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Monday, September 4 2017
Biblical Eras: Governments Of The Judges
"Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them"
The era of Moses (see Biblical Eras: The Exodus In History and Prophecy and Biblical Eras: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?) and Joshua (see Biblical Eras: The Founding Of Israel As A Country) was followed by the two to three centuries era of the "Judges."
The actual Hebrew word that is translated as "judges," pronounced shaw-fawt, actually means a governor, or military leader, who executes a judgment i.e. the "Judges" enforced the Word of God as the LORD commanded to them (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation).
The descendants of the founding generation of the new country of Israel (see Biblical Eras: The Founding Of Israel As A Country) not only foolishly made themselves ignorant ("ignorant" means to ignore - ignorance is a choice of behavior) of their own history, but moreover also arrogantly turned their backs to the LORD: "There arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel."
The inevitable result (see What Happens To A Nation When God's Law Is Forsaken?) was that Israel descended into savage heathenism. They made themselves morally retarded, "so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies."
Paradoxically, while becoming weak in defending themselves from the many enemies that they made, it also resulted in the most brutal, corrupt time within Israel's homeland history.
They invited the LORD's wrath upon themselves, and they got it.
"2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
After a time of their self-inflicted tribulation, "the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them." It would be a repeated cycle through the entire era of the Judges.
"2:16 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. 2:17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so. 2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. 2:19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.
There were numerous Judges of the LORD - including a few who became some of the most famous people of the Bible e.g. Samson, Gideon and Deborah - and Israel's last righteous Judge, Samuel.
"13:24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. 13:25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol" ... "16:31 ... And he judged Israel twenty years." (Judges 13:24-25, 16:31 KJV)
6:11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
"4:4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. 4:5 And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 4:6 And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedeshnaphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? 4:7 And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand." (Judges 4:4-7 KJV)
Samuel was Israel's last righteous Judge before the establishment of the Israelite monarchy (see Hannah's Dedication Of Samuel and The Calling Of Samuel). The Judges era ended because Samuel's sons were morally-weak, corrupt fools. In their place, the people demanded "a king to judge us like all the nations" (see Our King May Judge Us and Saul Of Benjamin and Samuel The Seer; also King Saul of Israel and Saul's Impeachment; also The Anointing Of David and How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?).
"8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 8:2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment." (1 Samuel 8:1-3 KJV)
This Day In History
This Day In History, September 4
476: Romulus Augustulus, 16, the last Emperor of the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), was deposed when Odoacer, a German warlord, proclaimed himself the King of Italy. The date is considered by some historians to be the "fall" of the Roman empire, but history and prophecy plainly show how it was merely the fall of the Roman Roman Empire; it thereafter became, by its official title, "The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
925: The coronation of Athelstan, the first king to rule over all of England.
1189: King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) of England was crowned in Westminster.
1609: English explorer Henry Hudson discovered a large, heavily wooded, nearly-unpopulated island on the east coast of the continent of North America. Today, it is known as Manhattan.
1774: New Caledonia (a major island east of Australia and north of New Zealand) was first sighted by Europeans, during English explorer James Cook's second voyage.
1781: In what is today southern California, 44 Spanish settlers named their new settlement El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula ("The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola"). It is known today by the abbreviation Los Angeles.
1820: Czar Nicholas of Russia claimed all territory from Alaska to Oregon, closing all Alaskan waters to foreigners. Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. in 1867. The territory became the 49th U.S. state in 1959.
1886: After 30 years of fighting to defend his native ancestral homeland, to stop the further genocide of native Americans, Apache chief Geronimo surrendered to U.S. troops in Arizona, thereby ending the last major "Indian" war (early explorers from Europe thought that they had arrived in India, and so they incorrectly called the Americans "Indians"; see also The First Chinese American War).
1888: George Eastman patented the first roll-film camera and registered the "Kodak" trademark. Film cameras became obsolete in the late 20th century with the invention of digital photography.
1957: Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus mobilized his National Guard to prevent black students from attending Central High School.
1957: Ford started selling the Edsel, a medium-priced luxury car named after Henry Ford's son. The car proved to be so unpopular that it was discontinued 2 years later, in 1959. Edsels have since become valuable to collectors and museums.
1976: Viking II landed on Mars and transmitted the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.
1984: Brian Mulroney led the Conservative party to the largest victory ever won by a federal party in Canada; 212 out of 282 seats, defeating the Liberals under incumbent Prime Minister John Turner and the NDP (the "New Democratic Party," an even more liberal wing of the Liberal Party) under Ed Broadbent. Prime Minister Mulroney also defeated Turner and Broadbent in the election 4 years later.
1985: The first fullerene (an allotrope of carbon in which the atoms form ball-like structures) molecule of carbon was discovered. It was given the name Buckminsterfullerene.
1998: The Internet search Google was founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Russian-born Sergey Brin.
2010: The Canterbury earthquake. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused widespread damage on the South Island of New Zealand.