Deception

Confidence in The Midst of Deception - Psalms 12:1 – 12:8 (commentary)

This psalm expresses David’s confidence in the words of God for deliverance in the midst of men who are full of deception. Some think he wrote it during those days when his duties kept him in Saul’s courtroom while Saul was looking for ways to kill him. Others think h …

You Are a Slave of What Controls You - II Peter 2:17 – 2:22 (commentary)

Peter goes on to describe these false teachers as “wells without water” (v. 17). Can you picture finding a well of water in the middle of a desert and then discover that it was dry. In conclusion Peter says it is better to be ignorant of the way of the truth than to kno …

The Strain Upon Divine Patience - Hosea 2:1 – 2:13 (commentary)

Hosea’s own personal tragedy fades into the background as Israel is examined under God’s searchlight. The events of this chapter summarize what Gomer has done and what Israel has done. What happens to Gomer will happen to Israel. Israel, like Gomer, has defected from their …

The Lord’s First Promise to Isaac - Genesis 26:1 – 26:16 (commentary)

As we read this we can see how Isaac was a man easily persuaded by circumstances and willing to let these things bend and shape his life rather than forcing them to serve him. He finds himself overwhelmed by a famine in the land and decides to go down to Egypt until it is over. A …

Jacob Marries Leah And Rachael - Genesis 29:13 – 29:35 (commentary)

Hearing of Jacob’s arrival from Rachael, Laban hurried out to meet his nephew. He knew that Jacob was from a very wealthy family, so he gave him a royal welcome thinking Jacob might have many gifts for him. Jacob accepted his uncle’s offer of hospitality and made himself at hom …

Judah And Tamar - Genesis 38:1 – 38:30 (commentary)

(vv. 1-11). Judah, the brother who suggested they sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites (37:26-27), stayed in Adullum (about 15 miles northwest of Hebron) and married a Canaanite woman. They had three sons, Er, Onan, and Shelah. Intermarriage with the Canaanites had been avoided up to t …