A Humanist perspective on what we can learn about what is morality from the Bible.
Judges 2: God Gives Them Judges
After Joshua’s death, an angel came from Gilgal to Bochim and reprimanded the tribes for not following the covenant. Joshua is dead and buried and now the people follow Baal and Ashtaroth. So God sells the people to oppressors who oppress them and occasionally gives them a judge to follow. But whenever the judge dies, everyone goes back to worshipping other gods. And so it goes.
In other words:
The people of Israel are REALLY fickle. If they don’t have someone reminding them, they go and follow other gods and God has to smite them repeatedly.
Judges 2:1 – An Angel of the Lord came up from Gigal to Bochim. Wouldn’t an angel come from heaven. Makes me think this word may have a different meaning – perhaps – transgendered or intersexed? The reason I think this has to do with the story in Genesis where the people of Sodom want to rape a couple of angels. The fact that this one seems mortal too kind of clinches it. Plus - it is still pretty common for tribal people to think that inter-sexed or transgender individuals have magic powers.
2nd Favorite Bit:
Judges 2:18, 19 – These two verses basically are a synopsis of the entire book of Judges. They get a judge, come back to God. the judge dies and everyone goes back to worshipping Baal again and once again they are enslaved.
Moral Lesson Learned:
People need to be constant reminders to be good. (Judges 2)