As I was reading 1 Samuel 18, it struck me that there were a lot of repeated words and phrases in this chapter – and anyone who has done an in-depth Bible study knows that these repetitions often hold key themes and ideas.
So here’s a list of some of these repetitive elements: Continue reading
I have been reading through the Old Testament, and right now I am in the book of Judges. Last night I started off by reading about Gideon.
If you know the story of Gideon, you know he was on the timid side. When I think of Gideon, I think of “fear.”
We first meet him threshing wheat in the winepress “in order to hide it from the Midianites (Judges 6:11).” Continue reading
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. (1 Cor. 10:6-11)
Last night, as I read this passage, the first phrase of verse 9 stood out to me: “nor let us tempt Christ.”
Nor let us tempt Christ.
What does that even mean? What can we as humans do that would tempt the Lord? Continue reading