“JUDGE NOT — LEST YE BE JUDGED!” That’s an oft-quoted saying in our epidemically-tolerant culture. Well, a whole book of the Bible is devoted to the judges! Here are my notes from unit-reading this great Old Testament book:
Some of the issues that impress me in the book of Judges:
1. Having the Lord “with” us means much more than He is omnipresent. It implies His support, encouragement, and help.
2. This must be an extremely difficult book for my pacifist friends. God uses the enemy nations to teach warfare to His people Israel.
3. The story in Judges 19 reminds us of the event in Sodom and Gomorrah, doesn’t it?
4. It is clear that the “angel of the Lord” is the Lord Himself!
5. God is a God of compassion — He could bear Israel’s misery no longer (10:16).
My takeaway: If Jesus is my King, I don’t need to live my life as I see fit, but can willingly submit to Him!