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Dealing with the Devil (Pt. 1)

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This page was originally posted on my Blogger version of the blog on June 1, 2015 The content below has a few minor tweaks for clarity, and additional references, and some updated information.

Introduction

Recently, I started Scripture Journaling. Scripture Journaling is the process of writing out individual passages from the Bible to meditate on them, usually daily. I found a themed plan, entitled "Dealing with the Devil," by The Ruffled Mango.[1] I decided to start with this plan and share both my journal and my thoughts on the passages. I'm also chronicling the experience on my new YouTube channel. I hope you'll join me!

Genesis 3:1-5: The Serpent in the Garden

In the garden, when Satan makes his first appearance, he actually reveals a lot about his strategy:

  • He approaches Eve when she is β€œalone”
  • He twists God's words
  • He invokes FOMO (fear of missing out)
  • He offers Eve something she already has
  • He, likely, utilizes the fact that Eve added to God's Word

Alone

The only thing God said was not good before the fall, was that man be alone (Genesis 2:18). Satan capitalizes on the the fact that we are weaker and more vulnerable when we are alone. There are many passages in scripture reminding us not to forsake fellowshipping with our fellow believers (e.g., Hebrews 10:24-25) . When we isolate ourselves, we become vulnerable and Satan will leap at the chance to devour us.

Twisting Scripture

Satan manipulates us by taking scripture out of context and twisting it to fit his purpose. Often, he uses our weaknesses to make these incorrect interpretations of God's Word sound good. That is why it is important for us to know God's Word, inside and outside. By meditating on the Word and strengthening our relationship with God, we will be able to discern Satan's manipulations.

Fear of Missing Out

We always think we're missing something or that there's something better out there. Eve could eat from any tree in the garden except one, and that wasn't good enough. There are over 2,000 types of fruit in the world,[2] all of which would have been available in the garden. The odds that the fruit on the tree of knowledge was the best fruit in the garden would have been roughly 1 in 2000 or 0.5%. But, Satan convinced Eve that she was missing out by not being able to eat this fruit.

False Gifts

Satan lures Eve to eat the fruit by suggesting that in doing so she will become like God. The irony is that she is already like God. God created man and woman in His image, gave them dominion over the earth and the ability to create. Not only was Satan offering Eve something she already had, the ramification of his suggestion almost cost her that very object. Once man ate from the Tree of Knowledge, we lost our dominion over earth (we gave it to Satan), we lost our ability to be good like God, and we were cast our of our palace (the garden). It is important for us to know that God has already made us heirs to the kingdom. As long as we follow Him, everything belongs to us anyway!

Adding to the Word

God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit, but when Eve talks to Satan, she says they're not even supposed to touch it! This is the beginning of a pattern with mankind (just look at everything Israel added to what God said). It's also a crack in God's perfect law for Satan to weasel into. Imagine this: Eve has convinced herself that part of God's rule is that they can't touch the tree, but she (or the serpent) is touching the tree and nothing bad has happened. This leads her to doubt anything bad will happen if she eats the fruit. However, it's based on faulty logic because God never said they couldn't touch the tree. We have to stick to the Word as written to avoid these types of situations (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19).

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Job 1:6-12: Satan Accuses Job

At the beginning of Job, Satan goes before God. Based on the context that "Satan" means adversary in Hebrew,

it is is implied that Satan frequently uses this time to complain about or accuse mankind. Instead of waiting for Satan to call out a particular person, God offers Job as an exemplary human. Satan is not convinced, arguing that Job only loves God because God has made Job successful. God then allows Satan to take Job's possessions and good fortune.

Why Did God Allow This?

The major question is why did God allow Satan to test Job? I think there are a few reasons for this, all of which apply to us today:

First, people often think they know everything until they are proven wrong. Satan had his mind made up about Job and the only thing that would prove him wrong was seeing it for himself. God already knew Job's heart and knew how everything would play out, but Satan did not.

Second, to prove to the sons of God who were also present. When Satan appears before God, the sons of God are also present. There are many intrepretations of who that refers to, but like Satan, these are limited beings who do not know the outcome of the test. If they were within earshot, some might have agreed with Satan, so God had to prove to them, as well, that there are faithful humans.

Third, to teach Job a lesson. (Sidenote, did you know "Job" means hated in Hebrew?

