Through the Bible, March 15

Reading: Ruth 1-4 Summary: God’s eternal plan encompassing all of humanity’s redemption through His Son, who would one day come to earth, is carried out through individuals.  Some of those people are among the most unlikely of persons.  It would seem that all God has done and plans to do …

Through the Bible, March 14

Reading: No scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflection: Today is the planned catch up day for the second week of March (8-14).  Though no readings are scheduled, below are thoughts worthy of consideration. The accounts of the incidents and people recorded in Judges should not necessarily be understood as having occurred …

Through the Bible, March 13

Reading: Judges 17-19 Summary: If one is looking for a happy ending to the book of Judges they will be sadly disappointed.  The moral depravity and spiritual bankruptcy of this time is in full view to the very end. Appropriately, the closing chapters of the book twice state this assessment …

Through the Bible, March 12

Reading: Judges 13-16 Summary: Samson is surely as memorable as is Gideon, but not for the same reasons.  A genuinely remarkable Bible character, Samson’s physical strength was nearly matched by his spiritual weakness.  Yet God used this flawed and selfish man to accomplish His own purposes. Devotional Thought: Samson–Rock Star …

Through the Bible, March 11

Reading: Judges 9-12 Summary: Gideon’s effectiveness as a leader is seen in the people’s desire to make him their ruler, which he rightfully declined (Judges 8:22-23).  Unfortunately, one of his sons, Abimelech, saw an opportunity for advancement and attempted to seize power with disastrous results. Further, one of Scripture’s saddest …

Through the Bible, March 10

Reading: Judges 6-8 Summary: Among the greatest and most memorable of the Judges was Gideon.  His victory over the Midianites provides one of the Bible’s most powerful lessons in trusting God for our victories rather than our own strength. Devotional Thought: A Bug and Gideon Ok, I confess; I’m a …

Through the Bible, March 9

Reading: Judges 3:7-5:31 Summary: To say the Judges and their times were colorful would be a tremendous understatement.  Today’s reading includes the first Judge, a Judge who used an oppressive king’s obesity against him, and the only female Judge. Devotional Thought: The Bible Against Women? The Bible catches a lot …

Through the Bible, March 8

Reading: Judges1:1-3:6 Summary: We praise and thank God for effective leaders.  Joshua was just such a man (see Judges 2:7).  But what happens when no good leaders are found to replace the ones who die?  The time of the Judges is a sad answer to that question.  “[T]here arose another …

Through the Bible, Week 2 Introduction

Week 2: Judges Over God’s People March 8-14             The time of the Judges is hard.  Reading Judges challenges us with much violence, bloodshed, and moral behavior of less than stellar quality.  This is obviously a difficult time that is somewhat less than God’s ideal for this people.  Consequently, God …

Through the Bible, March 15

Week 3: Transition From Judges to Kings March 15-21             Nothing is ever all bad and neither is anything ever all good. It is often the contrast between the good and bad that causes both to be better seen for what they are.  A light, even a dim one, is …