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04/30/2018 — Psalms Chapters 102-104

As you read Psalm 104 did another book come to mind?  What about the first five chapters of Genesis? For the words used by this writer of the Psalm seems to capture a picture of the first 5 days of creation that concerns nature only, as distinguished from mankind.  And in verses 31-34 we see

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04/29/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapters 7-10

Now, if you are like me and have been wondering, “why did we go from 2 Samuel to Chronicles?” today’s reading helps frame the reason.  And it can be a bit confusing at first – at least it was to me. For as we read through 1 Chronicles 9 we see a quick but short

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04/28/2018 — Psalm Chapters 81, 88, 92-93

The words of Psalm 93:3-4 remind me of the power and awesome nature of the Lord & recent events on the Cape: 3 The seas have lifted up, Lord,     the seas have lifted up their voice;     the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. 4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,     mightier than the breakers

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4/27/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapter 6

As with the preceding chapters we see the history of families.  Chapter 6 provides the lineage of the family of Levi the name “Levi”, means joined.  Not coincidentally, more detail is provided for this family as proof of being descended from Levi was a requirement to be in the service of the Lord.    

04/26/2018 — Psalm Chapters 73, 77-78

My reflections on the actual Psalm are shown below.  But I believe that it is always important to look at the earthly authors of the scripture we read.  As you note, these Psalms are attributed to “Asaph.”  So, who is Asaph? Interestingly, as we will read tomorrow in 1 Chronicles 6:31-32 there were a number

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04/25/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapters 3-5

As we continue reading through 1 Chronicles I think it is important to do a “refresher” (or maybe for some an “initial” ) overview of the entire book.  The following is provided by on the BibleTrack.org website: The history contained in I and II Chronicles spans a period from Adam all the way down to

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04/24/2018 — Psalm Chapters 43-45; 49; 84-85; 87

If you did wonder why reading genealogies yesterday was important in gaining a full understanding of God’s ultimate plan, go no further than today’s reading in Psalms.  Did you notice that all but one, Psalm 43, were written by the “Sons of Korah?” So, who are the “Sons of Korah?”  Well, back in Numbers 3

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04/23/2018 — 1 Chronicles Chapters 1-2

Now, like many who have read these chapters I had wondered why even read them — it is just a listing of names that mean nothing to us now?  Then I was blessed to lead a study entitled “Genesis Genealogies.”  This study helped show that the listing of Biblical families is ripe with history and

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04/22/2018 Psalm Chapters 6, 8-10, 14, 16, 19, 21

These Psalms reaffirm my thought from yesterday that the major difference between David and Saul was David’s passion to communicate with the Lord. In Psalm 6, & 16 we see David’s pleas to the lord for mercy and deliverance. In chapters 8, 9, & 19  we see David praise God, And in Chapter 21  David

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04/21/2018 — 2 Samuel Chapters 1-4

When we read these first four chapters we see the final details of David becoming king of Israel, including physical battles and political changes (e.g., Abner leaving Saul’s son and joining David.)  With all of the challenges he faced how did David receive the throne?  In my mind there is no doubt that we are

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04/20/2018 — Psalms Chapters 121, 123-125, & 128-130

If your Bible is like mine each of these Psalms has a heading saying “Song of Ascents.”  What id the meaning of this phrase?  There are several theories – some of which are included in Coffman’s commentary shown below” Coffman writes:  Several theories of why this group of psalms is so named are available. The

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04/19/2018 — 1 Samuel Chapters 28-31 & Psalm 18

1 Samuel 28:4-8   4 The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. 6 He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or

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04/18/2018 — Psalm Chapters 17, 35, 54, and 63

Once again we see these Psalms written during the time David was being pursued.  In these I denote a recurring pattern. First David recognizes who God “is” and raises his words in praise.   For example   Psalm 63:2-5 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary     and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is

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04/17/2018 — 1 Samuel Chapters 25-27

Chapter 27 contains an episode in the life of David that seems to foreshadow another much more familiar relationship in his life — Bathsheba and Uriah. 1 Samuel 27: 10 When Achish asked, “Where did you go raiding today?” David would say, “Against the Negev of Judah” or “Against the Negev of Jerahmeel” or “Against the

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04/16/2018 — Psalms Chapters 56, 120, and 140-142

As we read these chapters I hope you were able to keep them in context, knowing from 1 Samuel what David was enduring when these Psalms were written — his being pursued by Saul, a man who David fears and, yet, respects as chosen by God. I do not doubt that at these times David

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04/15/2018 — Psalm Chapters 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

Now, realizing what David was encountering in the last 4 chapters of 1 Samuel (chapters 21-24) can you not but better relate to his pleas and praise in these Psalms?  All four contain references to Saul’s pursuit and David’s dilemma.  But these passages really drew my attention. Psalm 27: 4-6 One thing I ask from

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04/14/2018 – 1 Samuel Chapters 21-24

These chapters contain as much “action” as any four chapters in scripture.  I think a  fascinating study would be to lay-out a map of the area and trace David and Saul’s journeys as Saul “pursues” and David “eludes!” And I hope you noticed that one of the reasons that David successfully eluded Saul was his

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04/13/2018 — 1 Samuel Chapters 18-20 and Psalm 11 & 59

First, I hope you are enjoying the way the readings place the Psalms closely with the events in David’s life.  I enjoy “perspective” and this method helps me greatly. David is certainly blessed in multiple ways by the Lord but what struck me today is the gift he received of his friendship with Jonathan.  We

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04/12/18 — 1 Samuel Chapters 15-17

These chapters introduce us to King David and contain many marvelous examples of the Lord’s will being fulfilled.  The passages also contain a verse that at first perplexed me and may cause you to reflect: 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. My

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04/11/2018 — 1 Samuel Chapters 13-14

Just in yesterday’s reading today I see another similarity in the lives of Moses and Saul. Exodus 21: 11-12 states:  11Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank. 12But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because

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