In our passage today, we see the cycle that is predominant throughout the book of Judges. As we unpack this cycle, be careful to not be blind to how similar we can be to the Israelites. Instead, ask God to show you what you can draw from this passage.
The first cycle we see is the unfaithfulness of Israel. We see this particularly in verses 11-13. The people were running from God, pursuing other Gods and forgetting the faithfulness of God who brought them out of Egypt. The people were attracted to other gods that were worshipped by the people in the surrounding areas. Baal, for example, was a weather god, and needing rain to produce fertile crops for food and the economy, quickly turned to what they thought could give them a quick return. What do you turn to for deliverance instead of God?
The second cycle is the anger of God against Israel. The people were disobedient to the good commands that God had given them, and God had no place in their hearts. Because of this, God showed them the fruits of their disobedience by giving them over to their sin. This should be no surprise when we think of what God’s attitude towards sin is. He hates it! Is there a part of your life that you are currently living for yourself and against the will of God?
The third cycle is the grace of God giving the people judges. During the reigns of the judges, God was with the judges and delivered the people from the hands of their enemies. Even in their sin, God showed his grace by appointing a judge to rule them. What are evidences of God’s grace in your life this week?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice