Yahweh the Leveler, Yahweh the Warrior (Davis)

In 2 Samuel 5:17-25 and 1 Chronicles 14:8-17 Scripture gives us the story of David's back to back victories over the Philistines. After David was anointed as king over all of Israel and Judah, the Philistines attacked. Both times David prayed to God for guidance. Both times the Lord gave David a great victory. In… Continue reading Yahweh the Leveler, Yahweh the Warrior (Davis)

Grace, Gentiles, and the OT (Davis)

 God's plan of salvation always included both Jews and Gentiles.  Including the Gentiles as recipients of grace was not God's plan B, but part of his original plan.  This is clearly seen already in the Old Testament.  Dale Ralph Davis has a helpful commentary on 1 Kings 17:8-12 that talks about God's grace shown to… Continue reading Grace, Gentiles, and the OT (Davis)

Repentance Became Impossible

I very much appreciate Dale Davis’ comments on 1 Samuel 2:25b which has to do with God’s sovereignty in judgment on Hophni and Phinehas.  Too often people speculate when it comes to this topic, leading down the road of hyper-Calvinism.  Davis, however, stays balanced: “…[The text says] Eli’s sons did not listen to him because… Continue reading Repentance Became Impossible

Jesus is a Warrior

 Among my mix of commentaries (liberal to conservative to theological to rhetorical to grammatical) I always appreciate Dale Ralph Davis.  Going through Joshua 10 this week in sermon prep, I found this great quote by Davis.  The textual background is Joshua 10.10-11, where YHWH is the subject of quite a few killer verbs: threw [them] into a panic,… Continue reading Jesus is a Warrior