The judges are a great sign of God’s grace. But they are not an adequate solution to the problems of Israel. They are a fairly motley crowd who are certainly not models of godly living. Jephthah kills his own daughter, and Samson is a womanizing thug. We miss the point if we try to turn them into great heroes for the Sunday-school class to emulate. While praising God for the deliverance he achieved through them, we should be longing for a better leader, who will bring about a lasting solution to the problem of Israel’s sin; we should be longing for a king.
– Vaughn Roberts, God’s Big Picture, p. 80