Brad Bell - Judges 1:1-3:6 - After God delivers his people from slavery in Egypt, they wander in the wilderness for 40 years. During this time, God prepares them to leave the ways of Egypt behind, and readies them to conquer the land. God ultimately grants them success in the conquest and they take the land, but compromise seeps in and obedience never reaches its full and complete expression. Once the Godly example of Joshua and the Elders ceases, the people forget the Lord and begin to waver. So begins a cycle that continues throughout the book of Judges: prosperity and faithfulness are followed by a forgetting of the Lord, leading to the rising up of an oppressor, which culminates in the people of God crying out to him for deliverance. God in his faithfulness raises up unlikely people called Judges to deliver his people from their oppressors. But the sad fact of the matter is that despite God's continual faithfulness, the cycle of compromise, forgetfulness and disobedience continues time and time again.

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