Making the Right Decisions

Judges 2:1-5

– Bible Study Questions –

Judges 2:1-5 Bible Study Questions is part 5/5 on 'Making Right Decision.' The full discussion is found in the index at the bottom.

Judges 2:1-5

Bible Study Questions

Spiritual slackness is always accompanied by spiritual distress.

The greater the lack of righteousness, the greater the domination of evil.

There is no 'neutral' ground.


A. The Gracious Promises of God (Judges 2:1) 

Now the angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you.'”

1.      Who is the angel of the Lord? Check a concordance or Bible search program.

2.      Who was he speaking to?

Journey out of Egypt - Exodus map3.      What are the two things that he said in Judges 2:1?

4.      What is the Lord talking about when He mentions bringing them out of Egypt? When was this? Where is it found in the Bible? Review the map and find Egypt and Israel.

5.      What did the Lord do on Mount Sinai? What does covenant mean?

6.      What difference does it make if the Lord says He will not break His covenant? Does it really matter? Think about what difference it makes if you think you can get divorce or not. What impact does it have on the marriage?

B. The Exacting Requirements of the Covenant (Judges 2:2)

And as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?

7.      What two things does the Lord ask from the Israelites in this covenant (2:2)?

8.      Do you think they are hard? Why or why not?

9.      Why is tearing down the altars important? Isn’t it good for a historical reminder?

10.   Did the Israelites obeyed God?

11.   The phrase, “What is this you have done?” is quite powerful. Pause for a few minutes and ask if the Lord wants you to obey Him on any matter. Commit that to Him. Repent. Write down what you will do different later.

C. Respond With A Clear Commitment (Judges 2:3)

Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they shall become as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.’

12.   What did the Lord promise to do for the Israelites in Judges 2:3? Did He do that in the past? Give one incident.

13.   What does He promise to do in the future?

14.   Did you ever have an encounter with thorns? Please describe.

15.   How can the gods of the people that were in the land before them become a snare to them? Explain.

16.   What ‘gods’ or philosophies influence our lives today? What are some practices that we do because of these gods? How do these practices cause problems in our lives?

D. The Superficial Response of the People (Judges 2:4-5)

And it came about when the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, that the people lifted up their voices and wept. So they named that place Bochim; and there they sacrificed to the LORD. (NASB)

17.   What was the response of the Israelites to what the Lord said in verse 3?

18.   Is that the right response? Why or why not? Please explain.

19.   Read Joshua 7:4-10. What was the response of Joshua in that situation? Was it the right response? How do you know? Why did God reject their signs of grief? (We know the Israelites didn’t repent because it doesn’t state that they did. If they did, God would have blessed them and recorded this. Instead, in the succeeding paragraphs outlines how the people of God left God after the time of the elders that new Joshua).

20.   God was not pleased with their response. What is it that God really wanted? Why is it that sometimes we use religious ceremony instead of repentance? Earlier we paused and thought through something the Lord wanted from our lives. Will you actually change your life or just feel good because you thought about doing the right thing?

21.   Take a look at the diagram on the right and explain where Judges 2:1-5 fits into the cycle of decline and renewal.

Judges Decline and Renewal diagram

22.   What do you think about the statement, “If we do not actively pursue God’s ways, then we will just follow the course of the world.” How is it true in your life? Share two ways that you are (or will) actively pursue the Lord’s ways.

Making the Right Life Decision (Judges 2:1-5)

General Judges Articles

Making the Right Life Decisions (Judges 2:1-5)
Judges 2:1: Intro/A. The Gracious Promises of God
Judges 2:2: B. Exacting Requirements of the Covenant
Judges 2:3: C. The Severe Response of God
Judges 2:4-5: D. The Superficial Response of the People
Judges 2:1-5: Bible Study Questions
Striving for Moral Purity - The Big Race : Overcoming Sensual Lusts
Judges 13-16 Playing around with God
Playing around with God (Judges 13-16)
Judges 13-14_A. Listening to God
Responding to Authority
Judges 14-16_B. Consequences of Life
Disciplining His Children
Judges 14-16 C. Desires not Restrained
Dealing with Lust
Judges 13-16 Bible Study Questions

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