[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...]
[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...]
[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...]
[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast. I’m Joel Fieri, and this podcast seeks to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends and issues in the Church and greater society. On The Big Picture Podcast, our motto or tag line is “separating the forest from the trees”, and there’s no subject that blurs that distinction more than today’s topic. And that topic is war - specifically the Christian attitude towards war. Now what got me thinking on this topic was a recent … [Read more...]
Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard To See God & Why Do We Ignore What Is Right In Front Of Us?
[display_podcast]On a recent trip to Israel, I found myself reluctant to even be there. This sounds both sensible and selfish. After all, Israel had just attacked Syria just before we left on our trip and Syria retaliated by targeting a tourist location within a day of our arrival.Still, complaining about going abroad sounds “snobby”, selfish and inconsiderate. So as I boarded the plane, I felt like a bona fide jerk. Personally, I felt a lot like Jonah going on this trip. Jonah – you know … [Read more...]
Old Testament history covers the books of Genesis through Esther as well as portions of Jonah and Daniel, or about the first third of our Bible.In order to help you better understand what in the world is going on in some of these Old Testament stories, we’re going to go over some general guidelines to keep in mind as you read and study.Remember, some of these people lived 3,000 – 4,000 years ago in a world extremely different than ours politically, socially, economically and mor … [Read more...]