Apr 27th 15
Solomon Presented on the back of King David’s donkey
1 and 2 Kings trace the history of the various kings who reigned over Judah and Israel. The nineteen kings of Judah were all descendents of David and reigned over a period of 345 years; meanwhile Israel’s nineteen kings represented nine different dynasties lasting only 210 years. The books, originally written as one, begin with the...
Apr 25th 15
God Keeps his Promises
The concluding chapters of 2 Samuel form an appendix containing additional material about David, which is not in chronological order. In the first event, David inquired of the LORD concerning a famine he believed was a divine chastening related to Saul’s near extermination of the Gibeonites with whom Israel had made a treaty. David asked the remaining Gibeonites...
Apr 18th 15
David was Crowned King over Israel
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...
Apr 15th 15
David Fought Against God’s Enemies
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...
Apr 14th 15
The Battle is God’s
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 sent...
Apr 13th 15
David Consulted the LORD & Responded with Integrity.
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...
Apr 8th 15
God Does Extraordinary Things Through Ordinary People
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...
Apr 1st 15
Samson’s Super Strength
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...
Mar 29th 15
God Gives the Victory, Bountiful Blessings and Healing
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...
Mar 26th 15
Confront and Clarify to Avert War
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...
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