As of yesterday, we wrapped up the Book of Judges.
It is recorded as one of the darkest ages in the history of Israel consisting of dismal days of failure and rebellion. In the book of Judges, we saw the cycle of events unfold and finally LORD coming to the rescue of Israel.
Some Judges got lot of 'real estate' in the book, while others got just their names recorded in the Scripture. LORD chose people from various backgrounds despite their sinful life to serve His purpose.
Of these, Deborah is not portrayed as associated with any sort of sin or so. Rest of them had some sort of eventful death. Gideon turned into idol worship. Jepthah's human sacrifice of his daughter disturbs many, and Samson had his own weakness. By the way, Abimelech is not explicitly described as a judge.
Two things I noticed common to all these Judges were that
(a) they had absolute faith in the LORD
(b) they were able to lead Israel in the area of military and judiciary system in amazing capacity "when the Spirit of the LORD came over them."Though sinful and utterly hopeless, if we dedicate and submit ourselves to the LORD, chances are He may use us for His purpose.
The last two sections of the book are extremely tragic. Both these events take place right after the settlement of the Israelites in the Promised Land.
(1) Israel's religious corruption by getting into Idol worship and the fact that the grandson of Moses was helping the Danites lead it, is very disturbing. By the way, the Danites won many battles and they thought it was due to their idol worship. In later part of history, they got heavily involved in idoltary.
(2) The story of 'Levite and his concubine' remains as one of the terrible and tragic stories in the bible. Immoral corruption at par with Sodom, led to another large massacre.Today we will tour the book of Ruth. Kindly check back in couple of hours.
Thank you, and have a blessed day!