Judges 2

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 Judge2

Overview

Beginning of new era.

Chapter 2 is divided into two by different life situation of Israel. Verses1-5 describes the life of pre-judge era, and verses 6-23 describes overall life of Israel during the time of judges.

The angel of the Lord appeared to the people of Israel at Bokim, affirming them to keep the covenant of God, and warning them of coming trouble, “thorn and snare.” This warning came true to them.

A new generation who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel did evil in the eye of the Lord, worshipping idols.  This provoked the Lord to anger  and the Lord handed them to enemies to be defeated, plundered. They were greatly distressed.

Out of compassion God raised up judges, tribal leaders, to save the Israelites from the hands of invaders. Then they again returned to their corrupted way and then God sent them to the hand of oppressors. They groaned over it then God raised up another judge to deliver  them from the oppressors. This cycle was repeated.

What was the historian of the book of Judge trying to say from this story? And what do we know about God in this story?

The lesson was that Israel was prosperous and free only when she was loyal to her God. God never broke the covenant toward Israel but only tested to see whether the Israelites would keep the way of the Lord.

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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