Re:Verse passage – Judges 1:1-2, 8-13, 20 (day seven)
After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?” vs 1
For the first time in Israel’s history, there was not a leader. There had always been someone in charge whether it was a patriarch, pharaoh, or God ordained leader (Moses, Joshua), but now, as Israel seeks counsel from the Lord, God chooses a tribe, not a person, to carry out his will. There was no succession plan as there had been for Moses to Joshua, nor was there a judge or prophet to guide the people. God was sending a message for Israel; God is King.
We are created and designed by God to be led. Why does Jesus refer to us as sheep? In this way, we also naturally take on the personality and character traits of the one who is leading us. God created us so that when we humble ourselves to be led by Him, we become more like Him. God didn’t want Israel (us) to be dependent on a personality. God wanted Israel (us) to be dependent on Him. God is King.