Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Welcome to Day 121 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
In yesterday’s reading… 2 Samuel 6, “When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!” 21 David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
In today’s reading in 1 Chronicles 15, “As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.”
Again, in yesterday’s reading… 2 Samuel 6:3 “They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart…” 6 “Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God.”
In today’s reading in 1 Chronicles 15, “And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.
Matthew 18, the greatest in the kingdom is a child… parable of the lost sheep, the principle of going to someone who has sinned against you and the parable of the unmerciful servant.
v 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.”
I’m glad to see David moved the Ark properly this time! Tough lesson to learn. I am wondering how he figured it out… Obviously Uzzah dying on the spot might have raised the question, but somehow, they determined that the Ark needed to be moved according to the Law of Moses, as God had established.
Could write chapters on Matthew 18 about forgiveness…
Sometimes we learn the hard way. Transporting the Ark on a new cart seemed like a good idea at the time…
And I wonder how the Philistines moved it around… we know the Ark wreaked havoc on the Philistines and their gods… they only kept it seven months before returning it to the Israelites.
Did you notice that Saul never inquired of Lord by means of the Ark? (1 Chronicles 13:3) Interesting…
Lord, apart from you I’m toast. We all would be. None of us would stand a chance… Thank you for sending your Son to make a way… I’m so, so thankful!