- What are the particular sins of the nation (1:3 -2:3) that call for God’s Judgement?
What can be learnt from this about the things God hates?
- Judah and Israel are judged because they have failed to live up to God’s Law – a different standard of Judgement from that applied to the nations.
In what ways does 2:4-16 show the social, economic, and religious guilt of God’s people?
How do we fall short on the same issues?
- 1:3. Heavy machines for threshing grain had been used as instruments of torture on the people of Gilead.
- 2:1. Desecration of the dead was considered specially wicked.
- 2:8. Cf. Exod. 22:26. The judges demanded unjust fine s, accepting payment in clothing and wine, then made use of these at their sacrificial feasts.