In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus Christ -Yeshua] was in the beginning with God.


The Book of Judges (1380-1045 BC) is the second of the twelve books of history. It records approximately 335 years of a loose federation of the tribes of Israel before the kingdoms of Israel were established. Events are not written in chronological order. Rather, they are divided into three groups: failure to complete the conquest of Canaan; cycles of sin, repentance and deliverance; and depravity. There is some overlapping with the events of Joshua because Israel never completed the conquest of Canaan. This disobedience to God led Israel to compromise with the Canaanites and their cult. As a result, Israel became dominated by sin and oppressed by the Canaanites. There were seven cycles in which Israel rebelled against God and subsequently repented. Each time they repented, God raised up judges to deliver His people from bondage of sin and oppression. God used a total of seventeen judges who were military or civil leaders of one or more tribes. Among them were a priest and a prophet.

The history of Judges gives us an important lesson. As believers in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, we have crucified the passions of our flesh with Him so that sin has no more dominion over us. Therefore, we must not compromise with sin least we fall back into its bondage. If we sin and confess, Christ is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us. Among the judges of Israel were a priest and a prophet. Christ came to us as all three.

Judges 1-3: Failure of Israel to complete the conquest of Canaan

Judges 3-16: The seven cycles of rebellion, repentance and deliverance

Judges 17-21: The depravity of Israel while compromising with the Canaanites