The tale of twelve judges and a tyrant king,
Bad Abimelech, bastard son of Gideon.
Wayward and wanton, he was a wicked king
Who had killed his own kin as Cain had done.
In the dismal days after the death of Joshua,
A lack of leadership had led the children of Israel
To leave the law of the Lord and learn the ways
Of the heathen hordes inhabiting Canaan.
God’s anger grew as they forgat his mercies
And his many miracles in the midst of Egypt
When he had haled the Hebrews to freedom
& punished Egypt’s people with the plagues of his wrath.
They had come to Canaan but could not drive out the
Whole of the inhabitants thereof, having broken
The laws of the Lord and leaving his covenant.
Then being brought into bondage because of
Their sins, they served as slaves in their own land
To the kings of Canaan or the clans of the Philistines.
Hard-pressed & harrowed, the Hebrews called out
To the Saviour of souls to show mercy on them
& give his children a chance to change their churlish ways.
So our gracious God gave them the opportunity
To keep the covenant which was commanded them &
walk in the way of the Lord without departing from it. He’d
Raise up a righteous ruler that would rally the people
To fight against their foes and defend their nation
From the wicked warlords who wasted their substance
And enslaved their sons. Then safe from their enemies
Prosperity, peace, and plenty returned. But when
Their deliverer was dead they degenerated again &
Gat them gods made of gold and silver
Forgetting the fate of their fathers who had forsaken
The Lord. Leaderless their liberty vanished
Until their tribulations would turn them back to
The God of glory. A great judge would rise
And so the cycle would start again.
In the times of these trials and tribulations for Israel
Many a mighty man meted out judgment
Whose daring deeds deserve to be remembered.
- Steven L Anderson, 2010