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The Book of Judges Vs. the Book of Joshua

Joshua

Judges

VictoryDefeat
FreedomServitude
FaithUnbelief
ProgressDeclension
Spiritual visionEarthly emphasis
Fidelity to the LordApostasy from the Lord
JoySorrow
StrengthWeakness
Sense of unityDeclension, anarchy
Sin judgedSin lightly regarded

The New Unger’s Bible Handbook, Merrill F. Unger, Revised by Gary N. Larson, Moody Press, Chicago, 1984, p. 129

Cycle of Men and Nations

Labeling it a “bird’s eye view of the cycle of men and nations,” one historian has summarized history in this way:

(1) from bondage to spiritual faith.

(2) from spiritual faith to great courage.

(3) from courage to liberty.

(4) from liberty to abundance.

(5) from abundance to selfishness.

(6) from selfishness to complacency.

(7) from complacency to apathy.

(8) from apathy to dependency.

(9) from dependency back to bondage.

Today in the Word, March 1989, p. 42.