Friday, May 4, 2012
Welcome to Day 124 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 8; 2 Samuel 9; 1 Chronicles 18; 1 Chronicles 19; Matthew 21 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
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
2 Samuel 8:15, “David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.”
1 Chronicles 18:14, “David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.”
2 Samuel 9, “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” 8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” 9 Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.”
Matthew 21, Jesus’ triumphal entry and cleansing of the temple, cursed the fig tree, his authority is questioned, parables of the two sons, parable of the vineyard… “‘They will respect my son,’ he said. 38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.”
How amazing is it that David took in Jonathan’s son (also Saul’s grandson)! Not only did he take him into his house, he restored to him all that had belonged to Saul and assigning people to farm the land on his behalf, and insisting that he eat at the king’s table every day. This is Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan. (That he is crippled is repeated several times in scripture.) 2 Samuel 9 ends with “he always ate at the king’s table, and he was crippled in both feet.”
This is such an amazing picture of God’s love for us… adopting us, taking us in, allowing us to eat at his table, restoring to us all that had been lost, metaphorically speaking. A beautiful foreshadowing of things to come…
God’s heart is to take in the poor, the lost, the hurting, the lame, the broken…
Ephesians 1:4-6, “For
he chose us
in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”
Regardless of how we may see ourselves, God has predestined us to be adopted as his sons (and daughters). And he is excited about that! It was/is his pleasure and will! To adopt you… and me! Us! Into his family! To sit at his table with him. To restore to us our inheritance!
How amazing is that!?
Thank you Lord for your amazing loving kindness toward me!