Analysis of Judges
The Judges and Their Rules
The Period of the Judges
The Women of Judges: Acclaimed and Abused
The book of Judges illustrates a wide range of women’s experiences in history, as the following table shows:
A. THE MILITARY FAILURE OF ISRAEL (1:1-3:6)
Incomplete conquest of the land
Disobedience and defeat
B. THE RESCUE IF ISRAEL BY THE JUDGES (3:7-16:31)
First period: Othniel
Second period: Ehud and Shamgar
Third period: Deborah and Barak
Fourth period: Gideon, Tola, and Jair
Fifth period: Jephthah. Ibzan, Elon, and Abdon
Sixth period: Samson
C. THE MORAL FAILURE IS ISRAEL (17:1:21:25)
Idolatry in the tribe of Dan
War against the tribe of Benjamin
The tribes had compromised God's command to drive out the inhabitants of the land. Incomplete removal of evil often means disaster in the end. We must beware of compromising with wickedness.
Repeatedly we see the nation of Israel sinning against God and God allowing suffering to come upon the land and the people. Sin always has its consequences. Where there is sin we can expect suffering to follow. Rather than living in an endless cycle of abandoning God and then crying out to him for rescue, we should seek to live a consistent life of faithfulness.
Despite the efforts of Israel's judges, the people still would not turn wholeheartedly to God. They all did whatever they thought was best for themselves. The result was the spiritual, moral, and political decline of the nation. Our lives will also fall into decline and decay unless we live by the guidelines God has gives us.