Samuel gives a sort-of farewell address that contains a history lesson, stern warnings, and great promises. Why does Samuel make the people acknowledge he was a good leader? What are the righteous acts of God? And what does Old Testament confession and absolution look like? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
The newly anointed King Saul is pulled from hiding and brought before the people. Some are skeptical of him but Saul’s moment to prove them wrong is fast approaching. Some Ammonites make some trouble and a foolish agreement. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Saul is anointed king and has an interesting interaction with some prophets. He heads home but doesn’t recount the whole story when asked. What does it mean that Saul becomes a different person? What does is the meaning of the proverb “Is Saul also among the Prophets?” Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
We are introduced to the soon-to-be king Saul as he is on a hunt for his father’s donkeys. Things are not going well but his servant has heard of a man of God in the area. Samuel has been waiting to tell this tall and handsome Benjaminite more than where the missing animals are. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Israel is under attack from the Philistines again and this time it goes very differently. Samuel is growing old while his sons have grown apart from his ways. Israel rejects God and demands a king. And would Chad or Daniel look into the Ark today?
The Ark is returned to Israel, but a mistake is made that costs many lives. The Ark is moved to another town without any warnings. 20 years pass and Samuel addresses a familiar problem within Israel. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God is in the temple of Dagon and things get interesting. Echoes of Egypt are ringing through the land of the Philistines. No one wants to be in the presence of the God of Israel. A solution involving strange golden images and milk cows and their calves is proposed and done. It’s Holy Saturday in the Old Testament. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Israel suffers a defeat at the hands of the Philistines. The people make a foolish and uncounseled decision to bring the Ark into battle. The things spoken to Eli come to pass. And God goes into exile. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
The word of the Lord is infrequent but comes to Samuel at night. Eli isn’t the best priest but gives Samuel the right response to God. A hard word is given to Samuel to speak. And Eli isn’t as faithless as he sometimes seems. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Samuel is growing before the Lord while Eli and his sons are growing in different ways. There are practices going within the priests that God is displeased with. And a prophet is sent to Eli to bring word of God’s rejection of his house. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God remembers Hannah and she bears a son and names him Samuel. There are some interesting things about his name and the conversation she has with Eli as she dedicates him to the Lord. And Hannah prays a prayer previewing Mary’s Magnificat. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel begin the book of 1 Samuel in this episode. Elkanah’s barren wife Hannah finds herself full of anxiety and vexation. While loved by her husband, her co-wife regularly torments her. Hannah makes a unique vow. And a priest who has difficulty discerning between someone who is praying and someone who is drunk gives her some good news. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel wrap up the book of Ruth in this episode. Boaz responds to Ruth’s proposal and explains that there are some things to be taken care of before it can go forward. As things come to close we find Naomi becoming the focus of the story again and the name of a king is spoken. Have a listen!
Boaz breaks out the bread and wine and serves Ruth. He instructs his workers to leave grain behind for Ruth to gather. Naomi instructs Ruth to make a move in perusing Boaz that involves uncovering his “feet” and calling him a redeemer. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem at the time of the harvest where Ruth begins to glean in the fields of a man named Boaz. Why does Naomi change her name? How is she viewing God in all of this? And how far does Boaz go to care for Ruth? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel begin the book of Ruth in this episode. A famine hits Judah so a man takes his wife, Naomi, and two sons to Moab. He dies, and his sons marry Moabite women. The sons also die, and Naomi hears the famine is over decides to travel back to Bethlehem. She tells her daughters-in-law to go to their homes but Ruth refuses to leave her. Have a listen.
Chad and Daniel wrap up the book of Judges. Israel goes to war with the tribe of Benjamin after hearing what took place with the Levite and his concubine. Benjamin is wiped out except for 600 men and two bad solutions to the problem of those men not having wives are implemented. Judges is dark, but Ruth is coming. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel wrestle with one of the darkest and most heart-wrenching passages in the old testament. The depravity of man is on full display and we find that we need a priest who is not like us. Have a listen.
The men of Dan take Micah’s idols and Levite priest. Micah pursues them but quickly realizes he will not be returning home with what was stolen from him. The Danites attack the city of Laish, overcome it, rename it Dan, and set up the idols. And we are introduced to a different Levite who has an “unfaithful” concubine that runs away. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
A man named Micah steals silver from his mother and then returns it and starts a cult at his home. He upgrades from his “priest” son to a traveling Levite for hire who assures some spies from Dan as they seek out land to invade. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel wrap up the life of Samson in this episode. Sin is everywhere. Betrayal is everywhere. But the Christ whom Samson foreshadows has the final word. Have a listen!
The Philistines carry out a plan to capture Samson, but the jawbone of a donkey is weaponized to thwart it. Samson visits a prostitute and takes the gates of the city with him when he leaves. And we meet the woman he loves that will be his undoing. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Samson’s wedding goes side-ways and he presents a high-stakes wager involving an impossible riddle. He then lives up to his end of the deal in the most intimidating way possible resulting in tragedy for his wife and father-in-law. And a whole lot of fire-tails are put to use. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Manoah asks God to send the messenger back to speak with him. The messenger returns, and they quickly discover they have seen God. Samson is born, grows and is looking for a wife. And a pretty cool rabbit hole gets explored regarding Hagar and the name of God. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Jephthah gets in a conflict with the men of Ephraim resulting in a lot of bloodshed. Jephthah is followed by three Judges we don’t know much about other than their massive families. We are introduced to the mother of Samson and a messenger who is more than an angel. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!