Deuteronomy 20-22: Various laws.

December 21, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 20-22. Background: Deuteronomy 16-19. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 20 Laws of warfare: In this chapter, Moses gives the children of Israel laws concerning warfare. There are three different categories of these laws. The first is that the children of Israel are not to be afraid when they go to…

II Samuel 10-13: Problems in the house of David.

May 12,  2015. Daily Reading: II Samuel 10-13. Background: II Samuel 5-9. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 10 Think twice before you shame someone: In this chapter, we read about an interesting story in which an act of kindness spirals into all out war. The king of the Ammonites has died and David sent messengers to…

Judges 17-21: Perversion in Israel.

March 3, 2015. Daily Reading: Judges 17-21. Background: Judges 11-16. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 17 1. “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”: The final section in Judges is one that might be very hard to read through, especially if you are not prepared for stories like these to be in the bible….

Genesis 32-35: Jacob’s return home.

March 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Genesis 32-35. Background: Genesis 28-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 Facing fear: We saw in the previous chapter how the angel of the Lord had come to him in a dream and reminded him that God and been with him and it was time to rise and return to the land of…

Amnon and Tamar: 6 lessons from an instance of rape.

November 20, 2014. I was talking with a good friend today about stories in the Old Testament that are less popular but could have some applications to our lives and I thought about the story of Amnon and Tamar, half-brother/sister by their father, King David. When asked about what this has to do with our…