Ouxano 67: 1 Samuel 15 – God’s Way or Our Way?

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: This week, we pick up in 1 Samuel 15, which marks a transition in the book itself. In prior podcasts, we discussed how Saul was the king that the people of Israel wanted. They wanted to be like the nations around them, so God allowed them to have a king of their own making. We now will find out what happens when we take something that God is okay with and then remove Him from the equation in order … [Read more...]

Ouxano: Old Testament Law – How To Read It & Does It Apply To Us Today?

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[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: It’s very common – somebody wants to start digging into the Bible and grow closer to God, so they open up to page one in the book of Genesis. It’s filled with narrative stories and exciting history. Next, they often go right into Exodus, which also has exciting stories of Moses and his leading God’s people out of Egypt and to the Promised Land of Israel. Then, almost out of nowhere in the middle o … [Read more...]

Ouxano: Key Things To Consider Regarding Old Testament History

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[display_podcast]The stories of the early nation of Israel begin in the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis, and continues through the Book of Esther, with portions of Jonah and Daniel as well. In order to get you into the feel of what it’s like to be in the ancient times that these books took place, we’re going to go through some general guidelines that will help you understand the text much easier as you read. Remember, some of these people lived up to 4,000 years ago. That is a long t … [Read more...]

Ouxano 65: 1 Samuel, part 12 – Israel at War

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[display_podcast] In 1 Samuel 11, we see Saul being demonstrated publicly as Israel’s king by defeating the Ammonites, and then in chapter 12, Samuel offers his farewell address to the people of Israel - thus the end of the era of the judges in Israel’s history.  Yet, while he no longer stands as a judge over God’s people, he still remains a prophet, speaking on behalf of the Lord. So, as we pick up the story in chapter 13, we see Saul beginning to set up his political and military strong … [Read more...]

Ouxano 63: 1 Samuel part 10 – God, Give Us What We Want!

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[display_podcast] In 1 Samuel 8, we transition to the Israeli people’s request for a human king:As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice. Now, remember that we discussed this subtheme throughout Samuel of father/son relationships and leadership.  Several examples are given, including this one … [Read more...]

Ouxano 60: 1 Samuel, chapter 4

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[display_podcast] In the books of Samuel, we a king (David) who conquers a city (Jerusalem) and then his son builds the temple where the Ark of the Covenant will be placed.  Later on in Jewish history, after the Israelites are scattered across the land and then brought back in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, the people rebuild the temple, and then build up the city of Jerusalem and then wait for their king.  Then, in the New Testament, we see the true King, Jesus, who makes the temple inside of … [Read more...]


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