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1. These are very interesting times and we live in Bible days. There’s a lot happening and I’d like to offer some perspective on unfolding events. #Illuminare
2. Let’s consider three questions: a). Where exactly are we in the calendar of events? b). Is there any historical reference material or case study in the Bible similar to what we’re experiencing? c). What posture of faith are we expected to take at this time? #Illuminare
3. If we can answer those questions we will have an understanding of our present reality. Understanding makes symptoms less alarming. #Illuminare
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1. Life insists on self-examination. Every now and again life forces us to ask questions of ourselves. #Illuminare
2. Sooner or later everyone arrives at those moments of cogitation – What am I doing with my life? Where exactly is my life going? Am I fulfilled? Am I satisfied with my progress in life? Do I have true friends? Is this relationship going anywhere? #Illuminare
3. There are a thousand and four of these questions life forces us to attend to depending on our circumstances. They will be asked over the course of a lifetime, especially as we approach certain milestones in age. #Illuminare
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1. We don’t know exactly when he made the resolutions but at some point, David made some resolutions. They might have been new year resolutions. #Illuminare
2. Please don’t think that’s January 1. The ancients used a lunar calendar not the solar one we use. It’s why the months in the Bible don’t correlate with ours. #Illuminare
3. Tishri, the civil new year fell September/October in our modern calendar. Nissan (not the car) was the religious new year. It fell in March/April. Shebat is actually the equivalence of our January/February but it was the eleventh month. #Illuminare
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1. There are four women highlighted in the life of David. He married eight wives, had many concubines but only four of the women chapterised his life. #Illuminare
2. The first was Princess Michal, King Saul’s younger daughter. This was teen love. She fell in love with him right after he killed Uncle Goliath. He was a national hero. She had a crush on him. #Illuminare
3. But the idea of dating her was preposterous. He was a poor guy. How’s a poor guy going to marry a princess? Only in the movies. #Illuminare
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1. David was a rap artiste. Check out the lyrics in 2 Samuel 22. The rap is about a guy familiar with death. Tupac also had a haunting familiarity with death. #Illuminare
2. In Open Fire Tupac rapped: “Word to God, I’ve been ready to die since I was born.” And in If I Die Tonight Tupac sang, “I hope they bury me and send me to my rest/Headlines readin’ ‘Murdered to death’/My last breath.” #Illuminare
3. Now, check out Unnamed by David: “The waves of death crashed over me. Hell’s ropes clinched me tight; death traps barred my exit...” 2 Samuel 22:5-6. You can almost hear the grooves…the trap and heavy percussions. #Illuminare
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1. David somehow remains the architype of the 21st century saint. In the Bible a saint is not a dead guy. Every Christian is a saint, including those who are in heaven. To use an evocative phraseology, they’re the saints triumphant. They’ve overcome death. #Illuminare
2. The word is derived from the Greek verb, “hagiazo.” It basically means “to set apart.” Can also mean “sanctify” or “make holy.” It’s why Paul constantly referred to Christians as saints in his letters. Ephesians 1:1. #Illuminare
3. And you don’t need to be canonized to be a saint. There’s no committee on sainthood. You’re automatically a saint if you’re a Christian. You’re set apart unto God, made holy. To sound very spiritual, you’re sanctified. #Illuminare
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1. If there’s nothing we learn from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s the fact of fragility of life. Death stalks us. We’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death. #Illuminare
2. It doesn’t help that this invisible killer has a maximum lifespan of just 7 days. Humans on the other hand have an averaged-out span of 25,000 days. In coronavirus terms that’s everlasting life. How does a short life creature end eternal life? #Illuminare
3. Coronavirus is an equal opportunity infector. It has no regard for wealth, power or station. The prime minister of UK got infected, Prince Albert of Monaco got infected, Prince Charles of England got infected, the wife of the Canadian prime minister got infected. #Illuminare
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1. Saul had died in battle. He died a gruesome death. As the Philistine army closed in on him, he committed seppuku – suicide by disembowelment. #Illuminare
2. His three sons also died. David lost his best friend, Jonathan. The Israeli army was butchered. It was an inglorious end to Saul’s dynasty. #Illuminare
3. After Saul’s death Israel turned to David for leadership. It had been a long journey. That God makes a promise to you doesn’t mean it will be easy. Where humans are involved it can be particularly hard. #Illuminare
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1. David wasn’t writing in vacuo, as lawyers will say. He didn’t write in a vacuum or isolation. Much like we blog today he was writing about real circumstances, stuff going on in his life and around him. #Illuminare
