Shof'tim (Judges) Chapter 2

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Beit- house, duality as in husband and wife; also division between good and evil, etc.

Shof’tim 2:1-5 Now the angel of the L-RD came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, "I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never break My covenant with you, and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done? "Therefore I also said, 'I will not drive them out before you; but they shall become as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.'" And it came about when the angel of the L-RD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, that the people lifted up their voices and wept. So they named that place Bochim; and there they sacrificed to the L-RD.

Who is the Angel of the L-rd? Surely you know. This is yet another appearance of Yeshua in the Tanakh. :~)

Because Israel was not completely obedient to drive everyone out, which was the L-rd’s will for their betterment, He turned them over to their sinful desires. If we want something enough the L-rd will turn us over to our sin and the consequences of it.

Bochim means “the weepers’.

Ephesians 5:15-17 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the L-rd is.

Shof’tim 2:6-10 When Y’hoshua had dismissed the people, the sons of Israel went each to his inheritance to possess the land. And the people served the L-RD all the days of Y’hoshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Y’hoshua, who had seen all the great work of the L-RD which He had done for Israel. Then Y’hoshua the son of Nun, the servant of the L-RD, died at the age of one hundred and ten. And they buried him in the territory of his inheritance in Timnat-Heres, in the hill country of Efrayim, north of Mount Ga’ash. And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the L-RD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.

Another generation goes in decline. It shows the need for a King. You just never know what kind of people you will get from one generation to another. It kind of reminds me of the different Kings that will rule over Israel. If one King followed the L-rd, one would never know if the offspring of that King would do the same or be wicked in the sight of the L-rd. This reveals not only a need for a King but a righteous and permanent King – like Yeshua HaMashiach.

Shof’tim 2:11-13 Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the L-RD, and served the Baals, and they forsook the L-RD, the G-d of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the L-RD to anger. So they forsook the L-RD and served Baal and the Ashtarot.

Baal – A Canaanite god. The sun-god.

Ashtarot – The Canaanite goddess of fertility. A moon goddess.

Shof’tim 2:14-23 And the anger of the L-RD burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went, the hand of the L-RD was against them for evil, as the L-RD had spoken and as the L-RD had sworn to them, so that they were severely distressed. Then the L-RD raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them. And yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed themselves down to them. They turned aside quickly from the way in which their fathers had walked in obeying the commandments of the L-RD; they did not do as their fathers. And when the L-RD raised up judges for them, the L-RD was with the judge and delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the L-RD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed and afflicted them. But it came about when the judge died, that they would turn back and act more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them and bow down to them; they did not abandon their practices or their stubborn ways. So the anger of the L-RD burned against Israel, and He said, "Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and has not listened to My voice, I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Y’hoshua left when he died, in order to test Israel by them, whether they will keep the way of the L-RD to walk in it as their fathers did, or not. " So the L-RD allowed those nations to remain, not driving them out quickly; and He did not give them into the hand of Y’hoshua.

Disobedience brought about struggle. Repentance and prayer bring the L-rd’s mercy and compassion. He sends sporadic victories through the judges. They of course serve as a type of Messiah who will be King and is our deliver from our sin.