Role of the Judges in Israel

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Role of the Judges in Israel
Johnnie Hamilton
Grand Canyon University: BIB-104 Old Testament Historical Perspectives
August 12, 2012

Introduction After deliverance from Egypt, inhabiting the Promised Land under the direction of God through Joshua, the Israelites had experienced a period of bliss. The people were united and fear of domination by another was no longer of consequence at least for the time being. Sadly, in spite of the love, kindness and grace displayed by God to His people, the Israelites continued their cyclical living with periods of obedience followed by periods of failure. The Book of Judges chronicles the times during the early settlement of the Promised Land when there was no king or governing body. This was the time whereby God enlists “judges” or prophets of the people. They were responsible for delivering the people from their captors, then uniting them, relaying messages from God to them and also for providing advice and direction on matters of day to day life.
The Book of Judges The Book of Judges is organized around a series of failures that occurred when God’s people ignored Him. The beginning can be summarized into a five main parts that serve as a theological interpretation of the entire period (Judges 2:10-23).
How Soon They Forget Not just an introduction to the need for judges but a recap of the inconsistency of the people despite the gifts that they continue to receive. In Judges 2:19-13, “10That whole generation was gathered to their ancestors, and another generation grew up after them, who did not know the lord or the work that he had done for Israel. 11And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baal’s; 12And they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they went after other gods,…...

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