A Failure, a Foreigner, and Faithfulness (Ruth 1)

My Introductory Comments:

Welcome to the book of Ruth! In the midst of the wars, violence and anarchy during the times of the judges, most Israelites are primarily concerned about eking out a living. As a despised foreigner, Ruth took great risks emigrating to the Promised Land. She was even more vulnerable as a poor, single woman working in the dangerous harvest fields. As alluded to in Dave’s post, God’s redeeming work and love through relationships is evident – between Boaz and Ruth, between the Lord and Israel, and between Christ and humanity. To continue reading Dave’s post, click the “Read More” link above.


We have reason to wonder if God’s Death-to-Life Project is failing.

In a comment on my post “god Cycle,” Darrell characterized the book of Judges as “ugly,” and he’s right. God’s plan was that Israel would shine – that He would shine in Israel. Instead, for the few hundred years covered by the book of Judges, Israel is dull, dark, and cold.

Leave the book of Judges.

Turn the page to the book of Ruth, and read,

            In the days when the judges ruled. . . .

Not a promising start.

However, during this miserable stretch of time when the Israelites take only brief breaks from their blatant infidelity to God, a foreign woman enters the story humbly.

She’s faithful.

When facing a crucial decision, she tells her Jewish mother-in-law, “Don’t urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go I will…

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Judges 1: Accept the Delivery

My Introductory Comments:

From the time of Joshua’s death to the rise of Saul as king, God raised up twelve men and one woman to rescue the rebellious nation of Israel. A nation that was loosing its national identity and its unity. The book of Judges contains some of the ugliest stories in the Bible. But I find a lot of comfort in knowing God doesn’t sanitize the horrible, raw ugliness and sin we each are guilty (and capable) of. Though this book, we can get a glimpse of God and ourselves. He would not let the Israelites go. And He will continue to pursue us. The Lord God is the real Hero. To continue reading Zak’s post, click the “Read More” link above.

A Chapter Per Day

The tribe of Judah was specifically chosen by God to lead the charge against the Canaanites in Judges chapter 1.

Jdg 1:1  Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?

Jdg 1:2  And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

I like the use of language in the second verse. The land has been delivered. That makes me think of the Postal Service. As the end customer, we do not need to do any of the work behind the scenes. The company coordinates everything to deliver that package or envelope right into our hands.

I think that is what God is trying to tell the Israelites and modern readers through these verses. There is a lot…

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Introductory Comments

Greetings everyone. Joshua is the first book of the Bible named after a person and the first book (of 12) that records the history of Israel. It is usually dived into two parts: chapters 1 – 11 (the military campaign to take control of the Promised Land) and chapters 12 – 24 (the allocation of the conquered land among the tribes of Israel). To truly appreciate all the action and historical details, study the text with Bible maps or a Bible atlas. To continue reading Zak’s post, click the link above.

A Chapter Per Day

Welcome to Joshua. In chapter 1, Joshua had just been handed the power to lead Israel into the Promised Land. I have a feeling that he must have been a little bit nervous. After all, leading an entire nation involves a lot of responsibility.

However, it must’ve been good for him to hear God telling that everything would be all right. Literally hearing from God would do something for my confidence.

Jos 1:5  There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Jos 1:6  Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

Jos 1:7  Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou…

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