Judges | Chapter 3

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

To prepare for Bible Study today, read: Judges 2:1-5 and the 2 excerpts about it.

The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’” When the angel of the Lord had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud, and they called that place Bokim.[a] There they offered sacrifices to the Lord. Judges 2:1-5

“In His divinity God is our King and Head. Because our situation was so poor, the King had to become a Servant to serve us. The Servant sent by God in Judges 2 was actually Jehovah Himself in His acting situation. He did not come to rebuke or command; rather, He came to admonish and to take care of Israel. This is the significance of the Angel of Jehovah in Judges 2.”

“Because Israel did not act as a proper wife, the very Jehovah who was the Husband, the Head, and the King of Israel became a Servant to His wife. This means that He did not come to her as a Husband, Head, or King but came to her as the Angel of Jehovah, who was sent by Jehovah (Zech. 2:9-11). Since Israel did not consider Jehovah as the Head, He became a Servant to serve her. His admonition in Judges 2 was the admonition of a servant.”



Word Study

Admonish VS. Rebuke


verb (used with object)

to caution, advise, or counsel against something.

to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:

  • The teacher admonished him about excessive noise.

to urge to a duty; remind:

  • to admonish them about their obligations.


verb (used with object), re·buked, re·buk·ing.

to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.


sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.

Study Questions + Reflection

God in his mercy presented himself as a servant in order to warn the Israelites.

God wants for his people to willingly realign themselves with his will to restore relationship.

  1. What are the reasons God tests the Israelites in Judges 3:2,4?

  2. Pray that God would reveal areas in your life you might be encountering a test.

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