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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – 1 Samuel 22-26

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 3, 2018 Book of 1 Samuel 22-26 22 David escapes to cave of Adullam, where he becomes leader of 400 family members, debtors and other discontents. He then dwells in Moab, before the prophet Gad tells him to go to Hareth forest. Saul accuses his aides of treason, so Doeg the Edomite tells Saul he saw David at Nob. Doeg kills 85 priests and many citizens at Nob in retaliation. Abiathar, the only son of Ahimelech to survive, flees to David and is protected by him. 23 David fights with Philistines at Keilah in Judah. Saul’s forces besiege Keilah, but David flees before the men of Keilah deliver him into Saul’s hands. David hides in the wilderness of Ziph. David and Jonathan meet again, and reaffirm their covenant. The Ziphites betray...

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – 1 Samuel 17-21

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 3, 2018 Book of 1 Samuel 17-21 17 The Philistines gather against Israel. The Philistine giant Goliath (six cubits and a span high) challenges the Israelites to single combat. David, the youngest of eight brothers, splits his time between the palace and the pasture. David brings gifts from home to his three elder brothers, who are fighting against the Philistines. David asks how a Philistine can defy the army of the living God. Saul hears of David’s words. David says his experience of defending sheep from lions and bears with stones has prepared him well. David chooses not to wear untested armour, and goes armed with a staff, a sling and five stones instead. Goliath curses David. David replies that he comes in the name of the Lord of Hosts, not...

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – 1 Samuel 12-16

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 2, 2018 Book of 1 Samuel 12-16 12 Samuel justifies his rule, but passes on the mantle of leadership to Saul. Samuel speaks to Israel’s history of apostasy and deliverance, and implies it has a lesson for the future. God sends thunder and rain, as a sign that the Israelites were wicked to ask for a king. Israel anxiously repents. Samuel exhorts the people to walk right with the Lord. 13 Saul’s son, Jonathan, attacks a Philistine garrison. Saul waits for Samuel at Gilgal for seven days, but he does not come, so Saul performs the burnt offering himself. Samuel upbraids Saul, and says his kingdom shall not continue. The Philistines are technologically superior – there is no blacksmith in Israel, so only the royal family have swords and spears. 14...

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – 1 Samuel 1-5

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 2, 2018 Book of 1 Samuel 1-5 1 Elkanah, an Ephraimite, and his two wives (Hannah, who has no children, and Peninnah, who does) visit Shiloh yearly. Hannah is given a double portion for an offering. Peninnah provokes her and makes her miserable. Hannah prays that if God gives her a son, she will dedicate it to Him as a Nazarite. Eli the priest thinks she is drunk as she moved her lips, but then blesses her when he discovers the truth. Hannah gives birth to Samuel, and gives him to God in Shiloh once he has been weaned. 2 Hannah praises God. Her poem warns the arrogant and proud, and talks of a God who humiliates the strong and exalts the weak. Samuel ministers for Eli. The sons of Eli,...

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – 1 Samuel 6-11

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 2, 2018 Book of 1 Samuel 6-11 6 Philistines return ark of God to Israel with a trespass offering of five gold mice and five gold tumors. They put the ark in a cart pulled by two unyoked cows, to see whether God guides it back. The ark returns to the people of Beth Shemesh in Israel, where there is great rejoicing. The cows are given as a burnt offering. A stone memorial remains to this day in Beth Shemesh. God strikes down 50,070 men, because the men of Beth Shemesh had peered inside the ark. The men of Beth Shemesh appeal to the men of Kirath Jearim to take the ark from them. 7 The ark is brought to Kirjath Jearim, where it remains for twenty years. Samuel admonishes Israel...

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – Book of Ruth

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 2, 2018 Book of Ruth 1 Elimelech, Naomi and their sons, Mahlon and Chilion, move to Moab because of a famine. The sons marry the Moabites Orpah and Ruth; Elimelech and sons die. Naomi sets out back to Bethlehem, and tries to persuade Orpah and Ruth to return to their own people. Saying she is too old to bear sons for them to marry. Orpah returns, but Ruth eloquently insists that she wants to stay with her mother-in-law: ‘your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.’ Naomi renames herself Mara, meaning ‘bitter’. They arrive at Bethlehem in the time of the barley harvest. 2 Ruth gleans barley in Bethlehem from Boaz’s field until end of harvest. Boaz is a relative of Elimelech. Hearing of her loyalty to Naomi,...

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – Judges 18-21

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 2, 2018 Judges 18-21 18 Dan sends spies to find land. The spies meet Micah. Spies and 600 men from Dan take Micah’s idols and priest (who is quite happy to go). Micah is glum, having had everything taken from him. The Danites conquer Laish, renaming it Dan. They adopt the idolatry that began with Micah. 19 A Levite marries a concubine from Judah. They separate after she plays the harlot, but are later reconciled at the house of his father-in-law, where he stays for five days. Returning home, the Levite and his concubine decide to stay one night at Gibeah (not Jebus, which is a foreign land that might be hostile). They meet an Ephraimite, who offers them hospitality. Men bang on the door and demand to know the Levite...

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – Judges 12-17

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 3, 2018 Judges 12-17 12 The men of Ephraim are angry at not being asked to fight against the Ammonites. Jephthah replies that they did not act when they had the chance. The Gileadites defeat the Ephraimites, whose survivors try to flee back over the Jordon. The Gileadites, guarding the fords of the Jordan, asking anyone asking to cross to say the word ‘shibboleth’. If they pronounced it in an Ephraimite way (saying the sh as a s), they were killed. Jephthah judges Israel 6 yrs; he is followed by Ibzan, Elon and Abdon. 13 Philistines rule the Israelites for forty years. An angel appears firstly to the barren wife of the Danite Manoah, then to Manoah himself. The angel says that they will have a son who will deliver Israel....

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – Judges 6-11

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 3, 2018 Judges 6-11 6 Israel does evil, and serves Midian for seven years. The angel of the Lord appears to Gideon, and tells him he will deliver the Israelites from the Midianites. Gideon is initially suspicious, because he is from Manasseh, the least of the tribes. As a sign, fire shoots from a rock and cosumes Gideon’s offering of meat and bread. Gideon builds an altar at the place, Ophrah. Gideon destroys an altar of Baal-Berith at night, and replaces it with an altar to God. Gideon is found out, but his father says that Baal-Berith himself should plead against him if he is offended. Gideon thus acquires the name Jerubbaal, meaning ‘Let Baal plead’. Gideon gathers an army. Gideon seeks signs – he puts a fleece on the floor,...

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#BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study – Judges 1-5

  Welcome to the #BAM #InYoFaceDevil Bible Study! August 3, 2018 Judges 1-5 1 Judah is chosen to go up against the Canaanites after the death of Joshua. With his brother Simeon, he defeats 10,000 men at Bezek. They cut off the big toes and thumbs of the kings of Bezek, who had had seventy kings with no thumbs or big toes eating scraps under his table. The king of Bezek dies in Jerusalem, which the Israelites take. South Canaan (Hebron and Debir) is conquered. Othniel is rewarded for taking Kirjath Sepher by marrying the Caleb’s daughter, Achsah. Caleb also receives Hebron. The Canaanites in the lowlands could not be expelled, however, because they had iron chariots. Ephraim and Manasseh take Bethel, sparing a man who shows them the entrance to the city. The Canaanites who cannot be cannot utterly...

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