Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"...thou shalt not die."

April 24

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 10 – 12

Verse of the Day: 2 Samuel 7:26 – “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said unto David, Jehovah also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”

This section shows us that all of God’s Heroes also were human. David – a man after God’s own heart – sins what we would call “big time” in chapter 11. David commits not just one sin in this affair, but both adultery and murder. If you take time, you can see where he breaks all 10 Commandments.

I have sinned greatly in my life (and so have all of us). I recently in rereading this passage saw the greatest point here – even with his sin, David received forgiveness from God. He still had consequences, but he was made right with God because of God’s forgiveness.

You may think you have blown it. God couldn’t love you. Listen closely – confess and hear the words “Jehovah also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”

Prayer: Thank You Father! Amen.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Humble Bragging on God

April 23

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 7 – 9

Verse of the Day: 2 Samuel 7:26 – “And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts is God over Israel; and the house of thy servant David shall be established before thee.”

In his prayer, David greatly rejoices in his God. He humbly rejoices over all that God has done for him. He does not understand why God has chosen him, but he recognizes the Hand of God upon him and his life. He prays, worships, and gives thanks to God for these blessings.

David understood that God gave all that he had to him. David did not see himself as a self-made man. We can learn from this humble attitude that all that we have came from God and belongs to God. When we begin to see the blessings of God as something we have done – we are making ourselves god in His place.

Prayer: Majesty, Provider, Redeemer, thank you today for all that You have provided in my life. May I always remember this. Amen. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Follow the Directions

April 22

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 4 – 6

Verse of the Day: 2 Samuel 6:15 – “So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of Jehovah with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.”

What a grand and glorious day that was. The Ark of the Testimony was brought into Jerusalem to take up its residence. David and the people rejoiced with praise and worship of Yahweh. 

It came, but not without difficulty. David has previously sought to bring the Ark into Jerusalem, but did not follow God’s directions on how to transport His Mercy Seat. Because of this failure, one man – Uzzah – while trying to steady the Ark was struck dead.

We must realize that what God says, He means. Following His directions is not the best way, it is the only way to serve and be blessed by God.

Prayer: Today, Heavenly Father, help me to not only seek to worship You, but to worship You in spirit and truth. Amen.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Reign of David

April 21

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 1 – 3

Verse of the Day: 2 Samuel 2:7 – “Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be ye valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.”

We now move into the book of 2 Samuel to the end of this month. The book of 2 Samuel traces the history of Israel from the death of Saul to the end of David’s reign. The two books of 1 & 2 Samuel were one in the original Hebrew Scriptures. David is the king that God has in mind for the nation. In 1 Samuel 13:14 (see also Acts 13:22) we read that “Jehovah hath sought him a man after his own heart.” This man was David.

In 2 Samuel we follow the reign of David from his triumphs (chapters 1 – 10), his transgressions (chapter 11), and his troubles (chapter 12 – 24). 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, make me a person after Your heart – willing to live for You and serve You daily. Amen.

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Sad End

April 20

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30 – 31

Verse of the Day: 1 Samuel 31:6 – “So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armorbearer, and all his men, that same day together.”

And as we finish reading the book of First Samuel, we see the sad way that the life of the first king of Israel ended. In our last set of readings, Saul after consulting the Medium was totally rejected by God. His end was predicted. 

In the battle against the Philistines, Saul was hit by the archers and mortally wounded. In fear that they would torture him, he commits suicide to hasten his death. In the battle, Jonathan and all of Saul’s sons were killed. The nation fled before the Philistines in fear.

Saul, the first king of Israel is not remembered for any great things – he is remembered in shame and defeat. Sin – continued – will always bring one shame and defeat.

Prayer: Great Savior, I come to You today seeking to renounce my sins and rest in Your power and forgiveness. Amen.

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