Monday, January 25, 2010

Bible In 90 Days: I And IISamuel

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181.  Hannah's song praises God for making the world right.
182.  Eli's sons'wickedness threatened the atonement for sins for all who brought sacrifices.
183.  While Eli bemoaned his son's conduct, he did nothing to stop them because he honored his sons over God.
184.  Samuel had to learn to know God's voice through experience, just like we do.
185.  When Israel took the Ark of the Covenant to the battle field, the Israelites had faith in the Ark, not in God.  They used a holy object as a weapon.  Eli's daughter in law, like all other Israelites, prided themselves on their possession of the Ark and thought its capture meant God's glory had departed, when God had been displeased with Israel already.
186.  By Scripture stating that the priests of Dagon have never stepped on the threshold of Dagon's temple "to this day", Scripture tells us this text was written while the Philistines were still a tribe.
187.  The Israelites had to learn to understand God's holiness.  That is why 70 men looked inside the Ark.  That is why God slew them.
188.  Why didn't Samuel discipline his sons?
189.  Israel wanted a king because they wanted to be like other nations. They wanted someone to rally around rather than rally around God.  Their punishment from God: getting exactly what they wanted.
190.  Saul had never heard of Samuel.  Not to have heard of Israel's Judge indicates a low level of spirituality, a focus on self.
191.  While Saul was a punishment for Israel in the long run, God still showed mercy to Israel by using Saul to protect them from the Philistines.
192.  Was no one the equal of Saul in Israel because the Holy Spirit had come upon Saul?
193.  Saul threatened death to anyone who didn't help him fight the Ammonites.  None of Israel's judges did that.  He was followed because the people were afraid of his anger, not because of any loyalty to God.
194.  Saul's initial success made Israel forget God's warnings about what a King will do to them. 
195.  God waited a few hundred years to settle accounts with the Amalekites for opposing Israel's journey into the Promised Land.
196.  David's killing of Goliath demonstrated that there was a God in Israel and Israel could rely on Him to fight their battles.
197.  ISam. 18:16- "All Israel and Judah loved David..."  A distinction between Israel and Judah appears in the text.
198. Saul's daughter Michal had an idol.
199.  Jonathan knew the Lord had left his father.  He stayed with his father, but trusted David and the Lord with his family.
200.  David felt responsible for the killing of Ahimelech, the priests and their families.
201.  Moab protected David's family.
202.  Had David killed Nabal, that would have been murder.
203.  The King of the Philistines, Achish, hoped that by letting David live among the Philistines, Israel would hate David and David would have to fight for the Philistines.
204.  Why was David and his men going to fight with the Philistines against Saul?  Perhaps the Lord stirred up the hearts of the Philistine commanders and the Amalekites who raided Ziklag to get David away from the battle so Israel would not turn against him. 

205.  Saul's armor bearer knew not to kill the Lord's annointed, even when the Lord's annointed asked him to do so.
206.  Abner killed Joab's brother in battle.  Joab murdered Abner while Abner was at peace with David in David's territory.
207.  Ishbosheth was not annointed, but did not deserve to be murdered.  David had sworn to Jonathan to protect his family.
208.  Did the Jebusite taunt influence David to make Jerusalem his capital?
209.  David knew enough of God to know that when God promises blessings, those promises are eternal.
210.  David allowed Jonathan's son, a cripple, to live at the palace and eat with the King.  Unheard of.
211.  When David sinned with Bathsheba, he had forgotten that the Lord sees everything.
212.  Not only did Uriah the Hittite die for David's sin, so did several other Israelite soldiers.  And this would become known.  As Nathan said, David had no pity.
213.  God said David's sin was disobeying God's Word.
214.  IISam 12:23- "I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me."  An Old Testament statement concerning Heaven as well as where infants go when they die.
215.  Amnon's love for Tamar turned to hate after he raped her.  It was no love at all.
216.  The instigation for Amnon's crime and David's sorrow came from within David's family, Jonadab, David's nephew.  It appears Jonadab went unpunished by David.
217.  By trying to reunite David and Absalom, was Joab trying to gain David's favor which he lost after killing Abner?
218.  Absalom was angry his father would not see him for two years.  Perhaps that was the beginning of his rebellious thoughts.  Or, perhaps, they began when David would not punish Amnon for raping his sister.  Maybe that is why Absalom promised justice to Israel.
219.  David's main reason for leaving Jerusalem; the safety of Jerusalem and others.
220.  In David's time onward, it seems while God gave victory to Israel on the battlefield, Israel lost a lot more men in battle.
221.  Again, Scripture makes a distinction between David's men and Israel.
222.  If Joab really loved David as he said he did, he would not have killed Absalom.
223.  Mephibosheth loved David because David had demonstrated love for him.  This echos our love of God because He first loved us.
224.  Joab murdered Amasa to regain his place as commander.
225.  Uriah the Hittie is listed as one of David's elite force of 30 men.  Was this Bathsheeba's husband?
226.  God was angry with Israel, so to harm it He caused David to take a census. 
227.   Again, Scripture makes a distinction between Judah and Israel, before Israel and Judah seperated.         

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