1 Samuel 15:1-16:23 ~ John 8:1-20 ~ Psalm 110:1-7 ~ Proverbs 15:8-10
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Old Testament - Wow. Big reading day today! David is anointed by Samuel. Saul meets David for the first time! The story of David begins! I am excited! In First Samuel 15 we read about Saul destroying most - but not all... - of the Amalekite nation. God's commands were clear to destroy all. Saul, simply put, disobeyed. Verses 22 and 23 sum up this chapter powerfully when Samuel says this to Saul: "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you from being king."" Obedience is far better than sacrifice... think this is still true today? Are you more of an obedient person or a sacrificial person before God? Do you believe that rebellion is as bad as witchcraft and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols? Below is a powerful painting of Samuel reproving Saul from today's readings by the Boston-born colonial artist John Singleton Copley from the year 1798:
The One Year Bible Companion has a great answer to this question about today's readings, "Why did David not become king after he was anointed?" as follows: "David was anointed king, but it was done in secret; he was not publicly anointed until much later in Second Samuel 2:4 and 5:3. Saul was still legally the king, but God was preparing David for his future responsibilities. The anointing oil poured on David's head stood for holiness. It was used to set people or objects apart for God's service. Each king and high priest in Israel was anointed with oil. This commissioned him as God's representative to the nation." First Samuel 16 verse 13 is the first mention of David's name in the Bible, and it is a great verse to begin the story of David's life in relationship with God: "So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the olive oil he had brought and poured it on David's head. And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him from that day on." Below "Samuel Anoints David" by the Renaissance artist Raphael from the early 16th century:
At the end of First Samuel chapter 16 today we read about David being summoned by Saul to play the harp to relieve Saul from the evil spirit that tormented him. The current and future (and now anointed) Kings of Israel meet! Below is "David Playing the Harp for Saul" by the French painter James Tissot from the year 1858:
New Testament - I love John chapter 8 verse 12 today: "Jesus said to the people, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."" Do you believe that Jesus is the light of the world? Why would we want or need a light in this world? Do you believe there is darkness in this world? Do you need the light that leads to life?
Bible.org's commentary on today's readings in John titled "The Light of the World" is at this link.
Psalms - Psalm 110 is a powerful Psalm today! It is considered Messianic and some say the most prophetic of all the Psalms. Verses 1 & 4 are the 2 verses that are believed to be most prophetic of Jesus and both verses are referenced in the New Testament, most often verse 1.
Verse 1 -
"The LORD said to my Lord,
"Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies,
making them a footstool under your feet.""
Verse 4 stands today, with very similar teachings to what we've just been reading about this in Hebrews this past week or so!
"The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
"You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.""
Bible.org's commentary on Psalm 110 titled "David's Lord" is at this link.
Proverbs - Proverbs chapter 15 verses 8 & 9 today teach us: "The LORD hates the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright. The LORD despises the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness." I'm a bit late on this image below that is perfect for Mother's Day regarding the prayers of the upright:
Worship God: Much of today's readings reminded me of the book The Reason for God by Dr. Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. Here is Dr. Keller talking about this book - at Google's headquarters of all places!
Do you believe God is reasonable? Click here for Reason!
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "When they kept on questioning him, he (Jesus) straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7 NIV
Prayer Point: Pray that you recognize your own sinfulness. Pray that you have repented of your sin and placed your faith in Jesus' work on the Cross to redeem you from your sin. Pray that you will not "throw stones" at other sinners, like yourself.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day: Today's Proverb is a great opportunity to ask yourself - 1. How's your prayer life? and 2. Are you pursuing godliness in your life each and every day? Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today's readings? Please post up by clicking on the "Comments" link below!