The bible book of Judges was a lawless time after the death of Joshua. The children of Israel had turned from God to worshiping Baal, and so God's protection and blessing fell from them. As an answer to these years of needed leadership God provided leaders called Judges. The first Judge (3:10-11) I believe was the son in law of Caleb named Othniel.
The book of Judges is a book of wars, and graphic violence often reserved for movies like Braveheart. From Othniel through Samson and more.. here are a few Braveheart like highlights.
A few extra Gideon notes/toons... 7:12-15 Gideon's barley dream. ; 7:22 Midianites confused fight!! ; 8:18-21 Gideon and 2 Kings 8:29 Gideon and the honey-do-lists
SAMSON..All the chapters in Judges up to now we read many significant stories in the history of Israel after the death of Joshua. Some good judges, and some not so good, but then along came Samson the long haired man with a weakness for the ladies. The stories his exploits of Samson during his time as Judge over Israel were another glimpse of God caring for disobedient Israel providing them with Samson as their next judge.
13:6-21 Manoah, his wife, and the angel ; 14:1-3 Samson and dad ; 14:1-3 Samson again with dad ; 15:18-19 Samson is 'dying' of thirst ; 16 Samson.. unnatural strength questioned During his years as judge over Israel, Samson spent most of his time fighting the Philistines while entertaining a fair maiden or two in his spare time. His bigger than life exploits included..
These were just a few of his more notable exploits of power. Unfortunately as I mentioned earlier Samson loved the ladies, and his own self importance while losing sight his power was from God.
Next enters Delilah who eventually tricks Samson into revealing the secret of his power (not cryptonite, but rather his uncut hair). This led to the capture of Samson where his eyes were gouged out and he was put on display as a slave by his mocking Philistine captures.
16:5-21 Samson and Spinach?? ; 16:16-21 Samson buzzed ; 16: Samson & Delilah (newlywed game) ; 16ish Samson gets Tattoon'd ; 16: Samson at Cost Cutter's Salon 16 Samson sings bad hair cut blues
Later as Samson's hair grew back, he prayed to God for this strength to return. Then empowered again by almighty God, Samson pushed down the two supporting pillars and collapsed the temple of the Philistine god Dagon killing everyone. (16:30) including himself.
After the days of Samson there were more years of lawlessness watched over by a number of Judges with the repeated theme was there was no king and everyone did what was right in their own eyes. I would sum up these years as blood & guts, rape, and other stories I would prefer not to cartoon. In summary the end of the book of Judges Sounds alot like America... (21:25) A JUDGES state of mind