In our third lesson on Judges, we discuss the connection between the Jerusalem and the Garden of Eden. We also explain how Caleb’s tournaments for his daughter’s hand in marriage connects to the story of Jesus.
For Previous Lessons: Study in Judges (All, Lesson 1, Lesson 2)
I. The The Forbidden Fruit
a. Adam & Eve “Knowledge of Good and Evil” to be “like God.”
b. The Forbidden Fruit in Judges is to “be King” like God.
2. The Call to Dominion/Conquest
a. Jerusalem – New Creation (Mountain, South, & Valley)
b. Destroy by Fire (Purge, wrath, Flaming Seraphic Sword, Day of Pentecost)
3. Caleb’s Marriage Tournament
a. Caleb was one of the spies who saw “giants in the land”
b. Promises daughter to champion who conquers Canaanite land: Kirjathsepher.
c. Picture of Jesus the bridegroom, defeating satan (sin) to win the bride (church)
Scripture: Judges 1:8-16 “Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire. And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley. And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai. And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher: And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou? And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.And the children of the Kenite, Moses’ father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.”