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King Saul, the more he disobeyed the Lord, became increasingly erratic in his behavior. He would love young David one day and hate hm the next. For example: “And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.” (1 Samuel 19:1) Of course Jonathan, being David’s lifelong friend, […]
The last Line of the last Verse in 1 Samuel chapter 18 says … “David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by.” Truth be told, that Chapter tells of David’s “wise behavior” three more times! In Verses 5 and 14 and 15! Surely this […]
As we consider the life of David for a few days, I must prayerfully choose which event to cover. And his famous encounter with Goliath cannot be ignored. The whole affair began with the Philistines fighting the army of Israel, of King Saul. And David’s three older brothers (three of seven brothers) joined the army. […]
God is amazing, to say the least. He initially united King-to-be David and King-on-the-throne Saul by means of music! Read the Story with me, 1 Samuel 16:14-23 … “14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold […]
As a young man, David was humble. A trait the ancient world despised, humility. They opted for assertiveness, pride, power! The day Samuel came to Jesse’s house to ordain Israel’s next king … our little hero was nowhere to be found. All seven of Jesse’s older boys were examined for the royal position … and […]
Earlier today I read a chapter on the life of David and an author called him “a nobody whom nobody noticed!” When Samuel went to that blessed house in Bethlehem, at God’s behest, Jesse paraded all his sons (potential kings, mind you) before the Prophet who held a horn of oil in his hand! All […]
1 Samuel chapter 18 tells us a lot about one of the most famous friendships the world has ever known. That of David and Saul’s Son Jonathan! Read with me these words from the first verse of the chapter … “The soul of Jonathan was knit (tied, bound together) with the soul of David.”Knit together, […]
One “David” Book I am reading as research material for these lessons labels this 1 Samuel chapter 17 episode, “David and the Dwarf!” Though Goliath was over nine feet tall (1 Samuel 17:4) and had draped about his massive body over 200 pounds of armour! A mere dwarf in God’s Eyes! Even the arrow or […]
Yesterday in a Bookstore I saw (in their large religious section) a shelf or two labeled “Bible Biography.” A very interesting array of Books were there on display. I have thought of this project before, for the Website here. Choosing some character of Scripture and writing a few Lessons on him or her. Well, it […]
Have you ever noticed that God often does some of His greatest Works in some of the darkest times? For example, Adam and Eve have just sinned. Thereby plunging mankind into an abyss of iniquity. Fellowship with God … broken! What a dark time! But THEN God immediately steps in and announces the coming Birth […]
I made it a point to learn the location of the “David is a man after God’s Own Heart” Verse, Acts 13:22. “And when he (the Lord) had removed him (King Saul), he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he (the Lord) gave testimony, and said, I have found […]
Let me share with you several ways David prefigures our Lord. The list is impressive! Making him, I believe, a wonderful Type of Christ. David’s name means “beloved.” And Jesus was the “Beloved Son” of God the Father! Matthew 3:17 … “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my Beloved Son, in whom […]
The expression is archaic in some ways. What does it mean to be “cast down?” As in this verse describing our great God … “God, that comforteth those that are cast down.” 2 Corinthians 7:6 Paul here seems to be describing a Trait of God, one that is a permanent Aspect of His Character. It […]
Initially it seems like an almost passing Remark Jesus made. Yet both Matthew and Mark record it. The Disciples, most of them, had tried to cast a devil out of a young, tormented lad. They failed. Then Jesus arrived, along with three more Disciples (Peter, James and John) … men who had just been with […]
I just read a sermon by an American Preacher named Clarence Macartney. Powerful, to say the least! (One of my heroes suggest that every Preacher read a Sermon a day, for devotional and educational and motivational purposes.) Well, in that Message the Preacher shared his belief that PRAYER was that word. Prayer that touches the […]
Admittedly, our Lesson title is a bit opinionated! Especially since the Gospels are sitting at the Head of the New Testament! Still, Colossians says some things about Jesus that are vital to our faith. As I studied late last night, I read from a Book that summarizes Paul’s Presentation of Jesus in Colossians’ four relatively […]
A Disciple of Jesus writes … “Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to STIR YOU UP by putting you in remembrance.” 2nd Peter 1:14, King James Version. The word “meet” as used here actually means that which is “righteous, just, proper or appropriate” in God’s Eyes. And by […]
I have often (and fairly recently) alluded to this verse of Scripture … “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” It’s located at Psalm 11:4. The very word “fundamental,” which is dear to the hearts of many of us, hails from the Latin word “fundare,” meaning “to lay a foundation!” The foundation […]
A whole Verse today, for our meditation … “And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.” 1st Samuel 5:3 I love Old Testament history! And the […]
Our verse today is found at Romans 11:36. Here it is in our Bible, the King James Version … “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Needless to say, God Himself is the Subject of the verse, the Antecedent of those three pronouns! […]
The Bible is the greatest Book ever written! Actually, it is a library consisting of 66 Books! Written over a period of 1600 years by up to 40 different men! Without a single contradiction, when read in context, I might add! And that unique Volume is filled with “word pictures.” Some would prefer the term […]
My favorite “go-to” verse for the forgiveness of sins is 1st John 1:9, no doubt about that. It’s absolutely classic! “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” What amazing, even thrilling, Truth! But in the Book of Proverbs I learn […]
We Bible believers know God can judge sin, and quickly! King Herod, wicked to the core, is an example … “And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms and gave up the ghost.” Acts 12:23 In the future, “Babylon” (as a […]
Watch the contrasts and similarities in the following verses … Matthew 10:38 … “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” Mark 8:34 … “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let […]
The Old Testament “Messiah” is the New Testament “Jesus.” That’s the Christian perspective, anyway. And this interpretation certainly highlights Daniel 9:26. Where we are simply told “Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself.” And sure enough, many years later, Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin, the Messiah had come. God’s “Anointed One,” […]

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