PHall | December 30, 2012
Biblical courage has at least three characteristics: 1) God Given – not self-derived; 2) God Strengthened – there when needed; 3) God Controlled – does not produce pride, instead it produces humility.
PHall | July 5, 2012
It is always a challenge to teach certain Bible stories to children. How do you teach the lesson of David and Bathsheba, for example? Here are some general guidelines: 1) Tell the story as the Bible does; 2) Don’t explain some details unless asked; 3) Explain only in limited form until asked for more details; [...]
PHall | October 5, 2011
There is a simple and obvious way to organize the book of 1 Kings. There are 22 chapters. The first 11 are the reign of Solomon, and the rest describe the divided kingdom. Such a division is natural and orderly. However, there is another way, and that is to compare 1 Kings to 2 Samuel’s [...]
PHall | September 11, 2011
As we continually focus on the three time periods of the stories within 2 Samuel (when it happened, when written, and when read), let us in this section focus on when 2 Samuel 11-12 is written so we can see the main emphasis of the writer. We do this by noticing his chiastic structure which [...]
PHall | July 26, 2011
Did you ever notice that what David did to Uriah (2 Sam.11.14-17), Saul tried to do to him? (1 Sam.18.25). Makes me wonder how common this practice was among kings. Death by proxy.
PHall | March 18, 2011
Grace is written on every page of the Bible. But blood is not. Grace is written in ways that blood does not need. The very breath we take is grace. God’s word breathed out through the Holy Spirit is grace. The breath Jesus exhaled declaring “it is finished” is grace. And God’s waiting breath, waiting [...]
PHall | November 22, 2009
2 Samuel 11:2 – Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. The common interpretation has Bathsheba lacking in modesty because she was bathing in the open, [...]
PHall | October 5, 2009
Is it right or wrong to (you fill in the blank)? That’s a good question, always. In fact it needs to be asked more, as individual Christians, families of God, and churches of Christ. In Numbers 1:2, God commands Moses to number the people. There are several occasions in the Bible where God’s people are [...]