Since I was on vacation a few days, I was unable to type stuff up. I will just try to do a quick catch up of what we've read so far in Judges.
Judges is more than just about the judges who rose up in Israel. It's a book showing who the ultimate Judge is. It's God. He judges Israel for their sin, and then shows His judgement against the other nations. In all cases, God is the one in control and the actual Judge.
Judges 1 starts out great, but soon falls. But starting in verse 27, we start reading about how the tribes "did not drive out the people." And there begins their downfall. We are now beginning to see a pattern. When the Israelites disobey, bad things happen. Whey they repent, they are restored and God is on their side.
The final thing I want to mention is a little conversation between Barak and Deborah. Deborah has called Barak to command an army. Barak's reply is that he will only go if Deborah goes with him. This act of fear/worry cost him the main prize of the battle, Sisera. When God asks us to take part in something or to lead, what will OUR response be? Do we have the confidence in God?