Morning Musing: 1 Samuel 18:8-9

“And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?” And Saul eyed David from that day on.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)‬‬

Saul was not simply angry here. If he were just angry he could have gotten over it and moved on. The fuller truth is that there was something deeper that was motivating his anger. Saul was envious of David. Read the rest…

Digging in Deeper: Joshua 7:1

“But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things.  And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

The story of Achan is an interesting and sad one.  The people were coming off a major victory.  Their first stop on their tour through the land of Canaan had ended with them sacking a significant military outpost in the city of Jericho.  The city was famous for its incredibly high and thick walls.  The walls were so massive that archaeologists today can see in the various layers of rubble around the city where this battle took place.  So, the people are high on a sweet victory, but then things take a turn for the sour.  What happened? Read the rest…