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.
There is sadness in today’s reading as God delivers Israel to the Philistines and allows the Ark of the Covenant to be taken. The situation plays out very differently than did their first foray into battle in the Promised Land, when God had them march against Jericho led by the Ark.
This marks the close of the era of the Judges, and the people ask for a king. Their reason for wanting one tells a lot about their relationship with the Lord . Notice what God tells Samuel will be the outcome of their request, and their response.
Key Verses to Remember From the Period of Conquest and Judges
“Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land which he swore to give to their fathers; and having taken possession of it, they settled there” (Josh 21:43)
“And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, who did not know the Lord or the work which he had done for Israel. … Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the power of those who plundered them” (Jgs 2:10, 16)
Take a moment to review the periods we have been through and the story so far: Early World, Patriarchs, Egypt and Exodus, Desert Wanderings, Conquest and Judges. How would you summarize the period of Conquest and Judges?
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