Proverbs 28-29: The final proverbs of Solomon.

October 15, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 28-29. Background: Proverbs 26-27. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 28 Couplets of wisdom: As we enter the final two chapters that record the proverbs of Solomon, we find that the writing style has gone back to couplets that give much wisdom in few words which span a range of topics…

I Samuel 26-31: The rise of David and the demise of Saul.

April 21, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 26-31. Background: I Samuel 21-25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 Integrity, tested a second time: Just as we say in chapter 24, Saul is given into David’s hand here a second time, and a second time his men encourage him to kill Saul. This is even after David has…

I Samuel 21-25: Saul pursues David.

April 14, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 21-25. Background: I Samuel 16-20. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 21 1. Learning from examples: As David begins his run from Saul, he comes in haste to Nob meet Ahimelech the priest, looking for something to eat for him and his men. The problem is, however, that the only bread that…

Job 27-28: Integrity and wisdom.

April 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Job 27-28. Background: Job 25-26. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 25 “I have held my integrity”: Time and again Job has heard from his friends, “You must have transgressed the Lord somewhere, just repent of your sin and everything will be alright.” He has told them multiple times that he has not…

Psalm 24-26: Glory and instruction.

March 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 24-26. Background: Psalm 21-23. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 24 The King of Glory: The 24th psalm has mainly one subject: the King of Glory. This phrase is repeated five times in the final stanza, as repetition is a common technique in Hebrew poetry, must like rhyme is a common…

Abraham and Abimelech: three lessons on the heart.

October 14, 2014. When you read through the Old Testament, it is interesting to find out that there are things in there that, well, you just wouldn’t expect to be in a book that reveals the word of God to us. Typically, if you were looking at a book that was devised by a human…