Absalom’s Long-Haul Grudges

Someone once said that holding a grudge is like drinking poison, expecting the other person to get sick. Today’s Bible reading* tells us about two of Absalom’s long-haul grudges. The first is when Amnon (Absalom’s half-brother) rapes his sister. Absalom stews for two years before killing Amnon. The next time is when Absalom has been…

The Fool says, “No God”

If you’ve been around church for very long, today’s Bible reading* may sound a little familiar. It’s the classic statement on the fool. In fact, this is not the only place these words appear in the Bible. These words also appear in Psalm 14. And Paul applies these words in Romans 3. The fool says…

Calling All Men of Issachar

Yesterday, I talked about the need for more valiant warriors. Today’s Bible reading* is similar in its application call for more men of Issachar. These men of Issachar understood the times and knew what Israel should do. When 1 Chronicles 12:32 says that the men of Issachar understood, it uses two Hebrew words together: knowledge…

Calling All Valiant Warriors

Seven times in today’s Bible reading,* we encounter the term “valiant warriors” (CSB), “mighty warriors” (ESV, LEB, NLT), “mighty men” (KJV), “fighting men” (NIV), “warriors” (MSG). The word translated as warriors/men refers not only to their fighting occupation but to their strong/noble character. One Hebrew lexicon says, “Although [the book of Chronicles] generally uses the…