This week we finish up the last chapters of Judges, read the entire book of Ruth and get most of the way through I Samuel.
Ruth is the first book named after a woman. Ruth's devotion to her mother-in-law is endearing and touching and how this foreigner is rewarded for her faithfulness is nothing short of amazing as she is listed in Jesus' genealogy!
I Samuel details the history of the Israelites as it details the life of one of their famous leaders, Samuel; who was the last of the judges and the first of the prophets. The first seven chapters deal mainly with his birth, calling and ministry, before turning attention to Israel's request for a king, fulfilled in the person of Saul.
By chapter 15 though, King Saul has been rejected by God because of his behavior. Young David is chosen by God and anointed by Samuel as king in chapter 16, then fights the famous Philistine giant in chapter 17. King Saul grows more and more suspicious and paranoid about David in chapters 18 and 19. Then we read about the friendship between David and Jonathan in chapter 20. The remainder of our reading this week details the ongoing hostilities between Saul and David.
Here is the schedule:
3 (Su) - Judges 18-21
4 (M) - Ruth 1-4
5 (Tu)- I Samuel 1-4
6 (W)- I Samuel 5-8
7 (Th) - I Samuel 9-12
8 (F) - I Samuel 13-16
9 (Sa) - I Samuel 17-20
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.