The Minor Prophets: The Twelve as One Book

The Minor Prophets (“The Twelve”) as One Book[1] In the Hebrew canon of Scripture, the modern thirty-nine books of the Old Testament were categorized as twenty-four books. The twelve books commonly referred to as “The Minor Prophets” were arranged in the Hebrew Bible to function as one book that unfolded in twelve parts (cf. Acts... Continue Reading →

Theological Themes of the Book of Judges

1. The sovereignty of God[1]: As the One who empowers both the oppressors and the deliverers, the LORD demonstrates His unquestionable control over human history. The contemporary reader may struggle with the notion that God uses unbelievers to discipline His people or, worse, that He would allow and instruct Israel to go to war against... Continue Reading →

Abimelech: Gideon’s Arrogant & Abominable Son

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Although Abimelech’s father, Gideon, initially resisted the offer of kingship, his actions betray him and reveal his true intentions. He may not have used the royal title, but Gideon lived like royalty. Abimelech, whose name means “my father is king,” provides further evidence of the failures of Gideon. Upon his father’s... Continue Reading →

Ehud: An Unlikely Hero (Judges 3)

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Israel’s deliverance from Moab would come through an unlikely source: Ehud, the “lefty.” Whether Ehud was disabled (lacking the use of his right hand) or a trained assassin who was ambidextrous, he represents an improbable deliverer. If Ehud was selected because of a disability and therefore posed no obvious threat to... Continue Reading →

The New Life: Selfless & Sacrificial Living

What’s it all about? The new life is characterized by a desire to bear the burdens of others. This new love is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit's regenerative and sanctifying work in the believer. Christians should be known as those who are selflessly and loving support one another, and not as those who are always in... Continue Reading →

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