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1 Sam 26-27; 1 Chronicles 8; Acts 18

When a church leader of a large congregation had a moral failure and had to leave his church and the ministry, I read a blog about the incident. The writer of the blog — another well-known Christian leader — wondered who would take his place and what new large church would step up into the limelight. It struck me that we are consumed by hero worship and size even in Christian circles. Yet, the church moves forward more by those we’ll never know than by the stars of church work. In fact in the USA there are 450,000 protestant churches. Only 1,500 of them are 2,000 and over. Yet that’s who we focus on.

Wonder where I am going with this based on today’s passages? Well the pages mention those that are either in the background or helpers to those that are leading.

1 Samuel 26, Then David asked Ahimelech the Hethite and Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, “Who will go with me into the camp to Saul?” “I’ll go with you,” answered Abishai.

Engraving of “David and Abishai at Saul’s Camp” published in “The Story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation” Published by Charles Foster in 1883. The engraving is now in the public domain.

Here we see a man by the name of Abishai who immediately volunteered to accompany David on a dangerous mission. He was David’s nephew, and we see him come and go in David’s life. He was an accomplished warrior and leader, but his name does not come to our lips immediately when we think of great people in the Old Testament. Without Abishai David would not have been the leader he was.

When we read the Acts 18 passage we see four people mentioned… Paul, Apollos, Aquilla and Priscilla.

Acts 18: 26 He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue. After Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 

Much is made of Apollos’ speaking ability and the number of people he preached to. We are introduced to Aquila and Priscilla and from that time on the record refers to them as Priscilla and Aquila. He was the one that sort of brought up the rear of the ministry. In fact I think of Aquila as being the glue that made have held that ministry together.

Each person who belongs to God has a specific mission in His Kingdom. Did you know that research shows that a visiting family/person to your church decides whether to come again based on their first ten minutes on your church property? So 90% of those attending your church have decided whether they are returning without even hearing the preacher preach or perhaps even the worship team lead on song. It’s the person who cuts the grass, the greeter at the door, the usher handing out bulletins, the people that brew the coffee are the most important people to those visitors at your church.

The roles in God’s Kingdom that are behind the scenes or in a serving position are the most important just like Abishai and Aquila were in days gone by. If you are one of those important people in your ministry don’t say, “I just do this..” Confidently share with people your role in God’s Kingdom movement.

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Numbers 26-29 & Luke 2

When the movie Hoosiers first came out our family went to view it. It is a great movie and I’ve seen it now a number of times. When a movie is finished our tradition is to just sit there for a bit and let it sink in and let the movie theater clear out. After this film was over — and I’ll never forget this — there was a group of six to eight young people sitting probably ten rows a head of us and to the right (we usually sit on the left hand side in a theather). As the movie credits were scrolling and we were down to the second key grip and the guy who holds the cord for the mic guy and the names are so small it’s hard to read, that group of young people broke out into cheers and applause. There was obviously a friend of theirs or a family member that was that second key grip guy and they went wild with cheers.

I thought of that when I read Numbers 26. There are lots of names in that chapter. Most people we only read there once, but they are there. Names are important. Your name is important. Just read a couple of verses from that chapter:

5 The descendants of Reuben, the firstborn son of Israel, were: through Hanok, the Hanokite clan; through Pallu, the Palluite clan; 6 through Hezron, the Hezronite clan; through Karmi, the Karmite clan. 7 These were the clans of Reuben; those numbered were 43,730.

Plus these people are mentioned by clans, by families. And God works through families. He works through your family. He worked through the generations of David that brought us a Savior. We see that in the first verses of Luke 2:

1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

The house of David brought us salvation, no matter how good or bad all those people were in that lineage. What about your family? You may be laughing now. You can’t see your family making a difference in God’s Kingdom. Yet, there is always hope and opportunity. I’m praying for your family this morning. That all of you will be a strong part of God’s Kingdom work. Remember your name is important and your family’s name is too. Let’s see what God will do through us all!

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2 Samuel 21, 22; Psalms 18; John 6:22-40

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term “to deliver someone” as an act to save, rescue, or set someone or something free.  Christians are usually aware of their need to be delivered from sin and its death grip.  Some may even experience deliverance from demonic activity, strongholds, or generational troubles.   What is interesting and worth meditating on, I think, is how King David rejoices when he is delivered from his enemies.  He writes a really long song about how God delights in him, how he is blameless, righteous, pure, and humble.  Just when you think King David has an unhealthy dose of grandiosity, he says, “And He [God] makes my way perfect” (2 Sam 22:33).  David goes on to say that it is God who strengthens him, sets him in a safe place, and gives him the wisdom and skill to successfully wage war and reign.  David gets it.  He understands that he has been delivered, so he sings.  How often are we so miserable in our sin that we cannot understand why God would care enough about us to deliver us from the enemies to home and health and sanity?  Why do we suffer condemnation for what has come under the blood of Christ?  Why is it so hard to hear Christ’s message of deliverance when He says, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out?”  I’ve wallowed a little too long in the sludge of sin beating, and  I know how to sing!

