• Ruth and Naomi

    Ruth 1:15–22

    Ruth came to faith in the God of Israel, and we know that can happen only because God brought her dead soul to life (Eph. 2:1–10). Long before the coming of Christ, the Lord was bringing people outside of Israel ...Read More

  • Naomi and Her Daughters-in-Law

    Ruth 1:1–14

    Elimelech and his family showed an imperfect faith by going to Moab. Yet, the end result of it would be salvation for Ruth, as we will see. While we should be careful to obey the Lord, we also shouldn’t think ...Read More

  • Wives for Benjamin

    Judges 21

    When we have no king over our lives, we will do what is right in our own eyes, even justifying our sinful actions. If we are Christians, Jesus is our King, though in many ways we will fall short in ...Read More

  • At War with Benjamin

    Judges 20

    God’s patience and kindness are meant to lead His people to repentance (Rom. 2:4). It is easy, however, to take the Lord’s patience as a sign that He does not care about sin. We dare not do that. The Lord ...Read More

  • Israel Becomes Sodom

    Judges 19

    In the days of the judges, Israel did not live as a holy, separate people. As a result, they took on the ways of Canaan, becoming guilty of the very same sins. When God’s people do not live holy lives, ...Read More

  • After We Fail

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  • Samson Victorious

    Judges 16:23–31

    As Christians, our goal should be to receive commendation as faithful servants of God without the attendant shortcomings and sins of the judges. We must be grateful that God uses imperfect people, for we are all sinners, but we must ...Read More

  • Samson Defeated

    Judges 16:1–22

    We fall into sin when our desires overcome our dedication to the Lord. When this happens, God is gracious to forgive us when we repent (1 John 1:8–9), but our goal should be to fight our sinful desires so that ...Read More

  • Samson Avenges Himself on the Philistines

    Judges 15

    We are not all guilty of the same gross sins that Samson committed, but he does stand as an example of one who was at the same time a servant of God and a great sinner. That is true of ...Read More

  • Samson Breaks His Vow

    Judges 14

    God’s sovereign plan cannot be thwarted by our sin. Nevertheless, we should not be eager to sin in order to prove this point. Sin brings serious consequences and pain, so it is far better for us if God works through ...Read More

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