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Judges 2:6-23: The Cycle of Misery

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Judges.

Under the inspired leadership of Joshua, the Israelite people marched into the land which God had promised to give them. Through many brilliant military campaigns, the pagan populace was destroyed and the Israelites were left clearly in charge. Joshua had been able to retire with pride, leaving a bright and promising future for the young nation. However, it wasn't long before the golden future turned to hopeless despair. The people had foolishly destroyed the gift they had been given and now they needed to be rescued. It was the first round of a cycle that was to be repeated again and again.

Warming Up to God

It is said that "no one touches a hot stove twice." What "hot stoves" have plagued your life?

Read Judges 2:6-23

Discovering the Word

  • What cycle of behavior do these verses describe?
  • How did the second generation differ from the first (vv. 10-15)?
  • What does God's work through the judges reveal about his character (vv. 16-19)?
  • Why do you think the Israelites refused to listen to the judges?
  • In what ways did God use and control the enemies of Israel (vv. 20-23)?

Applying the Word

  • When are you likely to refuse to listen to godly advice?
  • The cycle of misery which trapped these Israelites is still at work today. How has the cycle of disobedience—distress—rescue—disobedience affected you?

Responding in Prayer

Consider how you might be currently disobeying God. Let your memories of his past faithfulness to you call you back to obedience.