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RMM RoundUp August 26

Thu. Aug. 25, 2016By: FBC Staff

1 Samuel 18 On behalf of Israel David had been single-handedly victorious over Goliath, the Philistine giant. It is no wonder that his fame now spreads and everyone begins to love him. David was successful in whatever was put in front of him. The reason is clearly because God is “with” David. Verse 14 says outright, “And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him” (1 Samuel 18:14). The result for the most part was the love of the people. However, Saul was...Read More

RMM RoundUp August 19

Thu. Aug. 18, 2016By: FBC Staff

1 Samuel 11 Saul has been elected as king and this chapter shows the transition from the judgeship of Samuel to the kingship of Saul. Saul earns the loyalty of Israel through deliverance of Israel and has his official coronation at Gilgal. The answer to the nay-sayers’ question of 10:27, “how can this man save us?” is evident: by the power of God’s Spirit. Nahash of the Ammonites has besieged a town in Israel and threatened to mutilate and disfigure all of the men within.  He wanted...Read More

RMM RoundUp August 15

Sat. Aug. 13, 2016By: Paul Carter

1 Samuel 5-6 Religious people inevitably lean towards superstition and idolatry.  I remember a few years ago when travelling through Israel observing many people rubbing their purses and clothes against a rock bench in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  One person actually sprawled and gyrated bodily upon the bench, apparently trying to rub up as much good luck and Divine Favour as possible before the arrival of security.  Such an approach to God is ridiculous at the least...Read More

RMM RoundUp August 12

Thu. Aug. 11, 2016

 1 Samuel 2 There is a natural tendency for us to want God to work in mighty, visible ways when things are not going as they should. We want the action movie script where the hero comes in with guns blazing. But often God works in the background while everyone’s focus is centered on the problems at hand. This is what we see in 1 Samuel 2. Everyone knew that there was a mess at Shiloh. The root of the problem the author makes clear: “Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did...Read More

RMM RoundUp August 5

Fri. Aug. 05, 2016By: FBC Staff

Judges 19 There are some stories that are not and probably should not be told in Sunday School. Judges 19 falls into that category. We are reminded from the outset that this story has a backdrop: “In those days, when there was no king in Israel”. Refusing to acknowledge Yahweh as their king, the Israelites were bound for becoming like the pagan nations surrounding them. The fact that this story is about a Levite, who were to oversee the spiritual state of Israel, shows the depth they have...Read More

RMM RoundUp August 3

Tue. Aug. 02, 2016By: Paul Carter

Judges 17 The purpose of the Book of Judges is to convince the people of God that they need a king - and not just any king, they need a king from God!  Scholars often refer to Judges as an apologetic for the Davidic line of kings.  The narrative details a descending spiral of sin and stupid.  Judges 17:6 explains the root problem: In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6 ESV) Israel was being destroyed by...Read More

RMM RoundUp July 29

Thu. Jul. 28, 2016By: FBC Staff

Judges 12 The nation of Israel continues to experience the cycle of rebellion, punishment, cry for help, and deliverance by a judge. The judges can deliver the well-being of the people but they cannot transform the heart of the people. Even the deliverers themselves were in need of a deeper and more full salvation than war victories could accomplish. Jephthah stands as the epitome of one who “picked himself up by the bootstraps”. He overcame the several strikes that stood against him...Read More

RMM RoundUp July 26

Mon. Jul. 25, 2016By: Paul Carter

Judges 9 Judges is one of the hardest books in the Bible to read - it is meant to be.  The story of Judges is about the downward spiral of God’s people away from obedience and blessing and into disobedience and curse.  It seeks to show what happens when “everyone does what is right in their own eyes”.  The people are weak, they are ruled by petty chieftains and tyrants, morality is forfeit, faith is polluted and the promise land is a ruin.  The conclusion is meant to be...Read More

RMM RoundUp July 22

Fri. Jul. 22, 2016

Judges 5 The book of Judges speaks of the time between when the Israelites are given the promised land and when the kings emerge. With God having covenanted with them as their ultimate ruler, they should have had longstanding peace and prosperity. But because of idolatry they faced a continual cycle of rebellion toward idols, chastening by God, repentance with a cry for salvation, and delivery from oppression by judges. Judges 4-5 contains the third of the six and a half of these cycles in...Read More

RMM RoundUp July 15

Thu. Jul. 14, 2016By: FBC Staff

Joshua 22 In the first chapter of Joshua, the Reubenites, Gadites, and half tribe of Mannasseh were told that they would be given rest and possession of the land Moses gave them to the east of the Jordan. But throughout the book, they have been helping the rest of Israel possess their allotments. Although land structure may separate them geographically, they were still a unified nation, God’s chosen people. This unity was made clear in Joshua 7 when the sin of Achan made guilty the whole of...Read More

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