) Job was a bit self-righteous and in the end, though he never wavers in faith, God does have to chastise him. Sometimes we need to be reminded to have humility, because no matter how great our faith, we still fall short.

And fourth, to teach us a lesson. The book of Job answers the ultimate queston of why bad things happen to good people. Just like we discuss Job's trials and come to knew understandings about how suffering relates to our relationship with God, Job and his friends did the same thing. In the end, they learned about their own flawwed thinking because of Job's situation. Sometimes, we are the friend learning from our friend's misfortune and sometimes we are the friend going through the misfortune.

Who Does Satan Accuse?

Since we're discussing strategy, a great question is who does Satan accuse. God presents Job as perfect because he has perfect integrity, fears God, and turns away from evil. I seems that these are therefore the principles Satan tries to accuse us of not having. Also, an important observation is that if we

do

possess all three of these qualities, it is likely Satan wants to prove we don't

really

have all of these characteristics.

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Matthew 16:21-23 Satan Speaks Through Peter

In this passage, Christ attributes the words spoken by Peter as being from Satan. Christ identifies these words as a stumbling block and says the reason is because they put man's desires over God's desires. Satan uses us to express seemingly innocent thoughts that are actually contrary to God; though he can also use us to express thoughts that are obviously contrary to God as well. The major theme in this passage is putting self interest above God.

Peter loved Christ and did not want to see Him dieβ€”this is a human inclination and very natural. Many of us would have likely expressed the same sentiments had we been in Peter's shoes. However, it wasn't what God wanted. As a small child, I used to pray/wish the world never endedβ€”that was self interest and self preservation, but it also serves Satan. Our selfish desires always serve Satan. In my case, if the world never ends, Satan is never punished for his deeds and is allow to continue ruling over our world. In Peter's case, if Christ never died, there would be no salvation.

It is important for us to identify our thoughts and discern whether they are of God or not, as well as, identify the speech of those around us. As yourself:

  • Why should I say this? (or why did they say it?)
  • Is it selfish?
  • Is it helpful?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it kind?
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Matthew 4:1-11: Satan Tempts Jesus

Right before Christ starts His ministry, Satan comes to tempt Him. Christ fends off three attempts by Satan, each of which show Satan's tactics and the only way to respond.

Temptations #1: Weakness

The first thing Satan does is attack Christ's weakness. After fasting for 40 days, it is not surprising that Christ would be hungry. Satan challenges Him to turn stones into bread. In this, Satan is both questioning His ability and tempting Christ to give in to the flesh's desires. Similarly, Satan will come to us when we are weak and tempt us to take something the flesh desires even if it's not appropriate.

Christ responds by quoting

.

Temptation #2: Promises

The second thing Satan does is attack the promise of God. Satan tries to get Christ to prove God is who He says He is. Satan wants us to believe we have the responsibility of answering for God or proving His existance, when that onus is on the Holy Spirit. Christ did not need to put Himself in harms way to prove God is God because both He and Satan already know exactly who God is. The same is true for us.

Once again, Christ responds by quoting scripture. This time He quotes

Temptation #3: Desires

The final thing Satan does is attack a desire. Satan promises Christ rulership from the price of submiting to him instead of God. Like with Eve in the Garden, Satan is offering something already given. Christ is the Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The kingdoms Satan was offering to Him were already His. The catch in these situtations is not if you will have the desires of your heart by how you go about trying to get them. Satan's way, usually the easy way or a short cut, is temporary and comes at a high cost. However if we keep the faith and do it God's way, we get lasting results.

Christ respons by quoting scripture again, and quotes

.

The fact that Christ's only response to Satan is to quote scripture should remind us of the importance of knowing God's Word and clinging to it.

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Conclusion

These verses focused on the strategies Satan uses to trip us up and helped me reflect on ways to prepare myself for his attacks.

References and Footnotes

  1. "June Scripture Writing Plan".Β The Reffled Mango; visited October 4, 2020
  2. "Alphabetical list of Fruits".Β Fruits Info; visited October 16, 2020
  3. Strong's H347. Job".Β Blue Letter Bible; visited October 17, 2020
  4. I am aware that this passage is not included in the original list. I just felt it was relevant to the study and decided to slide it in.

