This is the cycle of Israel: As long as Israel had a judge, the country did well and followed God. When the judge died, Israel’s morals declined, and they did evil in the sight of the LORD. First they forgot God and turned from His ways. Then they started worshiping false gods. This cycle repeated itself over and over, each time getting worse. The only thing able to stop this pattern towards death is God’s grace. Please open your Bible to Judges, chapter four, and listen to Pastor Ray Viola expound on this cycle.