1 Samuel 17:41-58 (David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part IV)

1 Samuel 17:41-58
David and Goliath
The Valley of Elah, Part IV

While typing this series, a friend, Syra, emailed me out of the blue with a joke. I’m not one to include jokes in sermons, but the timing was so propitious, I thought I would share it with you.

***The Israelis and Arabs realized that if they continued fighting, they would someday end up destroying the whole world.Read the rest

1 Samuel 17:28-40 (David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part III)

1 Samuel 17:28-40
David and Goliath
The Valley of Elah, Part III

The men of the ranks of Israel, both last week and this week, are seen to have focused on the rewards they would get from Saul for defeating the giant. However, none of them felt it was sufficient to chance meeting him.Read the rest

1 Samuel 17:12-27 (David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part II)

1 Samuel 17:12-27
David and Goliath
The Valley of Elah, Part II

The passage today, and in other verses to come, in the Hebrew is much different than that of the Septuagint, or Greek translation, of the Old Testament. The verses from 12 to the 31 are missing, as are also verse 41 and from verse 54 to the end.Read the rest

1 Samuel 17:1-11 (David and Goliath, The Valley of Elah, Part I)

1 Samuel 17:1-11
Dav and Goliath
The Valley of Elah, Part I

This past May, I was supposed to go to Israel to have another walk with Sergio and Yossi like we did last year. That didn’t come about because of the politics of the coronavirus. The scheduled flight was cancelled, and now – almost six months later – El Al has yet to either refund the ticket or to reschedule the flight.Read the rest

Deuteronomy 5:17-22

Deuteronomy 5:17-22
Learning Vicariously – Hopefully! Part II

We only evaluated five of the Ten Commandments last week, and we saw rather clearly how Israel failed at meeting them. Today, we’ll look at the last five, and consider them in relation to Israel as well. And in doing so, we can consider them in relation to our own actions also.Read the rest

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