1. Exposition

What does this interaction between the two parties reveal?

Judges 1:24 (ESV)

24 And the spies saw a man coming out of the city, and they said to him, “Please show us the way into the city, and we will deal kindly with you.”

The house of Joseph has engaged in human strategy in its taking of Bethel. "The presence of Yahweh with the house of Joseph should have rendered all humanly contrived strategies unnecessary; indeed, there was to be no covenant made with the Canaanites (Judges 2:2; also see Deuteronomy 7:2). Tragically, there is no mention of Yahweh being present with the campaigns of any of the other tribes after this fiasco."1