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.

Archive for the month “May, 2012”

Day 132

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

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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.”

O bservation

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).)

A pplication

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!

P rayer

Thank you Lord that one day you will make all things right!

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

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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!

 

Day 130

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Welcome to Day 130 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 18; Psalm 56; Matthew 27 (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

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2 Samuel 18:5, ““Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.” And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders.”

v 14 “Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree. 15 And ten of Joab’s armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.”

Matthew 27, Judas hangs himself after betraying Jesus… Jesus goes before Pilate, Barabbas is released, Jesus is crucified, buried (with a guard posted at the tomb.)

O bservation

What about “Be gentle with the young man [my son] Absalom” did Joab not understand??

A pplication

Betrayal is the theme for today… Jesus is betrayed by Judas, David is betrayed by Absalom, then by Joab, who kills Absalom.

Initially David doesn’t do anything to Joab… It’s not even really clear if David ever finds out that Joab killed Absalom. Not until 1 Kings 2 is Joab killed, as David is on the brink of death himself… by order of David.

P rayer

Lord, help me to be a loyal person.


Day 129

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Welcome to Day 129 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 17; Psalm 71; Matthew 26 (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

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2 Samuel 17, Absalom is now flexing his authority (self-perceived) and is ready to attack David’s army…

This is not going to end well for Absalom.

v 18 “During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as

a monument to himself,

for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.”

Psalm 71:17 “Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”

Matthew 26:63, “The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered. 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?”

v 74 “I don’t know the man!” (Peter)

O bservation

It’s amazing how jealousy, hurt or fear can cause people to do the strangest things…

Absalom going to war against his own father.

The High Priest and all the people around him deciding to crucify Jesus.

Peter denying that he even knew Jesus.

A pplication

If the purpose of Application is to apply the verses to our lives, the question I have to ask myself today is, “What have I done out of jealousy, hurt or fear?” What decisions have I made? What might I have said or done to someone else?

Often times when we are hurt the two default behaviors are lash out or distance myself rather than working through a situation. Obviously distancing myself avoids confrontation, at least for a while, and gives the illusion of relationship or even friendship. Lashing out is unhealthy… and it can be done under the guise of “I’m just being honest!” (“Speaking the truth in love…”)

Just for the record, I know this is Poseidon, a mythical figure… I just thought it helped capture the concept of building a monument to one’s self… which obviously, he couldn’t have done! I could have used an image of one of the Pharaohs, but I liked his expression!

Instead, it’s easier to run off and build a monument to myself. To my own hurt or fear… and believe in my own mind that I am the one who is justified in my actions.

Better to talk through situations, to seek first to understand, then to be understood… To walk in humility.

Note to self: Building a monument to one’s self is never a good idea…

P rayer

Lord, help me to rid myself of any jealousy, hurt or fear in my life. To walk in humility before others and you… telling the next generation and those around me of your mighty acts!

Day 128

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Welcome to Day 128 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 15; 2 Samuel 16; Psalm 32; Matthew 25 (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

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The saga of Absalom continues in 2 Samuel 15 and 16, with Absalom undermining David’s reign garnering support, endearing himself to all the people to the point where David flees.

Psalm 32:10, “the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.”

Matthew 25 Jesus tells parables of the Kingdom in preparation for his departure… the ten virgins, the parable of the talents (bags of gold), and the sheep and goats.

Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”

O bservation

What comes to mind is nothing lasts forever…

A pplication

Although we know David’s house is forever established, in the midst of these chapters it seems otherwise David is now watching his kingdom begin to unravel. His own son has turned on him… even Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson stayed behind, hoping that his grandfather’s kingdom would be restored to him. (This, after David took him in and let him eat at the king’s table.)

Both the Samuel passages and the Matthew passage had a similar feel to me… a sense of urgency, almost panic behind them.

Jesus strongly states that we must be ready at any time… at all times. The bridegroom may show up at any time! Our lamps should be trimmed and ready. We should be about his business extending the kingdom, waiting expectantly for him.

v 46, ““Then they will go away to eternal punishment,

but the righteous to eternal life.”

P rayer

Thank you Lord for making a way for us. Simply by trusting in you we are not condemned to an eternity apart from you! I want to be ready…

 

 

 

 

 

Day 127

Monday, May 7, 2012

Welcome to Day 127 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 13; 2 Samuel 14; Psalm 51; Matthew 24 (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

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2 Samuel 13, “And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. 11 But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me, my sister.” 12 “No, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing. 13 What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you.” 14 But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.

