Judges Essay

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Running head: THE JUDGES ROLE IN ISRAEL The Judges Role in Israel Jeff Matthias Grand Canyon University BIB 113 Kennedy A. Adarkwa, PhD September 28, 2009 The Judges Role in Israel After Joshua conquests in Canaan God tells Joshua that more land needs to be possessed. The Israelites has just begun to establish Israel, and for the next three hundred years would become to be known as the period of the Judges. This essay will explain the role of the Judges in Israel during the settlement period. Due to the Israelites military failure to conquer all of the land of Canaan and drive out the inhabitants, that God had requested them to, the Israelites had disobeyed the Lord again.(Jdg.1:1-3:6). God called on twelve heroes to deliver his people from sin and oppression from the independent thinking and lack of dedication which seemed to be a repetitious cycle the Israelites went though during this period. The twelve Judges and their role that will be discussed are as follows; Othniel, Ehud and Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Tola and Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon and Abdon, and Samson. After Joshua’s victory at Jericho the Israelites were obedient and thankful to God for all the Lord had done for them, it was a different story after Joshua died. The next generations of tribes were coming of age, and did not care about what the Lord God had done for them. They were not interested in finishing the order God had given them, and rid Canaan of its remaining inhabitants; they broke the covenant and sinned. As punishment for the Israelites disobedience God left the remaining inhabitants of Canaan to abuse and test the Israelites faith and devotion. (Jdg.2:1-22, 3:1-6). The Israelites decided to worship Baal and commit sexual sins against the Word of God. Eugene H. Merrill states,” this was the situation, then, when Israel went after other gods

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