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The Book of Judges covers the period from the death of Joshua to the time of Samuel.

In the later chapters we read, "In those days there was no king in Israel." God was really the King of Israel but often His people did not obey him or accept His rule.

Many times Israel's enemies were able to overrun parts of the land and to oppress the people. The people then turned to God for help. He gave them judges, or deliverers, to save them from their foes, Samson and Gideon being two well-known ones.

Despite the greed, idolatry and cruelty manifested by the Israelites during the period of the Judges, God's mercy and concern for His people was always present. He sent His servants to save His people, pointing forward to the way He would eventually send His son Jesus to save them.

Jesus was like some of the better judges, though far better than all of them. Not only did he give his life to save his people, but also he will one day return to the earth to be judge, deliverer and ruler. In that day there will be a King in Israel.


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