Proverbs 30-31: Appendixes.

October 22, 2014. Daily Reading: Proverbs 30-31. Background: Proverbs 28-29. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 30 The words of Agur: As we approach the final two chapters of the book of proverbs, it is interesting to note that these are not proverbs of Solomon, but attributed to other people (though some would say that these people…

Proverbs 26-27: The fool, sluggard and gossip.

October 8, 2015. Daily Reading: Proverbs 26-27. Background: Proverbs 25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 The fool, sluggard and gossip: This chapter returns back mostly to the style in which we have seen the proverbs written in for most of the book, couplets of wisdom. However, it seems that the couplets are organized more by…

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…

I Samuel 16-20: David and Saul.

April 7, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 16-20. Background: I Samuel 11-15. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 16 1. The Lord judges the heart: There is a very valuable lesson that we can learn of the character go God in reading the story of the anointing of David as king over Israel. Saul had previously been…

Genesis 36-39: The early life of Joseph and his brothers.

March 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 36-39. Background: Genesis 32-35. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 36 Esau’s (Edom) descendants: The lineage of Esau is full of many names that likely sound unfamiliar and do not have detailed stories about the lives of those named, as the plan of God was to be fulfilled through Jacob and…

This is why intent matters.

December 16, 2014. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” (Genesis 6:5-6) Just a few chapters after God created man, we find this condemning…