Week Twenty-Six

THE BOOK OF JUDGES 

  • The Judges ruled for over 400 years, from the death of Joshua until Samuel, during which Israel often turned to idolatry. Then God delivered them into the hands of their enemies, though He raised up “judges” or leaders from time to time to save them. See Judges 2:16-19.
  • Judges like Deborah and Barak, Gideon and Samson were people of great faith. They were named or included in the roll of honour (Hebrews 11).

   THE STORY OF RUTH

  • During the period of the Judges the beautiful story of Ruth the Moabitess took place.
  • She married into Israel by becoming the wife of Boaz at Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah. Their son continued the family which ultimately led to the Saviour.
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See Ruth 4:18-22 

DAILY READINGS AND NOTES 

Judges 4 The decisive victory of Deborah and Barak (verses 14-15) delivered Israel from oppression and is used later on as a picture of Christ’s victory over sin. See 5:12, Psalm 68:18, Ephesians 4:8.
Judges 7 God did not need a big army – just faithful men ready for battle (verses 1-8).
Judges 14 Verses 5-6. Samson’s strength came from God. See David’s fight (1 Samuel 17:34-36) and Paul’s deliverance. (2 Timothy 4:17).
Ruth 1 Ruth was a stranger from Moab. But she chose the God of Israel (verse 16) and God blessed her (4:13).
Ruth 2 Verse 11. Ruth left her own people (like Abram did) and came to trust under the wings of the God of Israel (verse 12).
Ruth 3 Boaz, who pointed forward to Christ, proved himself honourable and acted as a true kinsman – redeemer (verse 13).
Ruth 4 So Ruth was purchased (verse 10) as Jesus purchased his Church to be his Bride.