During the long travails of human history there has been an ongoing battle between the dominion of darkness and the Kingdom of God. The human race, fallen from its created purpose, and in perpetual rebellion against our creator has constantly seen life as war and struggle. Into the brokenness of God’s creation he promises redemption, initiates a relationship with his people and he calls them to faithfulness in his eternal purposes. Yet we trust in our own devices and desires and we seek identity, joy, peace and deliverance from a world of earth bound warriors, political power and kings.
Long ago God’s people were delivered from Egypt into the land of God’s promise and called to live as a distinct people among a swarm of warring and idolatrous tribes. God’s people were to be a distinct and holy people not giving way to the corruption around them. They were called to secure a victory that would permit peace, human flourishing and the redemptive work of God to advance in creation.
Enter the time of the judges; the dark and chaotic age before the Kings of Israel. This summer we will look together at the narrative of God’s people who are called to faithfulness but find themselves foolishing turning from God wandering into the subjection and oppression of men. Where their victories and faithfulness was not constant or final we see the constancy of the faithful victories of God in providing a Savior for all.