Judges is about the twelve different judges that ruled Israel after Joshua died.
Chapter 2 tells of the death of Joshua. He was 110 when he died. After he died, Israel began to do evil.
Chapter 3 tells about the first two judges. Othniel, a nephew of Caleb, was the first. After he died, Israel again did evil. Then came Ehud. Israel was serving Eglon, the king of Moab. Ehud killed Eglon and judged Israel for many years.
Chapters 4&5 tell of Deborah. After Ehud died, Israel needed a new judge, yet again. This time, they got a woman. Israel was serving Jabin, the King of Canaan. Deborah told a man, named Barak, to go after the captain od Jabin's army, Sisera. Barak agreed to go, if Deborah would, too. She told him that she would, but that God would have a woman defeat Sisera. Sure enough, a woman named Jael, ended up being the one to kill Sisera.
Chapter 6 begins the story of Gideon. Again, Israel was doing evil, and God wanted Gideon to be the judge of Israel. Gideon wanted God to prove to him that he was really the one God wanted. He asked God to make a piece of fleece wet from the dew and leave the ground dry. Next morning, Gideon was able to wring out a bowlful of dew out of the fleece, and the ground had been dry. Next, he wanted God to make the ground wet from dew, yet leave the fleece dry. Next morning, he found the ground wet and the fleece dry. He then knew God really wanted him. The story of Gideon, that most of us are more familiar with, will be in next Thursday's chapters.
In the meantime, tomorrow's chapters will be 1 Corinthians 7-11.