Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 6 – Joshua, Judges, Ruth

In the Land

This week’s study was a rather eclectic mix of war, leadership and love.  I never really thought about the vested interest that Joshua had in that first Passover 40 years previous.  He was the eldest son of Nun.  I guess that means there was blood on the door of their home.  Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and Ai and Beth-Horon.  This book is for soldiers.  And isn’t that what we are?

One of the most fascinating discussion subjects concerned Jonathan Swift and his work “Gulliver’s Travels” where he detailed the size, revolutions and orbits of the two moons of Mars 151 years before they were even discovered by astronomers!  That can only be the work of the Holy Spirit!!!

The parallels between the books of Joshua and Ephesians were fascinating.  Both books are about entering and possessing an inheritance!  There are also parallels identified between Joshua and Revelation.  First the names Joshua and Jesus are variations of each other.  They both discuss a seven-year military campaign against seven (of originally 10) nations.  Two witnesses, seven trumpets, and much more.

The book of Judges chronicles a truly depraved time in Israel’s history.  Taking place around 450 years after the conquest of Canaan, Judges tells the stories of leaders who were raised up as deliverers during a time when “Everyone did right in their own eyes.”  One of the primary lessons I took away from this discussion was the pattern of sinning – suffering – repentance – deliverance that Judges lays out.  Sounds a lot like us, doesn’t it?

The book of Ruth has been one of my favorites, and after watching this hour’s video, it is even more so.  The events of this book take place during the days of the judges.  I never knew that the six measures of barley was a code for Naomi signifying the creation story.  Boaz was telling Naomi that he would not rest until the matter was settled just like the Lord worked for six days and rested on the seventh.  If we look at the story from a symbolic standpoint (using the following substitutions:  Boaz is the Kinsman-Redeemer, Naomi is Israel, Ruth is the Gentile Bride), how does this change your outlook on the book itself and the Christian life?  The observations concerning this book are incredible!

The homework for next time is Samuel, Kings and Chronicles.

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