The book of Judges is about the grace of God toward Israel. They have come into the Promised Land which was given them by GOD, with instructions and laws to follow and to be obedient. As long as they obey God’s commandments they will be prosperous and own the land, but they begin to practice worshipping other god’s; the gods of the surrounding people, whom they are supposed to drive out and destroy. This is part of their disobedience.
GOD is longsuffering and merciful. We find these words in chapter six,
“And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, that the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, ‘Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; and I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed My voice.'” Judges 6:7-10 (KJV)
One thing we can observe in Judges and throughout the whole of the Old Testament is that God sends His prophets before He sends judgment. The prophet Amos spoke by the leadership of God’s Spirit saying,
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7
We can rest assured that before God does anything He sends His preachers to warn and instruct of what is going to come. For Israel in that day it was “fear not the gods of the Amorites…” but they did not obey. The people had cried out to the LORD, and He sent a prophet.
Not only that the LORD Himself came down as we read in verses 11-23.
The Lord Himself has came down, in the person of His only Son, given His life on the cross, was raised from death, hell and the grave; and by Him we have eternal life.
Believe Him and live.
-Tim A. Blankenship