Judges were needed to keep peace with God and with within the land.
By nature, man does not seem to live in peace with God (repeatedly worshipping other gods) or with others (repeatedly feeling threatened by them and fighting to control their land).
Then the Lord raised up judges to rescue the Israelites from their attackers. 2:16
Whenever the Lord raise up a judge over Israel, he was with the judge and rescue the people from their enemies throughout the judge’s lifetime. For the Lord took pity on his people, who are burdened by oppression and suffering. But when the judge died, the people return to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. 2:18-19
Back in Joshua 15:63, I wondered why the tribe of Judah couldn’t drive out the Jebusites. However, I’m learned in Judges 2:22-23 the reason why is because God allowed some nations to continue to occupy the land as a test to see who Israel would worship. I love finding answers to my own questions!
For those who say God doesn’t show up in their life, I would question how would they know if they don’t know God, or how he works. He shows up even in the lives of unbelievers, but they don’t see it, because they don’t know him. The Old Testament is full of stories of when God ALLOWED good fortune to fall on Israel’s enemies.
She said, “Let me have another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs. – Judges 1:15 (Why did she want the spring?)
Peace with God is shaken because they failed to drive out the people who lived on the land God was giving them. (2:1-3)
So I just finished reading Joshua 18-22, where all the land was allocated to each tribe of Israel. My question, now that everyone is spread out… How did they keep up with all their sacrifices? It seemed like sacrifices were a daily thing, it also kept the priests fed. How did this all happen now that everyone was so spread apart? I’m sure it would have taken days for people to get to the altar to present their sacrifices.
Rest from enemies, is peace. (23:1)
Joshua warned Israel, disobedience against God would destroy the peace of God. (23:15-16)
Absence of fear, is peace. (10:8)
God fights our battles. (10:14)
Joshua’s life was not at peace.
Wholeheartedly following God, brings you peace. (14:9)
What did they do with all the bodies they killed during Joshua’s campaign?
Why couldn’t the tribe of Judah drive out there Jebusites? (15:63)
Why didn’t the descendants of Manasseh kill the Canaanites? (17:12-13)
I wonder how many men marched around Jericho? How long did it take? 6:8-11
Keeping your promise, is an act of peace. 6:22
Sparing lives, is an act of peace. 6:25
Stealing from God, and disobeying him, is not a peaceful act. 7:1,11
Still don’t understand how one man can talk to thousands without the message being altered. 8:34-35.
So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord. Then Joshua made a peace treaty with them and guaranteed their safety, and the leaders of the community ratified their agreement with a binding oath. – Joshua 9:14-15 (The beginning of Israel’s demise.)
Joshua 3:5 – 5:12
Memorials help us remember what God has done for us. Also so others can see what God has done for us.
So Joshua circumcised their sons—those who had grown up to take their fathers’ places—for they had not been circumcised on the way to the Promised Land. After all the males had been circumcised, they rested in the camp until they were healed. – Joshua 5:7-8 (How long did that take???)
The very next day they began to eat unleavened bread and roasted grain harvested from the land. No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan. – Joshua 5:11-12 ( Looks like it took long enough to plant and harvest.)