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Numbers 34: Boundaries of Israel
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 35: Special Cities
NumbersChapter StudyMurderPovertyLeviRepentance and Forgiveness
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Numbers 36: Female Inheritance
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 22-24: Balak, Balaam, and the Talking Donkey
NumbersChapter StudyMoabAnimalsMessianic ProphecyProphecyFalse Deities and Prophets
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Numbers 20: Moses Sins
NumbersChapter StudySymbolismMosesAaronWater
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Numbers 20-21: The Journey Continues
NumbersChapter StudyEdomCanaanSymbolismMoab
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Numbers 20: Miriam’s Death
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 19: Purification
NumbersChapter StudyDeathClean and UncleanSacrifice
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Numbers 16-18: Rebellion
NumbersChapter StudyIntercessory PrayerAaronPriesthoodTithesDeath
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Numbers 15: Reminders
NumbersChapter Study
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Numbers 13-14: Scouting
NumbersChapter StudyJoshua (person)CalebNephilim and Giants
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Numbers 10-12: From Sinai to Paran
NumbersChapter StudyMosesAaronMiriamEthiopiaRelationshipsFood and Diet
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Numbers 8-10: Instructions
NumbersChapter StudyLeviPassover
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Numbers 7: Tribal Princes’ Offerings
NumbersChapter StudySacrificeTemple
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Numbers 5: A Few Laws and a Test
NumbersChapter StudyLawAdultery
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Numbers 3-4: Levite Duties
NumbersChapter Study
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1 Samuel 28-31: Saul’s Last Battle
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmalakitesPhilistineDavidWitchcraftSaul
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1 Samuel 25: Samuel’s Death and David’s Wives
1 SamuelChapter StudyAbigailRelationshipsWomenDavidSamuelMichal
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1 Samuel 23: David Saves Keilah
1 SamuelChapter StudyDavidBetrayalPhilistine
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1 Samuel 18-27: Saul Tries to Kill David
1 SamuelChapter StudyJonathanRelationshipsSaulDavidPhilistineMurderMichal
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1 Samuel 17: David and Goliath
1 SamuelChapter StudyPhilistineDavidNephilim and Giants
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1 Samuel 16: David is Anointed
1 SamuelChapter StudySaulDavidSamuelRelationships
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1 Samuel 15: Saul Sins
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmalakitesSaulRepentance and ForgivenessSamuel
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1 Samuel 13-14: Saul’s Army
1 SamuelChapter StudyPhilistineJonathanSaulGenealogy
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1 Samuel 12: Samuel
1 SamuelChapter StudySamuelRepentance and Forgiveness
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1 Samuel 11: Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1 SamuelChapter StudyAmmonSaul
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Jeremiah 1: Jeremiah’s Call
JeremiahChapter StudyDreams and VisionsProphecyJosiah
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1 Samuel 8-10: A King for Israel
1 SamuelChapter StudyRelationshipsProphecySaulLeadership
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1 Samuel 4-7: The Ark of the Covenant
1 SamuelChapter StudyPlaguesBenjaminPhilistineFalse Deities and ProphetsTemple Furnishings
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Ezra 9-10: Confessions of Sin
EzraChapter StudyRelationships
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Ezra 5-6: Darius’ Decree
EzraChapter StudyPassoverTemplePersia
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Ezra 7-8: Introducing Ezra
EzraChapter StudyLeviTemplePersia
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Ezra 3-4: Reconstruction of the Temple
EzraChapter StudySacrificeTempleTabernaclesPersiaTyre
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Ezra 1: Cyrus’ Decree
EzraChapter StudyBabylonCaptivityTemple
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1 Samuel 1-3: Introducing Samuel
1 SamuelChapter StudyPriesthoodHannahWomenIntercessory PrayerSamuel
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Revelation 2-3: The 7 Churches
RevelationChapter Study
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Numbers 1-3: The First Census
NumbersChapter StudyAngelsIsraelDanJudahEphraimLeviRueben
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Deuteronomy 31-34: The Final Address
DeuteronomyChapter Study
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Deuteronomy 27-30: The Third Address
DeuteronomyChapter StudyBlessings & CursesCovenant
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 3)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyTithesRelationshipsServants and SlavesSexual AssaultWomenCommandments
