Archive for March, 2016

Week 12: Judges & Ruth

The book of Ruth has no miracles, while the book of Judges had gobs!

The book of Ruth has no villains, while the book of Judges are replete with them.

The book of Ruth is life as usual for a few individuals, while the book of Judges is the roller coaster ride of tribes and nations.

Chaos and confusion in one, and hesed* and love in the other.

But there are many lessons to be learned about ourselves, humanity and God in both of them.

Click on the picture to get a three-page handout of the books.

Not a picture of Bethlehem, but it does display the beauty, fruitfulness and peacefulness of the book of Ruth!

Not a picture of Bethlehem, but it does display the beauty, fruitfulness and peacefulness of the book of Ruth!

*Finding the exact English equivalent is difficult, but the book of Ruth fully displays it! Lovingkindness, mercy, love, loyalty, goodness, favor, grace, etc.

Week 11: Joshua the Overcomer

The book of Joshua begins the part of the Old Testament referred to as the Historical Books (Joshua – Esther).

It tells the account of the 12 tribes of Israel moving into the Promised Land.

It should depict for us today, not an edict to go in to foreign territories and occupy them, but rather, an example of how God will work victory in our lives by conquering bad habits, poor decisions, selfishness and other flaws that need overcoming.

Anytime you read of the ruthlessness of the Israelites towards their enemies, translate that to our own personal lives. What in my life do I need to deal ruthlessly with? What sin needs an absolute slaughtering in my life? Do we want to coexist with bad habits, or totally eradicate them?

If you answer the latter, the book of Joshua gives us many principles God will use in making us overcomers of the corruption in our own lives.

Click on the picture below to see this week’s 3-page overview of the first historical book…Joshua:

Joshua and the Israelites marching around the walls of Jericho

Joshua and the Israelites marching around the walls of Jericho

Week 10: Deuteronomy: Moses’ Last Days

Today we are closing out the Torah by looking at the Book of Deuteronomy or Second Law
(which is really just the first law, repeated and further explained for the nomadic Israelites who are getting ready to be land owners!).

This is also where we bid Moses farewell and gladly see the noble, courageous, faithful new leader given the baton of leadership…Joshua, or Yeshua.

Click on the pic to see this week’s readings as well as a three-page overview:

Moses blowing the horn

Moses’ Last Days…he rallys the tribes together to sing his last song, extolling the Rock