March 6, 2022 - Brides for Brothers

Judges 21:1-25

Life Group Questions

1. If you could not hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What main ideas did you gain from the message? Do you have any questions?

2. Why do you think the writer waits until Chapter 21 to mention the oaths that Israel made to God at Mizpah (cf. Judges 20:1)? How does this information help us understand the story and the seriousness of Israel’s current situation?

3. Discuss the relationship between Chapters 21 and 22. What message is the writer trying to develop and communicate? How does the writer’s perspective differ from that of Israel’s?

4. The same phrase “the people lifted up their voices and wept” only occurs two times in the book of Judges (cf. 2:4; 21:2). Explain the importance of this statement and the significance of the two occurrences. What exactly caused the people to be so upset?

5. Read Matthew 5:33-37 and James 5:12. Do you believe these two passages apply to us today? If so, how? If not, why not? Is it wrong to swear by God’s name? Is it wrong to make vows, oaths or promises to God? Explain your thoughts or questions you have about this.

6. Explain some of how Israel depended upon human reason rather than God’s instruction. How do you struggle with following your ways instead of seeking God’s? Why is human reason sometimes easier to follow, rather than God’s will?

7. It’s said in Judges 21:19-21 that women were dancing at the yearly festival to the Lord. Do you think dancing is wrong? Should dancing be a part of our celebration in worshiping God (cf. 2 Samuel 6:14)? What kind of dancing is proper for Christians? What kind of dancing is inappropriate for Christians? Explain your answers.

8. Read the following passages: Colossians 3:12-13; Philippians 2:1-2; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalm 103:1-5. What is compassion and what role should it have in the Christian’s life? List some ways in which God has demonstrated compassion toward you personally. What are some tangible ways in which you should show compassion to others?

9. The book of Judges ends with the statement that there was no king in Israel and that everybody was doing what was right in their own eyes (cf. 21:25)? Does this seem like a strange or even proper ending to the book? Why or why not? How should this leave us feeling?

10. At least seven times in the first 13 chapters the writer informs us that Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord (cf. 2:11; 3:7, 12, 4:1; 6:1; etc.). How does this statement compare with Samson living by sight (cf. 14:3-7) and Israel doing what was right in their own eyes (cf. 17:6; 21:25)? Take time to ask the Lord to help you live in obedience to Him.

by Terry Beatty
/  Lead Teacher and Ministry Vision

Macedonia Baptist Church
10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540
(919) 567-3460


Macedonia Baptist Church
10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540
(919) 567-3460


Macedonia Baptist Church   /   10481 NC 42 West, Holly Springs, N.C. 27540   /   (919) 567-3460