I Samuel 28 Continued

15. Now Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”
And Saul answered, “I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.”

Here we have a difficulty. We know Yahweh specifically forbade going to mediums. We can read of this prohibition three times in the law. First, in Leviticus 19:31.

31. Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Next, in Leviticus 20:6.

6. And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.

Here, we read that those who sought after mediums and familiar spirits would be cut off from Yahweh’s people. This was a harsh penalty, but it was necessary to discourage the people from ever indulging in this false and wicked practice. Finally, the prohibition is repeated in Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 28

1. Now it happened in those days that the Philistines gathered their armies together for war, to fight with Israel. And Achish said to David, “You assuredly know that you will go out with me to battle, you and your men.”

Now it so happens that the Philistines in those days gather their armies together and prepare for war, getting ready for another fight with Israel. Their war with Israel has been going on for a long time, going all the way back to before the time of Samson the judge. This is just another battle in the ongoing war. Yet David is now caught on the wrong side!

Achish plans to take David, his new servant, with him to the battle. Remember, he thinks that David has been killing Israelites all the time he has been with him, so he does not figure that this will be much of a step for David. Yet the reality is that David has not been attacking Israel at all, but rather has been attacking Israel’s enemies and doing good for his own people. Yet Achish does not know this, and so naturally thinks that David will be eager and willing to join him in the war.

Achish informs David that he expects him and his men to join him in the battle. Now David is caught in his own lie. He can have no excuse for not wanting to fight his own people, since he has lied to Achish and told him that he is already doing that. If he says anything now, the truth will come out that he has not been attacking his own people at all. Yet if he goes along with Achish, he might be forced to fight with his own people after all, and that was the last thing David wanted to do. Thus David’s plans and schemes to hide among the Philistines, all without the LORD’s advice and guidance, have now brought him to the brink of disaster. If he fights with the Philistines against Israel, his own people will know it and consider him a traitor. Their likelihood of ever accepting him as king then is very small. The LORD must step in to help David, or he will have planned himself right out of the throne. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following letter:

Hello Sir,

I found your website and I have a few questions if you have time. (They should be fairly quick response if you have the time)

1.) Are you an “Acts 28er” as in you believe the body Christ started at Acts 28:28?

2.) Do you believe God preserved His exact words?

3.) Which Hebrew and Greek texts contain the exact words of God? (if answered yes to #2)

4.) Which translation is most reliable to the most reliable manuscripts?

5.) What do you think of this post “M.A.D. Baptist” http://av1611studyblog.blogspot.com/p/water.html

If you do not have time then that is fine. Just know I have no desire to initiate a debate, I will not respond back accept to “thanks” to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Grace and Peace,

I would be happy to answer your questions as best I can. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following letter:

I found your Precepts website when Google searching for the beginning of the dispensation of grace.  I liked your thorough examination and explanation of when it began.  This sparked me to contact you regarding a somewhat contentious subject among members of my denomination. The question of whether tithing is required by Christians within this dispensation of grace.  Many ministers would assert that Christians are required to tithe as did Abraham and use the passage of scripture where Jesus basically says to someone that they should not have left the practice of doing several deeds of which tithing was one.  I apologize for not having the exact verse quoted as I don’t have it committed to memory nor do I have access to get it at this time.  My belief is that under grace, when it comes to giving money to the kingdom of God, that Christians are to give out of the abundance of their hearts, not by compulsion or commandment.  I see it easily as a contradiction if both positions were to be acceptable in this dispensation.  Could you provide your opinion about tithing/giving of financial gifts?

Thank you for the great question. Glad you found my website, and were helped in understanding the beginning of the dispensation of grace.

Regarding tithing, we have to go back to what the Bible says about tithing. First of all, the word simply means “a tenth.” The first time we see anyone tithing is Abraham in Genesis 14:20, when he met Melchizedek king of Salem after his defeat of four kings to rescue Lot and the people of Sodom, with whom Lot was living. Melchizedek is described as “the priest of God Most High,” and Abraham “gave him a tithe of all.” The things he gave him a tithe of were the spoils of war he had just won by defeating the four kings. This would have mostly included goods carried with the defeated armies as supplies, as well as goods they had looted from former, successful campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 27

1. And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand.”

David now realizes that no appeal to God or conscience will turn Saul from his dogged pursuit of David to kill him, and no word from Saul to the contrary is worth anything at all. It seems that he starts to dwell on this, and it looms large in his mind to the point where he fears in his heart. Remember that the Hebrew word “heart” means not just the emotions, but the inner being. It seems with his whole being he starts to fear and lose his confidence in the helping hand of God that was with him. He focuses on his fears, rather than on the LORD, Who has helped him up until now. The result is that he does not think he can continue to escape from Saul forever, and so he concludes that one of these days Saul will catch him and kill him. Well, the only reason that had not happened already was because the hand of God was with David. Yet where did David think that hand would go in the future? David forgot here his confidence and trust. Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 26

1. Now the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is David not hiding in the hill of Hachilah, opposite Jeshimon?”

