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The Lord Jesus Christ Controls the Nations: Book of Judges Case Study
TitleThe Lord Jesus Christ Controls the Nations: Book of Judges Case Study
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Jesus Christ Focused Old Testament: Making Sense of a Monumental Book
Chapter6
Pagination22-23
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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The book of Judges comprises three parts. Part one (Judg. 1:1–2:5) serves as an introduction to the book and explains the negative impact Canaan, one of ancient Israel’s neighbors, had on Israel during the entire period of the judges, particularly because the Israelites accepted many of the Canaanites’ evil customs and enticing religious practices. Part two (Judg. 2:6–16:31) presents a fourfold cycle of events and is the central message of the book of Judges. Part three (Judg. 17–21) serves as an appendix to the book and provides examples of the great wickedness of certain Israelites.

Part two, the focus of the chart, shows the fourfold recurring cycle of events that occurred in ancient Israel—apostasy, oppression, repentance, and deliverance. The author(s) of Judges carefully and artistically used formulaic expressions to describe this cycle:

1. “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.”

2. “And the Lord sold (or delivered) them into the hand of [an enemy nation].” 

3. “And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord . . .” 

4. “The Lord raised up [name of a deliverer/judge].”

This chart is formatted according to the fourfold cycle so the reader can easily see its recurrence. 

The book of Judges is LORD-focused, meaning, the Lord—the premortal Jesus Christ—is preeminent in the book of Judges; in fact, He is prominent in all four of the cycles. In the first cycle, He regards the evil conduct of the Israelites; in the second, He delivers Israel to the power and control of one of its enemy nations; in the third, the children of Israel, after years or decades of experiencing oppression by their antagonists, submit themselves to the Lord and pray to Him; and in the fourth, the Lord inspires and empowers an Israelite to save Israel from the enemy nation.

Apostasy

Oppression

Repentance

Deliverance

2:11 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.”

2:14 “And he [the Lord] sold them into the hands of their enemies round about.”

 

 

2:16 “The Lord raised up judges, which delivered them.”

3:7 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.”

3:8 “And he [the Lord] sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia.”

 

3:9 “And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord . . .”

3:9 “the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them” (Othniel).

3:12 “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord.”

 

3:12 “And the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab.”

3:15 “But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord . . .”

3:15 “the Lord raised them up a deliverer” (Ehud).

 

4:1 “And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord.”

 

4:2 “And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan.”

4:3 “And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.”

4:4 “Deborah, a prophetess . . . judged Israel at that time.”

6:1 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord . . .”

 

6:1 “and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian.”

6:7 “When the children of Israel cried unto the Lord . . .”

6:13 “the Lord looked upon [Gideon], and said . . . thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites.”

 

10:6 “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord.”

 

10:7 “And he [the Lord] sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.”

 

10:10 “And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.”

11:1 (Jephthah is introduced in the text.)

13:1 “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord.”

13:1 “And the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines.”

 

13:24 (Samson is introduced in the text.)

 

Chart by Donald W. Parry. The Lord Jesus Christ Controls the Nations: Book of Judges Case Study.

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