This page contains the audio lessons and study notes on the book of Judges by Steven R. Cook. Steven teaches expositionally, verse by verse, utilizing the grammatical historical hermeneutic, and providing practical application from Scripture.
Evil cannot exist by itself, as though it were something to be captured and put in a container and carried about. Evil exists only in connection with the willful creatures who manufacture it—which includes both fallen angels and people. Evil sometimes refers to the mental attitude of a person that leads to sinful actions (Matt. 15:19), but when used of God, it refers to the calamity or destruction He brings upon the wicked (Job 2:10; Isa. 45:5-7; Lam. 3:8; Amos 3:6). God uses evil men to accomplish His plans (Jer. 25:8-11; 27:6-7; Acts 2:22-23; 4:27-28), and evil spirits to chastise the wicked (Judg. 9:23; 1 Sam. 16:14; 1 Kings 22:19-23), and to reveal the good character of godly men (Job 1:12; 2:6; 2 Cor. 12:7). God will eventually banish all the wicked at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15).
According to Scripture, God sovereignly creates and controls all life (Gen. 2:17; Job. 1:21; Ps. 104:29–30; Eccl. 12:7; Dan. 5:23), our birth and calling (Ps. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:4-5; Gal. 1:15), nature (Ps. 147:8; Jonah 1:4; Mark 4:39-41), small circumstances (Prov. 16:33; cf. Ps. 22:18; Matt. 27:35), sickness and health (Ex. 4:11; 2 Chron. 21:12-20; Matt. 4:24), prosperity and adversity (1 Sam. 2:7; Job 2:10; Isa. 45:5-7), suffering (Ps. 119:71; Heb. 12:5-11), and the development of godly character (Rom. 5:2-5; Phil. 1:6; Jam. 1:2-4).