After Joshua`s death Judges were the chosen leaders who were raised up by God who guided Israel through administration and military responsibility and spiritual needs. since the new generation did not know the Lord and disregarded the laws of Moses and they did whatever they wanted and displeased the Lord. The sins are called apostasy. So in Judges we see the sinfulness and constant failure of man but we also see the constant mercy of God and God once again using the weak things the strength of Gideon, The jaw bone used by Sampson and Deborah a woman
I Corinthians 26-29 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Chapter 1 -2 : Here we see the explanation of how the period came about.
Chapters 3-16 is about the six apostasies :children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord” and “Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel”Because of the sin, they suffered punishment through other kings ruling them, and had difficult time. Then we see the mercy of our God thru supplication and delivery or salvation.
Chapters 17:21 confusion in the religious,moral and political life of the nation.
- Delivered by Judge Othaniel 3:9-11, 3:5-8 when they sinned ruled by The king of Mesopotamia – 8 yrs
- Delivered by Judge Ehud 3:15-30 and Shamgar verse 31, To King of Moab – 18yrs
- Delivered by Judge Deborah and Barak 4:4-5:31 , to King of Canaan -20yrs
- Delivered by Judge Gideon 6:11-8:35 To Midianites 7yrs
- Delivered by Judge Jephthah 11:1- 12:7 To Philistines 18yrs
- Delivered by Judge Samson 13-1 to 16-31 to Philistines 40yrs
The Book of Ruth
The book of Ruth is a love story in the times of Judges,it is unique in the fact that Ruth was the Grandmother of David placing her in the line of Christ out of the 4 women mentioned in the line of Christ Tamar, Rehab,and Bathsheba all three were unworthy conduct but Ruth was virtuous and there are only two books that are mentioned by the names of women Ruth and Esther. In the last verse of the book it reveals her son Obed begat Jesse and he begat David who were all in the line of Christ.
Ruth was a Moabitess, Ruth Loved her Mother-in-law Naomi
Boaz is the picture of Christ our kinsman redeemer. The Godly Love
The next of kin or heir law is found in Leviticus 25,Numbers 15, Deuteronomy 19 and 25 with 3 requirements, it is also called the law of Goel
He must be willing,must be relative and the right to redeem and must have the power..
Christ is our Kinsman and Redeemer He has the Power as the son of God, The right as our true kinsman and the and he paid the price on the cross to redeem us.
Chapter 1 Love`s Choice a decision made
Chapter 2 Love`s response a service to people
Chapter 3 Love`s security a rest to the people
Chapter 4 Love`s reward the Jewish people get saved