Whew. I imagine a lot of us were relieved to be able to settle into story like this. It’s a beautiful story all on its own. But, of course, it’s not on its own. It’s part of the Bible, a part of the BIG story. Ends up that Ruth, the foreigner, is the great grandmother King David. We’re…Read more »
I’m guessing that many of you are starting to salivate for the New Testament. At the same time, it’s important to know our roots — not only the roots of our past but those roots that are still embedded in our hearts.
Like many of the other stories we’ve encountered so far, this passage takes another whack at my homogenized faith. I keep looking for heroes, spiritual mentors I can look up to now and then, but so far these have been few and far between. Reading this story about Gideon makes me realize that there was nothing particularly…Read more »
Deborah is the man, uh woman, of the hour. As she is described in our text, Deborah is clearly regarded as one of the greatest leaders in Israel’s history. This reminds me of another woman, Junias, whom the apostle Paul describes as “outstanding among the apostles” (Romans 16:7). So in the Bible we have women as prophet/judges and…Read more »
In today’s reading we’re told that the Israelites “served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him,” but the next generation “knew neither the Lord or what he had done for Israel.” How soon we forget. All the stories in Judges remind us that forgetting is a lot easier…Read more »
Back at the beginning of Genesis, just before the account of the flood, we read that “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.” Then God said, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to…Read more »
Today’s passage is challenging on several fronts (including its length). Let’s focus first on what we learn about God in this story. Last we heard, God was telling the people to stay back — way back — while Moses “approached the thick darkness where God was.”