Thursday, July 31, 2014
There are times in our lives that we have been praying for such and such things but in vain do we expect mercy from the Lord. The lesson for this chapter is to look back for our past sins that needs total acknowledgement and repentance. The Gibeonites did not asked out of revenge for the hanging of Saul's family. It was only revealed when David sought God about the three-year famine. God withheld blessings because the past had not been dealt properly... Reading: 2 Sam. 21, God bless.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
When one trial arises after another, take it positive because it is good for our spiritual growth, till we reach the place where sin, sorrow and trials are forever done away. Sheba revolted, then Amasa. But with the help of an unknown women using her wisdom, the whole city was saved. Wisdom is not confined to rank or gender, and it is not in deep knowledge, but in understanding how to act as matters arise. The result should always be turning the troubles away... Reading: 2 Sam. 20, God bless.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The throne was restored to king David and each man has his own story. Those who treated David with contempt asked forgiveness, others were invited to come with him in Jerusalem. On the second coming of the King, the believers shall be acclaimed to inherit the kingdom, and they will be amazed at the compensations and reward being so far beyond the service. God looks at the attitude of why we're doing the things we are doing... Reading: 2 Sam. 19, God bless.
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Monday, July 28, 2014
This is how did David render good for evil! Absalom rebelled against his father, but David would like to spare him. This story is a resemblance of men's wickedness towards God, and God's mercy to sinful men. The Bible calls it amazing grace. When Absalom was hanging on a tree, it is a sample of an accursed person, forsaken both of heaven and earth. Jesus was hanged in a tree (Acts 10:39), not for anything else but salvation of humanity... Reading: 2 Sam. 18, God bless
Friday, July 25, 2014
Ziba blessed David, Shimei cursed him, and David knew that men are not to be our judges, but He whose judgment is according to truth. He was so patient and calm when people abused him. Let us be reminded that Jesus Christ prayed for those who reviled and crucified Him, endured all the sufferings. A humble spirit will turn the reproaches into victory. David comforts himself that God would bring good things out of these afflictions... Reading: 2 Sam. 16, God bless.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Absalomic spirit is a rebellion against authority. Here, Absalom rebelled against the king, and how wicked is it for children to take advantage of their good parents, deceiving them with the show of religiosity. David is determined to leave Jerusalem for the sake of his people. He even compelled others not to be led to suffer with him, thinking that it is God's will to go alone as punishment for his past sins. He understood that all things are in the perfect hands of God... Reading: 2 Sam. 15, God bless.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Absalom returned to Jerusalem from banishment, and David was inclined to favor and grant him grace. God forgives anyone who is willing to humble and ask forgiveness, and this is what David wants to apply for his son. Nothing is said of Absalom's wisdom and piety, except that he was handsome and with nice hair, a poor commendation for a future leader of God. May the Lord grant us the beauty of holiness and a meek and humble spirit... Reading: 2 Sam. 14, God bless.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Adultery and murder were David's past sins, and he was followed with one trouble after another. The murder of Amnon and the rape of Tamar can be traced from David's own misconduct. Amnon engaged his servants in the guilt; ill-taught who obey wicked master against God's command. David instead of loathing Absalom as a murderer, longed to go forth to him. Here we see people that instead of pleasing God, they honor people... Reading: 2 Sam. 13, God bless.
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Monday, July 21, 2014
Nathan confronts David and it is God's grace to take him out from more sinful way, showing how much God hates sin even in His own people. Whatever He finds it, He will not let it go unpunished. Like David, if we will say no word to excuse ourselves but freely owns it, we can be assured our sins were forgiven. David patiently submitted to the will of God in the death of the child, as a result God bless him at the birth of Solomon... Reading: 2 Sam. 12, God bless.
Friday, July 18, 2014
When David sent his delegation to Ammon to console, they were treated in the most contemptuous manner. He shows kindness, but they respond with cruelty and harshness. Then they declare war against David. In this war, we can see how the armies of Israel strengthen one another's hand and obtain victories. As Christ soldiers in spiritual warfare, we too must fortify our bond of unity in order to achieve God's plan for us... Reading: 2 Sam. 10, God bless.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Amidst numerous wars, and domestic problems, David had never forgotten his words and commitment to his former friend Jonathan. The truth is, those persons of real godliness will have no rest till they have discharged their vows to others and to God. Here, David shows kindness to Mephiboshet, similar to God's kindness to the descendants of Abraham. In our case, God is also faithful for the sake of Jesus, so let us emulate this kind of kindness... Reading: 2 Sam. 9, God bless.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Lord preserved David wherever he went. God protected him & made him victorious in his missions. He subdued his surrounding & destroyed those that opposed God's plan. He received tributes and gifts, and dedicated them to the Lord. He appointed faithful people and shared the leadership role and responsibilities to others, but diligently attended to the works he assigned to them. May the Lord grant us favor in all of our plans and missions... Reading: 2 Sam. 8, God bless.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
David considered how he might employ his wealth in the service of God, while Nathan encouraged him in his good purpose. If there are two people like them, many can be accomplished for God. As a result, God gave David the throne in Israel that will last forever. Literally it was for his family, but spiritually this applied to Jesus Christ whose throne was established forever. May our prayers be like that of David's, full of devout affection toward God... Reading: 2 Sam. 7, God bless.
