Today, we start a new series of readings called Legends. From the Judges to the Kings, you will read the stories of men and women faithful and unfaithful. From the booming prophetic voices of the Kingdom of Israel to the quiet persuasions of a Jewish Queen in Persian exile, you will observe the noble, the daring, the foolish, and the wise. This series will cover a fairly large chunk of the Old Testament, including Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, Hosea, Jonah, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. While these books don’t seem to have a lot in common at first glance, they contain the biographies of great men and women of God who give us role models to emulate.
As you read these books, take into consideration history and culture, but look for the timeless truths that are applicable to our lives today. What characters should be our role models? What behaviors should we avoid? Keep in mind that these were real people who lived in a real place at a real point in history. And because they were real people, they are like us—a mixed bag of honorable intentions and dishonorable actions. They are ordinary people with extraordinary stories because of an omnipotent Author. Learn from their stories and celebrate the God who continues to write his glorious story through broken people like us.