RESPONSE TO NAKED BIBLE PODCAST #443

One of my favorite scholars of whom I read and listen is Dr. Michael Heiser who wrote the landmark book, THE UNSEEN REALM. This book has absolutely revolutionized the way that I read the Bible. About the time that I discovered him, I had been desiring of the Lord to really help me connect the…

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK: SAUL’S CONVERSION

He was from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest of all the tribes of Israel. Yet, out of this anonymity he was chosen of God to lead a life of impact upon God’s people and upon the surrounding nations. This [1]chosen one was anointed by Yahweh and [2]sanctioned by the religious authority of his day….

REJECTING THE RESIDUE OF RESTRAINT

Commentary on I Samuel 8 Samuel was old.  He had made his sons judges over Israel.  There is no indication that he inquired of the Lord regarding this succession plan.  Why not?  The question of fatherhood comes to the forefront.  Did not Samuel raise up his boys in the fear and admonition of the Lord? …

JESUS WAS NOT ONE OF THE PRETTY PEOPLE

“Behold, My servant shall prosper, He shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.  According as many were appalled at thee – So marred was his visage unlike that of a man, And his form unlike that of the sons of men – So shall he startle many nations, Kings shall shut…

WHO DO YOU TRUST?

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will make mention of the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalms 20:7).” The Back Story It is only recently that I have slowed down my reading of the Bible in order to notice such subtleties regarding references to GOD.  For example, the creator GOD…

ONE FLESH – INDIVISIBLE?

“But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.”  Mark 10:6-9 “For you formed my inward parts; you…

THE EXORCISM OF MICHAEL CHARLES

“They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.  The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.  Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit…

BREATH OF LIFE

“Then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  Genesis 2:7  Have you ever gotten a glimpse of an insight that is hardly more than a passing thought, but yet it seemed to require more intentional thought…

ABRAHAM: LIVING UP TO HIS NAME

This is a story about a man who was not living up to his name…and there was nothing he could do about it.  As are our habits, mankind is willing to take matters into its own hands to just make it happen, whatever that “it” is.  We are a powerful lot, but alas, we are…

The Breakup of the “First Family”

Most of the following narrative is based on the recording of scriptures in the Masoretic Text located in Genesis 4.  These observations examine patterns of relationships between family members and their God, Yahweh.  The basic thesis is that these observable relational disconnects are the earliest record of familial dysfunction…from the very beginning. Background As a…