Janet

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2 Samuel 15; John 4:27-54; Psalm 3, 69

2 Samuel

25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. 26 But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him. ”

Psalm 3

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

I lie down and sleep;  I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

David is on the run from his own son, Absalom.  He is living out the calamity that God had stated, through the prophet Nathan, would be the wages of his sin with Bathsheba.  Sin is a nasty animal, rearing the results of its ugly head long after the moment is dead and gone.   Sin can be forgiven but it always leaves a price to be paid in its wake.  Even with this turn of events we see David looking to God for help.  David did not cast blame to God nor turn away.  He owned his actions and waited for God to help him.  As the story unfolds, I can see the hand of God acting through his loyal followers.  God has placed these people in strategic positions to use, as necessary, to control the outcome of the story.

How freeing it must be, to have enough faith in God, that you can own up to your sins and trust Him to ensure that the outcome is exactly what it is supposed to be.  King David was ready to face any challenge that arose, because he knew that nothing was beyond the control of his God.  I struggle with my own story.  It often seams that I can’t possibly be on the path that God would have me walk.  David has given me hope that even when I don’t see the logic behind or the reasons for my story, I can have faith that this is my story, and God will make it have the outcome that He wants it to have.  I need to stop resisting my story and embrace what God has written for me.

Heavenly Father, Thank you for your son!  Thank you for the blessing of writing Jesus into my story.  I ask you to continue to change me.  Help me to follow Jesus and continue to give me faith in your abilities to control my story.  I give You complete control of my story and my life.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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2 Samuel 10, 2 Samuel 11, 2 Samuel 12, John 3:1-15

“The thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” 2 Samuel 11:27

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

Please Read at: www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2Sam10,11,12;%20John%203:1-15&version=NKJV 

2 Samuel 10    Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.” v.12

                  “David said, ‘I will show kindness’”, but he was distrusted so Israel was challenged with war. The Lord did what was “good in His sight.” Thus the people of Ammon were defeated and the Syrians made peace with Israel and served them.

“Righteousness exalts a nation,…” Proverbs 14:34

2 Samuel 11             David remained…arose from his bed and walked…saw a woman bathing…very beautiful to behold…sent and inquired…took her…lay with her…and the woman conceived.

             But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. James 1:14-16

               Righteous Uriah (Matthew 1:6) rejected David’s enticements: “As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” So King David ordered murder: “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” 

“…But sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

2 Samuel 12             The Lord sent Nathan to David…“You are the man!…Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight?…Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me…For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.”…So David said…“I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have…    David therefore pleaded with God, fasted…the child died. …So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.…Now the Lord loved him, and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet.

            God Convicts me of sin. I agree with God and Confess my sin. I hate my sin and turn away from it in Repentance. With Joy of God’s cleansing, I Worship the Lord God Almighty whole heartedly. Out of the fullness of my heart, my mouth testifies to what the Lord God has done. I “bear fruits worthy of repentance.” Matthew 3:8   –  A repeated cycle of sanctification for holiness by delighting in the LORD.

John 3:1-15              Jesus answered…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. …‘You must be born again.’…born of the Spirit.…the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 

            King David was a man after God’s own heart. Like me, David was not perfect. David lived at a greater disadvantage by not having all the spiritual tools I have available today. King David did not have: the full completed Bible, the knowledge of God in flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ, the satisfaction of the fulfilled Atonement, nor the Wisdom and Power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. All of this is available for us today.

             By testifying of His sacrificial offer, Jesus’ Words invite you and me to come to Him so that we “should not perish but have eternal life.”

What is your choice? Eternal perishing or eternal Life? Literally hell or heaven? Despising “the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight?” Or confessing, repenting and worshipping? “I have sinned against the Lord…and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.” 

What is my choice? Lord God Almighty, I am sorry for my sins against You. Once again, I resubmit my will to You, living God. I reject my sins of today, yesterday, and my wrong thoughts for tomorrow. Please forgive me by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I would live under and for You today and allways, by Your Power and Word of God Wisdom. Teach me, Show me, Guide me and Grow me that I would know You more intimately and live more submitted to You for Your Purpose and Glory all the days of my life. Lord Jesus Christ, I praise You that You are God and are Holy. Please enable and empower me to help others to know You so that they will worship You as You desire, in Spirit and in Truth. “To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:25

Helpful Notes –         God writes His Law on the hearts of those who are New Creatures in Christ Jesus because of Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection.    John 1:1-3; John 1:12-14; John 1:29; John 14:6; Hebrews 1:3; Matthew 11:28-30; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 4:23-24; Psalm 37:4; Romans 3:21-26; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10; 1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22; Hebrews 10:16; Jeremiah 17:9; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Ezekiel 36:25-29; James 1:21-22; John 16:13; John 14:15-17; Hebrews 11:6

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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