Archive for April, 2016

Week 15: 2 Samuel and the Psalms

Though the collection of the Psalms span nearly 1,000 years, David is probably the most renown of the authors contributing to them. So we are placing them here chronologically beside 2 Samuel which gives account of David’s kingly life.

The Psalms¬†are representative lyrics of the heart’s response to God in various situations–the ups and downs.

Interestingly, the prayers and songs of the people comprise the longest book in the Bible–150 chapters! When I compare that to my own prayer-life…I’m challenged…to get on my knees more often!

Click on the pic for a 2-page overview of the Psalm:

David, the Singer, Shepherd, King....put words to his heart cry for God. and God heard. May we do likewise!

David, the Singer, Shepherd, King….put words to his heart cry for God. and God heard. May we do likewise!

 

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Week 14: 1 & 2 Samuel: David

Last week we looked at how all the onesies and twosie books lined up (ie., 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles).

This week we will zoom in on the life of David, the first king over unified and expanded Israel.

David really is a good example of what it is to be viewed through “grace-colored-glasses.” The atrocities he committed are heinous and naturally speaking, unforgivable. I guess that’s why grace is so scandalous…justice often seems hard to see.

But that is what makes Christ so unique…He deals with our sin issue. He has meted out the justice on Himself. ¬†And He works in us a change that makes us more like Him and less like our natural self!

So this week is a race through David’s life covering First and Second Samuel. Click on the pic below to get the readings and a two page handout:

David was a Shepherd, Singer, Song-writer and King. He also was an adulterer, murdered and liar. But God brought him back to Himself...."and on His shoulders laid me." He knew what it was to have God be his kindly shepherd!

David was a Shepherd, Singer, Song-writer and King. He also was an adulterer, murderer and liar. But God brought him back to Himself….”and on His shoulders laid him.” He knew what it was to have God be his kindly shepherd!

Week 13: 1 Samuel 1-15: Saul

This week we are introduced to the puzzling Saul. In one scene he looks the good guy and in the next, we are left scratching our heads trying to figure out what in the world he was thinking.

And so it is with me. I’m sure I have that same effect on others!

Last week we covered 300-400 years of the loose confederation of regions during the time of the Judges.

This week will begin the transition to the more centralized monarchy. It’s hard to call Saul the first bona fide king, but alas! That is what he is called…a king. And so we are introduced

Attached is the 2 page handout that provides this week’s readings (1 Samuel 1-15) as well as an overview of how 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings and 1&2 Chronicles line up:

Saul angry with young David and in a fit of rage tossing a spear in his direction

Saul angry with young David and in a fit of rage tossing a spear in his direction