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August 8, 2021 – 1 Samuel 1:19-2:10 – The Birth of Samuel

God answers Hannah’s prayer, and she responds with a prophetic offering of thanksgiving that echoes through the rest of the scriptures. Notes on 1 Samuel 1:19 – 2:10

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August 1, 2021 – 1 Samuel 1:1-18 – Hannah’s Prayer

The Books of 1 & 2 Samuel focus on Samuel, both a priest and a prophet, and the rise of Saul and David. In the first chapter of 1 Samuel, Hannah is wracked by sorrow because she has no children … Continue reading

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July 25, 2021 – Judges 21 – Wives for the Benjamites

In the last chapter of the Book of Judges, the Israelite tribes realize that their rash vow and war of extermination against the Benjamites will eliminate an entire tribe. Their solution only leads to further bloodshed. Notes on Judges 21:1-25

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July 18, 2021 – Observing the Fast of Ab

The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple – first by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. and later by the Romans in 70 A.D. – are marked by Jews each year at the Fast of Ab. It is a time of … Continue reading

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July 11, 2021 – Judges 20 – The Tribes War Against Benjamin

The disharmony between the Levite and his wife (Judges 19) results in an atrocity that leads to a civil war between the tribes. Notes on Judges 20:1-48

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June 27, 2021 – The Fast of Tammuz

Zechariah 8:19 – “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah … Continue reading

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June 20, 2021 – Judges 19:1-30 – The Levite and His Concubine

In one of the most shocking stories in the Bible, a heartless Levite offers his concubine to a Benjamite mob to save his own honor, then cuts up her body and sends the pieces to the Israelite tribes as a … Continue reading

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