Putting our trust in thorn bushes is beyond foolish (Judges 9:7-21). We’ll definitely get stuck, and in the end we’re liable to get burned. Jesus urges us to test the character and actions of would-be leaders, especially those who seek authority within God’s kingdom: “By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:20).
Charles Coulston updates us on the work of Made in the Streets, a ministry dedicated to transforming the lives and futures of street children in Nairobi, Kenya. To learn more about MITS, please visit their website at www.madeinthestreets.org .
Our newest installment in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” series follows the swashbuckling and darkly comic exploits of Ehud (Judges 3:12-30). More than just an entertaining adventure, the text reveals how God works through even the most unlikely of “saviors.”
Like the American Old West, the era of the Judges had its share of colorful, swashbuckling characters: Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, and Samson. But it was also a time of moral confusion, when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Those “thrilling days of yesteryear” were a frustrating mixture of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” The Book of Judges is a valuable resource for understanding and breaking out of the cycle of apostasy in our own day.