In both I Chronicles 11 and II Samuel 23 are nearly identical passages describing the mighty men of David. The descriptions of their courage in battle are absolutely astounding. And although Jashobeam, Eleazar, and Shammah were the top three of the mighties, we’re going to take a look here at the next man below them, Benaiah. Benaiah had a long career in Israel’s military history, beginning as a chief in David’s guard and eventually becoming the commander of Israel’s army during the reign of Solomon. His exploits as written in I Chr. 11:22-23 explain to us why he was so honored. “he slew two lion-likeRead More →

If we would stop to consider it we would discover that our sense of hearing is literally bombarded throughout the day. It could be by TV or radio, a CD of our favorite music; cell phones or plain workplace conversation, even just the noise of cars on the street. Add to this cacophony our inner voice, our conscience, and realize that rarely does anyone experience total quiet. There’s almost always a voice intruding or beckoning. Turn to John chapter 10. We have referenced the verses in this chapter before when discussing Jesus as a door and also the nature of Christian sheep, but this timeRead More →

If we would think about it there are three basic questions that cause us all, at one time or another, to pause and contemplate. Three questions that philosophers and poets, adventurers and statesmen, and probably each one of us have asked, pondered, and tried to form answers. The three questions? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? For some of us, answering these questions is a lifetime search. Where do we come from? I would say that we all come from God. Each one of us being a tiny, little miracle formed in our mother’s womb, a human beingRead More →

There are many challenges awaiting missionaries when they go forth to serve Christ in foreign lands, the language barrier being one of the first tests he faces, for how can they understand the Gospel if they can’t understand what you’re saying. Harsh climates and unsanitary living conditions are also waiting for those whose desire is to reach the unreached. Besides all of these the persevering missionary will also discover an alien culture, with values not only different from their own, but also one that just doesn’t think the same way you do. I know a man and his family currently serving the Lord in BeninRead More →

The Book of Proverbs is a book of contrasts and comparisons. It is also a partial collection of the wisdom of Solomon. As its opening verses state, his purpose in writing the Proverbs is to impart wisdom in a way that the reader would benefit from it and prosper. In Solomon’s Proverbs he introduces us to many people and situations and among them are those who seek after wisdom and their opposites; the fools. There are approximately four different levels of fools and their foolishness marked out for us. The first fool is frequently referred to as simple. In the fourth verse of the bookRead More →

There is a segment of today’s population, including some Christians, who consider parts of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, simply as the stories of an unlearned, primitive people. As such they believe that much more is fable than fact. But over the last fifty years or so archeological sites where the scenes of Biblical action took place are confirming and not disproving the Biblical accounts. At one time Luke, the physician of the NT, was considered a poor observer of the geography of his time, but slowly, through archeology, each one of his observations are being proved correct, so much so, that today hisRead More →

I have heard that if something is worth doing, it should be done well and with your whole heart. Indeed, the results of half-hearted efforts are usually clearly seen. One such person from Scripture who exhibited and professed having the zeal of wholeheartedness was the young Psalmist of Israel David. “With my whole heart I have sought thee; O let me not wander from thy commandments.” (Psalm 119:10) David sought after the Lord; it was his great desire and goal. He sought not with the intention of boasting that he had made it. He made it his objective to not only find God but toRead More →

It seems that every year like clockwork, around the times of Christmas and Easter, one of the major news magazines in the US does a feature article on Christ or Christianity. This past Easter saw yet another which reported the findings of seventy or eighty Biblical scholars. It was reported that their ultimate conclusion was that Christianity was basically a myth, and that Jesus, after his crucifixion, was probably buried in a shallow grave and eaten by dogs. Keep in mind that these were Biblical scholars who teach our children in colleges and seminaries. If this is the educational truth that our youth is growingRead More →

I have often heard that the Greek of the New Testament is a more expressive language than modern-day English. Despite the fact that current English vocabulary consists of over three times the amount of words, we can still lose some of the impact or meanings of the Greek because our words are insufficient enough to make word for word translations clear. I don’t think that any believer wishes to purposely misunderstand Scripture but, because of this wordplay, we can over time, be conditioned to accept certain positions that, though not incorrect, may be a bit lopsided. Taken to the extreme such errors of interpretation canRead More →

Matthew 16:26 is a well known and popular verse of the Bible; “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” We have referred to this verse more than once in past articles, for these questions raised here by Jesus are good points to contemplate. Just as the Bible is called a living book, it’s insights into human behavior, despite its bi-millennial age, continues to reaffirm its accurate perceptions of the conduct of natural man. As this verse implies, our desire for instant gratification regardlessRead More →