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Old Testament Passages Good for Every Christian to Know, Part 13

Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 13

by Doug Jacoby
In the OT series we've studied key Bible passages in every book from Genesis to Ruth. In deciding which passage from 1 Samuel to select, I was tempted to go with 1 Sam 2:22-25 (Eli's leadership) or 1 Sam 17 (David and Goliath), but eventually settled on 19:18-24, where the Spirit falls on ungodly Saul—and yet he prophesies.


Old Testament Passages Good for Every Christian to Know, Part 12

Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 12

by Doug Jacoby

This week's passage comes from the book of Ruth, which is set in the time of the Judges. Through most of this period (1200s-1000s BC) the Israelites struggle to remain faithful to Yahweh, instead frequently adhering to other gods and goddesses, like Ba'al and Asherah. Ruth, a foreigner, puts them to shame. This is a common biblical motif: outsiders get it, while insiders don't.


Old Testament Passages Good for Every Christian to Know, Part 11

Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 11

by Doug Jacoby

Background
After Joshua's time (the late 1200s BC), the people of Israel wander. Nor are Israel's leaders spiritual, for the most part. Not to say there were no good judges—Deborah and Othniel were godly—but most of the other leaders had serious faith issues. The thought that leaders must be humble, accountable, and godly as they serve the people seems not to have occurred to them.


Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 10

Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 10

by Douglas Jacoby

Today's scripture is found in the middle of the final chapter of Joshua. The great man of God is growing old, and is concerned that the people of Israel continue to follow Yahweh once he is no longer leading them.


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