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This is a pretty long post..
David,a man after God's own heart was painfully human.He lied and is about to get the priest into trouble(I'm sure Saul's shepherd wasn't eavedropping just out of curiosity)then David acts like a lunatic to save his life.I couldn't help wondering,was this idea of acting inspired by God?David his annointed was really not behaving like a king.At the same time,I can't help wondering how Jesus's disciples felt seeing their master beaten,spat on then hung naked to die on a cross.Where was all the power that Jesus displayed and spoke about?It may be easy for us to believe without having seen Jesus humiliated.Even though there's a controversy surrounding the movie The passion of Christ,I think every Christian should see it because it shows a vivid picture of how Christ truly suffered and was humiliated.The amazing thing is God was watching and even through this suffering and rejction,He still was working.David may have been discouraged yet when his life was saved,he attributed it all to God(psalms 34,56).I pray for the strength to look up to God when in trouble.David ran from Samuel in Ramath to Jonathan who was near Saul.In times of pain and confusion we sometimes even loose our ability to think clearly.Running to our enemy(negative thoughts,alcohol,drugs...the enemies arms)rather than remain on our knees in prayer.
The Jews seemed to want the blind man to doubt his testimony.He didn't know Jesus but believed the devil couldn't have set him free.The blind man didn't think Jesus used his own powers,he replied to them "he is a prophet"and when they tried to get him to think Jesus was a sinner,he hung to his miracle...he may have thought"well I don't know how Jesus stands before God,but I know God worked through him to give me a miracle and I know God doesn't answer sinners".
This man couldn't care less if he was thrown out of the synagoge,there was an element of defiance in his reply"I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"He wasn't going to change his testiomny nor was he going to accept to smear the character of the man he received his miracle from.When asked by Jesus if he knew the son of man,this former begger didn't say no,he wanted to know who Jesus really was then worshipped Him when Jesus revealed himself.
We may falter in our faith due to discouragement but we should never let go of our convictions.At the end of the day what satan tries to do is attack our knowledge of who God really is.When we go through humilitaion,doubt,despair,satan comes to attack our relationship with a "well if God is love,how can he let this happen to you,if God takes care of your needs then why do you have to count pennies,if God is a father then how could he let your child die,if you're created in God's image,then why do you have a disability?"etc.The trick is I guess keep walking,crawl if you have to but never let go of your convictions...if you feel those convictions slip away,then stick to God's word.I humbly believe it is for times like these that God had put the desire in Mike's heart to start this blog so you can see wounded soliers cling to their swords(the word) and you can see that God is still present in our days.He still is in the business of getting us out of the enemies arms if we cry out.
God bless you all

1 Samuel 20-21:15


Anka—Thank you for your wonderful words. Words that not only cause us to think but words that inspire and encourage.

In thinking about what you wrote, Anka, the question comes up, “What and whom did David fear? We lie and operate out of deception because we fear for our lives, our reputation or falling out of favor with man, and maybe God. We fear that our true selves with be revealed if we tell the truth. Truth is confrontational, especially the truth about ourselves. The question what information and from whom are we believing. Back in the Garden Adam and Eve hid after they sinned because their eyes were opened. When God asked them, “Where are you,” He wasn’t asking them logistical information He knew where they were. He was asking them because He knew where they where but did they truly know their standing and how far they had fallen God’s response to them when they said they were naked so they hid was, “Who told you?” What and whose information was David believing about himself, about Saul and about His God?

David thought Saul would kill him despite the Word of the Lord he had heard from Samuel, despite the acknowledgement and confirmation of the Word from his friend Jonathan. Was there something going on in David’s life that made him forget that Promise or did he, like many of us, negate the promise because of a feeling of inferiority, of some false guilt, of a sense that God is not able to bring what He has promised to pass?

When “running for our lives,” do we run to our enemies, as Anka has noted, or do we run to the Rock that is higher than ourselves.