15 Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!””

v 28 “Absalom ordered his men, “Listen! When Amnon is in high spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Haven’t I given you this order? Be strong and brave.” 29 So Absalom’s men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered.”

2 Samuel 14, Absalom returns to Jerusalem after two years… This is not going to end well. It begins with deception…

Matthew 24:32, “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

O bservation

It’s difficult for me to focus on the New Testament when I know there are multiple opportunities (four Gospels) to touch on different topics, when the Old Testament is a timeline unveiling before us, and the stories are so compelling. Today is no exception…

What a tragic story of a young man (Amnon) raping his (half) sister (Tamar), despising and discarding her immediately after. Then Absalom kills Amnon. So now, King David has a son that raped one of his daughters, then another son kills the son (his half-brother) who raped Tamar.

A pplication

While speaking over the weekend, I quoted from Matthew 5, “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” We all get rained on… But no one ever would expect this. Such a tragic story. It’s like something one would see in a made-for-tv movie. So sad, so tragic, and it’s only going to go downhill from here. (If you know how it plays out over the next few chapters… with the pending death of Absalom, and David’s reaction to it.)

As a father, one would never expect one of your sons to rape one of your daughters. Nothing can prepare you for something like that. The shame and disgrace brought upon your family by such a calculated and thoughtless act of brutality can not be measured. How does a family ever recover from such an occurrence?

And poor Tamar, no longer able to wear the robe that indicated she was (still) a virgin. v 20, “And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.”

Some of the situations we go through in life are heart-wrenching. Sexual abuse has to be at the top of that list.

How does a young woman ever recover from being abused by her own brother, or worse… her own father?

Statistics show that one in four people (both male and female) have been sexually abused. Can you believe that? One out of every four…

Often those victims go on to live lives of promiscuity that only leads to more hurt and shame, loneliness and broken marriages, multiple kids from multiple fathers. And abusers often grow to become abusers themselves.

Only the grace of God can lift a person out of these circumstances and restore one to wholeness.

P rayer

Lord, I pray right now for every person reading this who has suffered abuse and is living under a cloud of pain. Please draw close to them, heal their hearts. Show them the path to healing and wholeness… In Jesus’ name.

 

P.S. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, here is a great book… Click on the book image or HERE to order the book.

Day 126

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Welcome to Day 126 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 11; 2 Samuel 12; Psalm 51; Matthew 23 (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

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2 Samuel 11:1, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.  But David remained in Jerusalem. 3 David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.””

v 27, “The thing David had done displeased the Lord.”

2 Samuel 12:13, “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Matthew 23, Jesus warns against hypocrisy, proclaims woes upon the teachers of the Law and Pharisees.

O bservation

What comes to mind is “Oh, how the mighty have fallen…”

David, a man who had everything… a wealthy king, a war hero, slayer of Goliath, honoring, generous, instituted worship at the altar, had many wives and children already, but made one critical mistake (sin) by sleeping with Bathsheba.

A pplication

I’ve heard this passage taught before, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army… But David remained in Jerusalem.” As though that was his first mistake. That he shouldn’t have been home in the first place, like that was the issue.

However true that may be, he could have spotted Bathsheba from his rooftop and simply walked away… gone back to bed… with any of his wives… Instead, he sent for Bathsheba.

At any step along the way, we can circumvent the big sins in our lives. Stay out of the bar, don’t contact the old girlfriend from high school, think through the potential consequences of what we are considering… remember that God is watching.

One of my goals in life is to not succumb to anything that could blow my life apart. I’ve seen it too many times…

People rationalize what they have done, or are about to do, by saying, “God will forgive me.” True… but the damage path will be wide and long. God forgave David immediately, but the child still died. His sin found him out… Nathan came to him and rebuked him. David paid a high price for what he had done.

Then, in (what I would consider) an odd twist of grace, Bathsheba bore to David a son, Solomon, who would eventually build the temple. v 24, “She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him.”

Why not any of David’s other sons from any of his other wives? Why Bathsheba? Why this son?

To me, this is a great picture of

redemption and restoration.

I wouldn’t have worked it out this way, would you? By allowing the son of a woman, whose husband David had killed to cover up his adulterous act and eventual pregnancy, to build the temple?

But that’s how God is. He is faithful and does things differently that I would.

David is a great example of what Jesus was talking about to the Pharisees and teachers of the Law when he told them to first clean the inside of the cup… not just the outside for the sake of appearance. David did what he did and then tried to cover it up by giving Uriah the Hittite opportunity to sleep with Bathsheba. When that didn’t work, he had him killed “by the sword of the Ammonites.” (He sent him to the fiercest battle possible.)

