Gilbert House Fellowship #92: Psalms 50, 53, 60, 75; 2 Sam 10; 1 Chr 19; Psalm 20

david-mapTHE WAR of the Beards is the core event of this week’s Old Testament study, a series of battles prompted by Hanun, the king of Ammon, who shaved half the beards of messengers sent by David. That incident led to battles outside the Ammonites’ capital of Rabbah, with the Edomites in the Valley of Salt, south of the Dead Sea, and with a coalition of Arameans led by Hadadezer of Zobah in the north of Israel, in the region of the Sea of Galilee.

We also read a number of psalms written before, during, and after this war, and compare the tone of those written after what was apparently a military defeat and at the end of the successful campaign.

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Gilbert House Fellowship #91: Matthew 19-21, Mark 10

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Camel in front of the “needle gate” at Nazareth

MARRIAGE AND divorce can be sensitive topics, so it’s no wonder the scribes and Pharisees tried to use them to trip up Jesus. As with every encounter between them, however, Jesus turned the tables and discredited his antagonists.

We discuss the request by James and John to sit at Jesus’ right hand in his kingdom, the cursing of the fig tree, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and several well-known parables, including the rich young ruler, the laborers in the vineyard, and the parable of the tenants.

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