Judges 2: God of Justice
Judges chapter 2 could be misconstrued to present an evil picture of God. I am sure there are people out there who have thought that because God allowed Israel to be devastated just because they did not follow Him, He must be pretty evil.
Jdg 2:12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
Jdg 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
Jdg 2:14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.
However, people who believe that are also ignoring one of the other characteristics of God. He is ultimately just, and as a fair judge, He had to go through with what He said in the past. Specifically, if you remember the end of Deuteronomy, you’ll remember all of the blessings and curses the children of Israel had to decide between.
If they wanted the blessings, they had to follow God. When they didn’t follow God like in our chapter for today, they had to accept the consequences of their actions.
Ultimately, that is just. Our legal system is built on the same concept. If people do something wrong and break the law that has already been established, then they have to be responsible for the already laid out consequences.
From what I remember about Judges, the people of Israel were on a kind of roller coaster. They alternated between periods of following God and wandering away. However, it is important to keep in mind that God was just in all of His judgments.
It is not as if He made up rules on the fly to stick it to the people. They knew what they needed to do, and they made their choices. Because of this justice, the punishment needed to follow.