The book of Judges is about cycles—cycles of disobedience, discipline, repentance, and deliverance. The Israelites’ disobedience brought God’s discipline. But in each instance that the people repented, God raised up a judge to bring about deliverance.
The generation after Joshua did not remain faithful to God, which led to cultural decline and horrific sin. Judges shows what happens to a society when it drifts away from following God and living in respect of his moral standards. Yet Judges also offers hope: it shows how even in the darkest days God can use men and women to accomplish his plan—even though they are flawed themselves. The book serves as a warning that disaster will ultimately befall a people who reject God’s kingdom rule over them, and it emphasizes the necessity of repentance before God will intervene to deliver and restore them to a place of blessing.
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Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans’ sermons are also streamed and downloaded over 20,000,000 times annually.
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