Judges 19-21

Often writers wish to save their most telling ideas for the end of their composition; the author of Judges seems to have followed suit. By this point in the narrative things had gotten so bad that “Everyone who saw it said, ‘Nothing like this has ever happened or been seen … Continue reading

Judges 17-18

The canonical significance of Judges is found in its presentation of decadence in Israel, “because there was no king” (21.24). During that period of Israel’s history, few were faithful to the law. Judges thus prepares the way for the rise of Saul, Israel’s first King, and “the golden period of … Continue reading

Judges 13-16

Before the LORD raised Samson to judge Israel, He had submitted His people to the will of the Philistines for forty years. Samson’s leadership points up the fact that God’s purposes to establish His corporate people go beyond—and often conspicuously encompasses—the moral failure of those whom He has called to … Continue reading

Judges 9-12

The book of Judges presents Israel waning in covenant faithfulness, and chs 9-12 record some of the most disturbing scenes in the Old Testament. This was so because Israel was unfaithful to heed the law in the Promised Land (cf. Deuteronomy 7; Joshua 23), and their leaders failed to sustain … Continue reading

Judges 6-8

The book of Judges emphatically presents the sovereignty of God. He allowed Israel’s enemies to dominate them, and when they cried out to Him for deliverance, He sent judges to deliver from oppression. The record of Gideon’s leadership further demonstrates that God was reigning over the events in Israel—He was … Continue reading

Judges 1-5

At the outset of the book of Judges, the situation of the eight and one-half tribes on the western side of the Jordan can be likened to children working on a 1000 piece puzzle. In this case, the borders of the puzzle had been established, but there were still hundreds … Continue reading