Module 11:  From Cycles of Defeat to Israel's Golden Age

In this module we explore the significant period of Israel's history from what has been called Israel's 'dark ages' in the book of Judges, with the cycles of victory and defeat, to the establishment of the Monarchy under the great King David. With his mighty victories over Israel's enemies King David finished what Joshua began, so all of the promised land was finally settled, and Israel had peace with its neighbours. This ushered in Israel's golden age. The jewel of the book of Ruth, demonstrates how Israel's law worked out in practice and gives hope in the dark period.

2 U of N Extension Studies Credits.


모듈 11: 패배의 사이클에서 이스라엘의 황금시대까지

이 모듈에서 우리는 승리와 패배의 순환과 함께 이스라엘의 '어두운 시대'라고 불려온 것에서부터 대왕 다윗 휘하의 군주제 수립에 이르기까지 이스라엘 역사의 중요한 시기를 탐구한다.

이스라엘의 적들에 대한 그의 강력한 승리로 다윗 왕은 여호수아가 시작한 일을 끝냈기 때문에 약속된 모든 땅은 마침내 정착되었고 이스라엘은 이웃 국가들과 평화를 누렸다. 이것은 이스라엘의 황금기를 가져왔다.

룻기의 보석은 이스라엘의 법이 어떻게 실제로 잘 되어가는지 보여주며 암흑기에 희망을 준다.

2 U of N Extension Studies Credits.

1 and 2 Kings

KingsThis book that begins with the glory of God filling a magnificent gold plated temple with his glory, ends with this same temple broken and burned.  How did this happen?  Why did the kingdom divide?  As you work your way through these books you will discover the persistence and longsuffering patience of Israel’s God.  You will see how the blessings and curses of Deuteronomy are worked out in the national life.  You will encounter the God who is "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty…” Ex 34:6,7.  The history you will learn in this Unit is an important foundation for your future studies in the prophets, and will help these wonderful books come alive. 

1 and 2 Samuel

Samuel1 and 2 Samuel were originally one work, as were Kings and Chronicles, and are therefore studied together.  In these books you meet significant figures of Israel’s story.  Samuel, who (reluctantly) leads the nation into the monarchy, Saul, a king of so much unrealized promise, and David, the man after God’s own heart, the man who finished what Joshua began.  With David we enter Israel’s golden age.  As you apply your inductive skills to these books, you will be thrilled and challenged by the vivid application into so many areas of life, both personal and in the wider spheres of your influence.


3 D man teacherIn the midst of a dark period of Israel’s history, we have this jewel.  Ruth, the gentile, chooses the God of Israel over and against her own pagan roots.  You will discover examples as to how the Law of Moses, Israel’s national constitution, worked out in the daily life of ordinary people, and see the wonderful hand of God’s guiding providence.


JudgesIn this book of Judges, you encounter one of Israel’s dark ages.  As you study this book, you will encounter a God of faithfulness and covenant love as you work through the cycles of rebellion through to deliverance.  You will be intrigued by the people God raises up to be his means of deliverance, and encouraged by their courage and faith, even as you will be appalled by the depth of Israel’s sin.  You will also discover the rich application each of the judges affords, both for your life and the area of your ministry.