Judges is the book of complacency. It takes place after the death of Joshua when the people depart from complete obedience to God by trying to settle the land without wiping out all of the inhabitants of the land. In Judges we learn the importance of Godly leadership, the consequences of incomplete obedience, and the tendency of man to stop trusting in God once he’s in a place where he is comfortable. Despite the tendency of the people to fall away from God, we see God’s faithfulness to deliver them and bring them back to Himself. A major message of Judges is that everyone did what was right in his own eyes and it led to chaos, confusion, and corruption.