Israel Under Joshua & Judges
Disorder and Deliverance Before Kings
- ISBN :9789811840722
- Format :Paperback
- Pricing Attribute :Normal
- Page Count :304
- Dimensions :153 x 228 x 17 mm
- Publication Date :19 Sep 2022
- Publisher :Alfred C.H. Yeo
- Author :Alfred C H Yeo
Joshua opens our story with such great promise for God’s people,
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6
God’s words to Joshua and His people could not have been clearer. They stood on the threshold of the Promised Land with the swelling River Jordan before them. Then, as the 4 priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant stepped into the river, the water dried up for thousands of people to walk across to Canaan on dry ground.
Yet, the Israelites failed to overcome and destroy their enemies as God had commanded and their idolatrous practices began to influence and distort the Israelite worship of God. The story of Micah, his mother’s idols, and a Levite priest to minister at the family shrine, and the Danite idolatry that followed (Judges 17 and 18) serves as a poignant backdrop to the times of the Judges. Times summated in Judges 21:25, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.”
As a result, God allowed the Israelites to fall at various times into the hands of the Philistines, the Ammonites, and other Canaanite enemies. It was under such cyclical distress (Israelite rebellion > oppression by their enemies > God’s mercy) that God raised Judges. A total of 14 Judges before the last, the Prophet Samuel, anointed Saul as the first king of Israel.
Amidst a cycle of distress, one story emerges above the rest. One that laid down God’s line of hope and security for all mankind; the story of Ruth and Boaz during the period of Judge Ehud. For through them the ancestral line to King David was laid.
Israel Under Joshua and Judges, destiny, disorder and deliverance before kings.