God’s Intimate Knowledge of Us

In Psalm 139 in today’s Bible reading* we see a powerful statement of God’s intimate knowledge of us. David begins the Psalm acknowledging that God has already searched him and known him. The word search, “can refer to initial phases of a search or the end result, but always connotes a diligent, difficult probing.[1] the…

Chosen for Service by Casting Lots

In today’s Bible reading* David appoints Solomon as his successor. Some of the men are chosen by family lineage and some are chosen for specific service in the Temple by casting lots. (1 Chronicles 24:7, 25:9, 26:14) So what is “casting lots”? Casting lots was similar to throwing dice. And people would make decisions based…

Is This a Bible Contradiction?

One might read today’s Bible reading* and ask, “Is this a Bible contradiction? How can you possibly reconcile 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1?” We’re told that God punished David for conducting a census of the people under his reign. What could be wrong with that? The LORD’s anger burned against Israel again, and…