God works together with his people, to accomplish His plans. Identify in your own life which aspects are God's work and which aspects are for us to do.
15. Life application: In verses 11-13 we saw that the Israelites "forsook" the LORD. "Forsook" means to renounce or turn away from entirely. What do you think are behaviors that may indicate we are moving away from God?
16. Life application: An aspect of worshipping or serving a false god is that we rely on or trust it more than the LORD. Consider the ways that you have or may still struggle to trust God in all things. What are some of the "false gods" that tempt you to trust in them?
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