Judging Judges


David Mainse gives an overview of Judges 2:10 and reminds us that our faith in God is only one generation away from near extinction.

Today’s Reading: Judges 1-2

Key Verse: Judges 2:10

When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.

This is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. It should be a warning to us that our faith in God is only one generation away from near extinction. We must invest heavily in the supreme task of communicating the Word of God to future generations. These two chapters are an overview of what is to come for Israel. Judges tells us of seven cycles of moral corruption from within and subjugation from without by the nations around them. After 40 years of victories under Joshua, Israel suffers defeat after defeat, also deliverance after deliverance. The final verse of Judges provides the answer to this inconsistency of serving the God of their fathers: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). At first glance it sounds good, but such spiritual anarchy is a recipe for disaster. We must do what is right in God’s eyes according to His Word.


Lord God, You’ve given me the desire to read Your Word daily so that I may know what is right in Your eyes. Again and again I pray for the grace to hear Your voice as I read, and then walk in the light that You provide for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!


I confess that I felt somewhat discouraged in today’s reading. So I turned to the next book in our readings, 1 Corinthians. Chapter 1 has much to encourage me, but it also reads of divisions in the church. Chapter 2, was encouraging, but chapter 3 told me that people are people. There was envy, strife, and they were behaving, “like mere men.” God’s mercy and forgiveness was given over and over to Israel when they repented and turned to Him. Many times when I’ve cried out to the Lord he’s forgiven and restored me. An overview of Judges shows that most of the time the people were living right before God. That gives me reason to be hopeful. I John 1 is the “go to” chapter for my life. As I read it again, as well as 1 John chapter 2, I’m greatly encouraged. Judges 2:22 gives the reason God placed Israel in the midst of the ungodly world. It was a test. I pray for grace to pass any test that comes my way today and every day.

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