On a Mission Spring 2018

Judges – Today is Brutus day, the day Julius Caesar was assassinated, March 15, the Ides of March. That is Roman history. So what does it have to do with the Bible? In particular, how can a Roman political event have anything to do with the opening line of a story about a woman in the 10th Century BCE? (Did you notice how cleverly I set up this segue?) The similarity is in the polit- ical situation and the reaction of the people. Consider this. At the time of the assassina- tion, Julius Caesar had just achieved the goal of unifying the Republic under a single dictator. In fact, the Republic had come to an end with this shift in power. The Caesar would now rule alone. The Senate, representing the will of some of the people, was stripped of its control. Internal squabbles under Roman rule would be silenced with force, not debate. Because this meant loss of power to those in the Senate, something had to be done. The solution: kill the emperor. Ruth is a story of a similar time in the history of Israel. The book of Judges (really, “chieftains”) is a history of social decline from semi-unified The Ides Have It by SKIP MOEN Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. ~Ruth 1:1 NASB 24 | SPRING 2018 ON A MISSION women-on-a-mission.com

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