The rest of chapter 2 is like when they say “Tonight on this program.”
v15-30: Ehud may have been lefthanded due to his right hand being deformed. If this is the case, than this story should be an encouragement to other disabled people that they can do great things for God, even things that might seem difficult or even impossible due to their circumstances.
v17-22: While we don't know the reasons why peace existed between Heber and Jabin and why Jael was certainly a courageous woman who did an admirable thing, I wonder about the fact that she was the one who killed Sisera and not her husband.
I don’t think Gideon’s constant asking for signs and testing the Lord was so much out of fear as it was continually making sure he was doing the right thing, though it is easy to see Gideon did also have some fear in his heart up until the battle. I think God appreciates it when we test Him and ask for confirmation about things.
v11: Many people think Gideon wasn't really a mighty man of valour because he was grinding wheat in secret in the winepress. However, Gideon was actually doing a very brave thing. The Midianites were taking everything from the God's people so therefore, Gideon was grinding some wheat secretly so as to keep it out of the hands of the opressors. One could say Gideon was a tax protester.
v36-40: As I said, Gideon's putting out the fleece wasn't necisarily a sign of fear or unbelief. Again, you have to remember Gideon was living in an apostate time. Much like many churches and Christians these days, God was basically probably talked about as a somewhat abstract concept. Sure, He was up there and cared for Israel to some degree, but you couldn't expect Him to interact with people or intervene in their lives or the life of the nation. Yeah, He'd done miracles in getting their forefathers out of Egypt and sustaining them in the wilderness, but that was in Biblical times and it was now the future. Therefore, Gideon needed his faith strengthened because all the stuff he was experiencing was so knew and foreign to the way he'd been brought up to think.
v9-15: Yes, Gideon was afraid, but you have to remember nothing like God supernaturally intervening in a battle He had told Gideon to lead had ever happened to Gideon before. How many of us could say with absolute certainty we wouldn't do what Gideon did and feel the way he felt in this passage?
v20: Now, in the flush of victory, we see some pride and cockiness set into Gideon.
It is tragic when children don't follow their parents in the faith. Maybe Gideon should have taught Abimelech God's law, instead of being the big man and allowing Israel to worship a garment Gideon had made for himself that was only supposed to be for the priests.
v38: From a reading of the text, it doesn’t seem like Jepthah’s daughter’s friends were mourning because she would never become a mother; it seems like they were mourning because she’d never have sex. You have to remember that, much like the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians, Israel at the time of the judges was carnally minded.
v17: Imagine how much better things might possibly have gone for Samson if he had phrased his response to Delilah something like, "My strength comes from God because I've kept up my end of a vow that I'd never shaved my head." If Samson had put the emphasis on God in what he said and not on his hair, mightn't God had given him the strength to fight off the Philistines, even if Delilah had still managed to have his hair cut.
v2: Micah's mother was a reactionary, much like so many Christians today.
v3: This verse makes me think of the Catholic church since they basically do the same thing.
v8: Just like many Christians today, the Levite acted in his own strength instead of listening to the voice of the Lord.
v13: Micah was like a lot of people today who think because they go to church or whatnot God will be with them.
v5: "Hey Christian, pray to the man upstairs so we can accomplish what we want to get done."
v20: Like many pastors today, the Levite was willing to go wherever would inhance his career. Maybe, if asked, he would have said God called him to go with the army.
v6: These were not very responsible people.
v22-25: At this point, Israel has become worse than Sodom and Gomorah.
v28: "Come on, woman, get your butt on the donkey. So what if you got gang raped all night long till now you can't even walk. Time's a-wastin' here."
v15-17: Did the Benjamites really expect a Gideon scenario to take place in this battle?!
v10-12, 19-23: The book that begins with the victorious days of Joshua and Caleb ends with one of Israel's tribes nearly being wiped out by their countrymen and those countrymen subsequently having to kill more of their own in order to provide wives so Benjamin could continue. Then, when those women weren't enough, the Benjamites have to resort to breaking God's law by kidnapping girls in order to make up the difference.