In our second study in the Book of Judges, we watch as the conquest begins with a victory against Adonibezek.

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Judges 1:1-7

“Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? And the Lord said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him. And Judah went up; and the Lord delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men. And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites. But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.”

Outline:

Conquest as Creation
a. At creation Adam was called to “dominion” or conquest over the garden.
b. In Judges, God gives the Canaanite land as a new garden to conquer.
c. Pattern: Creation > Fall > Judgement > Re-Creation.
d. Judges: Conquest > Compromise > Ark Captured > Ark Restored

Who is Adonibezek?
a. Adoni means Lord, Bezek means “lightning flash” or “Sunrise”
b. Ruled over 70 kings. (Three-score and ten)
c. Died in JeruSALEM. (Remember Melchizedek)

70 Kings, 12 Tribes, and 10,000 Years.
a. Numbers are meaningful and inspired by God.
b. 70 Kings = 70 Nations of the World (Genesis 10)
c. Compare to Great Commission of Jesus “disciple nations” (St. Matthew 28:16-18)
d. 12 Tribes of families = 1 Nation of Israel
e. 1,000 is figurative for all or everything (Psalm 50:10)
f. 10 is figurative for complete (e.g. Ten Commandments)