Scripture Reading

Judges and Ruth (Overview)

Lesson 13: Glimmers of Hope in Dark Times

“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous” (Psalm 112:4).

Reading the book of Judges resembles taking a train ride. We gain bright glimpses of hope after dark tunnels. We see darkness descend on Israel as she turns from God, pursues wickedness, and falls in the hands of her enemies. Then we see glimpses of hope as she repents and receives God’s forgiveness and deliverance. [1] This week completes our study in the books of Judges and Ruth.

Next week, we will begin a new series in the book of Proverbs: “Walking Wisely in a Foolish World.” Teachers and students are encouraged to begin reading a chapter of Proverbs for each corresponding day of the month throughout our series. This reading plan will put you through Proverbs three times before the series concludes.

Questions for LifeGroup Leaders:


Note(s) to LifeGroup Leaders:

  • Please read most of the commentary to your LifeGroup. You may summarize it if necessary, but there is nothing wrong with reading it. If you are a husband and wife team leading, perhaps take turns reading to the group. There is valuable review of the Scripture passages and application for effective discussion. Use your LifeGroup members to read Scripture.
  • The “Making It Personal” section is not designed for group discussion. These are questions that you might use to conclude before prayer. They are questions that prompt personal conviction and application. Please use them at your discretion to help your group.



[1] Glimmers of Hope in Dark Times: Judges and Ruth. (Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2005), 105.

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