Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them. 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their fathers, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways. (Judges 2:18-19)
The Book of Judges covers the chaotic period in Israel's history between the death of Joshua and the installation of Saul as King. (Approx. 1380-1050 B.C.)
Under Joshua's leadership, Israel had conquered and occupied much of the land of Canaan, but extensive areas still had not passed into the hands of the individual tribes. With the lack of clear leadership a disturbing trend begins to emerge.
A cycle of sin, bondage, repentance, and devotion, followed by sin and bondage again weaves its way through the entire age of the Judges in Israel.
Parallels may be drawn, lessons may be learned!
Join us this Sunday morning as we add an Old Testament book to our journey through the Bible with a message entitled “Judges 1: Introduction and Context”.