The Agonies of Apostasy

The book of Judges covers the 400 years after the conquest of the Promised Land and after the Israelites said, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” Yet in this period of Hebrew history “every man did what was right in his own eyes”. Have you ever promised to put God first in your life, only to fall away from that vow later? The Israelites did after they settled in Canaan – not once, but seven times!

Extraordinary Things Through Ordinary People

The book of Judges shows us God delights in doing extraordinary things through very ordinary people like you and me. The character studies of these judges give us insight and hope for those times we feel unworthy or inadequate to face life’s difficult challenges. Through apostasy and its terrible consequences God shows us some wonderful truths about how He honors faithfulness and fulfills His purposes for His people.

Every Man in His Place

Even though Gideon was hiding and afraid, God demonstrated through Gideon He delights in taking the least, the weakest, and the most ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary supernatural miracles, when such people are available and committed to doing what God tells them to do. It is important when God calls you to do a work for Him that you go into that work knowing that God has sent you and that God is with you.

The Romance of Redemption

The book of Ruth is a beautiful love story that mirrors salvation and our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Old and New Testament Scriptures tell us we are betrothed to Him as a bride to her bridegroom. In Ruth this relationship as a “Romance of Redemption” and the law of the “kinsman redeemer” echo the message of the grace God has for all mankind.

Love at First Sight

The book of Ruth is a profound allegory illustrating redemption. To redeem means “to buy back” and “to bring back.” Boaz redeemed Ruth; first he bought her back when he paid all her debts, then he established a relationship with her that brought her back into the family of God. Learn how in the same way we must decide we want Jesus to be our redeemer—to buy us back and to bring us back into the family of God.

The Kingdom of God

What is the Kingdom of God? In the Old Testament, God’s kingdom was a literal, historical and geographical realm over which God was sovereign, with God Himself wanting to be the only ruler. The people, however, rejected God as their king and asked for human kings, which they got. The result was often tragic. This gives us insight into the concept of the Kingdom of God and how it relates to the New Testament and our lives.

Heard of God

The books of Samuel communicate God’s truth to us in the form of short biographies, focusing on three people in particular. According to the scriptures, Samuel, Saul and David and all the things that happened to them are for our warning and for our example. David is the best king Israel ever had, and judging from the amount of space the Holy Spirit gave to his story, he is one of the most important characters in the Bible.

Anointed Obediance

Saul, Israel’s first king, was disobedient and caused the Lord to cast him away. The dominating characteristic of David’s life was obedience—he would do all God’s will. Real success is usually best discovered in the private places of our hearts. Israel’s greatest king, David, was a shepherd, a musician, a warrior, a leader, and a friend. Most important of all, he is described as a man after God’s own heart.

How to Fail Successfully

Through the life of King David we can learn to succeed through failure. For much of his life, David was a shining example. But in one season of David’s life, he committed the sins of adultery and murder; for a whole year, he tried to cover up his sin. His sins show us even godly people may give in to temptation if they are not careful. David’s life teaches us the important thing is how we respond when we fail.

The Blessedness of Forgiveness

In Psalms 32 and 51, among others, David speaks of emotions we can all relate to: the feelings associated with guilt. Psalms of confession and forgiveness show us the relief and joy found in God’s forgiveness of our sin and the blessings of God’s grace and restoration. Psalm 139 describes the God to whom we pray. God knows and understands everything about us, so He is the perfect counselor in times of difficulty.

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