What to expect this week

We’re not just starting but finishing TWO books this week: Judges and Ruth!

We’re at a point now where we’ll have several weeks in a row of starting and finishing some of the most interesting books in the Bible; these are the history books, the ones that  deal with the story of Israel from their triumphant entry into the Promised Land to their failure to uphold their covenant with God, their division into two kingdoms, the exile in Babylon, and concluding with the return from exile when Babylon is conquered by the Persians.

Judges is a hard book- it’s the tragic story is Israel’s utter failure to be holy, and the subsequent descent into chaos and violence that it leads to. Fortunately, right after we finish Judges on Saturday we read Ruth on Sunday, and Ruth is just the opposite of Judges.

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