Text: Judges 1-3; Psalm 69:1-18
The time of the judges in Israel provides a study in human sin in the lives of people who ought to know better. The pattern is simple. God’s people fall away from the Lord and there are negative consequences for them. The Lord hears their groaning and raises up leaders (“judges”) who save them from their enemies. Judges 2:19-20 describe the rest of the cycle:
But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel…
What follows are more bad consequences and then another judge to rescue them, and another cycle. This goes on for a couple centuries – and one big lesson is that God’s people need strong leadership! Another lesson is that we always tend to head downward, but for God in our lives. Good thing we have a perfect “Judge” and King in Jesus.
in Him, Mike