Bible Time Period: Conquest and Judges
You led Israel triumphantly into the Promised Land. They failed to teach their children, and instead did what was right in their own eyes: Help me to keep my eyes on you and teach others what is truly right.
Before Joshua died, he reminded the people that God is with them and will continue to be so, if only they will love and obey Him. God freed them from Pharaoh so they could serve Him; now it will be up to them to choose Yahweh over the gods of the Canaanites. The book of Judges shows how they live up to this challenge. As you read, you will follow a cycle in which Israel sins; falls into servitude; turns to God in supplication; experiences salvation at the hand of a God-sent judge; and then falls into a period of silence before the cycle begins again. By the end of the period they will be fed up and will ask God to give them a king.
Pay close attention to Judges 2:6-23. What do you learn?
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