Role Of Judges In Israel

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The role of Judges in Israel is fairly simple. Israel was disobedient and not unified and judges were sent to provide some type of structure. The judges were considered prophets, and they relayed God's messages to the Israelites. Because there was no King at the time, the judges were the rulers. The judges were whom people came to when they needed advice. They helped solve arguments between people as well. In the beginning of Judges, the tribes were not all unified, were barely holding on to small pieces of land independently from other tribes, and were continually at risk from surrounding people. The people had forgotten all about God and were worshipping Baal. Baal was an idol god. 10) That whole generation was gathered to their ancestors, and another generation grew up after them, who did not know the lord or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baal’s; and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were round about them, and bowed down to them. . . They forsook the LORD, and served the Baal’s and the Ash'taroth. NKJV Holy Bible (Judges 2:10-13) God then gave them into the hands of their enemies. . . .And they provoked the LORD to anger. . . So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them; and he sold them into the power of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. God was disappointed because he had already warned Israel of their wrong doing and they disobeyed him. So he had to revoke his promise to them. NKJV Holy Bible (Judges 2: 12&14) Now that they understood how bad they hurt God, they cried out to the Lord for deliverance…for
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