Friday 30th March
The book of Judges is fragmentary and unchronological in its arrangement. The events recorded are largely local and tribal instead of national but are of great value as showing the condition and character of the people. Israel was unorganized and somewhat unsettled. They lacked moral energy and the spirit of obedience to Jehovah and were constantly falling into idolatry and then suffering at the hands of heathen nations. This condition is summed up in the oft repeated words: "The children of Israel again did evil in the eyes of the Lord" and "the Lord sold them into the hand of the oppressor." Judges records the conflict of the nation with the Canaanite people and with itself; the condition of the country, people and times and the faithfulness, righteousness and mercy of God. The Judges were raised up as occasion required and were tribesmen upon whom God laid the burden of apostate and oppressed Israel. They exercised judicial functions and led the armies of Israel against their enemies. They, therefore, asserted the nation's principles and upheld the cause of Jehovah. As deliverers they were all types of Christ.
The key-verse is "every man did that which was right in his own eyes" 17:6, which would certainly bring about a state of confusion.
Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites, The Angel of the Lord at Bokim, Disobedience and Defeat