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 1)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyCommandmentsLawIsraelLeviFalse Deities and ProphetsCovenant
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Deuteronomy 1-4: The First Address
DeuteronomyChapter StudyMoabAmmonFalse Deities and ProphetsCommandmentsMosesRepentance and ForgivenessJoshua (person)
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Deuteronomy 5-26: The Second Address (Part 2)
DeuteronomyChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsLeviPriesthoodIsraelJusticeJudgementTithesClean and Unclean
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Earrings, Piercings, and Christians
LeviticusAppearance
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Homosexuality in the Bible
LeviticusSexual ImoralitySexual AssaultRelationshipsLawCommandmentsLove
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Leviticus 26-27: Consequences
LeviticusChapter Study
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Leviticus 24-25: Expectations & Appropriate Behavior
LeviticusChapter StudyFeasts & Holy DaysBlasphemyLawServants and SlavesTemple
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Leviticus 21-22: More on Priests
LeviticusChapter StudyPriesthoodLeviRelationships
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Leviticus 19-20: Righteousness
LeviticusChapter StudyAppearanceCommandmentsLawSacrificeAdulteryWitchcraftFood and DietFeasts & Holy DaysJustice
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Nehemiah 12-13: Dedication of the Wall
NehemiahChapter Study
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Ezra 2: Those Who Returned
Chapter StudyEzraGenealogy
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Leviticus 23: Feasts & Holy Days
LeviticusChapter StudyFeasts & Holy DaysPassoverDay of AtonementTabernaclesPentecost
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Nehemiah 7-11: Restoration of Jerusalem
NehemiahChapter StudyTithesGenealogyRepentance and ForgivenessSalvationFeasts & Holy Days
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Nehemiah 4-6: Opposition
NehemiahChapter StudyMoneySatan
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Nehemiah 3: Rebuilding the Wall
NehemiahChapter StudyJerusalemWomenMessianic Prophecy
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Nehemiah 2: Back to Jerusalem
NehemiahChapter StudyApologeticsJerusalemLeadershipPersia
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Nehemiah 1: Who is Nehemiah?
Chapter StudyNehemiahJudahPersiaCaptivityJerusalemLeadership
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Esther 8-10: Purim
EstherChapter StudyPurimFeasts & Holy Days
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Esther 6&7: Victory
EstherChapter StudyWomenPersiaIrony
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Esther 3-5: The Threat to the Jews
EstherChapter StudyWomenFastingRacismGenocide
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Esther 2: The Rise of Queen Esther
EstherChapter StudyBenjaminWomenPersia
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Leviticus 17-18: Immorality
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeFalse Deities and ProphetsSexual Imorality
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Leviticus 16: Atonement
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeFeasts & Holy DaysSabbath
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Leviticus 14-15: Unclean Buildings & Unclean Flesh
LeviticusChapter StudyClean and Unclean
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Leviticus 13-14: Skin Diseases & Leprosy
LeviticusChapter Study
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Leviticus 11-12: Clean and Unclean
LeviticusChapter StudyClean and UncleanFood and Diet
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Leviticus 8-10: The Priesthood
LeviticusChapter StudyPriesthoodSacrifice
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Leviticus 6-7: Offering Laws
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeLawAaronPriesthood
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F.E.A.S.T. Method
PsalmsStudy the WordFaith
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The Unnamed Concubine
Character StudyJudgesWomenSexual Assault
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Numbers 6: The Nazarite Vow
NumbersChapter StudySamsonJohn the BaptistOaths and VowsSamuelFastingClean and UncleanPaul
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Judges 19-21: A Call to War
JudgesChapter StudySexual AssaultWomenLeviBenjamin
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Judges 17-18: Micah and the Tribe of Dan
JudgesChapter StudyDanMoneyLeviFalse Deities and ProphetsTheft
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Judges 13-16: Samson
JudgesChapter StudyRelationshipsSamsonWomenPhilistineOaths and VowsDan
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Judges 10-12: Jephthath
JudgesChapter StudyAmmonEphraimOaths and Vows
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Judges 9-10: Abimelech
JudgesChapter Study
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Judges 6-8: Gideon
JudgesChapter StudyManassehMidianAmalakitesHoly SpiritEphraim
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Judges 4-5: Deborah, Jael, and Barak
JudgesChapter StudyDeborahWomenLeadership
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Judges 3: Othniel and Ehud
