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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.

Israel Follows the Corruption of the Canaanite Lifestyle (Judges 17-21)

The conditions of the nation, as the people of God, during the times of the judges are deplorable! While calling themselves, “the children of God,” they behaved more like “the children of the devil!” In this section we see the roots of their failures during these long 350 years of oppression. Discover as you read …

  • The roots of the failure in idolatry. (Judges 17-18)
  • The roots of the failure in immorality. (Judges 19)
  • The roots of the failure in instability. (Judges 20-21)

Closing the book of Judges is like closing a sad and disastrous novel with a poor ending – an ending of hopelessness. Such a people, trapped in these recurring cycles of captivity, can leave one wondering, “What’s the point?” In the midst of this hardship and endless futility, we will come to the next book, one that ends with hope and encouragement!

It is our hope that this background information helps a bit as you read on in the Bible.

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You can obtain more help from the FREE Bible reading schedule on our resource page. In His Image is a daily devotional that also follows our reading schedule and expresses the Biblical truth: “God Created You to Love You.” You can find this resource on the side bar of our website.

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