In order to better understand not only this chapter but the entire book of Judges we must take into consideration the rule of Joshua and how it ended. At the end of Joshua’s life there was not a new leader appointed as it happened in Joshua 1. This was not good because not having someone appointed to rule meant that they had to just figure it out. This is what leads to the chaos that we will see moving through the book of Judges.
At the end of Joshua’s rule there was peace. At first you would think this is a good thing. However, the peace that they were experiencing was in disobedience. The reason you see in the very beginning of Judges when Judah takes charge they immediately start moving into other territories is because they are finishing what was left undone. In our lives we tend to do something similar to this. We start out well with whatever it is that God wants us to do, and then at some point we decide we are doing good enough and we take a break and we don’t finish. This is disobedient. If God has told us to do something and we stop short and think we are good, then we have chosen to disobey God.
Often times when we do this we will experience “peace” or a time that is “good.” The problem is that it is not what God intended for us. The conquest starts back up with Judah because Israel was disobedient in not completing them in the first place. So as a follower of Jesus ask yourself today, what has God asked me to do that I have not finished? Go forward today in obedience to God.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate