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…

Faithful Love

Eight times in today’s Bible reading*, we come across the term “faithful love”. Half of those times, the term appears in Psalm 103. So what is “faithful love”? The Hebrew word behind “faithful love” is ḥesed (with the h pronounced as a guttural ch). It is also translated as “kindness”, “lovingkindness”, “faithfulness”, “steadfast love”, or…

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…