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David and the Giant

Bible Verses1 Samuel 17:1-54

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August 1, 2021

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The familiar story of David and Goliath is often read as an underdog story exhorting readers to have courage like David in the face of whatever giants (i.e. obstacles) loom before us. But before we jump too quickly to apply this narrative on a personal level, it is important to set the story in its larger context. Otherwise, we might miss the main point and misidentify ourselves in the story. What helps is to consider how David functions as a character in this story.

 

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Samson and the Gift of Strength

Bible VersesJudges 16:1-31

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July 11, 2021

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Samson took his gifts for granted. He saw his superhuman strength as an inalienable right. His enemies, on the other hand, saw it as a riddle to solve or a spell to break. But what they all failed to recognize is the grace of God and how his gifts can be freely given or taken away. God’s grace pervades Samson’s story, especially in the way it ends in a victorious defeat.

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Gideon and the Three Hundred

Bible VersesJudges 7:1-23

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July 4, 2021

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By trimming down Gideon’s army to a measly three hundred, there was no doubt that salvation belongs to the Lord. This story is about how God leads his people against impossible odds. So that even if we get the victory, he still gets the glory.

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Joshua and the Walls of Jericho

Bible VersesJoshua 6:1-21

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June 27, 2021

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The battle of Jericho is a story familiar to any child who grows up in a Christian home. But a closer look at the narrative reveals details that are more suited to a mature audience. We are told that, after the walls came down, every living thing in Jericho – men and women, young and old, and all beasts – were slaughtered. How can that be justified? Especially if the battle of Jericho is meant to be an example of heroic faith (Heb 11:30). What are we to learn from this peculiar victory of God’s people that was marked by such violence and destruction?

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Moses and the Sea

Bible VersesExodus 14:1-31

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June 13, 2021

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In our modern era of bridges, tunnels, and ferries, it is difficult to grasp the significance of a water crossing for those living in biblical times. Bodies of water functioned as natural barriers that divided peoples. Water even figuratively divided one era from the next, i.e. Noah passed through flood waters into a new world. So when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, that began a new epoch in redemptive history and established a pattern of divine deliverance to be repeated throughout Scripture.

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Abraham and the Sacrifice

Bible VersesGenesis 22:1-19

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June 6, 2021

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Abraham’s story is marked by sacrifice. In the beginning, he is asked to sacrifice everything comfortable and familiar, leaving behind home, family, and land. But at least every sacrifice God called him to make was balanced by a promise of blessing – of a new home, new family, and new land. But in our passage, Abraham is asked to make a sacrifice unlike any before – to sacrifice with nothing to gain. He is asked – to not just kill his son – but to kill all hope in the promises of blessing that he was banking on. This is a test to determine if your trust is really in the Lord or merely in the things he promises you.

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Apathy Towards the Day of the Lord

Bible VersesMalachi 4:1-6

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May 30, 2021

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The Old Testament in our English bibles aptly ends in Malachi with a word of judgment and warning about a coming day of the LORD. The reader is meant to feel despondent and desperate for salvation in the pages of the New Testament. There we learn that the Day will arrive in stages – before the fiery judgment, comes Elijah who prepares the way for the LORD to swoop down with salvation in his wings.

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Apathy Towards Giving

Bible VersesMalachi 3:6-12

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May 16, 2021

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Jesus once said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Where you direct your money corresponds with whatever has captured your heart. So when the Israelites withheld a full tithe, it demonstrated that God did not have their hearts. So the prophet called them to return – not just their stolen tithes to the temple – but their hardened hearts to the LORD. For a generous hand of giving reveals a soft heart of repentance.

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Apathy Towards Marriage

Bible VersesMalachi 2:10-16

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May 2, 2021

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Failure to honor the holiness and permanence of marriage is not merely a private affair. It has public consequences for the entire covenant community of God. This is why Malachi confronts the prevalence of mixed faith marriages and divorces in his day – for how it damages and threatens the oneness of God’s people.

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Do We Love God?

Bible VersesMalachi 1:6-14

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April 18, 2021

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After a reminder of his electing love in the beginning of chapter one, the LORD challenges his people’s lack of love. He confronts their polluted worship and how it reveals about what they think of God and feel towards him. And such a strong rebuke is justifiable, considering what polluted worship takes from God.

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