2. If we study those blogs - what we call Psalms, we can discern what was going on in the world at that time. If we can combine the information with official history of the kings of Israel we get a vivid picture of the challenges the world faced at that time. #Illuminare
3. Through those materials for example we come to realize plagues have always been a part of human history. Pandemics are not proprietary to the 19th, 20th or 21st centuries. #Illuminare
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1. Let’s take on another chapter in the life of David. There was that census controversy. It was recorded by both the church historian and the royal historian. #Illuminare
2. Understandably they had different perspectives, especially over who incited the census. The church historian says it was God, the royal historian says it was Satan. I suspect the two historians are Nigerian Pentecostals. #Illuminare
3. One thing they both agreed on however is that there was a census. #Illuminare
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1. Difficulties are very interesting, especially extreme difficulties. Difficulties empower our enemies, known and unknown. They strengthen those who hate us, provide a platform for gleeful renunciation. #Illuminare
2. When people think you’re finished they say horrible stuff about you, behind your back of course. But sometimes they say it to your face. This happened to David. #Illuminare
3. When Absalom planned the coup against David not a few believed David was finished. Absalom had control of the army. What David had in the main was the brigade of guards – the Cherethites and Pelethites. Everything looked so hopeless. #Illuminare
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1. The name Zeruiah may not be very familiar but it’s mentioned several times in the Bible. It’s actually the name of David’s sister. David had two sisters – Zeruiah and Abigail. #Illuminare
2. Profiling Zeruiah I’d say she’s a strong woman - very assertive, insistent and controlling. That becomes apparent as you study her children. #Illuminare
3. Being the first girl in the family she probably asserted dominance. Eliab the first born doesn’t come across as assertive. He couldn’t even control David the last born.1 Samuel 17:28-29. #Illuminare
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1. There’s that expression used by the Yoruba race of West Africa. The phrase is “Omoburuku!” The equivalence in English would be “bad boy” but that’s so tepid. It’s weak and inadequate. #Illuminare
2. Yoruba words have a narrative structure. They do not have strait laced dictionary meanings. The words convey illustrative ideas. #Illuminare
3. For example “omoburuku” suggests a terrible and mold infested offspring on a spectrum of demonic recalcitrance, a sorrowful and sad reality in the life of a parent. #Illuminare
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1. There are friends and there are friends. Turns out the guy David thought was his best friend was a massive disappointment. He was a betrayer. They had grown up together in a rough neighborhood. Both made it out of the ghetto and made it big. #illuminare
2. This is what David wrote about the guy in his blog: “This isn’t the neighborhood bully mocking me – I could take that. This isn’t a foreign devil spitting invective ¬– I could tune that out… “#Illuminare
3. “…It’s YOU! We grew up together! YOU! My best friend! Those long hours of leisure as we walked arm in arm, God a third party to our conversation...” Psalm 55:12-14 MSG. #Illuminare
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1. Every promise God makes to us is to be apprehended by faith. That’s the rule, you don’t fight it. And it’s partly because he’s invisible. #Illuminare
2. The first hurdle therefore is believing God exists. You can’t do that without faith. Faith is a primary apprehension technology. “For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. #Illuminare
3. But here’s the thing: time acts negatively on faith. Faith is degraded over time. The longer it takes to realize a promise from God the easier it is for time to degrade faith. It’s why faith requires constancy. #Illuminare
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1. There’s an unusual approach to the subject called David in the Bible. First, he’s one of an elite crop of individuals with a full biographical layout in the Bible. Isaac belongs to that group, as does our Lord Jesus Christ. Moses too. #Illuminare
2. The people in the group are not many. They’re unique in the sense that we know everything about their lives from start to finish. It’s all laid out. Abraham wasn’t given that kind of treatment. We barely knew about his existence till he turned 75. #Illuminare
3. We don’t know anything about Elijah’s youth either. He was abruptly introduced to us in 1 Kings 17 - “Now Elijah the Tishbite...” Though the introduction fits his personality. God was being creative. #Illuminare
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1. For certain reasons I’m very intrigued with the life of David, maybe more than the average person. He defines for me the model of relationship with God. He was like a child with God – extremely open, extremely sincere, extremely transparent; #Illuminare
2. …though to be honest I don’t know if it makes any sense not to be open and honest with God. He knows about whatever it is anyway. He has infrared technology capacity. He sees things in the dark. #Illuminare
3. David was not an insufferably religious fellow. He recognised he’s a product of grace and that made him humble. #Illuminare
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1. Have you written your Vision 2020? In this week’s #Illuminare, I share 5 points about vision – I call them 5 clauses of vision.
