The answer to the question I just asked, is that in all of them a prominent theme is that people want a King. But not just any King, they want a King who is strong, good and just, and who will conquer evil enemies.
You may be familiar with the stories of how Arthur Curry became Aquaman and Strider became Aragon, and in this lesson, you’ll learn the history behind how Israel got its first king.
Before the first King Saul, we will look at the life of Samuel, the last of the Judges. He’s a powerful, fascinating character, that though over 13 chapters in the Bible talk about him, we know little of his personal life. But we know a lot about the things he did for God and how his life was the link between the time of the Judges and Israel’s identity as a nation.
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Though it sounds so appealing, to live our lives exactly how we want, is this really the best way to live?
Today we’ll look at what the book of Judges that shows us over 300 years of Israel’s history and what happened when they did exactly that.
Those events are told honestly in that story, as that is what the Bible does, make Judges is one of the most difficult books of the Bible to read.
Though it has the stories of some familiar names like Sampson, Gideon, and Deborah, who accomplished great things for God, the book fills in the details of their lives, some of which weren’t all that great. In between these well-known characters are also the stories of a number of other Judges who also led Israel for a time.
The span of the book is over 300 years and the entire book is a sad cycle of sin, oppression, crying out to God, God saving them through a Judge, a time of peace, and then falling back into sin and starting the cycle all over again because as the book ends up saying, it was a time where “everyone did what was right in their own eyes.”
In the midst of this book we also read the story of Ruth, who lived during the time of Gideon and her story shows us that no matter how bad things might be or how crazy our world becomes, there will always be people who choose to serve God and who protects and honors.
Judges and Ruth show us there will always be two ways to live–God’s way or our way. The lesson ends with sharing perhaps why we don’t choose God’s way and the reasons why his ways are always best. They may not be the easiest, but they are the way to true joy and peace.
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After 40 years of wandering, Israel finally gets to enter the Promised Land. God was giving it to them, but they still had to fight for it. Join us to learn about how to fight the battles of life successfully and the warnings of incomplete obedience.
In this podcast, you’ll see how even though we may be doing exactly what God wants us to do, we can still have challenges, but with God’s help, not in our own strength, we can overcome them. We can learn encouraging, positive applications from that.
We also need to look carefully at the book of Joshua for what happens when we don’t completely obey God. Because some of the tribes did not totally destroy the people and idol worship God told them to, they suffered because of it for the rest of their history.
We’ll look at both the positive and negative ways Joshua teaches us to fight and win the spiritual battles of life.
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Moses knows he will shortly die and after 40 years in the desert, the now formed nation Israel will go into the Promised Land. The book of Deuteronomy contains Moses’ final words to his people.
The book is a series of sermons where he restates and summarizes much of the content of the previous books of the Law.
The tone of the book is more pastoral and less thundering than his previous messages. It is the first book that God declares His Love for His people. Earlier in the Bible
He commanded love for others, but this is the first book that explicitly states his love for us.
In the light of that love, Moses show obeying his commands is for the good and happiness of his people then and for us now.
There is so much in this book that Jesus quoted in his temptation and still speaks to us today! Listen now!
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