2008-04-27 - Ruth
Introduction - Part 2 ~ In the days when the judges ruled ...
The Times of the Judges
"The book of Judges leaves us with the all-too-well-founded conviction that
the general condition was one of moral deterioration" 8
Dr. McGee makes an interesting comment when speaking of the times of the
"The Book of Ruth fits into this period of the judges. The incidents that
are recorded here take place on this black background of the judges, a time
when a man like Samson was a public figure. Today when scandals have shaken
our own country, think of the scandal of a Samson! During the period of
compromise, corruption, and confusion, this lovely story takes place. It
is light in the midst of darkness. This is the way God writes, is it not?
He writes the story of salvation on the black background of sin, and He put
this love lovely little story on the black background of the time of the
judges. This is the picture that we have before us. It is "in the days when
the judges ruled."" 9
"The degree of permissiveness in Israel was a theme repeated often in the
Book of Judges and restated in the book's last verse: "In those days Israel
had no king; everyone did as he saw fit" (Jud. 21:25). By contrast the Book
of Ruth provides a view of people who acted responsibly, rather than
permissively, and with faith in God's sovereign, superintending control."
Keep in mind that the comment "in the days when judges ruled ..." means the
book was written at a later time, but the events occurred during this period.
Comments or Questions?
Podcasts of Studies in Matthew can be found at
Baxter, J. Sidlow, Explore The Book, Zondervan Publishing House,
Grand Rapids, MI, 1960, p. 27.
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Vol. 2, "Joshua
- Psalms," Thomas Nelson Inc., Nashville, TN 1982, p.89.
Reed, John W., The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Volume 1, "Ruth,"
Victor Books, Wheaton, IL., 1986, p. 416.