Judges


An Outline:


1. Introduction

This is one of the saddest books of the whole Bible: it covers the period between the death of Joshua  and the  judgeship of Samuel.  Judges is a record of Israel's repeated  backslidings  and  God's  faithfulness in delivering  them  time and again.  The following verses sums up this period:

And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.  And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.  ....... And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:  And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.  And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.  Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.  Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so.   And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.  And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.    And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice;    I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:    That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.   Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.

Judges 2:6-23
 
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2. Outline


Section Chs.     
Subsection
Notes  
The root problem
1 - 2
Incomplete victory: those nations which should have been destroyed completely became a snare to Israel.
The relapses
 3 - 16
Ref.
Order of Back-slidings
The conqueror
Period of subjection
Judge
Period of Judgement/peace
3:1-11
1st
Mestopotamia
8 years
Othniel
40 years
3:12-31
2nd
Moab
Amon
Amalek
18 years
Ehud
Shamagar
80 years
4 - 5
3rd
Canaanites
20 years
Deborah
Barak
40 years
6 - 8:32
4th
Midian
7 years
Gideon

40 years
8:33 - 10:5
5th
Abimelech
3 years
Tola
Jair
23 years
22 years
10:6 - 12:15
6th
Philistines
Amon
18 years
Jephthah
Ibzan
Elon
Abdon
6 years
7 years
10 years
8 years
13 - 16
7th
Philistines
40 years
Samson
20 years
 
The repulsions
17- 21
Ref.
Heading
17 - 18
In religious life
19
In home  life
20 - 21
In national  life
In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21:25





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