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Union Gospel Press June-July-Aug Materials

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Summer Quarter 2020

 

Kings and Leaders

 

Israel’s Early Leaders

June 7    Ehud Defeats Moab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Judges 3:12-17, 20-26, 30

June 14   The Call of Gideon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Judges 6:11-24

June 21   Gideon Defeats the Midianites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Judges 7:9-21

June 28   Samson Against the Philistines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Judges 15:9-20

July 5   Samson’s Final Victory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Judges 16:21-31

July 12   Samuel’s Leadership Brings Victory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Samuel 7:1-12

 

Saul: A Flawed King

July 19   Israel Demands a King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I Samuel 8:1-11, 18-20

July 26   Saul Anointed King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I Samuel 9:25—10:1, 6-16

August 2   Saul’s Disobedience Under Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Samuel 13:5-14

 

David: A True King

August 9   David Against Goliath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I Samuel 17:40-51

August 16   Saul’s Attempts on David’s Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Samuel 19:8-17

August 23   David’s Grief for Saul and Jonathan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II Samuel 1:11-12, 17-27

August 30   David—King over All Israel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . II Samuel 5:1-10

A significant number of people seem to have an aversion to history. Some think history is just memorizing useless names and dates. Others consider history completely irrelevant because the events occurred a long time ago and have nothing to do with us.

Since history tends to repeat itself, understanding what has happened in the past can be helpful in understanding the present and in planning for the future. Actually, the best predictor of the future is the past. This is why when you become a new patient of a physician you will be asked questions about your medical history. Or if you apply for a loan, the bank wants to know about your financial history. Or if you are seeking a new job, the employer wants a resume of your work history. In all these instances, your past may be critical to your future.

This quarter we study passages from three historical books of the Bible. The Scripture texts do not just recite names and events, however. They present actual biblical history, telling us what happened in the early days of the nation of Israel after they entered the Promised Land—and what this means. Our lessons also chronicle how the people of Israel moved from a loose confederation to a united kingdom.

The first five lessons come from the book of Judges. The period of the Judges covered several hundred years and was a very tumultuous time. Part of the reason things were so bad during this time had to do with the failure of Israel to “utterly destroy” (Deut. 7:2) the Canaanites. Joshua had been successful in conquering the land as a whole, but pockets of resistance remained. Regrettably, the Israelites allowed the presence of these people to influence them religiously. When Israel backslid, God allowed their enemies to oppress them until they called out to God for deliverance. God would then send a judge to rescue them.

The rest of the quarter deals with the rise of the monarchy in I and II Samuel, first under Saul and then under David. While the people thought a king would solve their problems, a monarchy actually introduced new problems. Even today, many folks think government can meet our greatest needs. But it cannot; only the Lord can do that. Like the people of this period of biblical history, we need to learn to trust in God alone.

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