OUR JOURNEY through the book of Acts continues with the account of Saul’s vision on the road to Damascus and the beginning of the outreach of the church to Gentiles.
We discuss Saul’s early years in the faith, the difficulty the Jewish Christians had with the news that Peter had gone to the house of Cornelius the centurion–an uncircumcised man–and the implications of Peter’s vision of the unrolled sheet.
THE 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.