I Chronicles 10-14: The rise of David.

September 15, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 10-14. Background: I Chronicles 5-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 The death of Saul and his sons: The narrative of the Chronicles begins in this chapter with the death of Saul and his sons at the hand of the Philistines, to set up the story of David and…

Jeremiah 47-52: Oracles to the nations.

June 5, 2015. Daily Reading: Jeremiah 47-52. Background: Jeremiah 42-46. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 47 Oracle against the Philistines: The previous chapter started the last section of the book of Jeremiah, which is a collection of oracles of judgment against various nations outside of Israel. It was not only Israel that was to be punished…

Psalm 54-56: Trusting in the Lord in desperate situations.

May 13, 2014. Daily Reading: Psalm 54-56. Background: Psalm 51-53. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 54 Praying for deliverance: This psalm was written by David when he was fleeing from King Saul, who was trying to kill him out of jealousy. It specifically comes at a time when the Ziphites, in whose land David was dwelling to…

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 1-6: In the days of Samuel.

March 17, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 1-6. Background: The book of Samuel begins in the latter times of the Judges and quickly develops into the monarchy of Israel, with Saul being anointed the first king in chapter nine. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 A mother’s faith: Similar to other stories such as Abraham and Sarah…