Christian Scriptures Week 5
Christian Scriptures Week 5 REL 1310
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Christian Scriptures September 19-21, 2016 Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Bible and last of the Torah or Pentateuch The word Deuteronomy basically means “second law” One of its main themes is the history of Israel with God: In Egypt, at Sinai, in the wilderness, etc. Another theme: the law and the significance of the law for Israel’s life in the land The Essence of the Law *Deut 6:49 and Deut 10:12* o God is one o Israel’s life with God centers upon love: God’s setting his heart on Israel (Deut 7:78), Deut 10:1415) enables Israel’s love of God o The essence of the law is to help Israel learn to love God The law brings life, delight, freedom, happiness, wellbeing (see Psalm 119; Deut 10:13) Entry into the Land as God’s Work God’s covenantal promise of the land (Gen 12:1) The book of Joshua tells the story of the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan under Joshua’s leadership Narrative stresses God’s action o Josh 1:9; 1:11; 3:3ff; 5:14; 6:2; 23:3 Rahab Joshua prepares conquest by sending spies to survey the land, who take refuge in the house of Rahab Note her response to their presence; she acknowledges that Israel’s God is LORD of heaven and earth (Joshua 2:11), which has everything to do with why she is spared Christian Scriptures September 23, 2016 Judges Leaders of Israel in the critical period between occupation of the land and the establishment of the monarchy To judge means not just to make a decision in a court of law but also to govern and to rule more generally The book of Judges deals with Israel’s inability to drive out all the inhabitants of the land and the reasons for its failures to do so It presents a different picture from Joshua, where the conquest is sudden and complete. Judges presents Israel as engaged in a struggle to take the land and as repelling attacks from hostile neighbors Ruth God’s Faithfulness They return because “the LORD had considered his people and given them food” (Ruth 1:6) They arrive at the time of the barley harvest (Ruth 1:22) But one of the central questions is: is God faithful to Naomi? Does she return empty? (Ruth 1:2021) Ruth’s Faithfulness Background: Israelites and the Moabites were enemies But Ruth remains with Naomi, forsaking everything for her (Ruth 1:15ff) Ruth gleans to provide for Naomi (Ruth 2) Boaz comments on Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi (Ruth 2:1113) Ruth’s going to Boaz on the threshing floor also displays loyalty to Naomi, choosing Boaz because he is the next of kin Boaz’s Faithfulness Faithfulness to covenant and the protection for the poorest Ruth is a suspicious migrant from a suspicious country with a suspicious religion… …But Boaz protects her o Allows her to glean the standing sheaves Acts as a next of kin and takes Ruth as his wife
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