Posts Categorized: Israel

Luke 14:28 – Counting the Cost

It’s an astounding fact that western Christianity has largely made itself no Christianity at all.  How is it that we’ve come from the early church, in which the apostles and the followers of Jesus were severely persecuted, to a place where following Jesus is made to be like having a boy- or girlfriend? In those…

1 Samuel 14:12 – Against All Odds

Early in the days of Saul’s kingship, the Philistines gathered a large army to come against Israel.  One contingent of this force camped upon a rocky plateau called Michmash, which provided a strategic advantage for the Philistines.  Upon seeing how powerful and well equipped this army was, the Israelites trembled in fear and hid themselves….

1 Samuel 8:7 – Rejecting God

The mindset of the people in the Ancient Near East (ANE) was quite different from ours today.  This is a major reason that when we read the Bible, we need to do so with the mind of someone in ancient Israel.  If we don’t do that; if we read and judge from our modern perspective,…

Luke 12:46 – Cut to Pieces

When I read Luke 12:35-48, sub-headed in the ESV as You Must Be Ready, the passage inevitably disturbs me.  Jesus was speaking to His disciples and relating a parable that reflected directly upon His return from heaven.  The parable deals with the master who has gone away for his wedding feast and the servants who…

1 Samuel 2:15-16 – Corrupt & Ungodly

The book of 1 Samuel gives us a glimpse into the condition of the priesthood in the days of the Judges.  God had been silent, as the Word of the Lord was rare (1 Samuel 3:1).  When we look at Eli and his worthless sons who ministered as priests, we can certainly see the reason…

Luke 11:50-51 – The Doomed Generation

On the heels of Jesus describing the people of His time as an evil generation because they sought a sign from God – despite having seen many signs from Yahweh in the person of Jesus – He condemned them.  He said that the queen of Sheba and the men of Nineveh would rise up in…

Judges 20:35 – Destruction of Benjamin

The final events in the book of Judges 19-21 are among the most grievous in Scripture.  From a human perspective, it also seems to make little sense how God operated.  If you’re like me, perhaps you come away from the narrative scratching your head and wondering what God had in mind the way everything transpired….

Judges 18:19 – “Keep Quiet”

What is it about so many of the priests and Levites we meet in the book of Judges?  Each one seems to be worse than the next.  Weren’t they supposed to be set apart by God for service to Him because they stood athwart the sin and evil they saw during the incident of the…

Judges 10:16 – God Grew Weary

In the time of their oppression from various foreign powers, Israel stubbornly and foolishly resisted turning to Yahweh for deliverance.  Judges 10:6 describes this: The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the…

Judges 9:56-57 – Lethal Curses

Throughout the Old Testament, we see various curses being pronounced; some are by men, some by God.  What we also typically see is a fulfillment of those curses.  So, are curses real, and something we should be concerned about today? The account of Gideon with his victory over the Midianites ends poorly.  God raised up…