JudgesChapter StudyCanaanFalse Deities and ProphetsRelationshipsCaptivityBenjaminMoabAmalakites
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Judges 2: Provoking God
JudgesChapter StudyFalse Deities and ProphetsCommandmentsCanaan
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Judges 1: Judah’s Conquest
Chapter StudyJudgesCanaanJudah
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2 Samuel 21-24: Contradictions on David's Final Days?
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidSaulDoctrinePhilistine
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2 Samuel 19-20: Israel and Judah
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidDivision of Israel
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2 Samuel 11-12: David and Bathsheba
2 SamuelChapter StudyRelationshipsAdulteryJudgementDavidMurder
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2 Samuel 5-10: David’s Military Success
2 SamuelChapter StudyDavidRelationshipsMessianic Prophecy
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2 Samuel 1-4: After Saul’s Death
2 SamuelChapter StudySaulDavidDivision of Israel
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Do Not Bear False Witness
CommandmentsFalse Deities and ProphetsLaw
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Do Not Take the LORD’s Name in Vain
CommandmentsDeuteronomyExodusNames of GodBlasphemy
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Do Not Steal
DeuteronomyExodusCommandmentsLawTheft
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Do Not Covet
CommandmentsExodusDeuteronomyCovet
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David
Character StudyRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesPsalms
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Amnon
2 SamuelCharacter StudyDavidTamarSexual ImoralitySexual Assault
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Absalom
2 SamuelCharacter Study
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2 Samuel 13-19: Absalom’s Coup
Chapter Study2 SamuelDavidRelationshipsTamarWomenSexual ImoralitySexual AssaultRepentance and Forgiveness
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Deuteronomy 28: The Curse of Israel & The Black Israelite Theory
DeuteronomyChapter StudyRacismIsraelGenealogy
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Tamar, daughter of David
Character StudyTamarWomenSexual Assault2 Samuel
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S.O.A.P. Method
ExodusTithesMoneyStudy the Word
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Keep the Sabbath Holy
SabbathCommandments
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Leviticus 1-6: Offerings
LeviticusChapter StudySacrificeOaths and Vows
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You Are What You Eat: Colossians 2
Food and DietClean and UncleanColossians
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You Are What You Eat: Introduction
Food and DietClean and Unclean
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You Are What You Eat: 1 Timothy 4:1-7
1 TimothyTimothyFood and DietClean and Unclean
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You Are What You Eat: Isaiah 66
Food and DietClean and UncleanIsaiahProphecy
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You Are What You Eat: Mark 7:15
Food and DietClean and UncleanMatthewMark
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You Are What You Eat: Romans 14
Food and DietClean and UncleanRomans
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You Are What You Eat: Acts 10
Food and DietActsPeterDiscipleship
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Why β€˜The Bride of Christ’ is the Perfect Description
RelationshipsRevelationMessiahProphecy
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Acts 16: Timothy Was Biracial…Sort Of
ActsChapter StudyTimothyGenealogyCircumcisionPaulWomenBaptism
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Dinah
Character StudyGenesisWomenSexual AssaultDinahJacobLeahLeviSimeonYouTube
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Acts 15: Disagreements in the Church
ActsChapter StudyPaulPeterLeadershipCommandmentsSalvationCircumcisionRepentance and Forgiveness
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Acts 13-14: The First Missionary Journey of Paul
ActsChapter StudyLeadershipThe ChurchPaulGenealogyDiscipleship
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Acts 12: Peter, Rhoda, and Herod
ActsChapter StudyWomenPeterPersecutionRomeHolidayPassover
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Would You Rather?: Fatherly Treatment
Would You RatherEdomJacobJosephGenesisRelationshipsTheft
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Would You Rather?: Feed vs. Heal
Would You RatherSpiritual GIftsJohnMatthew
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Would You Rather?: Ask or Disobey
Would You RatherEstherDaniel
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Would You Rather?: Marriage vs. Singleness
Would You RatherRelationshipsLoveRepentance and ForgivenessHoseaPaul
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Would You Rather?: Betray or Deny
Would You RatherJudasPeterRepentance and ForgivenessLuke
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Would You Rather?: Rahab vs. Mary
Would You RatherRahabMary & JosephWomen
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