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May 1, 2022 – 1 Samuel 23:1-13 – David Defeats the Philistines Who Were ‘Robbing the Threshing Floors’

David and his men hear that the Philistines are “robbing the threshing floors” at the town of Keilah, so after inquiring of God through Abiathar the high priest, they attack and route the enemy. But Saul now thinks he has … Continue reading

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April 24, 2022 – 1 Samuel 22 – Murder of the Priests of Nob

David secures a place of safety for his family in Moab, and then returns to Judah at the direction of the seer Gad. Meanwhile, Doeg informs King Saul about the High Priest Ahimelech’s aid to David. Saul orders the High … Continue reading

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April 17, 2022 – 1 Samuel 21:10-15 – David Feigns Madness

David flees to the Philistine court of King Achish in Gath, Goliath’s home city. His identity is discovered, and he has to feign madness, which causes Achish to send him away. Psalm 34 and 56 are written based on this … Continue reading

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April 10, 2022 – 1 Samuel 21:1-10 – David and the Priests of Nob

David is now an outlaw. He seeks aid from the priests tending the Tabernacle, but Saul’s servant Doeg the Edomite sees him there. David and his companions receive the shewbread to eat, and David is given Goliath’s sword. Notes on … Continue reading

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April 2, 2022 – Celebrate Passover!

We celebrate Passover this year on Saturday, April 2,  by first sweeping away any spiritual leaven from our lives, and then reading through the Haggadah and to experience the seder meal with an explanation of the Passover elements, and how … Continue reading

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March 27, 2022 – Exodus 7:14-12:36 – Preparing for Passover: The Plagues

The Ten Plagues in Exodus 7:14-12:36 were each directed at “disenchanting” the gods that the Egyptians worshipped. They would also help get Israel ready to leave Egypt. But the plagues are also described as being on Pharaoh’s “heart.”  So they … Continue reading

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March 20, 2022 – Exodus 12:14-15 – Preparing for Passover: The Search for Leaven

The Jews were commanded to rid their homes of anything leavened before Passover, and eat only unleavened bread during Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus expounded on the meaning of this symbol: “…beware of the leaven of the … Continue reading

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