The Book of Judges is one of the most depressing books in the Bible.
As indicated in the graphic above, the people are in a continual cycle of sin, suffering, supplication, and salvation.
- The people would sin.
- God would bring about suffering in their lives for punishment.
- They would pray for deliverance.
- God would use a judge to bring about salvation.
In Judges 2:11-19, we read about the cycle in a template for the rest of the book.
- In the Book of Judges, we see a cycle of sin, suffering, supplication, and salvation.
- God raised up judges who brought temporary peace but demonstrated the people’s need for eternal peace.
- The people continued to follow other gods who promised immediate prosperity.
- The Israelites were supposed to take the land, but the land took them. They became like the Canaanites.
- Our most common sin struggles originate from spiritual forgetfulness (Ex. 20:2; Lev. 25:38; 26:14; Num. 15:41; Deut. 5:6; Ps. 81:10).
- Spiritual ancestry is not inherited naturally, it must be taught (Jud. 2:12).
- Our problem is not failing to know about the LORD, it is in our failure to know the LORD.
- People always talk about what they love the most.
- Sin always entails a belief our way is better than God’s (Jud. 2:11; 21:25).
- The human heart is addicted to a form of praise that incorporates our passing pleasure (Jud. 2:13).
- No greater enemy exists than God himself (Jud. 2:14).
- Even God’s anger is rooted in unfailing love since faithfulness is the goal.
- True love demands exclusivity.
- God disciplines his children passively (Jud. 2:14) and actively (Jud. 2:15).
- The judges could not stop the culture of iniquity but they could slow its spiral of depravity.
- We don’t need a temporary deliverer – we need an eternal Savior!