NO KING IN ISRAEL: Understanding the Book of Judges
In those days there was no king in Israel:
every man did that which was right in his own eyes
— Judges 21:25
It was the best of times and the worst of times. The children of Israel, liberated from Egyptian bondage and dwelling in the land of promise, should have been enjoying the blessings of God, living under their own vines and fig trees, and playing with their grandchildren. Instead, they faced cycles of backsliding, carnality, followed by repressive foreign occupation.
When they woke up to their sin, Israel called out to God, who sent them a human deliverer called a ‘judge.’ There are 13 judges mentioned in this book. Once the judge delivered the nation from the oppressors, Israel remained faithful to the LORD as long as the judge lived. Once he or she passed away, then they returned to their old worldly ways. This cycle of backsliding to repentance occurs with nauseating regularity.
There are some great stories of deliverance in Judges, like that of Deborah and Barak, Gideon, Samson, and Jephthah. Some of these judges are so noteworthy that they merit a mention in the ‘hall of faith’ in Hebrews 11:32. Yet there are some real scandals as well.
In ‘No King in Israel: Understanding the Book of Judges’ you will learn about:
Some classic lessons in courage & leadership from prominent judges;
Insights from Israel’s earliest history in the land;
Lessons from the successes and failures of the judges;
How to break free from the cycle of sin and divine chastisement;
Why some of the judges are named in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11.