Devotions April

1Sam 9-12

April 10, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

From the tribe of Benjamin Saul is chosen to be the first king over a united Israel (1Sam 9). This is perhaps the first time since Joshua that the nation has been united. Saul is anointed first in a private ceremony and then publically (1Sam 10).

1Sam 4-8

April 9, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

The Philistines and Israel go to battle and the Ark of the Covenant is captured (1Sam 5). Few things could be more devastating to the nation. Eli’s sons die in battle and he dies upon hearing the news of their death and the capture of the Ark. The […]

1Sam 1-3

April 8, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

1 and 2Sam are one in the Hebrew Bible and cover approximately 150 years from Samuel, the last of the judges, until the final years of King David. Here (1Sam 1), yet another barren woman, like Sarah and Rebekah, miraculously gives birth to a biblical hero. Though the […]

Rut 1-4

April 7, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

Ruth is set in the days of the Judges and gives evidence that even in the worst of times there can be many people that hold to their faith and love God. Ruth is the pearl in the oyster. Elimelech of Bethlehem takes his family to Moab in […]

Jud 19-21

April 6, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

The nation is in freefall as a Levite journeys through Gibeah and his mistress is gang raped and horribly abused. The Levite then hacks her into 12 pieces and sends them through the nation to draw attention to the outrage (Jud 19). The other tribes demand that the […]

Jud 16-18

April 5, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

In the final chapter of his life (Jud 16), Samson visits a prostitute in Gaza and then escapes in his God-given power when his enemies discover him. From there, Samson goes to Valley of Sorek and falls in love with a woman named Delilah that is manipulated by […]

Jud 13-15

April 4, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

The Philistines are the oppressors here (Jud 13), and the tribe of Dan occupies the spotlight through chapter 18. The angel of the Lord appears to Manoah’s barren wife announcing that she will give birth to a son who will be Nazarite (Num 6) for life. Manoah desperately […]

Jud 10-12

April 3, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

Tola and Jair are two relatively minor judges of the 12 recorded in the book (Jud 10). Following them, the fifth cycle of sin begins. The Ammonites are the oppressors from the east while the Philistines are a constant threat to the west. As before, when things are […]

Jud 8-9

April 2, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

The tribe of Ephraim is upset to not be included in the first line of battle against the Midianites (Jud 8). Gideon pacifies them and together they continue neutralizing the enemy. Gideon wisely resists the temptation to become king, pointing to God’s sovereignty. His mistake is making an […]

Jud 6-7

April 1, 2015

Devotions April|

What does it say?

The fourth cycle of sin (Jud 6) is the result of Israel’s rebellion, and they have been under the oppression of the Midianites for seven years. When the people call to God for deliverance, God appears to a man named Gideon and calls him to the deliverer. Gideon […]