|Joshua, Judges, Ruth|
Here are the "speaking the Bible" summaries for Joshua, Judges and Ruth.
As long as they had those who knew the deeds of the Lord in leadership in Israel, the people served the Lord. We must teach our children His deeds, His part in giving us this land. The history books must not deny that, but proclaim the hand of the Lord in giving us this nation.
- Follow the leader the Lord has chosen and anointed.
- Prepare for the land He's promised you to become--spy it out.
- Honor the Lord.
- Keep His Word.
- Be strong and courageous.
- Teach your children.
- May this generation's heart be circumcised before the Lord.
- The blood of Jesus' cleanses all.
- Don't touch what is banned by Him, even if everyone else is.
- The final, major victory is to take the land at the high place.
- Defeat the kings and kingdoms that were in possession of what the Lord promised to His people. Disable their strength.
- There are more battles to distribute His allotments, but win the one in the high place.
- As you take possession, remember to keep your word, your promises.
- Do what is right. It may not be perfect, but give honor and promise where due, as the Lord has instructed.
- Don't wait. Don't hesitate. Go take possession. Survey and move in.
- When all of God's good promises are fulfilled and all the land allotted, rest.
- Look ahead to future generations. Teach them to keep the boundaries clearly defined--geographically and spiritually.
- Teach them to keep divisions properly addressed and not to compromise God's principles.
- Teach and remember the Lord.
- Teach your children the history.
- Teach them what the Lord has done for you.
- Teach them how He has given you all that He has.
- Remain faithful to Him. Don't go after false gods and you will be able to stay in the blessed land--you and your descendants.
- The land is given to God's people, yet there are tests and work along the way to see if they will fight for it, if they will keep Him first in all things. If they will remain strong, determined, and learn to live the right way.
- The strong and mighty works of God kept them on track.
- We must learn how to teach our children in such a way of love and admiration for the Lord, while consequences are not forgotten.
It started with war against the inhabitants of the Promised Land. Each generation had to learn to war. They had to be tested to see if they would serve Him or not. It ended with civil war. Fighting against Benjamin for how wicked they had become--like Sodom.
- Each generation chooses the Lord which is the land of freedom.
- The boundaries He sets are the boundaries of freedom.
- To not choose Him leads to slavery and bondage.
- Strike with precision as the Lord reveals.
- Come to know Him and learn how to walk with Him during the good times, not just the bad.
- Teach your kids how to grow up in times of peace and remain faithful to Him.
- Don't accept a leader whom God has not chosen. Even if he seems to have a "right" to it.
- Remain faithful to the Lord for the true leader to arise.
- Know your history. Know it well. Know the truth. It will be your leader and guide. It will bring deliverance.
- Do what is right even in the face of loss.
- Know your strengths and your weaknesses.
- Know the source of your strength and honor that.
- Don't play with your weaknesses. Don't reveal the secrets to your enemy.
- Know who you can trust. Know their weaknesses and strengths.
- Accused wickedness of God's people must be addressed with evidence and testimony.
- Desire justice, forgiveness, and righteousness to be done God's way.
- Take a stand against sin, not arrogantly, hut humbly.
- Provide for restoration, but honor the Lord first above all.
During the time of Judges, Elimelech and his wife Naomi went to live in Moab due to a famine in Bethlehem. They had two sons who married, and over time Elimelech and the two sons died. One daughter-in-law, Ruth, returned to Bethlehem with Ruth. Ruth met Boaz, a relative of Naomi, who redeemed the land of Naomi which had belonged to her husband. He also took Ruth to be his wife. They had a son Obed, the grandfather of David.
- The Lord provided a way for redemption and a return of the inheritance.
- In a time of trouble, a return to the land brought provision and the seed of a great king was born.