AN EXPOSITION OF 2 Samuel 1:1-27 A Time of Triumph With the death of King Saul the way was open for David to become the next king of Israel. He had triumphed over his enemy. The narrative of 2 Samuel begins with David’s ascension to the throne and records his forty-year reign. The triumphs and… Continue reading Poetry from a Broken Heart
D-Day: June 6, 1944 Before sending Joshua into battle, the Lord had a Great Commission to give. It is not unusual for commanders of an army to give words of exhortation to comfort and challenge the soldiers. On the eve of June 6, 1944 General Dwight D. Eisenhower visited the Allied troops. With soldiers surrounding… Continue reading The Price of Freedom
The events of 2 Samuel Chapter 2 can be told in a simple manner. Following the death of King Saul, and three of his sons, at the Battle of Gilboa in 1000 BC, civil war erupts because there are people who will not recognize David as God’s heir apparent to the throne of Israel. David… Continue reading The Contest for a Kingdom
On May 14, 2018, the United States of America opened an embassy in Jerusalem while telling Israel, “You are not alone.” Such words are reassuring to a small nation that has been under siege since its modern rebirth 70 years ago on May 14, 1948. On that day Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion pronounced the… Continue reading Israel, You Are Not Alone!
c. 763 BC Of all the prophets, Amos emerges as a leading voice on behalf of the poor, the oppressed, and the downtrodden. Amos longed for righteousness to be found in the land. His concern for justice touches the heart, for his message goes beyond criminal justice to demand that government be sensitive to the… Continue reading A Message of Judgement and Hope
The transition from Genesis to Exodus turns on the lives of two important individuals. The first was a man who began as a shepherd and became a prince. His name, Joseph. The second tells the story of a prince who became a shepherd. His name, Moses. The latter part of the book of Genesis gives… Continue reading Moses and Christ
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” --John 7:24 On Friday, March 16, 2018, two movies were introduced nationwide. One was a wholesome faith based move, I Can Only Imagine, telling the story of a son learning to forgive an abusive father. From the pain and suffering of his childhood, Bart Millard… Continue reading A Tale of Two Movies