Week 11

March 12-18

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This week we finish Judges and dive into Ruth!

This week we finish Judges and dive into Ruth!
Hey reading community,

The book of Joshua concludes with two speeches from Joshua that should remind you of Moses’ final words in Deuteronomy. Joshua challenges the people of Israel to shema, that is, to listen to the commands of the Torah in order to receive the blessings promised to them by Yahweh. However, after Joshua dies, things get really bad really quick. The book of Judges is one long story of the Israelite’s failures and how they assimilate to Canaanite culture instead of becoming a kingdom of priests (remember Exodus 19:4-6).

The book of Judges is disturbing, and we hope you’ll take the time to read the blog post this week. It will explore the hope the author is trying to highlight through the telling of these dark stories. Fortunately, this week will conclude with the book of Ruth, which should bring you back from the edge of your seat. It is a beautifully woven story that stands as an amazing testament to God’s redemptive power.

Day 71

JUDGES 4-5, PSALM 71 (NO VIDEO)

Day 72

JUDGES 6-8, PSALM 72 (PLOT)

Day 73

JUDGES 9-12, PSALM 73 (NO VIDEO)

Day 74

JUDGES 13-15, PSALM 74 (NO VIDEO)

Day 75

JUDGES 16-18, PSALM 75 (NO VIDEO)

Day 76

JUDGES 19-21, PSALM 76 (NO VIDEO)

Day 77

RUTH 1-4. PSALM 77 (RUTH)

Summary

For those who only know the story of Samson from children’s Bible stories, the real story may come as a shock. The bumbling but heroic strongman bears little resemblance to the arrogant, violent, and sex-crazed Samson we meet in the book of Judges. And he’s just one among a larger cast of morally ambiguous characters in Judges. Their stories are not told so you can aspire to become a thug like Jephthah or an assassin like Ehud. These characters are part of a larger narrative arc that shows how the Israelites become progressively more and more like Canaanites and less and less like Israelites.

The book of Judges is intentionally designed to show you that God is still at work even when he doesn’t have much to work with. And by the time you get to Judges 17-21, you’ll feel like the Israelites are at rock bottom. These stories are some of the darkest in the Bible because they expose the pain and violence caused by the human condition. The only glimmer of hope you’ll find is in the following book of Ruth, which ignites the promise of a future messianic King from the line of David.

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