Daily Scripture: Day 67—Judges 2

From Handbook to Scripture, Day 67

READING: Judges 2

During the days of the judges, “there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes” (17:6). This book records the results of turning away from the Lord through apostasy, idolatry, and immorality. After the generations of Joshua and the elders who outlived Joshua, the children of Israel succumbed to the lure of idolatry and served the gods of the surrounding nations. They went through several cycles that moved from sin (idolatry) to servitude (oppression by a foreign power) to supplication (the people would finally cry to the Lord) to salvation (the Lord would raise up a deliverer-judge) to silence (a period of rest until the cycle began once again after the death of the judge).

Lord, the cycles in the book of Judges illustrate the monotony of sin and the creativity of Your saving works on behalf of Your people. May I not linger under sin’s dominion, but quickly return to You when I fall into disobedience.

Meditation passage: verse 7