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)

How Jerusalem Became “The City of David” – A Brief Explanation

In the Bible, it's not uncommon for Jerusalem to be called "The City of David." In most English translations, the phrase "City of David" is found around 45 times. The first time this name for Jerusalem appears in Scripture is 2 Samuel 5:7 (cf. 1 Chr. 11:5). As the story goes, king David and his… Continue reading How Jerusalem Became “The City of David” – A Brief Explanation

Never Take Revenge

In 2 Samuel 4, two Israelite men kill Saul's son, king Ish-Bosheth. These two men (Rechab and Baanah) then brought Ish-Bosheth's head to David. They said that this was God's vengeance against Saul for trying to kill David. David disagreed. When he answered them, David opened with these words: "As surely as the Lord lives,… Continue reading Never Take Revenge

“The Bark of the Bog Owl” (Review)

(Today‚Äôs post is by Hannah Abrahamson, a friend who is part of the church family I serve as pastor. You can read her blog over at TeacherByNature). Have you ever heard of the ivory-billed woodpecker? According to most scientists, the ivory-billed woodpecker is now extinct. Years ago, I read a book by Tim Gallagher called… Continue reading “The Bark of the Bog Owl” (Review)

“The Destructive Power of Fear” (Vannoy)

In 1 Samuel 23 David is on the run from King Saul. At this point, Saul has pretty much devoted his life to killing David. Saul's rejection of God's word led him down the path of anger, hatred, jealousy, and murder. In fact, in his rage Saul had a large group of Israelite priests killed… Continue reading “The Destructive Power of Fear” (Vannoy)