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.”

1 Peter 4: 7-11….Looking to the future.

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewardsContinue reading “1 Peter 4: 7-11….Looking to the future.”

1 Samuel 13: 6-10… Whoops, what have I done!

When the men of Israel saw that they were in trouble (for the people were hard pressed), the people hid themselves in caves and in holes and in rocks and in tombs and in cisterns, and some Hebrews crossed the fords of the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was still atContinue reading “1 Samuel 13: 6-10… Whoops, what have I done!”

1 Samuel 12: 19-25…. Agreements between two parties.

And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.” And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet doContinue reading “1 Samuel 12: 19-25…. Agreements between two parties.”

1 Peter 2: 22-25….The Easter Event – fact and purpose.

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin andContinue reading “1 Peter 2: 22-25….The Easter Event – fact and purpose.”

1 Peter 2:9-12….A high Calling.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, butContinue reading “1 Peter 2:9-12….A high Calling.”

1 Peter 1: 17-21….The Impartial Judge.

And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ,Continue reading “1 Peter 1: 17-21….The Impartial Judge.”

1 Peter 1: 10-16….You live in the now, so roll up your sleeves!

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves butContinue reading “1 Peter 1: 10-16….You live in the now, so roll up your sleeves!”

James 4: 1-6…..Unbelievable behaviour!

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive,Continue reading “James 4: 1-6…..Unbelievable behaviour!”