The book of Judges describes a very difficult and troublesome time for the people of God. Under the leadership of Joshua, they have crossed the Jordan into the promised land.
Israel was in a hopeless situation. Spiritually and morally they were down in the dumps, and they had no leadership to lead them through this period.
Naomi returned with her daughter-in-law Ruth from Moab as a bitter woman. Ruth, with the sense of responsibility towards her mother-in-law, immediately sets out to find a way to supply food.
I am sure you will all agree that no-one plans a life of hardship. We all hope for a life free of pain and agony. However, life is not a smooth journey.
There is a sense of urgency in this letter of Jude. It is evident from his language that there is a real threat to the Church and the believers.
There is a constant attack on the truth of the Gospel. This has been the reality for the church ever since its inception.
It is the Christmas season, and I find it difficult to see the Christ of the Bible presented to us. What I find particularly disturbing, is that it seems that even Christians at this time of the calendar succumb to a worldly view of Christ.
While orthodox Christianity holds firmly to the Doctrine of the Trinity as an essential Christian teaching, there are those who deny it outright.
The divinity of Christ is a theme over which major theological battles have been fought.Even in our current theological climate this truth is denied.
The patristic rule stated that the genealogy was always recorded from the father’s bloodline and not the mother’s. Luke honors that, but includes that of Mary.