Thank God for his mercy and grace when we miss it by more than a mile or kilometer.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Really enjoying reading this blog and all the food for thought. I haven't much new to add to what already has been said. I also enjoyed Ps 113:6 where is says that God humbleth Himself to behold the things in heaven! I have no idea of the greatness of God. WOW! or should I say "Selah" Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the rest of us.

I Samuel 20 (The Message)
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And GOD be with you as he's been with my father!
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If I make it through this alive, continue to be my covenant friend. And if I die,
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keep the covenant friendship with my family--forever. And when GOD finally rids the earth of David's enemies, stay loyal to Jonathan!"
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Jonathan repeated his pledge of love and friendship for David. He loved David more than his own soul!

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Jonathan said, "Go in peace! The two of us have vowed friendship in GOD's name, saying, "GOD will be the bond between me and you, and between my children and your children forever!'"

NOTE:
Covenant is such wonderful and permanently binding, partly because in today’s society. It is such an amazing thing today it is so rare. It is easy to “cut and run” when the going gets tough.

But remember: “Tough times never last, but tough people do”. I am not talking about “positive thinking” or merely what was called “intestinal fortitude” when I was in basic training for the U.S. Army.

Yes… those are important attitudes and qualities to have. May we be “strong in the covenant of the Lord and in the power of His might.” And His power is made perfect in the very weakness that my humanity despises so much. (See 2 Corinthians 4:7-11 and 12:9)

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Jesus has likened spiritual life and the Kingdom of God to like being a seed. One of my most favorite verses is John 12 (NKJV)
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Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
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He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
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If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

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As Christians, we are in the process of dying to the residue of the sinful man and sinful humanity in order to completely put on Christ—the fullness of righteousness, life and peace.

Our spirits are made righteous by God’s grace. Our souls and bodies are redeemed, and in the process of being completely saved.

Yet, to understand this takes wisdom. It is ironic that modern society is so caught up in the current craze of the “Gnostic Jesus” and the “Gnostic gospels”.

Why?

For today’s society builds up the flesh, the body—and worships the flesh and the body—at the expense of the spiritual because of “science” and “existentialism”.

Yet, the Gnostics taught that the body was evil. That is why in the so-called “gospel of Judas”, the so-called “Gnostic Jesus” needed Judas’ help to get to the cross—after all that Jesus supposedly saw his body as evil and as a barrier to purity.

No… our bodies are not evil, and neither is matter. Rather, all aspects of our personalities are tainted by sin as is all of creation.

THE REAL QUESTION REGARDING EVIL IS... where is it? It is not localized in our bodies. Rather, it is in our hearts.

In this regard, I really like what the Lord Jesus said in the following verse in John chapter 9 in the Message:
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Jesus then said, "I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind."

The true, historical, living Lord Jesus was sinless, and was able to die for our sins in our place because of that.

The true, historical, living Lord Jesus offered Himself in our place so all of us—spirit, soul, and body—could be fully redeemed as we allow Him to remove from us the impurity and uncleanness of sin and its effects.

I Thessalonians 5 (NKJV)
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Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Vance

I caught up last night, was behind 2 days & I found it totally astounding what happened to the prophets & Saul when the Holy Spirit hit them all...what a wonderful supernatural act of God...just astounding!!!

No one can withstand the Holy Spirit & He is not always a gentleman as we have been led to believe...in this case there were men's wills being trespassed by God Himself...they didn't have a choice...they prophesied!!! This permissive will stuff doens't quite fly in the face of God's will...choice or no choice on our part.

Jano

Okay, so

~~the festival of the New Moon; it appears it was a monthly festival ordained by God, but I could not find much to support it, and it sounds so "pagan."

And

~~why did David bow down to Jonathan three times? Was there some significance in the number of times he bowed down?

And why,

~~oh WHY, would Saul hire an Edomite (Doeg) to be his head shepherd? Was he SO EVIL by this time in his life that he didn't realize what enemies Edom was to Israel?

