Saturday, May 12, 2012
Welcome to Day 132 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 21; 2 Samuel 22; 2 Samuel 23; 1 Thessalonians 1 (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 21:1, states that a three-year famine is “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.” In a very interesting twist, a “blood sacrifice” of sorts is required… seven members of the house of Saul (his descendants) are handed over to the Gibeonites as recompense for Saul’s sins?
v 6, “let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and their bodies exposed before the Lord at Gibeah of Saul—the Lord’s chosen one.” So the king said, “I will give them to you.”
2 Samuel 22:51, a psalm of praise by David, ““He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”
2 Samuel 23:3, These are the last words of David: “The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, 4 he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’”
1 Thessalonians 1:1, “Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.”
Some things in the Bible are just, well… hard to understand. The whole deal about the famine and Saul’s family?
(Side note, there are two Mephibosheths… One is a son of Saul, not to be confused with the other Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan (4:4).)
What comes to mind is “cause and effect.” Note that is doesn’t suggest that the LORD required this exchange, but it does say (once all the bodies, and the bones of Saul, Jonathan were all buried…) 21:14, “After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land.”
Romans 8:19 “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
Somehow creation also longs to be set free, even groans… for the coming of Christ!
This odd sacrifice of sorts strangely foreshadows the death of Christ, taking upon himself the sin of the whole world. (See 1 John 2:2.)
The Lord’s desire is to set us all free. To set ME free to be the person he created me to be. To accomplish the things he has called me to!
Thank you Lord that one day you will make all things right!