Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 131

Friday, May 11, 2012

Welcome to Day 131 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 19; 2 Samuel 20; Psalm 55; Matthew 28 (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

S cripture

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.

O bservation

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.

A pplication

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!].”

P rayer

Thank you Lord that you live… to intercede… for ME!



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2 thoughts on “Day 131

  1. owlnaturals on said:

    Matthew 28:19
    “Go then to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples…”

    A command for all of us. To go everywhere to make disciples.

    Lord, show us where we should go, who hasn’t heard your gospel and how we can share your love with others.

  2. Throughout the tribes of Israel, all the people were arguing among themselves…

    What stands out to me today is the distinct difference between the days of the judges and the current period. The people are now putting more faith in their leaders than they are in God. They are fighting and plotting for that position of power. I get the sense that Joab is taking pleasure in killing, not out of righteousness or even loyalty, even though he appears to me masking it as such. Going back to 1 Samuel 8:19

    But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us.

    This was after they were warned by God what life would be like. God gives us free will to screw up as badly as we want. His hand of protection is always available through Christ Jesus. It is up to us whether we stay under it. It seems that society in large is walking away… Doing our own thing…

    An emerging trend here is the lust for power. As individuals get close to the top, they become thirsty for power and control, focusing on how they would run things instead of complimenting the current leadership. Much like today… People leave a place to create the “perfect organization”. In the end, what they create is the same thing with slight differences. I think a good sign of this is when we begin to focus on small problems then turn the molehills into mountains. Our differences make us stronger in unity which is why Satan works so hard to divide us by them.

    I seem to keep finding myself in leadership positions. It’s rather odd since I grew up an introvert and prefer to be a follower. I’ve witnessed personally what being a leader can do to the ego. Not good… so I avoid it at all costs. I struggle at times as to whether God wants me to be a leader or not, but things seem much better when I am serving than leading. I think there is a fine line between walking in the confidence of Christ’s victory with humility vs. being an ego filled leader. I am impressed with how the leadership of our church manages that. It is a refreshing combination. (Do I get bonus points for that? =)

    Another observation… It is just as bad to brutally cut someone down with words as Joab did to Amasa with his dagger.

    And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

    Halleluiah! He is alive!

    Lord, thank you for being with me despite my blunders, my pride, my ego… Thank you for being patient and understanding as I continually work towards Your plan. May I hear Your voice from across the pasture to know which way to go.

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