Throughout the Old Testament, we see a myriad of stories that depict a group of people who represent God's chosen people, the nation of Israel. Most of these stories share a plethora of moral failures on just about every level imaginable. Some of the stories are frustrating while some of the stories are just devastating. The truth about the Israelites is that they are ultimately one giant, messy family. In a lot of ways, that describes our own families too and we have the same thing going for us that the Israelites had: we have a God who is in the midst of the messiness showing us what cleaning it all up really looks like.