Israel Failed To Obey God

Judges 1:19-34


Israel had their instructions.

But they failed to fully carry out the Lord’s command.


The record of their failure was chronicled in Judges 1:19-34:

Judah failed (1:19-20); Benjamin failed (1:21); Joseph failed (1:22-26); Manasseh failed (1:27-28); Ephraim failed (1:29); Zebulon failed (1:30); Asher failed (1:31-32); Naphtali failed (1:33); and Dan failed (1:34).

The tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh even refused to enter Canaan, choosing to remain on the other side of Jordan.


Israel’s failure to defeat their enemies resulted in them living among their enemies.

After a while, they became like their enemies, adopting the wicked ways of the various Canaanite tribes around them.

Eventually, Israel began to worship the false gods of the Canaanites.


When they followed this downward path, God allowed them to know His displeasure and His judgment.


When judgment came, eventually the people would realize that they were to blame.

They would repent and seek the Lord.


When they did, God forgave them and raised up a deliverer, called a Judge.

These men and women helped Israel throw off the yoke of their oppressors.

They also helped them to live for God.


Israel would follow a Judge until that Judge died.

Then they would revert to their wicked ways.

The cycle would begin again.


This continued in Israel for about 400 years, until they got their first king.