Oct 262016
 

In the BCaD project we’ve just finished the book of Judges.

And for those who are wondering what this project is about, it is reading a chapter of the Bible each day and posting a short summary / reflection from it on social media. And if you would like to get involved please feel free to do so.

So far we have worked through:

Old Testament:

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Job

New Testament:

  • Matthew
  • Luke
  • Acts
  • Galatians

And as we read through the book of Judges we saw – from relatively good beginnings – things getting worse and worse as the people turned away from following God and did what they each thought was right.

To give us a glimmer of hope we’re going to look briefly at the book of Ruth, a story of a few individuals that took place:

In the days when the judges ruled, (Ruth 1:1a)

And as we do so we will see that God is still at work and that His purposes for His people will still be carried out. It ends with a family tree giving the people hope that a king would come – and a king who was able to bring the people back into a better relationship with God.ruh-4v22

 

And after thinking about the story of Ruth we’ll turn our attention to another of the Gospels, to John, that tells the story of a greater king, a king recognised by some as the king of Israel

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But whose reign actually extends over the whole earth.

 

Oct 052016
 

The book of Joshua draws to a close with the words:

Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel. (Joshua 24:31)

And there is a hint that after Joshua, and after these elders who had experienced so much of God’s goodness, the people may turn away from God and choose another way, follow other gods.

And to see how the story develops we’re going to go on and work through the book of Judges – where we will see that, unfortunately, the people got into a cycle of turning away from God, of God punishing them, the people calling on God, God sending someone to rescue them.

A difficult time in the life of the people of Israel and one which ends with some sad words:

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. (Judges 21:25)

How had a moment of such promise turned into such a fragmented society with no real purpose and direction? We’ll find out as we trace the story over the next few weeks.

But in the darkness we will also see rays of light as a few people commit to serving and praising God

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