Preparing the Way of the Lord

Category: 102: History Books

First Samuel 5 – 6

1 Samuel 5 After the death and destruction of many worshipers of dagon by Samson in the book of Judges, the Philistines rebuilt the temple of their fertility fish god dagon; who was just another manifestation of baal. The pagan pantheon was mainly established at Babel and the various families of man took these gods […]

First Samuel 3 – 4

1 Samuel 3 Because of all the evil in the land, the Eternal departed from among the people.  They rejected the Eternal to live by every Word of God and he left them; this is what is precisely what is happening to today’s Ekklesia. 1 Samuel 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD […]

First Samuel 1 – 2

First Samuel The last Judge of Israel, Samuel First and Second Samuel were originally (and still are in some Jewish bibles) a single book, but the Septuagint [LXX] translation, produced in the centuries immediately before Christ, divided Samuel into two books and this dividing of Samuel was adopted by other translators. Like all of scripture […]

Judges 21

Judges 21 Judges 21:1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife. Then the people realized the magnitude of their rash oath and the deed of destroying Benjamin and cried out to God. 21:2 And the people came to the […]

Judges 19 – 20

Judges 19 Benjamin, almost destroyed for their gross wickedness A concubine was a woman having a lower standing than a legal wife, usually a maidservant obtained in payment of debt by a man for himself or a son. In cases of infidelity a concubine was considered as belonging to a man, in the same sense […]

Judges 17 – 18

Judges 17 How part of Dan migrated north to get a new city and new gods Micah of Ephraim, steals eleven hundred shekels of silver from his mother; and later repents and restores it. Judges 17:1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 17:2 And he said unto his mother, […]

Judges 15 – 16

Judges 15 After his anger cools Samson goes back to take his wife around Pentecost. Judges 15:1 But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her […]

Judges 13 – 14

Judges 13 We now come to the story of Samson which is full of lessons for us today. Samson was called by God before his birth to be a Nazarite and a Judge in Israel, yet he was a weak man desiring strange [unconverted] wives.  The first lesson is that God has commanded us and […]

Judges 11 – 12

Judges 11 Jephthah is called to be the next judge of Israel. Judges 11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite [Bashan, Golan; the land of Reuben, Manasseh and Gad east of Jordan] was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. Jephthah was despised by his brothers in […]

Judges 9 – 10

Judges 9 Abimelech the concubine’s son by Gideon in Shechem, rebels against his father seeking the kingship. Judges 9:1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal [Gideon] went to Shechem unto his mother’s brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying, 9:2 Speak, I pray you, […]

Judges 7 – 8

Judges 7 Christ then tells Gideon that the numbers of his army are to be reduced to the point that the people will ascribe the victory to God. Both physical and spiritual Israel must learn that the victory belongs to the Eternal. As Israel could not overcome the Canaanites [a type of sin] alone without […]

Judges 5 – 6

Judges 5 The victory song of Deborah and Barak praising God for the victory Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, 5:2 Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. 5:3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; […]

Judges 3 – 4

Judges 3 Todaywe now live in a different dispensation then the period of the Mosaic Covenant. Physical Mosaic Covenant Israel was a national entity with a national religion, while other nations also had their national gods. Jesus Christ as the God of Israel, was using Israel to demonstrate his might to all peoples, and the history […]

Judges 1 – 2

Introduction Deuteronomy is a warning that possession of the promised land is absolutely dependent on our continuing to live by every Word of God, while Joshua is a lesson that it is only through faith and a diligent living by every Word of God that Satan and sin can be conquered.  The books of Judges, […]

Joshua 22 – 24

Joshua 22 Joshua speaks to the two and a half tribes which had chosen to live east of the Jordan River and releases them to cross back over to their land on the east of Jordan. Joshua 22:1 Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, 22:2 And said […]

Joshua 20 – 21

Joshua 20 Cities of Refuge Joshua 20:1 The LORD also spake unto Joshua, saying, 20:2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: 20:3 That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they […]

Joshua 16 – 19

Joshua 16 The Division of the land in Joshua’s time Joshua 16:1 And the lot of the children of Joseph fell from Jordan by Jericho, unto the water of Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goeth up from Jericho throughout mount Bethel, 16:2 And goeth out from Bethel to Luz, and passeth along unto […]

Joshua 13 – 15

Joshua 13 Joshua 13:1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed. The God who was later made flesh as Jesus Christ then reveals the remainder of the land he will give […]

Joshua 11 – 12

Joshua 11 After Israel’s conquest of the south of the land, the northern Canaanites came together to fight against Israel and the campaign to control the land turned to the north. Joshua 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, […]

Joshua 9 – 10

Joshua 9 There are many good lessons that we can learn from the adventures of Joshua and Israel in entering the physical promised land. When the rulers of many Canaanite cities in the land heard of the destruction of Jericho and Ai, they confederated together to come out to war against the common enemy, yet the inhabitants […]

Joshua 7 – 8

Joshua 7 The sin of Achan Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children […]

Joshua 5 – 6

Joshua 5 The local rulers were filled with the fear of God because of the miracle in stopping the spring flood of Jordan so that Israel could pass over. Joshua 5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings […]

Joshua 3 – 4

Joshua 3 Joshua 3:1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim [Acacia Wood], and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. Three days after the people came to the Jordan river they were told to make ready to cross 3:2 And it […]

Joshua 1 – 2

Introduction Deuteronomy is about preparing to enter the physical promised land as an allegory of how to prepare to attain to the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, and is a warning that possession of the land is absolutely contingent on living by every Word of God.  Joshua is about the inheritance of the physical […]

103 Nehemiah

Nehemiah 1 Ezra had gone to restore the religion and build the city at the command of Artaxerxes [Ahasuerus] Longimanus in c457 B.C.  Ezra had logically placed his first priority on restoring the true worship of YHVH, and building the city had been largely neglected until Nehemiah arrived in 444 B.C. and even then there […]

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