The major theme of 1 Samuel carries forward into all the historical books and is in fact a major theme of all the Scriptures: God honors those who honor Him and He dishonors those who dishonor Him. Not because He is obliged to act that way, but because He delights to be gracious to those who trust in Him and walk in His ways. Moreover God always holds people accountable who disregard Him and trash His will. And we see these principles, and others, exemplified repeatedly in 2 Samuel in the account of the reign of King David. As the Apostle Paul teaches us in Romans 15 and 1 Corinthians 10, all these things were written for our instruction in our own generation and to stimulate our perseverance in the faith. That is why we should never neglect these OT narratives. They are good for the soul.
In reading biblical historical narratives many readers may be ignorant of the fact that always the protagonist (or main Actor) in them is God, not the human characters so prominently featured in their pages. Always remember that the Scriptures represent not just the one authoritative written revelation from God, but the Bible also represents the […]
In church history, our day is not unique in terms of the ever-present peril of false teachers and false teachings. However in this digital age with 1001 sources of information or disinformation, believers are more easily than ever exposed to heresy parading under the banner of “Christian ministry.” Combine that accessibility with massive biblical illiteracy […]
The Book of Revelation is a favorite Bible study for all those who look forward to our Lord’s return and the events surrounding it on all sides. Because of its literary genre (apocalyptic – rich in symbolism, some of it internally interpreted, much not) the book contains some mystery and tons of fascination for students […]