As they did back in chapter 23, the Ziphites once again betray David’s location to Saul. They had decided to throw in their lot with the current king, in spite of the fact that they were from Judah, David’s own tribe. Thus, they figured to go all in, and hope for the victory of Saul resulting in their own advancement. Fortunately for them, David was not a vengeful person. Yet certainly their hopes of advancement by siding with Saul did not come to fruition.

The Ziphites come to Saul at his home in Gibeah, and report to him that David is in the hill of Hachilah opposite Jeshimon. This was the same place he was in when they betrayed him back in I Samuel 23:19! Apparently he was as yet unaware of the treachery of the Ziphites, and so he had returned to this old hiding place, not realizing that his trust in the local peoples had been betrayed. Of course, it was also true that Saul was not supposed to be pursuing David anymore, as he had sworn to him back in I Samuel 24:22. Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 25 Continued

23 Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground.

Now Abigail sees and recognizes David riding towards her. She jumps off her donkey and falls on her face before God’s anointed, bowing herself down before him. In our European customs, we usually only bow from the waist, but in an oriental culture like that of Israel, bowing to the ground was customary and usual, so this is what she does to honor David.

24. So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant.

Abigail falls at David’s feet, which was the position of a supplicant. She then asks David to let her take the blame for this iniquity, by which she means her husband’s insult against David. Yet she begs him to hear her out, claiming for herself only the position of a maidservant before David. Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 25

1. Then Samuel died; and the Israelites gathered together and lamented for him, and buried him at his home in Ramah. And David arose and went down to the Wilderness of Paran.

Here we have the sad note that Samuel, that great prophet, priest, and judge of Israel, died. Of course, this eventually happens to and is the fate of all men, for we are all dying in Adam. Thank God that, as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive, and so we have a life after this one. This life we are now living is indeed not all there is.

Now this book is the book of Samuel, and Samuel has been the author of the early chapters. What happens here, then, when the book itself records Samuel’s death? Surely the LORD did not have him write the historical record of his own death and of the events that took place after his death. Yet this is no problem, for as we have seen from I Chronicles 29:29, this book had three authors, listed in that verse as Samuel the seer, Nathan the prophet, and Gad the seer. Therefore it is doubtless true that one of them took over writing the book at this point, probably Nathan, since he is listed first. (He may not have taken over just here, but may have started writing the record a few chapters before this as well. There is really no way to tell when one author ends and another begins, since the book is written as a seamless whole.) Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 24

1. Now it happened, when Saul had returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, “Take note! David is in the Wilderness of En Gedi.”

Saul chases off the Philistines invaders and returns from this campaign. He then learns from his spies David’s new hiding place in the Wilderness of En Gedi. It certainly did not take him long to get this information in order to be able to continue his pursuit!

2. Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats.

Saul perhaps is reluctant to take his entire army this time after what happened the last time. Therefore, he takes three thousand chosen men from his army to chase David. These would have been elite forces, and probably more than a match under normal circumstances for David and his rag-tag band of misfits. Then they move out to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats, which were probably very near En Gedi, the “Fountain of the Kid.” Read the rest of this entry »

drifter02I Samuel 23

1. Then they told David, saying, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are robbing the threshing floors.”

Now a report reaches David that the Philistines are fighting with the city of Keilah, a city in the lowlands of Judah northwest of Hebron. Keilah means “Fortress,” and assuming this city lived up to its name it had little to fear from a siege. Yet this does not seem to be the object of the Philistines in this battle. Instead, they have come at harvest time, and are robbing their threshingfloors. At harvest time, the fields would have been full of what would have amounted to great wealth, and those fields were outside the walls of the city. Thus the Philistines were raiding to steal their crops, which would mean the impoverishment of the city, and could even mean death by starvation for its people. Read the rest of this entry »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 56 other followers