"...the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord..."
As I do my bible study on the book of Judges this seems to be a recurring line throughout this book. Yet, as you go through the book of Judges, it can be so easy to criticize Israel. However, they are an example of us. Every day we sin and do wrong. And every day we need to ask God for forgiveness for the wrong we have done. Too many times we too commit the same evil over and over again as if we don't get it. Maybe it's not that we don't get it but that we have not committed that area of our lives, that thing, into God's hands. We haven't surrendered it to Him so we keep struggling in that area. Sometimes surrender may mean giving it over even though we may not feel like it. We do it in faith and ask and trust God to give us the desire to give it to Him. The difference between us now and them then is that we can go directly to the throne of grace and ask for forgiveness when we do wrong. That intimate relationship with God is our reality now, for both Jews and Gentiles.