The book of Judges reveals the ugly result of not heeding the LORD's warnings about idolatry and of not following His Word. It recounts the cycle of history, both in the period of the Judges and in our lives still today. From prosperity to idolatry, from idolatry to judgment, from judgment to repentance, from repentance to deliverance. The Judges played an important role in this cycle. Our summary verse comes from Judges 2:16-17: “Nevertheless, the LORD raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who plundered them. Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not do so.” (NKJV). There is much for us to learn from this account!
The book of Joshua picks up following the death of Moses and describes the fulfillment of the LORD's promise to Abraham as He delivers the land of Canaan into the hands of Joshua and the nation of Israel. Our summary verse is Joshua 1:9: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" (ESV). The LORD is strong and mighty and keeps His promises. We need not fear with Him at our side.
Deuteronomy is a review of God's work in the lives of the Children of Israel and was preparing them for the dangers that would be in front of them as they entered the promised land. Our verse is Deuteronomy 6:5: "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (NKJV). Moses directs the people to the importance of following the LORD, and to trust in the promise of the coming Savior, who would be like Moses, but greater than Moses. Don't forget what the LORD has done and has promised to do for you!
The book of Numbers records the account of the Children of Israel and the 40 years they spent in the wilderness. Our summary verse is Numbers 23:19: “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (NKJV). This book reminds us of the faithfulness of God as He provided for, led and protected His people during all these years even though they were not faithful.
In our summary of Leviticus we will look at the different types of Law God gave His Old Testament people including the Moral, Civil and Ceremonial. Our verse is Leviticus 19:8: "You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD” (NKJV). God's Law is good, because it reveals His will and what is good for us and all society. But only Jesus has kept it perfectly and He has done that our our substitute.
In our summary of Exodus we are reminded of God's care and protection, and His love of His people motivates them to love and trust in Him. Our verse is: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:2-3 NKJV). We will see His deliverance and His care for His people.
In our summary of Job we are reminded of the life of Job and how God used the tragedies of his life to instruct and strengthen him. Our verse is Job 13:15: "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him" (KJV). The LORD assures him that He is merciful and loving, and gives us a new perspective on life and the opportunities that the LORD puts before us to bear witness of Him.
In our Summary verses of the Books of the Bible we are looking at one verse from each verse which summarizes the individual books in our English Bibles. In this podcast we look at the book of Genesis. Our summary verse for this book of beginnings is Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female” (HCSB). Join us on Monday and Wednesday for our continuing study!