From Joshua to Kings - the key messages

A brief personal perspective 

In addition to setting out the Davidic line and concentrating on the Kingship of Judah and Israel, taken as a whole the Books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings provide important teaching.

It is clear from the texts that God is the real controller of events; he brings about victory or defeat, blessing or curse. Obedience and absolute loyalty to the Lord is necessary if his blessing is to be experienced in all its fullness.

He is faithful to his promises but expects people to keep their side of the covenant and punishes those who disobey. Faithfulness to God brings success, whilst disobedience and idolatry lead to disaster.

Nevertheless, God does not forsake his people, even when they go astray. If they repent and turn to him, He will save them. Whilst repentance may avert God's threatened judgement, sin may prevent God's promised blessings.

To live before the Lord inspires fear, joy and gratitude. The Lord is holy and a "jealous" God. Further, the people of God are one body; what one does affects the whole.

God works his purpose out through chosen leaders, despite their weaknesses and inadequacies.

Richard Farquharson, Maulden, Bedfordshire April 2016