The book of Judges takes place after the people of God have escaped from Egypt, eventually settling into the Promised Land. Before they were ruled by Kings, the nation was governed by rulers called judges. During this season, Israel goes through a progressively downward spiral of unfaithfulness and judgment, followed by repentance and restoration. Yet in this spiral we can discern the good news, that no matter how far or long we turn away from God the solution is always to return to Him. He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.