Unfolding Covenant History, Volume 5: Judges and Ruth   -     By: David J. Engelsma
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Unfolding Covenant History, Volume 5: Judges and Ruth

Reformed Free Publishing Assoc / 2005 / Hardcover

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Judges and Ruth, the fifth volume in the "UnfoldingCovenant History" series, continues the exposition of Old Testament history from the viewpoint of God's covenant faithfulness toward his people in the old dispensation. Professor David J. Engelsma now becomes the author, intending to finish in this and succeeding volumes what Professor Homer C. Hoeksema began.

Part 1 traces the dark history of the time of the judges with its recurring themes of Israel's departure from Jehovah to serve heathen idols, God's chastisement of his people by delivering them to the persecution and dominance of their enemies, their crying to him for help in their distress, and the Lord's gracious deliverance of them by various judges. The conclusion of this downward line of the history of God's people illustrates the necessity of a theocratic king in Israel, as expressed in the words of Judges 21:25: "In those days there was no king in Israel."

Part 2 explains the familiar but amazing history of Ruth, which illustrates vividly the truth of God's sovereign redemption in the salvation of the Gentiles and the inclusion of Ruth into the line of the covenant so that she becomes the grandmother of King David, the savior of Israel, as the theocratic king and the type of Christ.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Reformed Free Publishing Assoc
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0916206866
ISBN-13: 9780916206864
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 23, 2005
    M.J. McGeown
    This beautiful book has as its main theme the covenant faithfulness of God with His unfaithful people. Although set in a terrible time of apostasy, the books of Judges and Ruth (which are contemporaneous) bring hope. The hope is not that Israel will reform herself (for she goes from bad to worse in her idolatry and spiritual whoredom), but the hope is in God. Israel is shown at her worst; God is shown at His best. Englesma writes: ''Israel cannot annul the covenant. God will not. If the book of Judges does not teach this, it teaches nothing'' (p. 99).What is especially brought out in this volume is the relationship between these two books: ''While the history of the judges is making plain that Israel needs a king (David and ultimately Christ) God is at work in Israeland in Moabproviding the king whom Israel needs'' (p. 155).In spite ofand indeed throughIsrael's sins, God works His purposes. In leaving Canaan to find refuge in Moab, Elimelech and Naomi acted ''foolishly and wickedly'' (p. 166), yet in the Providence of God they must leave Canaan for Moab for ''in that accursed nation God has one of his own who must hear the word'' (p. 199). The descriptions of the faith and piety of Ruth, a true ''spiritual Israelite'' (p. 195), are beautiful. God shows grace to this ''Moabitish damsel'' (Ruth 2:6) so that she can be the great-grandmother of David, whose infinitely greater son will be Christ. Engelsma is correct when he writes that the story of Ruth is not ''merely a lovely romance'' (p. 161). There is much practical application to the modern Church in this short volume. Israel was tempted to worship heathen gods. The Church today faces ''the great danger of false doctrine and the corruption of worship'' (p. 46). Many examples stand out but space does not suffice!
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