Saturday, April 6, 2019

JERUSALEM

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 4-5

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Jerusalem is where David’s ancestor, Abraham, built an altar on Mt. Moriah, and where God promised that He would provide a sacrifice. Not Abraham’s son, but God’s own Son became that Sacrifice. It was here that Melchizedek, King of Salem (Jerusalem means city of salem or peace) and priest of the most high God brought out to Abraham and those with him, bread and wine, signifying the establishment of our communion observance today. In today’s reading, Jerusalem becomes David’s capital city.

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Key Verse: 2 Samuel 5:4

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

Early in David’s life he was fully aware that someday he would replace Saul as King of Israel. Being human, he must have been tempted to take a shortcut to the throne instead of waiting for God’s time. He was tremendously popular with all the people from the time of Goliath’s death. Day after day, we’ve been reading stories of his victories. A lesser man would have become impatient and run ahead of God’s plan. Eventually David was crowned King and reigned for much longer than his waiting period. David was confident that God would keep His promises. When David was hiding in caves from Saul, or feigning insanity amongst enemies, we can be assured that he drew strength and was encouraged by the sure knowledge that God does not make mistakes. We may learn today that “patience,” a Fruit of the Spirit, can grow in our lives as we wait on God.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I wait for Your timing in all things… in life with its outstanding opportunities, and even in death with the glorious prospect of fulfilling Your plans for me throughout all eternity. Please continue to produce “patience” in me, and may that Fruit be out there on the branch of my life, so that others can partake of Your “patience.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I read this morning the designated readings and I’ve been meditating on David’s victories over the Philistines and his taking of Jerusalem, making it his capital city. However, David did not conquer himself in the area of his human desires. He added “concubines and wives” (2 Samuel 5:13), and not satisfied with this, he seduced, as we’ll read later, another man’s wife and then arranged to put that man in a place in battle where he would surely be killed. If only David had called upon the God he knew so well. The God he wrote about so powerfully in the Psalms would surely have helped David overcome sexual sin. As we’ll read over the next days, David, his family, and the people of his kingdom paid dearly for David’s failure in this area. I’ve often stated, “Jesus changes everything.” In contrast to David’s many wives and concubines, Jesus taught one-man/one-woman marriage (Matthew 19:4-6). Years ago I read inside the cover of my dad’s Bible, in his handwriting, these words: “Sin will keep you from this Book, and this Book will keep you from sin.” That’s just one of many reasons I’m so committed to doing this blog every morning.

Yours for “patience,” and, yes, persistence in reading God’s Word every day without fail,

David

15 thoughts on “Saturday, April 6, 2019

  1. Yes I agree, reading the Bible is a great way to start my day!
    May each fellow reader have a joy-filled day today!

    • Blessings Anne
      I agree also…so thankful we can read the Bible, also very much like this blog; May God continue to bless Mainse family…..and may God bless all those who share this blog….
      Thank you Lord for this day and the blessings of this day…..in Jesus Name we Pray amen

  2. Amen Sound doctrine the truth will set you free. Go deeper in relationship, worship as David worshipped. This is our living word. Praise God always.

  3. David still teaches us each day.I am approaching 6 years here when I had doubt I would last a month.The friend who encouraged me to join 100 Words is a lay pastor (Her husband is a retired pastor.)who also reads 100 Words daily but is too intimidated by the computer to comment here.No doubt there are others,probably most,who don’t comment.I pray that Ron does not feel in any way discouraged.It is a noble deed he does to honour his father each day.God bless you,Ron,Ann and all connected with this ministry.

    Inspired by Oswald Chambers
    Serve You Truly

    When You bring me to Your cross,
    Don’t let me be deaf to Your word,
    For I must learn to know Your loss
    Through the echo of what I’ve heard.

    Show me how to show the others
    That we need You to make our choice
    And we must pray like true brothers
    That through prayer we will hear Your voice.

    Too often we stray aside,
    Off the path that You have shown us,
    So show us how we can abide
    To serve You truly,Lord Jesus.Amen
    ‎G W (Bill)Marshall /28 ‎Feb,‎2019

  4. Reading faithfully each day and the Word and this blog is an anchor to the soul. God is so good and provides strength for each day. Looking forward to what He has for us. Blessings!
    “Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”(Ps. 37:4).

  5. Thank You, Lord God, for all the examples of Godly men & women You have given. You made each one of them to be like You, & You are making us, too, more like You everyday as we listen to & heed Your Word. Please help all Your people today to trust & obey You.
    Thank You for leading us by Your Word & Your Spirit, and bless all those You have given to be pastors, teachers, evangelists and workers for You. Wake us up to the work You have made for us and us for. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  6. Even the called of God, yield to temptation; but for the Grace of God, go I.

    The powers of darkness are deceitful and crafty; is one big reason and importance that we read God’s Word, the Bible daily.

    Lord I pray that You will help me not to run ahead of you, but to wait for your way and guidance in my life, Amen and Amen!

    This blog keeps me/us on track; thank you Mainse family for faithfully continuing to post it!!

    Rejoice in the Lord this day all bloggers!

  7. Thank you all for your coments. I enjoy reading all the comments and there is always up lifting verses and music.
    William could you please note any links in a web link as not everyone is on FaceBook amd as a result those who are not on FaceBook. If someone is not on FaceBook they will miss out on what is posted. I do not post that often as I have a visual impairment and it takes me a long ttime to do a post. God Bless all of those on this blog.

  8. I don’t do 100 Words on Face Book. I do get everything though on email and have also from the start. I do have a problem though, (like today), I could not get on line in the early morning and was out most of the day. In our condo we have many people on the computer with the same provider and often it is difficult to get on. I think maybe the middle of the night would be a good time but not for me! I’d be so very tired! I do enjoy each and every day’s reading (and I have never missed one, no matter what time of day it is). Have a good EVENING!

    • Doreen
      you have mentioned this before, have you talked with your provider
      I am on Shaw cable and there are thousands in my area on Shaw and we do not have any problems…..
      just a suggestion to have someone check your hook ups, are they all in order, then perhaps talk to your provider and perhaps check our your building; maybe the owner has a tower of some sort that might be blocking the way.;….I really don`t know what else you could do, I don`t believe it is normal what is happening and I am praying God will bring the problem to light and that you can get things straightened out….
      I am so glad you keep posting, it`s always so nice to hear from you.
      blessings and enjoy the day, yes, this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it….AMEN AMEN AMEN

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