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Old Testament Passages Good for Every Christian to Know, Part 14

Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 14

by Doug Jacoby

This week's text is from the end of 2 Samuel. David's sinful reliance on statistics (in this case, a time-consuming and faith-diluting military census) has led to dire  consequences for Israel. A plague has taken many lives (2 Sam 24:1-17). The prophet Gad directs David to build an altar—on which the king will offer a sacrifice, ending the plague (2 Sam 24:18-25).


Old Testament Passages Good for Every Christian to Know, Part 13

Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 13

by Doug Jacoby
In the OT series we've studied key Bible passages in every book from Genesis to Ruth. In deciding which passage from 1 Samuel to select, I was tempted to go with 1 Sam 2:22-25 (Eli's leadership) or 1 Sam 17 (David and Goliath), but eventually settled on 19:18-24, where the Spirit falls on ungodly Saul—and yet he prophesies.


Old Testament Passages Good for Every Christian to Know, Part 12

Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 12

by Doug Jacoby

This week's passage comes from the book of Ruth, which is set in the time of the Judges. Through most of this period (1200s-1000s BC) the Israelites struggle to remain faithful to Yahweh, instead frequently adhering to other gods and goddesses, like Ba'al and Asherah. Ruth, a foreigner, puts them to shame. This is a common biblical motif: outsiders get it, while insiders don't.


Old Testament Passages Good for Every Christian to Know, Part 11

Old Testament Passages Good for Everyone to Know, Part 11

by Doug Jacoby

Background
After Joshua's time (the late 1200s BC), the people of Israel wander. Nor are Israel's leaders spiritual, for the most part. Not to say there were no good judges—Deborah and Othniel were godly—but most of the other leaders had serious faith issues. The thought that leaders must be humble, accountable, and godly as they serve the people seems not to have occurred to them.


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