Day 9


from the This Is the Old Testament reading plan

Judges 2:1-23, Judges 21:25, Proverbs 21:2-3, Mark 12:28-34

BY She Reads Truth

This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we move from the Pentateuch into the second section of the Old Testament, the Historical Books.

What Is Judges? The book of Judges chronicles the period after Joshua’s death, which was characterized by an ongoing cycle of Israel’s sin, God’s judgment, and His deliverance. This deliverance came through twelve leaders, known as judges. 

How Judges Fits Into the Story: Judges records how the nation of Israel survived the dark days of the judges entirely by the grace of God. In His mercy, God sent oppressors as reminders of their rebellion, responded to their cries, and raised up deliverers. Judges demonstrates the fundamental problem of the human heart—when God’s people forget His saving acts, they go after other gods. In the end, the book of Judges illustrates an eternal truth: in spite of our sin and rebellion, the Lord will continue to build His kingdom.

Reflection Questions: 
1. What does God’s response to the destruction and disobedience described in today’s reading tell you about the nature of His kingdom?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

Post Comments (72)

72 thoughts on "Judges"

  1. Amber Brackett says:

    I am thankful that nothing can thwart God’s ultimate plan for his people. He provided a way of deliverance for His people even though they did not deserve it. He kept his commandments to the Israelites!

  2. Katie Momose says:

    It is amazing the patience and mercy of God. Continuing to send judges to deliver the people even when they broke the commandment he longed for the most to desire after him and put him first. Judges is humbling it reminds me of Gods deliverance even when I fail and veer off track.

  3. Meredith DeVore says:

    We see God’s grace in Judges because even though the people keep sinning and he does send judgment, he also keeps on delivering them over and over. His love and grace doesn’t depend on us, it’s who he is!

  4. Sydney Smith says:

    You phrased this beautifully! Amen!

  5. Olivia Whitehead says:

    God is a jealous God, demanding exclusivity for His children. However, He is also a God of immense grace.

  6. Tiffany Aleta says:

    The fact that God has not given up on us is a miracle. While He does send punishment and we do experience consequences, they are a means of His grace that direct us back to Him, to be restored. The world offers confusion and destruction, He offers wholeness.

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