Bible Time Period: Conquest and Judges
You led Israel triumphantly into the Promised Land. They failed to teach their children, and instead did what was right in their own eyes: Help me to keep my eyes on you and teach others what is truly right.
The rest of Judges forms an epilogue that describes two incidents that most likely took place toward the start of the period. Take note of the phrase that flanks this section (17:6 and 21:25).
We will not be reading the book of Ruth during this 90-day challenge, but if you are familiar with the love story you might be interested to know that it is set during this time in Israel’s history. It provides a welcome counterpoint to the closing chapters of Judges as it shows a Moabite woman forsaking the gods of Moab to faithfully serve Yahweh, God of Israel. Ruth appears in the genealogy of Jesus. She is in many ways what Israel was called to be.
Did going their own way lead to freedom for Israel, or to something else? What is the cost of doing “what is right in your own eyes”?
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