Friday, May 11, 2012
Welcome to Day 131 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
2 Samuel 19, 20, clearly displays the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. A great victory for David’s army, yet he is grieving the death of his son (at the hand of Joab, his own commander! Although he doesn’t know it.)
Joab (who is David’s nephew) shows just how brutal he can be by killing Amasa with a dagger, as he comes out to greet him. (Amasa happens to also be one of David’s nephews, the son of his sister Abigail.) Absalom had appointed Amasa commander of the armies of Israel in 2 Samuel 17:25.
Matthew 28 is one of the great portions of scripture in all the Bible! Jesus is raised from the dead, then proclaims what we know as “The Great Commission.”
v 11 Some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him;
but some doubted.
Joab was a brutal man… a warrior, but took it to a whole new level. Seems like his ambition and pride got the best of him.
I hope I don’t end up like Joab… What a brutal man. Killed the king’s son, Absalom and his nephew, Amasa, who had replaced him as the commander of the armies of Israel.
Power does funny things to people, doesn’t it…
He shows zero compassion for David at the loss of his son. He basically says, “Get up! Stop your crying. Go commend your armies on their victory! This is not the time for you to rain on their parade. Go be their king!”
On one hand, he’s right. But it isn’t in him to say, “David… I know you’re hurting right now, but the men need to see a show of support and gratitude from you right now…”
Not while he is attempting to take the kingdom from David… garnering support from anywhere possible, forcing men to take sides. Killing anyone who stands in his way…
Shifting gears from the saga of David and Joab…
We wake today to the great news that Jesus has risen from the dead!
What a great reminder! He’s alive! Seated at the right hand of the Father. Making intercession for you and me!
Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely
I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”
That’s our mission.
Hebrews 7:24-25 states, “Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those [me!] who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them [me!].”
Thank you Lord that you live… to intercede… for ME!