Judges 1

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Judge1

Overview

Israel fights the remaining Canaanites.    

The book of Judges records a continuation of the history of the Israelites after Joshua, showing unique religious and social structure before dynastic system came in. Judge was a tribal leader who led people during the time struggling with the Canaanites.

The book of Judges depicts a time when Israel experienced apostasy repeatedly, as the result of it they were given to the hands of oppressing nations, and ultimately delivered by judges who were raised up by God after Israel had repented. The book of Judges focus on these deliverers, and we learn the lesson from their stories.

First two chapters depicts the military and political struggles of individual tribes or of two tribes collaborating, without national leader or any kind of all-inclusive tribal unity, to gain control over the hill country.

Israel’s failure to complete the conquest of Canaan caused ongoing struggle afterward, which is the main stories of the book of Judges, along with the most important point that God delivers them.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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