Author name: Carl Parry

David, Uzzah and the Ark of the Covenant

Editorial | by | Volume 30, Issue 1 | January – February 2024

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One of David’s final battles with the uncircumcised Philistines is described in 2 Samuel 5. He had just been anointed king at Hebron and the enemy seized that opportunity to strike quickly and remove him from his newly acquired throne: “When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold. The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim” (5:17-18). Note that “all” the Philistines came. David had been their arch-enemy for years and now they sought to hunt him out and destroy him before he could consolidate his power and threaten them further.

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Israel’s 9/11

Watchman | by | Volume 29, Issue 6 | November – December 2023

On Saturday 7 October Hamas launched 5000 rockets at Israel in an early morning surprise attack it called “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood”. Mohammad Deif, the Hamas military commander, issued a statement saying that the ongoing attacks were in retaliation for Israel’s “desecration” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and urged Arabs in Jerusalem and inside Israel, in the Negev, the Galilee and northern Israel to “set the earth on fire under the feet of the occupiers”.

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The Pharisee and The Publican

Editorial | by | Volume 29, Issue 5 | September – October 2023

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Having spoken of the need to pray always and faint not, our Lord turns his attention to “those who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others” (Luke 18:9). The previous parable was specifically for the disciples and spoke of the manner by which God would vindicate His people. This parable is for a different audience—the religious leaders of his time—and deals with the fundamental question: how is one made right with God? In other words, on what basis does God declare a person righteous and effect reconciliation with Himself? 

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Men Ought Always to Pray and Not to Faint

Editorial | by | Volume 29, Issue 4 | July – August 2023

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The parable concerning the unjust judge and the persistent widow is one which is only recorded by Luke in his 18thchapter. It follows hard on the heels of a salient warning in the previous chapter, in which our Lord described the dismemberment of the nation by the Roman eagles. He alerted his disciples to the signs that would herald that destruction. They would experience days identical to the days of Noah and the days of Lot in which violence and immorality would abound.

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The Sheep and The Goats (2)

Editorial | by | Volume 29, Issue 3 | May – June 2023

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Inheriting the Kingdom

How can it be said that nations “inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world”?

The word, “inherit” “strictly means to receive by lot; then in a more general sense, to possess oneself of, to receive as one’s own, to obtain” (Vine). What will the nations obtain? The right to reside in their own countries as subjects to the King of kings and to the saints.

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