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 Priest and all the other priests killed as traitors. David realizes it was his presence there that caused the murders. He writes Psalm 52 in condemnation of Doeg.

Notes on 1 Samuel 22:1-23

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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 incident.

Notes on 1 Samuel 21:10-15

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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 1 Samuel 21:1-10

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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 each points to the Messiah – Jesus.

Notes on Passover

Then, on Sunday, we will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection by reading the Passover homily by Melito of Sardis, dating from around 150-190 A.D.

Read Melito of Sardis’ Passover Homily “On Pascha”

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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 should also reveal any idolatry in our own hearts before we observe our Passover seder.

Notes on the Plagues

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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 Pharisees and of the Sadducees” (Matthew 16:6) “… and of Herod” (Mark 8:15). The pre-Passover elimination of leaven shows the importance of sweeping out from our lives anything that “puffs us up” in these different ways.

Notes on the Search for Leaven and the Meaning of the Afikomen

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March 5, 2022 – Celebrate Purim!

Observed a month before Passover, the focus of Purim is simply reading the Book of Esther. This feast is probably the original “morality play” with audience participation. A mysterious part of the Purim feast is the rabbinical command to drink enough wine so that you can’t distinguish between “Yay Mordechai!” and “Boo Haman!” – and the fact that God is never mentioned.

Notes on Purim

Even More Notes on Purim

The Connection Between Purim and Yom Kippur

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