Current Series: The Prequel
It might seem as if the world these days...
runs on conflict and the only attitude that everyone agrees with is that nobody has the right to tell us
what to think, what to say, how to act, or what to believe or value.
But living according to what is right in our own eyes is a lifestyle with a long, disappointing history.
The Old Testament book of Judges, written about Israel's tumultuous early days, describes a dysfunctional people
doing despicable things. In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. (Judges 21:25)
The culture had a lot in common with our world today. But among the pages of faults and flaws we find the gospel,
not presented by a sanitized, inspirational people. But rather by a group of people who encounter a God of grace
and mercy reaching to rescue them in spite of their filthy rags.
- If life ever seems out of control and you wonder if God is there, if he cares, or if he can change things – the message of Judges is for you.
- If you ever think that you are too far gone – your faults and flaws disqualify you from ever being accepted or used by God – the encouragement of Judges is for you.
- If you wonder what it looks like to try to continue what Jesus started in a context that is not conducive for that mission – the challenge of Judges is for you.
Judges helps us read the Bible faithfully because it shows us God's presence during the times of rescue
that preceded his son. It also points us to the greatest rescue and the ultimate rescuer, Jesus, who would
come to finish the work of his father and offer us a role in unfolding his story.