Matt 1: 18-25….Joseph visited by an angel…..

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.Continue reading “Matt 1: 18-25….Joseph visited by an angel…..”

1 Samuel 16: 1-5….Treading a fine line!

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go?Continue reading “1 Samuel 16: 1-5….Treading a fine line!”

1 Samuel 15: 14-21….A head to head discussion.

And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?” Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to the LORD your God, and the restContinue reading “1 Samuel 15: 14-21….A head to head discussion.”

1 Samuel 15: 10-14….Caught out…

The word of the LORD came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the LORD all night. And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it wasContinue reading “1 Samuel 15: 10-14….Caught out…”

1 Samuel 15: 6-9….Does half equal the whole?

Then Saul said to the Kenites, “Go, depart; go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them. For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt.” So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. And Saul defeated the Amalekites from Havilah as far asContinue reading “1 Samuel 15: 6-9….Does half equal the whole?”

1 Samuel 15: 1-5…A very specific command.

And Samuel said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now goContinue reading “1 Samuel 15: 1-5…A very specific command.”

Titus 2: 15- 3:8 Christian Character in a non-Christian world….

Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.Comment: Titus is given a 3-fold charge in relationship to the church of which he is the leader. He is to speak, encourage and discipline with authority.Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready forContinue reading “Titus 2: 15- 3:8 Christian Character in a non-Christian world….”

1 Samuel 14: 33-35….An easy solution found.

Then they told Saul, “Behold, the people are sinning against the LORD by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a great stone to me here.” And Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them, ‘Let every man bring his ox or his sheep and slaughter themContinue reading “1 Samuel 14: 33-35….An easy solution found.”

1 Samuel 14: 28-32….Who was wrong?

Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food this day.’” And the people were faint. Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See how my eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this honey. HowContinue reading “1 Samuel 14: 28-32….Who was wrong?”

1 Samuel 14: 28-35…. this is a stop-start passage.

Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food this day.’” And the people were faint. Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See how my eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this honey. HowContinue reading “1 Samuel 14: 28-35…. this is a stop-start passage.”