The Israelites turn away from God and face the consequences. God raises judges in cycles of rebellion, repentance, and restoration.
The book of Judges tells the story of Israel's total failure after the death of Joshua. Judges were tribal chieftains, and their story can be quite disturbing. It serves as a tragic tale of how Israel's leaders became increasingly corrupt and no better than the Canaanite tribes they had overthrown. Though sad, this is also a story of hope for the future.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Judges, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Judges, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Judges illustrates the vicious cycle of apostasy, oppression, and deliverance. Yahweh repeatedly raises up “judges” (rulers who were military and judicial leaders) to deliver the people following a period of foreign oppression. However, the increasing corrupt leadership and populace led to some of the most violent events recounted in the Bible. The theme of this book is summarized in Judges 21:25, "In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes."
The Book of Genesis starts when God creates the heavens, earth, and all life. He creates humans in His own Image, then rests. Everything He made is good.
Garden of Eden
God puts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicting a perfect environment and relationship with God, and blesses them to rule the earth and create like He does.
God gives humans the ability to choose. A serpent tempts them to disobey God and sin contaminates humanity and creation. God prophesies redemption for humans.
Humans populate and become exceptionally corrupt. Heartbroken, God floods the whole earth. Noah builds an ark and is spared. God reinstates His covenant with Noah.
Scattering of Nations
People repopulate, create Babylon, and desire a great tower to make themselves famous. God scatters and confuses them with different languages before it is built.
Judges & Messianic HopeTimothy Mackie
You’re going to be reading into the thick of the Book of Judges this week, and it’s one of the most violent and bloody books in the Bible. This may excite certain teenaged, male readers, but it’s off-putting for most people....