Well, we learned very quickly in Judges that it is no better than Joshua in terms of morals. Death, slavery, destruction, you name it, it was in the first chapter of Judges. Let’s see what the second chapter has in store for us.
“The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, ‘I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’” – Judges 2:1-3
Wow! The death and destruction caused by the Israelites thus far is not enough for this sick and disgusting god. He has plans to punish the Israelites for not doing further damage!!!
“After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.” – Judges 2:10-11
For starters, doing ‘evil’ in the eyes of the Lord most likely means you didn’t kill enough innocent people. Second, maybe the reason the next generation did not know the Lord is because the Lord never showed himself. Duh.
“In his anger against Israel the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.” – Judges 2:14
Do what I say or I will fuck you over!
“Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands. Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.” – Judges 2:16-19
These verses explain the purpose of this book in the Bible. God is giving the people ‘judges’ who will help them follow the Lord in the ways the Lord commands. When each judge dies, the Israelites fall back into the ways that displease the Lord. If God is all-mighty, why is he failing over and over?
“Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and said, ‘Because this nation has violated the covenant I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me, I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.’” – Judges 2:20-21
Or, I don’t know, maybe this is a crazy thought, God could just appear to the Israelites and explain to them what they should do and why. I know, it’s crazy!
That concludes Judges 2. God is pissed. The Israelites aren’t doing exactly what God wants. Instead of talking to the people God has the people warred against and killed, as is inevitable in a war. Where’s Satan when you need him? Satan kills far fewer people than God!
Coming Soon: Judges – Chapter 3: Othniel