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Biblical theology, stripped bare of denominational confessions and theological systems by exposing context.




Biblical theology, stripped bare of denominational confessions and theological systems by exposing context.






Naked Bible 479: 1 Samuel 30-31

With Dr. Matthew Halsted After the Amalekites attacked Ziklag and took captive David's wives and other people, David and his men pursued and defeated the Amalekites, recovering all of the captives and goods. Meanwhile, Saul and his men were defeated and killed by the Philistines. David buried Saul and his sons with honor. Listen to find out how the gospel of Jesus can be found in these later chapters.


Naked Bible 478: 1 Samuel 29

With Dr. Matthew Halsted 1 Samuel 29 tells the story of David's rejection by the Philistines. David had been living in exile with the Philistines after being anointed king of Israel by the prophet Samuel. The Philistines were preparing for battle against Israel, and David had been invited to join them in the fight. However, some of the Philistine leaders were suspicious of David and feared that he might betray them. They convinced Achish, the king of Gath, to send David and his men back home.


Naked Bible 477: 1 Samuel 28

With Dr. Ronn Johnson Saul is afraid of the Philistines and seeks guidance from God, but God does not answer him. Saul then disguises himself and goes to a medium in Endor to ask her to bring up the spirit of Samuel. The medium is able to summon Samuel, who tells Saul that God has rejected him as king and that he and his sons will die in battle the next day. Saul is greatly troubled by this news and returns to his camp.


Naked Bible 476: 1 Samuel 27

With Dr. Denise Flanders David flees to the land of the Philistines in fear of Saul. He lies to the Philistine king, Achish, and tells him that he is no longer a loyal Israelite. Achish believes David and gives him a place to live in Ziklag. David and his men live in Ziklag for a year and four months, during which time they raid the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites. Achish is pleased with David's service and believes that he can trust him. However, David is only pretending to be loyal to the Philistines. He is actually planning to return to Israel and claim the throne.


Naked Bible 475: 1 Samuel 26

With Dr. Ronn Johnson David spares Saul's life twice, showing his mercy and compassion. Saul is starting to realize that David is a threat to his throne, and he is afraid that David will eventually kill him and take over as king. The prophet Samuel anoints David as king, even though Saul is still the reigning king. This further angers Saul and makes him even more determined to kill David.


Naked Bible 474: 1 Samuel 25

With Dr. Matthew Halsted David and his men are in the wilderness of Maon when they hear that Nabal, a wealthy landowner, is shearing his sheep. David sends his men to ask Nabal for food and drink, as is customary when a guest visits. Nabal is a proud and arrogant man, and he refuses to give David anything. He insults David and his men, calling them "worthless rabble." Abigail, Nabal's wise and resourceful wife, learns of her husband's behavior and takes matters into her own hands. She gathers a large amount of food and drink and sets out to meet David. Abigail arrives at David's camp and falls on her face before him. She apologizes for her husband's behavior and begs David not to take revenge. David is impressed by Abigail's wisdom and humility, and he agrees to spare Nabal's life. The next day, Nabal learns of what has happened. He is so ashamed that he has a stroke and dies ten days later. David marries Abigail and she becomes a wise and supportive wife to him.


Naked Bible 473: 1 Samuel 24

With Dr. Tim Mackie Saul was hunting David in the wilderness of Engedi when he and his men went into a cave to relieve themselves. David and his men were hiding in the back of the cave, and David's men urged him to kill Saul while he had the chance. But David refused, saying that he would not harm the Lord's anointed. Instead, he cut off a corner of Saul's robe and followed him out of the cave. When Saul saw that David had been there, he was ashamed and said that David was more righteous than he was. Saul promised David that he would not harm him or his descendants. This chapter demonstrates David's mercy and his commitment to the Lord.


Naked Bible 472: 1 Samuel 23

With Dr. Ronn Johnson David was informed that the Philistines were attacking the city of Keilah. He asked God if he should go to Keilah and help the people, and God told him to go. David's men were afraid to go to Keilah, but David assured them that God would be with them. David and his men went to Keilah and defeated the Philistines. Saul heard that David was in Keilah, and he set out to capture him. David learned that Saul was coming, and he and his men fled Keilah. David and his men hid in the wilderness, and Saul searched for them. Saul eventually gave up the search and returned to his home in Gibeah. Dr. Johnson also consults with ChatGPT to get its take on theology.


