Chapter 67: God Judges in Righteousness
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.
A very short Psalm; here is the message of the Psalm: “Let the people praise thee, O God… the earth shall yield her increase; and God… shall bless us… and all the ends of the earth shall fear him” (Psalms 67:5-7)
Chapter 68: JAH
To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.
This is a Messianic Psalm of David. Hear we learn another name for Jesus; “JAH”, which the Lord gave the word. He takes captive those are in captivity and all the issues of death belong to him. We need to sing praises to the Lord.
Summary of Judges
Chapter by Chapter:
: Judah, Simeon and Joseph Continue to Conquer the Canaanites!/Do Not Forsake God!
: Worshiping False Gods/Deborah Prophetess
: Song of Praise/Overthrowing the Altar of Baal
: The Lord Chooses 300 by the Water/Gideon Frees Israel and Dies
: Jephthah Captain of Israel/42,000 Ephraimites Die
: Samson Slays 1,000 Men/Samson Kills 3,000 and Himself
: Dividing in 12 Pieces/Benjamites Are Destroyed/Wives for the Benjamites
The Book of Judges takes off where Joshua left off. The Israelites are in the Promised Land, but haven’t completed the job of getting land for each of the 12 tribes.
The Book of Judges is filled with famous stories of Gideon and the story of Samson and Delilah. But most of the book, to me represents the downfall of the Israelites. For example, chapters 19-21 are probably some of the most gruesome parts of the Old Testament and probably the whole Bible.
After the death of Joshua it seems that the younger generations of Israel start to go away from God and start to do things that were contrary to the will of God. The younger Israelites intermarry with the Canaanite women and start to worship false gods. The Lord places a series of Judges to rule over the land as leaders for the people. Judges follows a pattern of Israel being evil and then when the Judge of the land die, they once again get evil, and more so.
The last verse in the Book, really does sum up the Book of Judges; “…every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Because of this we have mass corruption and evil invading the hearts of Israel.