Seems I am chalk full of questions today in the text; don't get me wrong, I love it, 'cause it gets me to search and try to find the answers...but, alas, I hit brick walls today--and, oh my! I still have to vacuum the house, fill and run the dishwasher, and (oh yeah--my day job --proof 24 psychiatric reports and transcribe another 15 of them). What to do, what to do. Well, I guess you know what my priority is now. :)

Again, thanks Jan and John for your insights on prophesying (if you are reading this), and Anka for the "heads up" on Michal with that idol.

Okay, I'm off and running ~~~

New Moon Festival

We first hear about the New Moon Festival in the book of Shemot (Exodus) 40:1-2: “And the L-rd spake unto Moshe, saying, On the first day of the first month thou shalt set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.” In the Hebrew calendar the new moon begins a new month. It was on this particular day that the L-rd wanted Moshe to erect the Tabernacle.

After the Tabernacle was erected, on that very same day, the Glory of G-d filled it. Shemot 40:33-34: “And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moshe finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the L-rd filled the tabernacle.” It was on the new moon that the glory of the L-rd filled the Tabernacle. The New Moon Festival was also a day of sacrifice. Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:11: “And in the beginnings of your months ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the L-rd; two young bullocks, and one ram, seven lambs of the first year without spot;” Not only that, it was also to be a day of the blowing of the shofar. Bamidbar 10:10: “Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your G-d: I Am the L-rd your G-d.”

Besides many other Biblical events which occurred on the new moon, it was also the day when Moshe spoke to the children of Israel giving them the L-rd’s commandments.

http://www.cmy.on.ca/newletters/january2005.htm

This is all cut and paste and info from a messianic Jewish website.

New Moon Festival
Re-reading it seems the Festival was only on the First month of the year. Besides the biblical commands, something akin to our New Year's Day celebration.

Bowing three times

A custom in the ancient world to bow three times to royalty. No mention of why three (3)?. Jonathan was a prince. David at this time - still a servant of the king. Everything after the bowing was as "good friends"

Doeg the Edomite
"doeg" means fearing, anxious.
Who knows? Saul did what he wanted. Perhaps Doeg had some physical traits that Saul desired in his chief herdsmen. (Stature, strength, etc.) Perhaps he had proven his loyalty over time being promoted from a regular shepherd. Remember shepherds were the lowliest form of occupation in Israel, so being the head shepherd was not a place of great distinction. Perhaps doeg had converted to Judaism (doubtful).

In the end he was an extension of Saul's evil wishes (and perhaps Saul himself)and slays the priests when no other of Saul's servants will do the deed.

Saul was evil at this point and had no hesitation of hurting people of Israel (priests), Edomites hated Israel and coveted their land. Seems like a match made by "satan"?????

Greater Miracle than the Last

This man the Lord chose (nowhere does it say the man came to the Lord for healing)

No one had ever been healed of Blindness from birth.

The opening of eyes to the light: to me Jesus first covered the eyes with spittle and earth (the world) and then told man to wash the mixture off in the Pool of Siloam. Water ingested represents the Holy Spirit, Water used in exteranl cleansing represents the Word. By belief and the use of the Word, the filth and blocking of vision by the world will be taken away. You will see the light.

This man stood up for Jesus in front of scrutiny. He was banned from synagouge.

He was not only given physical sight, but spiritual sight.

He chose a man who was blind from birth, just as man is spiritually blind from birth, and he healed him.


I think from the beginning Saul was being tested by the Lord...after all, how many times did the Word of God say the the "LORD" sent the tormenting spirit(s) to Saul.

Now, in this day & time...people don't believe that God sends anything bad or tormenting, but I am here to tell you...He does for a purpose.

I just finished reading why God does these things in a book, "The Fire of Delayed Answers/are you waiting for your prayers to be answered?" by Bob Sorge & it is the most enlightening book that I have read in quite some time...answers a lot of my questions as to why things happen as they do & God is always in it.

Now, I'm on the sequel of the book I just finished, "The Fire of God's Love,"...I am also testifying that if you are a true son or daughter you will eventually go through the purifying Fire of the Lord & if you don't, you better be asking Him why??? :)

jan

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