Ruth 4

It was said by Naomi that Boaz would “not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”  The matter being the resolution of Naomi’s land case and Ruth’s marriage.  So sure enough, Boaz got right to work on this business: Ruth 4:1a Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there. Boaz […]

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Ruth 3

Ruth gleaned in Boaz’s fields throughout the barley and wheat harvests.  She did not need to go anywhere else, because Boaz told her that she didn’t have to, and he even instructed his harvesters to “accidently” leave a little extra when they saw that Ruth was following behind them. Boaz had a found a small […]

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Ruth 2

We continue in the Book of Ruth with Ruth and Naomi settling in Bethlehem after their journey from Moab.  Ruth was new in town, but Naomi was a returning legend.  While she had been away for an unknown number of years, her old friends still remembered the pleasant woman who once had to pack up […]

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Ruth 1

The Book of Ruth is a short story in the lives of one family that occurred during the time of the judges.  When we were studying Judges, and we arrived at chapter sixteen, we noted that the chronological timeline stopped with the death of Samson.  The remaining chapters of Judges jumped out of the timeline […]

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Judges 21

We’ve reached the conclusion of a story that started out with a Levite and his concubine (aka, his live-in girlfriend) traveling home after making up. Recall that he had broken up with her because she had been unfaithful, and she went home to live with her dad. But he went after her, they worked it […]

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Judges 20

This study picks up with the response all of Israel had to the un-named Levite’s grotesque “message.” Recall, his concubine was raped and murdered by a group of men in Gibeah, a city of the tribe of Benjamin, and the Levite cut her body up into twelve pieces and sent a piece to the leaders […]

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Judges 19

The Book of Judges ends with some of the most horrific and disturbing stories that can be found in Scripture. What makes these stories even more awful is that they occurred among God’s people, in Old Testament Israel. The shock value would be like hearing about these kinds of things occurring in the Church. Oh […]

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Judges 18

In this study, we continue the story that we started last time about the beginning of Israel’s experiment with idolatry. Micah, an Ephraimite, created a bustling religious enterprise out of his home, with an altar or shrine, little gods (teraphim) to help people “focus” and even a priesthood (starting out with his son, but then […]

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Judges 17

We have concluded the chronological historical account provided in the Book of Judges. Chapter 16, ending with the death of Samson, can be considered the end of the story in Judges. But there are five more chapters, and we should actually think of them as an appendix. These chapters cover some additional events that were […]

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Judges 16

In this chapter, we are at the point in the story of Samson’s life where he had judged Israel for about twenty years. The events in the preceding chapters occurred years in the past, and seemingly, Samson had moved on from the “troubles” that he had with the Philistines. Recall that most of those troubles […]

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