Surprise!!! Judges starts out with the Israelites at war with the Canaanites!
We get a new leading man (pun intended) in Judah.
Fair warning. My comments are going to be fairly snarky.
Adonibezek tries to run but is caught and has his thumbs and big toes cut off. More twisted violence from God's chosen people.
1:12 is a retelling of Caleb giving his daughter away as a prize for killing . The original telling is in Joshua 15.
More instances of God not being able to fulfill his covenant with the Israelites. Apparently, some people are more powerful then God. Or maybe he was on vacation when the Israelites went to war.
I'm going to argue semantics here but are they saying COULDN'T drive out or DIDN'T drive out.
Why did they allow these people to stay and live?
Chapter 2 acknowledges that God doesn't like the peaceful cohabitation.
Then things take a turn for the worse.
The next generation (I'm unclear on passage of time) turns away from God, which, of course, pisses him off greatly. He somehow sells them to the enemy (would love to know how that process went down) but then, "raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them."
Who is this Judge? The Holy Spirit? It says that the judge dies. So confused
Chapter 3 is a repeat of chapter 2. Can the editing of this book be any worse?
My favorite part about these chapters is that there is so much vagary (40 years pass, Israelites screw up again, 18 years pass) and then we get an ULTRA detailed account of an assassination by a zealot!!!
Ehud, the assassin then leads a raid into Moab that kills thousands of hikers.
Sometimes reading the OT gives me a headache.