Naked Bible 471: 1 Samuel 22

With Dr. Justin Bass David flees from Saul to the cave of Adullam, where he is joined by his brothers and other relatives. He also gathers a group of men who are discontented with Saul's rule. Saul learns of David's whereabouts and orders the death of Ahimelech the priest and all the other priests at Nob. David then goes to Mizpah in Moab and asks the king to allow his parents to stay with him. Saul continues to pursue David, but David is able to escape and elude capture. Saul's paranoia and jealousy continue to grow, and he becomes increasingly ruthless in his pursuit of David. David, on the other hand, continues to show his loyalty to God and his willingness to trust in Him. Even though he is being hunted by the king, David remains confident that God will protect him.


Naked Bible 470: 1 Samuel 21

With Dr. Ronn Johnson David fled from Saul, who was seeking to kill him. He went to the city of Nob, where he lied to the priest Ahimelech, saying that he was on a mission from Saul. Ahimelech gave David food and the sword of Goliath. David then went to Gath, where he pretended to be insane in order to avoid being recognized by King Achish. David's deception of Ahimelech was a sin, but his feigned insanity saved his life.


Naked Bible 469: 1 Samuel 20

With Dr. Michael Brown David, fearing for his life after Saul has tried to kill him twice, goes to Jonathan, Saul's son, to ask for help. Jonathan promises to help David and to warn him if Saul plans to harm him. Jonathan and David make a covenant of friendship and loyalty. David then leaves and goes into hiding. In this episode, Dr. Brown gives us some semitic insights on a hebrew word that could be translated differently and takes on how the cultural wars misinterpret passages like in 1 Samuel 20.


Naked Bible 468: Miqlat

We talk to Greg Lyle and Drenna Heiser from Dr. Heiser's non-profit, Miqlat. Greg and Drenna give us updates on future projects of Miqlat and Drenna tells us the story of how brave Mike was when they first met. To support Miqlat please goto


Naked Bible 467: 1 Samuel 19

With Dr. Justin Bass Saul became increasingly jealous of David and tried to kill him. Jonathan, Saul's son, tried to protect David and warned him of Saul's plans. David fled from Saul and went into hiding. Michal, Saul's daughter, helped David escape by letting him down from a window. Saul sent messengers to David's house to watch him and kill him, but Michal tricked the messengers by putting a fake image in David's bed. David escaped and went to Samuel at Ramah.


Naked Bible 466: 1 Samuel 18

With Dr. Justin Bass After David defeated Goliath, Saul became jealous of David's popularity and success. Jonathan, Saul's son, became close friends with David. Saul gave his daughter Merab in marriage to David, but then gave her to another man. Michal, Saul's other daughter, fell in love with David and they were married.


Naked Bible 465: 1 Samuel 17

With Dr. Justin Bass The Philistines and Israelites were at war. Goliath, a giant Philistine warrior, challenged the Israelites to send a champion to fight him. David, a young shepherd boy, volunteered to fight Goliath. David defeated Goliath with a sling and a stone, and the Israelites were victorious. This passage teaches us that God can use anyone, no matter how young or insignificant they may seem, to accomplish His purposes.


Naked Bible 464: 1 Samuel 16

With Dr. Tim Mackie In 1 Samuel 16, the Lord tells Samuel that he has rejected Saul as king of Israel. Samuel is sent to Jesse's home in Bethlehem to anoint a new king. Jesse presents his seven oldest sons to Samuel, but the Lord does not choose any of them. Jesse sends for his youngest son, David, who is tending sheep. The Lord tells Samuel to anoint David as king, and the Spirit of the Lord comes upon David from that day on. This passage teaches us that God does not choose leaders based on their outward appearance or their human accomplishments. Instead, He chooses those who are humble, obedient, and willing to be used by Him.


Naked Bible 463: 1 Samuel 15

With Dr. Justin Bass God commands Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites, including all of their livestock. Saul obeys the command to destroy the Amalekites, but he spares the king and the best of the livestock. When Samuel confronts Saul about his disobedience, Saul tries to justify his actions. Samuel rebukes Saul for his disobedience, and declares that God has rejected him as king.


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