Wednesday, April 12, 2017

HERE COMES THE JUDGE

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 14

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In the Armenian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, there is a church with this door built inside an ancient gate. Note the heavy bolts on the left. Security has always been important. King David knew that his security came from God, yet there is no record that he prayed about his decisions concerning Absalom. When big trouble comes (tomorrow’s reading), David turns to God in prayer. Why bolt the door when the enemy is already inside?

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Key Verse: 2 Samuel 14:14

For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.

In this chapter we read of King David’s General Joab, who schemes to create a plan to bring about a reconciliation between David and his son, Absalom. Joab, as a principle counsellor to David, brings a widow before the king to present a fake issue on which David is asked to waive the next of kin’s obligation to avenge his murdered relative. The application to David in Absalom’s murder of Amnon is obvious. Joab wins his point and Absalom returns from exile.
In her appeal, the widow pleads God’s mercy and clemency to guilty sinners. While the case she presented was false, the two instances of God’s mercy were true. Firstly, we see the patience God displays toward those who break His laws. Secondly, God has made provision for the restoration of sinners. We are told in 2 Peter 3:9 that God, “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” We may want to read all of 2 Peter 3 and meditate on “judgment.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, Your Apostle Paul tells me that if I judge myself, I will not be judged. I can read that in 1 Corinthians 11:31. In that chapter the “Lord’s Supper” is presented. When I partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, I seek to review my conduct and judge myself. You show me areas of my life where I need to repent. I pray for ongoing grace to live in that attitude of repentance. In Your strong Name I pray, Amen!

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Yours for learning to judge ourselves,

David

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7 thoughts on “Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  1. Why bolt the door when the enemy is already inside, indeed. Great prayer, today, Ron and David. Looking forward to Nizar’s new program, Light of all Nations, on Yestv. I am seeking God’s direction on a move; please keep me in your prayers. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord!

    But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 ESV

    By His Wounds – Steven Curtis Chapman, Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-8QdOxzh5Y

    • Its amazing that King David was in tune with God in all areas, it seems except as a father to his children. He mourned for his son Absalom, but pride kept him from being compassionate.
      Yes, why bolt the door when the enemy is inside! Great photo, thank you Reynold/David/Ron!!!
      Have a blessed day all saints!!

    • Amen, Beverlee…Isaiah 53:5!!!

      Praying for you that the Lord will guide you into the exact location, and home that is best for you, and at the right time, as you wait on Him. I pray for peace of mind for you in this junction of life, as He guides you every step of the way, and you rest in the palm of His hand!

    • Lord this precious child is seeking direction on a move, Lord please giver her clear directions on how she is to go forward! What ever she needs please provide it for her…In Jesus name e Pray AMEN AMEN AMEN

  2. Amen to the prayers for you dear Beverlee that the Lord will lead you and guide in the best direction for you. God bless you.

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