Wednesday, April 18, 2018

1 Samuel 21

David went to the tabernacle of God and asked Ahimelech the priest of bread and sword. Since there was no common bread, the priest gave him the show-bread, a type of bread that should be used only for offering. This is what Jesus told in the gospel that mercy to people is to be preferred than religious sacrifice; that ritual observances must give way to moral duties. All these things had been seen by Doeg, a servant of Saul, an Amonite, who was also in the tabernacle at the time. It shows that while some went to the house of God for service, others were there to observe their teachers and to prove accusers. Like David, let us put our trust in God even in time of troubles and distress. God bless

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1 Samuel 20

The separation of David and Jonathan was grievous to both, specially for David's case leaving all his comforts in the palace and the sanctuary of the Lord. Jonathan promised that he would faithful to his friend David all his life, and God is their witness. It will be kindness to ourselves to secure an interest in those whom God favors, and to make God's friends ours friends too. But the future is unknown and the road is coarse. For Christians, we need not sorrow, as men without hope, because we are being one with Christ. We are always one with each other, and will meet in His presence after some times, to part no more where all tears shall be wiped from our eyes. God bless.

Monday, April 16, 2018

1 Samuel 19

David was destined to be king of Israel, but he met various trials and struggles in preparation for future advancements. Jonathan considered David his best friend, but Saul treated him his number one enemy. Here shows that when the Lord prepares a person unto bigger assignment, He deals with him or her cautiously. God does not put a person into immediate possession of the ministry, but leads him or her into it through rough roads. But God was with David, and surrounded him with good and honest people like Jonathan and Samuel. In our lives, be strong and courageous always, because it is the Lord Jesus who is with us always. God bless.

1 Samuel 18

The friendship of David and Jonathan was the effect of Divine grace, a symbol of our relationship with Christ. God unites our hearts so that we can join ourselves with the Lord in an everlasting covenant. David learned to behave wisely, and gained the respect of his people. His troubles came after his elevation, but arises from them. He magnified the honor of being son-in-law to Saul, and we too should magnify more the honor of being children to the King of heaven. God bless.

1 Samuel 17

Goliath was the champion of Philistines, but David was the humble servant of the living God. Goliath had sword and bronze helmet but David had sling shot and smooth stones. When David talked to Saul, he answered his fears with faith. When Goliath appeared, he talked with pride and arrogance. Nothing can excel the humility and faith which appear in David's words. He expressed his expectation of success that the victory might be ascribed to the Lord alone. Smooth stone depicts the refined character of God's servant. God resists the proud and pours contempt on those who defy Him and his people. May the Lord lead us always in victory with humble heart. God bless.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

1 Samuel 16

God was firm against Saul to be removed from the throne, and anoint one of the sons of Jesse. He sent Samuel to Bethlehem, and when he saw the sons of Jesse, God told him not to look at the outward appearance. We can tell how people look outwardly, but only God can tell what they are, because He judges men by the heart. We often form a mistaken judgment of characters, but the Lord values the faith and integrity beyond human discernment. In this passage, when the Spirit of the Lord came upon David, the distressing Spirit came upon Saul, with God's permission. In this world, the best things in life is being sealed with the Spirit of God, a work of grace in our hearts. God bless.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

1 Samuel 15

Saul had a mission to utterly destroy the race of Amalek. He claimed that he had performed the voice of the Lord, but God told Samuel that he did not. When Samuel confronted him, he blamed the people for sparing the best of the sheep and oxen, and that they should be offered to God. And because of his disobedience, God had torn the kingdom of Israel from im, and has given to someone who is better than he. Saul admitted his sinned, but he asked Samuel to honor him before the elders of Israel, but Samuel rejected his request. Obedience to the will of God is always better than personal sacrifice. Many people boasted obedience to God's will, but the results of their works will tell the real score. Indeed, it's really hard to convince disobedient heart to obey the perfect will of the Lord. God bless.