We are introduced to the first Judge of Isreal, Othniel. If you can recall he was first mentioned back in chapter 1:13. You remember Caleb wanted the best Man for his daughter. Caleb wanted a strong brave protector and Othniel was that man. We see Othniel’s character and strength here which allows us to better know the first Judge God chose to save Israel.
Israel is in a cycle of rebellion and God graciously shows mercy towards them by raising up a deliverer. God chooses a deliverer to save Israel from their unrepentant state of sin. Thank God for his grace!
Keep in mind God allowed Israel to suffer because of their sin and he also orchestrated his will through his Spirit he placed inside Othniel. God is writing Israel’s redemptive story from the very beginning. Judges 2
Othniel has complete victory over his enemy and Israel has rest from their enemies. God’s hand touched every aspect of this story. Do you think the nation of Israel felt God’s presence during those 8 years of bondage? Do you feel warm fuzzys for God when your embracing sin? Though God hated their sin he chose to save them anyway. He displayed an act of love and faithfulness that we can’t even begin to understand.
Even during this time of Israel’s history God was orchestrating an even greater redemptive story. God was moving his thread of grace through time and chose the true and better Judge: Christ his beloved Son. Through Christ we have complete victory and rest from our enemies! We no longer have to fear bondage and separation from the promised land. We no longer have to fear God’s anger towards us.
What a relief!!!!!
Now does this give us the license to do whatever we want? Of course not! It gives us an overwhelming love for God which breaks our heart every time we disgrace his name. It gives us a passion for the gospel and a drive to love others as we have been loved.
Othniel was the perfect picture of salvation and a perfect Judge to start our journey and understanding of God’s salvation plan. Each Judge will lead us to a better picture of Christ and deeper appreciation for our God!
With Great Love and Truth,