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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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04/10/18 — 1 Samuel Chapters 9-12

In chapter 10 I see an already anointed Saul remind me of another Bible hero, Moses.  Just as Moses continued to try to avoid the Lord’s direction to lead the nation of Israel we find Saul: 22 So they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”  And the Lord said, “Yes, he

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04/09/2018 — 1 Samuel Chapters 4-8

These chapters lead us to the end of “judges” ruling Israel.  They also provide other examples of the nation’s failure to follow the Lord and of the Lord’s unending loyalty to His people. For example in Chapter 4:1-4 we see the nation lose His ark of the covenant Now the Israelites went out to fight

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04/08/2018 — 1 Samuel Chapters 1-3

I should have mentioned it yesterday during our study of Ruth, but over the next several weeks we will be reading some of our most memorable Bible histories.  I think at least one reason we remember these narratives is that for the most part (not in all cases) they present Biblical heroes in the way

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04/07/2018 — The Book of Ruth

In two days of readings we go from one of the most horrid episodes in the Nation of Israel (Judges 19-21) to one of the most beautiful, the story of Ruth. We can find a spiritual lesson in nearly every verse but there is one emotionally charged verse I will focus on today: Ruth 1:16  

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04/06/2018 — Judges Chapter 19-21

To me this may be one of the most horrible episodes in the history of the Nation of Israel — adultery, sexual deviancy, murder and dismemberment are all included.  In fact when you read these chapters you wonder how much worse morality could have been in Sodom and Gomorrah. The description of these events is

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04/05/2018 — Judges Chapters 16-18

So, we left off yesterday with my wondering how this man of apparent spiritual failings could be used by God.  Well, I think we are all familiar with the episode of Samson and Delilah (of course if not you can watch the 1949 Cecil B. DeMille movie …)  At the very end of Samson’s life

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04/04/2018 Judges Chapters 13-15

OK — now when you think of the Judges you probably do not think first of Tola (Judges 10:1-2)  But you do probably think of the focus of today’s reading — Samson. As I read through these verses there was not much about Solomon that struck me as his particularly being a man of God

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04/03/2018 — Judges Chapters 10-12

Wow — in these chapters are two of what I think are the “highest” and “lowest” events in the lives of the Judges.  The highest — in Chapter 11:1-10 when Jephthah, the son of a prostitute and exile from his family is approached by the elders of Gilead to lead them in their fight against

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04/02/2018 — Judges Chapters 8-9

We see, again, in these passages that even great leaders take actions that have terrible results.  From Judges 8:26-27: 26 The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels, not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains that were on

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04/01/2018 — Judges Chapters 6-7

24 So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.  25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and

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03/31/18 — Judges Chapters 3-5

In these chapters we see the actual introduction of several of the “judges.”  But, unfortunately, each judge arises at the failure of the Israelites to follow God’s will. 7 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. 8 The anger of the

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03/30/18 — Judges Chapters 1-2

In Judges we see the continued history of the Israelites claiming the land given to them by the Lord.  But as we move into the Book we quickly see the repeated pattern of the Nation “falling away” from the Lord.  Joshua 2 tells us:   10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another

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03/29/2018 — Joshua Chapters 22-24

There are no more encouraging words than what we read in Joshua 24:15 — 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But

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03/28/3018 — Joshua Chapters 19-21

These chapters continue to show the Lord’s unique love in caring for all of His people.  We see establishment of the “cities of refuge” and the “towns for the Levites.”  Then at the very end of Chapter 21 we read verses that bring us reassurance: 43 So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had

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03/27/2018 — Joshua Chapters 16-18

As I read through these chapters one incident caught my eye — the discussion of the “people of Joseph” with Joshua over the lands they were given. 14 The people of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the

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03/26/2018 — Joshua Chapters 12-15

These chapters contain another fulfillment  of a promise of the Lord as the conquered lands are distributed to the tribes, except to the Levites who were prohibited from owning land by the Lord. We see that 1/2 of Manasseh, the Reubenites, and the Gadites were granted the land east of the Jordan just as Moses

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03/25/2018 — Joshua Chapters 9-11

All miracles recorded in scripture are awe-inspiring.  On a personal note Chapter 10 of Joshua contains a miracle that never fails to marvel me. 13 So the sun stood still,     and the moon stopped,     till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,                                                                        as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the

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