Apr 18th 14
2 Samuel 3-5
Civil war continued between Israel and Judah. However, Saul’s son, Ishbosheth, was never firmly established as a leader and grew weaker and weaker, while David became stronger and had many sons. Ishbosheth sealed his fate when he accused Abner, the commander of his army, of sleeping with one of Ishbosheth’s concubines. This would have signified Abner’s disloyalty...
Apr 15th 14
1 Samuel 27-29
Having finally concluded Saul would always consider David a threat to Saul’s throne, David decided it would be safer to live among the Philistines. King Achish of Gath knew about Saul’s pursuit of David and assumed by giving David and his 600 men the country town of Ziklag, they would turn their allegiance to him. Furthermore, the king believed David...
Apr 14th 14
1 Samuel 25-26
Samuel, the prophet, priest, and judge of Israel died and all Israel gathered for his funeral. He had served God and Israel well throughout his life as the nation transitioned from the time of judges to a nation ruled by a king.
At this time David and his men were protecting a wealthy man’s large herd of sheep and goats. At sheep-shearing time David...
Apr 13th 14
1 Samuel 22-24
David left Gath and was joined by his brothers, relatives, and a band of approximately 400 men who lived with David in the cave of Adullan. Meanwhile, he found safety for his parents with the king of Moab (the country from which his great-grandmother, Ruth, came).
22:5 One day the prophet Gad told David, “Leave the stronghold and return to the land...
Apr 8th 14
1 Samuel 10-12
Samuel anointed Saul with oil and made an announcement.
10:1 …”I am doing this because the LORD has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, his special possession.
To confirm his startling proclamation to Saul, Samuel told him three specific things that would happen at three specific locations on Saul’s return home. The first brought closure...
Apr 1st 14
Another cycle begins.
13:1 Again the Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight, so the LORD handed them over to the Philistines, who oppressed them for forty years.
The Philistines were a non-Semitic people who had invaded the land from the coastland. Their advanced knowledge of metal work produced superior weaponry, which enabled them to overtake most of what they...
Mar 29th 14
As Gideon and his army were approaching the Midianites for battle, the LORD told Gideon,
7:2 …”You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. Therefore, tell the people, `Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.’” So...
Mar 26th 14
Joshua blessed and sent the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh back to the eastern side of the Jordan, saying…
22:5 But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the LORD your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your...
Mar 25th 14
The last seven allotments of land were given to the remaining tribes of Israel. Then the Israelites gave Joshua land in the hill country of Ephraim. Both Caleb and Joshua were individually given choice parcels of land because of their faithfulness to God. Caleb was given the first parcel, even though he was not actually a descendent of Israel, and Joshua the last, even...
Mar 24th 14
Joshua had led the national conquest of the land by the power of God, but the final battles for occupation still remained within each area to be settled by the various tribes. Following the allotment of land given to the tribe of Judah, land was designated to the son’s of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh. The southern part of the central hill country from the Jordan to the...
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