Friday, April 21, 2017

FROM KING DAVID TO KING JESUS

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 24

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Mount Tabor is located in Lower Galilee, Israel, at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, 11 miles west of the Sea of Galilee. It was the site of the Mount Tabor battle between Barak, under the leadership of the Israelite judge Deborah, and the army of Jabin, commanded by Sisera, in the mid 14th century BC. It is believed by many Christians to be the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Here in the mosaic dome above the altar, where as recorded in Mathew 17, Jesus is transfigured with Moses and Elijah on either side, with Peter, James and John looking on.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 24:24

Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

In today’s reading, the people bore the judgment of God. Pictured above is the place where Jesus prepared to bear God’s judgment in place of the people. It may be that Moses and Elijah were there to encourage Jesus in His greatest of all sacrifices, bearing all our sins. Comparing 2 Samuel 24 with 1 Chronicles 21, it appears to be the same event. In the latter account, God decided to test His people by allowing Satan to tempt them to sin. Yes, David sinned, but so did the people. This shows the widespread effect of sin. Our sins do not only impact our lives, but others around us as well. Our key verse should inspire us to think about our level of sacrifice. The final words, verse 25 of 2 Samuel 24, should encourage us. It tells us that “The Lord heeded the prayers for the land.” Let us determine to be fervent and constant in our prayer life.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, the way I live my life will inevitably have an effect on others. I pray for Your grace and power in my life to be obedient to You 100% of the time. Please forgive my sin and bring healing to those who have been hurt in any way because of my sin. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I often heard my Dad pray in our family prayers as we knelt at our chairs after supper, “O God, may the smile of Your approval be on our lives.” I knew my parents would tend to smile when I was obedient and did something good, and I feared their frowns when I did the opposite. I knew that punishment was to follow on the heels of my transgression.

Tomorrow, God willing, I will read, with my blog partners, Galatians chapters 1 & 2. I’m so thankful that because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, I am now, on the basis of faith, not of works, free to enjoy freedom from sin and its power over my life. Judaism, the expression of the faith revealed in the Old Testament, is often called the cradle of the Christian faith. In Galatians, we will learn that the practice of Judaism almost became the grave of Christianity. I’m excited at the prospect of moving from King David to his descendant, King Jesus!

Yours for victory over sin, and for healing from sin’s effects through the Lord Jesus Christ,

David

P.S. On Tuesday next week, our Crossroads Chief Executive Officer for Crossroads, YES-TV and Tricord Media has invited me to be her guest on the live 100 Huntley Street program. Please tune in live at 9:30 a.m. (EST) on the YES-TV and Global TV networks. There are later times as well for repeats. Or you can watch the livestream online at 100huntley.com…or watch the recording there after the live program.

13 thoughts on “Friday, April 21, 2017

  1. Amen, Irene. So happy to hear your flu/fever broke. Amen for the ants, Sah. Praise God!

    So enjoy the two of you on the vlog, together–wonderful prayer! Look forward to seeing you next Tuesday on 100 Huntley Street, dear David, and Galatians 1 and 2. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord.

    “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Ps 91:4 NLT

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  2. Thanks for all the prayers that went out for Cynthia. The surgery went well they have gotten all the cancer. She went home last night but still have to go back today to see the surgeon.
    Thank you Jesus thy will was done. We are just praying that this is it.
    Marc and Beth you are both still in my prayers.
    Have a blessed day bloggers.

  3. Enjoyed the blog and vlog today Pastor David and Ron. Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday on Yes TV and pray for the Lord’s strength. Praise God for the answered prayer for Irene, Sah and Cynthia. Still agree in prayer for Marc and Beth. God bless you saints. Loved that song, used to hear on 100 Huntley St. about costing me nothing. God bless you saints.

  4. Yes, me too, looking forward to seeing you on TV next Tuesday and getting into Galatians!
    You and Ron look great together …I joined with you two in prayer!

    The spirit of anger leads us act foolishly, which we later regret.

    • Amen, Irene. I had to curb my anger, today; almost sent an email out of haste and was so filled with the Holy Spirit afterwards, which calmed me. I realized, God sees and knows everything that transpires between us and within us. He carries the weight of hurt for us, when others do us wrong. We don’t have to remain down by burdens imposed on us or bitterness becomes embedded in us. We can let it go and trust Jesus to carry it for us because, honestly, it doesn’t belong to us. We belong to the joy peace and love of God Almighty, ruler of heaven and earth!

  5. Thank you, saints, for your prayers for Marc. God has heard them! Marc is still in hospital. The doctors have asked that he be bumped up on the transplant list. He is hooked up to tubes and being closely monitored. Everything may happen much faster than anticipated. If they bump him up he could be getting a transplant ASAP. We thank you for your continued prayers for this to happen. What an amazing God we serve!! Amen!!

  6. Beverlee Kay and Irene! I love you both! I am so thankful that we can be very open and honest with our feelings on this blog! That is also an area where I have appreciated David Mainse for his honesty!
    The Holy Spirit works over time when we are honest with each and with God! I wonder why we think we can act one way with someone and another way when their back is turned! That’s our sinful nature BUT when we confess the issues such as anger, jealousy, gossip, and so on, the devil flees and we can come to our Lord God and tell Him we are sorry for our sins, please forgive us and HE HAS ALREADY FORGIVEN US! Amazing Grace!

    Lord I pray that You would place Marc at the top of the list to receive the liver….
    we thank You that he will be able to return home soon and live a long happy healthy life! Thank you Lord……..Lord I thought it was Your timing that I watched the program about a transplant of a liver with Hep C and how it turned out to be very successful! What a blessing Lord! Thank you!

    Thank You Lord for hearing all our prayers! Thank You for healing all who are ill; grant them a new body, grant them a happy life, that they may serve You always and give You all the glory and thanksgiving!

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    When the arteries run smoothly with no blockages this greatly reduces any cancer from growing. Acupuncture works on every part of the body! It is a very amazing treatment, I would encourage people to do research!
    It is very good for arthritic problems, for many mental illnesses, headaches, so much more….

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