2. Point No.1: You are your vision. Let me share a story… #Illuminare
3. I have just returned from a vacation in Dubai and every time I visit that country I am happy but sad at the same time. They have autonomous trains, air-conditioned bus stops, an incredible irrigation system - in a country without rain, towering skyscrapers… #Illuminare
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I present a few nuggets from Illuminare in 2019. Enjoy!
1. Faith is not unintelligent. Jesus didn’t die for robots. #Illuminare
2. The starting point of successful marriage is the right choice of partner. #Illuminare
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1. There is something called “dominant thought.” It is a thought or philosophy that shapes the outlook, conduct and culture of society. It is pushed by certain people and sold to society. #Illuminare
2. When enough people have bought into it political and legal protection is procured for it. It’s then fostered on the rest of society under pain of punishment. This is cultural hegemony. #Illuminare
3. Cultural hegemony is domination or rule maintained through ideological or cultural means. By means of it the values, norms, ideas, expectations, worldview and behaviour of society is determined. #Illuminare
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1. Our friend Paul… And we deserve to call him “friend” after all we’ve featured him in four or five articles in this series so far... That’s a lot of exposure. He was never featured in a blog in his time. Now he’s on the Internet, Facebook, Twitter... Imagine! #Illuminare
2. Anyway, he said something rather profound: “We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5 MSG
3. The NLT translation described his objective as knocking down “the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments... We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” #Illuminare
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1. We continue The Philosophers series. If you’ve not been following please go to You have a lot of catching up to do. #Illuminare
2. We’ve been examining the philosophical context of scriptures in order to see the issues the apostles grappled with. They were responding to issues of their day, they weren’t just writing letters. Who does that! #Illuminare
3. In those letters the apostles addressed questions from different church groups, elucidating the radical notion that’s come to be known as “Christianity”. #Illuminare
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1. We continue The Philosophers series. Last week we saw the profound influence Plato had on Paul. #Illuminare
2. Paul used Plato’s Theory of Forms to explain the relationship between the visible and invisible realms. But that’s not all Paul took from Plato. Sometimes he used his words directly, plus other ideas. Look at the following examples: #Illuminare
3. Paul: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run their very best to win, but only one receives the prize?” 1 Corinthians 9:24.
Plato: “But such as are true racers, arriving at the end, both receive the prizes and are crowned.” #Illuminare
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1. Let’s get something very clear. Paul wasn’t writing the “Bible.” He was just a preacher writing letters to his converts, explaining a revolutionary concept later called “Christianity.” #Illuminare
2. Like any other writer Paul made literary references, sometimes to poets, sometimes to philosophers, sometimes to playwrights. And sometimes he used sports analogy, just like we do when we write essays. #Illuminare
3. The content list of the “Bible” wasn’t created until 367 BC. That was when Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria circulated the canon list. It’s how the letters (epistles), historical accounts (gospels) and travel diary (Acts) became “New Testament.” #Illuminare
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