The cycle of the judges begins in Judges 3:7. After setting the scene about this generation that did not know the Lord, the scriptures will now detail some of the events surrounding the life of the judges. Before we consider the first judge, it is important to understand what a judge was. Usually a judge served with two functions: 1) to be a military leader to deliver the people from oppression and 2) to settle disputes, providing godly direction and leadership to the people. With this in mind, we are presented with the first situation after the death of Joshua and the leaders of that generation.
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