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

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