Deffinbaugh: We do not like to think that God’s will could be done because someone got mad.

Acts 16:16 And it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortunetelling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God,who are … More Deffinbaugh: We do not like to think that God’s will could be done because someone got mad.

Weaker brothers, truth, love and liberty

Bob Deffinbaugh, “The Great Divorce—Separating “Truth From Love” at Bible.org: I would like to suggest that we take a good, long look at these two categories of the “stronger” brother and the “weaker” brother. As I understand chapters [1 Corinthians] 8-10 and Romans 14-15, the stronger brother is the one whose grasp of the Scriptures may free … More Weaker brothers, truth, love and liberty

A Web of God’s Providence

Bob Deffinbaugh comments: A slight shift in the events recorded in Esther would have doomed the Jews, except as Mordecai said, “help would come from someplace else.” Nevertheless, success in the small details mattered. As an Agagite, Haman may well have used his position against the Jews at the first provocation, whether it came from … More A Web of God’s Providence

Sleepless in Susa

Bob Deffinbaugh comments on Esther 5-7 at Bible.org: Esther 6:1 On that night the king could not sleep. The Book of Esther reminds us that God does what we cannot do, thereby using our actions to achieve His supernatural purposes. As I read these chapters in the Book of Esther, I am more impressed with what … More Sleepless in Susa

Dear Abby, What does true submission look like?

Bob Deffinbaugh at bible.org with a commentary “Dear Abby” Abigail Chapter 25 of 1 Samuel 25 seems to begin and end with unrelated incidental editorial comments. In verse 1, we are told that Samuel has died. In verses 43 and 44, we are informed that while David has gained a second wife, he has lost another (Michal). … More Dear Abby, What does true submission look like?

Seeing God in our pain

And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord;  my strength is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. 2 “There is none holy like the Lord;  there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. As we begin our readings of 1 & 2 Samuel this month, … More Seeing God in our pain