By Dennis Bennett-PCA, Vickie Poole-PCA, and Morgan Jones.
The Bible is a revelation of God sowe might know Him personally and intimately. Init we learn our chief end is to glorify God and find our ultimate satisfaction for all of life in Him. But there is a spiritual battle going on in ourhearts every day, and one side is trying to deceive us into believing we can be satisfied with thethings of the world. This is a war between God and the idols of the world.
The world, the flesh, and the devil all present us with things theypromise will bring satisfaction. We know this, because God’s word warns us about them. This is a cosmic clash which rages every day in the hearts ofall Christians. The battle is reaI and consistently threatens to derail our walk with Jesus. It is the battle for us to find our true satisfactionin Him.
God taught His children, the nation of Israel, about this war. He teaches us from thebook of Judges, He is a jealous God, and wants thelongings in our hearts to be filled with Him. Come with us, as we learn from our God, who loves usand teaches us how the battle looks, how to fightit, and how to love Him more as we experience theoppression, and the battles. Your Christian walktoday depends on it.
The authors have enlarged an excellent study guide and commentary on theBook of Judges. They emphasize an aspect too often missed in commentaries: i.e.. the vertical relation between the student and reader with the divine Author. That is to say, the one who studies Judges must face up to the application of divine revelation to his or her own heart and life. And theprimary application is a genuine satisfaction with Yahweh Himself. The weeping prophet cried out,“The heart is deceitful above all things. Who canknow it?” It is possible to study the Scriptures purely academically. This study is good medicine to restore a needed perspective of the soul, sothat with the psalmist we call out, “My heart andmy flesh cry out for the living God.”
-Dr. PaulGilchrist (former professor of OT at Covenant College and Stated Clerk for the PCA).
Dennis Bennett and Vickie Poole have provided a helpful, thorough, inductive study of the book of Judges intheir latest work, Judges, The Battle for Satisfaction. The authors’ primary concern is to assisttheir readers in making personal application ofthe lessons of the text to their own lives. In this, they succeed admirably. This study would prove useful for personal study, Sunday School classes, and small group Bible studies in a variety ofsettings.
-Dr. Herb Ward (Professor of Biblical Studies, Covenant College)