A Royal Debacle

August 13, 2017

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).

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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.

June 25, 2017