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Monday, July 14, 2014
Uzzah was struck dead for touching the ark, while Obed-edom was rewarded for opening his door for the ark. Man's action may be good in other's eyes but only the Lord knows the inner motive. For the 2nd time, David brought the ark to the city with new insight, learned from his mistake. He laid aside his royal robes, and put on a plain linen dress, humbled. Though despised by Michal, David maintained to believe in God than listen to man... Reading: 2 Sam. 6, God bless.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014
David was anointed king for the 3rd time, but his advances were gradual, that his faith might be tested, and gain experience. Similar to our experiences, our ministries will come to its height by level; being humbled sinner, to learner, to minister. The assurance of victory that God gave us over our enemies should encourage us in our spiritual conflict. David learned to listen and wait till God moved before making a final and drastic decision... Reading: 2 Sam. 5, God bless.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Ishbosheth was murdered by his men, and the murderers thought they would be commended by king David for killing his enemy. A person may be glad to obtain his wishes, and yet really regret the means by which he received them. He may be sorry for the death of Ishbosheth, but by shedding innocent blood is unlawful practice. God had helped him over many difficulties, and he knew the way of the Lord on what is just and righteous... Reading: 2 Sam. 4, God bless.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
It is by the grace of God that the kingdom of David grows stronger, as the house of Saul grows weaker. David knew that Abner was sincere to make a covenant with him so that the whole nation can be united. But a conflict of interest from around us could hinder our plans, because not all people can discern how God acts. Abner will be judged by God in His time, but Joab, in what he did, acted wickedly, and David was not guilty of this murder... Reading: 2 Sam. 3, God bless.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
After the death of Saul, the whole nation refused David to be their king, except the people of Hebron where he reigned for 7 years. He was a type of Christ whom Israel would not submit to, though he was anointed by Samuel as next king and commander. Ishboshet became king over all Israel because of Abner. Since then political struggles and wars began between the two camps. It shows that when submission is missing, disasters erupts... Reading: 2 Sam. 2, God bless.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
This book is the history of the reign of king David and the growth of the prosperity of Israel. It begins with the death of Saul and Jonathan and the lamentation of David. David did not do unjustly with the Amalekite. If he tells the truth, he died for treason, but if it were a lie, soon the truth would be revealed, and he will also be punished. It shows that we need to tell only the truth, or else our words will lead us to our own protection or destruction... Reading: 2 Sam. 1, God bless.
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Monday, July 7, 2014
Saul expressed no concern about his own soul, but only desired that the Philistines might not put him to pain. In a sense, he became the murderer of himself. After this event, the Bible makes no mention on what happened to his soul and his sons', only of their bodies which were burned (cremated) by his people. The New Testament encourages people to be more concern of eternal destiny of soul than temporal enjoyment of body in this world... Reading: 1 Sam. 31, God bless.
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Saturday, July 5, 2014
From outside duties, David and his men were devastated when they discovered that their houses and families had been ransacked by the Amalekites. His men murmured against him, but he strengthened himself in the Lord and kept his spirit calm. It shows that when things are at worst with the church and God's people, we need to mend with each other and do our best to bear it better, even though we had more reason than any of these to lament... Reading: 1 Sam. 30, God bless.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Troubles are terrors to the children of disobedience. In his distress, Saul inquired of the Lord, but he did not seek in faith, but with an unstable mind. He put the law against mediums and spiritists, but he indulged himself with them. Many Christians are like Saul, they want the devil out of their house, yet they accommodate evil things in their hearts by envy and malice. It shows that God hates those who engaged in spirit world, except His word... Reading: 1 Sam. 28, God bless.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
David was accepted in the land of Philistine, but rejected in own land Judah because of his enemies. Then he destroyed some of the nations that would ensnare and cause his people to commit sins. These nations are dangerous and destructive to God's people, like sins that destroy men's inner most being. This means anything that would cause our people to sin must be destroyed right away before it spread out... Reading: 1 Sam. 27, God bless.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
God can weaken the strongest, befool the wisest, and confuse even the most watchful armies like that of Saul and his men. And at this time, David had all the chance to take the kingdom but still to wait until God put him in his proper position and avenge him on Saul. He knew that the temptation for kingship was very strong, but if he yielded, he would sin against God. Therefore, he resisted it and trusted God for all the situations... Reading: 1 Sam. 26, God bless.
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