Common Cycle for Each Judge
God’s sending of judges to Israel repeatedly followed a fourfold cycle:
- apostasy: the Israelites do what is evil in the sight of the Lord;
- servitude: God allows the nation to be conquered and oppressed by a neighboring nation;
- supplication: the people cry out to God; and
- salvation: God sends a judge to deliver the Israelites.
The cycle then repeats after the judge dies.