Archive for the ‘Old Testament’ Category

Timeline of Truth: Naomi Seeks a Better Future for Her Daughters-in-Law (Ruth 1:8-18)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Naomi displays her loving care for her daughters-in-law, even in the aftermath of terrible circumstances and at the cost of her own personal provision and her only remaining loving relationships. She attempts to send Orpah and Ruth back to their own families. Orpah heads for home. Ruth selflessly commits herself to Naomi. God uses Ruth in profound ways God wants us to make significant, permanent, often costly life choices for Him.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Makes Difficult Decisions (Ruth 1:5-7)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Naomi is required to make wise decisions. Having experienced the death of her husband and then the death of her sons, Naomi is left without provision and without protection. We trace the process of Naomi’s decision, and learn the importance of making godly decisions, and following through on those decisions.

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Timeline of Truth: Tragedy, Added to Adversity, Added to Apostasy (Ruth 1:1-5)

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

The Book of Ruth begins with a very poor scenario. Those highlighted in this book find themselves in a country that is driven by apostasy, having departed from God, and thus, truth and righteousness. Added to that, the country is suffering from a widespread famine, which impacts its inhabitants. On top of these difficulties, the key family suffers the personal tragedy of multiple deaths of loved ones. Life is full of troubles, but God is always sin control.

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Timeline of Truth: Introduction to the Book of Ruth

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

We’re off and running! We have recommenced our Timeline of Truth with the next chronological book – the Book of Ruth. In this introductory lesson, we discuss who might have written the book, the timing of the writing of the book, and the timing of the events of the book. Additionally, we review the key theme of Ruth, other key purposes of Ruth, and, with help from Dr. Thomas Constable’s notes, highly four revelations, three values, and three major lessons found in Ruth. We end with 20 questions that we will seek to answer throughout our study of Ruth. You can be righteous and pure in evil times!

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Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 21:1-25) – Part 3: Rash Decisions

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Israel attempts to repair the damage of their sin rather than to repent of their sin. They ignore what God has revealed and continue to do what is right in their own eyes. What results is further carnage: murder, kidnapping, and rape. The weak lose when sin wins, and all in the name of “doing what is right.” We cannot fix what disobedience breaks with more disobedience.

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Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 19:29-20:48) – Part 2: Ruthless Violence

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Very dark days continue in Israel. We are taken from a display of rampant immorality to civil war and ruthless violence. Man’s ideas do not lead to God’s results. The Levite whose concubine is ravaged (to which he was an accomplice, having offered her in his stead) takes his now dead wife and dismembers her into 12 parts, and sends these parts to the 12 tribes of Israel. The horrified tribes assemble to find out the nature of this gruesome message. The Levite misrepresents the account to eliminate his own guilt, and in the process initiates what turns out to be a civil war. The 11 tribes seek to bring justice, and many die on both sides. God often allows great pain and death to bring us to our senses. The 11 tribes go beyond justice and ruthlessly destroy the tribe of Benjamin. Our revenge will not deal with offenses in a godly, just way, and it will only cause greater damage.

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Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 19:1-28) – Part 1: Rampant Immorality

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

In Judges, God shares some of the worst of what men can become when they reject His Word and do what is right in their own eyes. Judges 19 is very likely one of the darkest chapters in all of the Bible. Like Sodom, perverted men seek to sexually violate a visitor passing through town. What may be even worse, this visitor sends out his wife in his place! She is violated by the mob through the night, to the point of death. Rejecting God’s Word leads to selfishness, sexual perversion, and harm to everyone around us.

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Timeline of Truth: Jonathan, the Compromising Levite: Danites and Jonathan (Judges 18:1-31)

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Judges 18 continues the story of the Levite and Micah. This situation illustrates how, once you make sinful choices, it becomes easier and easier to continue to disobey.  We also find out the identity of the mysterious Levite: Jonathan, the grandson of Moses.  Spirituality is not inherited. It must be taught, and embraced. We are taught in this lesson that we must be diligent and committed to doing what is right.  It is too easy to abandon the things of God and to do what is right in our own eyes. 

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Timeline of Truth: Jonathan, the Compromising Levite: Micah and Jonathan (Judges 17)

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The mindset of the children of Israel during the time of the Judges was “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  Though the story of Micah and a certain Levite we see the dangers of ignoring God’s word and choosing to live by one’s own “wisdom.”  We need to learn that God’s ways are the way a Christian ought to live and ignoring His instructions only bring trouble and confusion.

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Downfall of Samson (Judges 16:1-31)

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Samson’s life reaches an end that reflects his entire life. He lives his life for himself. Even in death, Samson dies to avenge his own eyes, not to vindicate God or to liberate God’s people. What can we learn from one who lived (and died) for himself?

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