Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
I went to church service recently in which a powerful and emotional solo called “I Feel Like Moving On” was sung. The more I listened, however, the more disturbed I became by the emphasis on
“Lofty men; giants, (Gen. 14:5; 2 Sam. 21:16, 18, marg. A.V.,” “Rapha, marg. R.V., Raphah; Deut. 3:13, R.V.; A.V., “giants”).” “The aborigines of Palestine, afterwards conquered and” “dispossessed by the Canaanite tribes, are classed under this” “general title. They were known to the Moabites as Emim, i.e.,” “fearful, (Deut. 2:11), and to the Ammonites as Zamzummim. Some” “of them found refuge among the Philistines, and were still” existing in the days of David. We know nothing of their origin. “They were not necessarily connected with the “giants” (R.V.,” Nephilim) of Gen. 6:4. (See GIANTS.)
“(Josh. 15:8; 18:16, R.V.). When David became king over all” “Israel, the Philistines, judging that he would now become their” “uncompromising enemy, made a sudden attack upon Hebron,” “compelling David to retire from it. He sought refuge in “the” “hold” at Adullam (2 Sam. 5:17-22), and the Philistines took up” “their position in the valley of Rephaim, on the west and” south-west of Jerusalem. Thus all communication between Bethlehem and Jerusalem was intercepted. While David and his “army were encamped here, there occurred that incident narrated” “in 2 Sam. 23:15-17. Having obtained divine direction, David led” “his army against the Philistines, and gained a complete victory” over them. The scene of this victory was afterwards called Baalperazim (q.v.). “A second time, however, the Philistines rallied their forces in “this valley (2 Sam. 5:22). Again warned by a divine oracle,” “David led his army to Gibeon, and attacked the Philistines from” “the south, inflicting on them another severe defeat, and chasing” them with great slaughter to Gezer (q.v.). There David kept in check these enemies of Israel. This valley is now called el-Bukei’a.
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