Then, he ever-so-smuggly replies at the announcement of Uriah’s death, to the messenger he replies, “Tell Joab, “Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another.” (Que sera, sera…)

P rayer

It’s only by your grace that any of us stand. All our sins, big and small, separate us from you. Thank you that your grace and mercy removes all of our sin… I’m amazed and so, so thankful!

 

 

Day 125

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Welcome to Day 125 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalm 20; Matthew 22 (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

It’s always difficult for me to list just the ONE verse or passage that jumped out at me when we are reading 4-5 chapters at a time. Especially within the New Testament that captures several situations when Jesus is teaching and healing the sick.

I usually (for the sake of those looking on) try to give a one line description of each chapter, even if I don’t do the Observation portion on that section. It helps me, when looking back, to recall what was happening in each chapter. When I did my Life Journal last year, I usually focused on just one, maybe two passages.

S cripture

2 Samuel 10, “In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king. 2 David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father.”

1 Chronicles 20 recounts a few of David’s wars…

Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but

we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Matthew 22, the Pharisees and Sadducees are trying to trap Jesus.

v 29 “Jesus replied, (To the Sadducees, who said there is no resurrection…) “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”

v 37 “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

O bservation

David continues to show his (potential) adversaries kindness, yet is misunderstood… or simply, they don’t trust him. He sends a delegation to express his sympathy, but they believe that he is spying on them!

I always take note of how Jesus handled the Pharisees, Sadducees and Teachers of the Law. The questions they asked and how he answered them.

A pplication

There is nothing worse than being misunderstood. When a person reads something into what you said or did and they assign ill to your intentions.

I make my share of mistakes, as we all do… and I’m quick to own mine.

I am often in a place where I have to make a decision that will be off-putting to someone.

How we handle hearing the word, “No.” says a lot about us, doesn’t it?

For instance, who I select to lead worship on a weekend that I will be speaking… there is a lot of opportunity for jealousy or hurt feelings to occur. (Fortunately, we have very little of that!) I’m just using that as an example for obvious reasons…

Or when we have a guest worship leader in town, who gets to play in the band with them can be a similar situation to administer. Musician and artists… we can all be a little sensitive at times… and it’s ok for one to be disappointed. It’s how we handle that disappointment that matters.

Or, what about how I handle when Doug offers the weekend speaking to another staff person. Do I lash out? Emotionally withdraw? Shrug it off as though I didn’t care? Or offer genuine support to that person and come alongside them and help them to be at their best?

Jesus was always amazing at how he handled tough situations. He was always misunderstood, even accused.

P rayer

Give me your heart, Lord… help me to walk through difficult situations with grace and compassion. To always put my trust in you, not in my own wisdom or ability…

Day 124

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

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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.”

O bservation

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.”

A pplication

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!?

P rayer

Thank you Lord for your amazing loving kindness toward me!

Harmony of Kings, Samuel and Chronicles

Day 123

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Welcome to Day 123 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 2; Matthew 20 (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

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2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles are near parallel passages… with David lamenting his living in a palace while the Ark resides in a tent. I love that God responds with, “Did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”

The correct answer would be “No.”

Nathan prophesies, “I declare to you that the Lord will build a house for you!” How amazing is THAT!??

Not only will you build a house for HIM, HE is going to build a house for YOU!

Psalm 2 is one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament. See Matthew 3:1717:5Acts 4:25–2713:33Romans 1:4Hebrews 1:55:5)

v 7 “He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”

Matthew 20 records an amazing parable of the Vineyard and workers… “the Kingdom is like…” The owner paid everyone the same wages, regardless of how long they worked. Love that.

The mother of James and John (Zebedee’s sons) requests of Jesus that they sit on either side of Jesus in his kingdom… v 28 is classic, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus healed two blind men. How cool is that?

O bservation

Interestingly, God tells David he is not the one who will build a temple, but his offspring. Then, in an interesting twist, he declares, “that the Lord will build a house for you: 11 When your days are over and you go to be with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.”

Psalm 127 “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” (A Psalm of Solomon! Who built the temple!)

1 Chronicles 17:26, “O Lord, you are God! You have promised these good things to your servant.”

A pplication

I just think it’s incredible that David’s desire is to build a house for the LORD and the Ark… but God turns it around on him. I can hear Him saying, “Thanks David, but it is I who will build a house for you!”

Wow!

P rayer

Lord You are faithful to your word! You established the house of David! The Lion of Judah on the throne!

Hallelujah!

 


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