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1 Samuel 24:1-25:44 ~ John 10:22-42
Psalm 116:1-19 ~ Proverbs 15:20-21
Old Testament - Interesting chapters today! David is essentially put to the test by God over the next 3 chapters - 2 tests today and 1 tomorrow. And the test is this - obedience. You'll recall that Saul fails the test of obedience early in his kingship. David passes the tests - he does not kill Saul and he does not kill Nabal. He could have killed both.
First Samuel 24 verses 5 through 7 are a great look at David's character when Saul was in the cave - "But then David's conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul's robe. "The LORD knows I shouldn't have done it," he said to his men. "It is a serious thing to attack the LORD's anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him." So David sharply rebuked his men and did not let them kill Saul."
How impressive is Abigail in First Samuel chapter 25! Her speech to David in verses 24 through 30 is awesome. She takes all the blame. Calls out Nabal. Gives David gifts. And smartly lets him know he doesn't need this blood on his hands. David is impressed. Below is Dutch artist Joachim Van Witewael's (1566-1638) take on the scene of Abigail meeting David on his way to kill Nabal and his men.
New Testament - John chapter 10 verse 30 is a powerful teaching from Jesus - "The Father and I are one." Many churches celebrate Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles in the Upper Room after Jesus' ascension into heaven. Thus, rounding out the Trinity. (Bible.org has a great overview of the Trinity at this link.) The Father. The Son. And the Holy Spirit. Do you believe Jesus when he says, ""The Father and I are one" ?
Jesus smartly quotes from Psalm 82 verse 6 in verses 34-36 today - "Jesus replied, "It is written in your own law that God said to certain leaders of the people, `I say, you are gods!' And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people, who received God's message, were called `gods,' why do you call it blasphemy when the Holy One who was sent into the world by the Father says, `I am the Son of God'?"
Bible.org's commentary on today's readings in John titled "The Sovereign Shepherd" is at this link.
Psalms - Psalm 116 verses 1 & 2 are amazing- "I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath!" How is your prayer life these days? Do you believe God bends down and listens to your prayers? And answers them? Will you pray as long as you have breath?
Proverbs - Wow. Proverbs 15 verse 21 is convicting to me - "Foolishness brings joy to those who have no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path." I think sometimes I get joy from foolishness... not a good sign! And yes, I do notice sometimes that when I am getting joy from foolishness I am oftentimes no longer on the right path... I've strayed off a bit... God brings me back and welcomes me back on the right path once I get my senses. But, I pray I can avoid foolishness and the fake joy that comes with it. There is a difference I believe between healthy rest & play - and foolishness. We should know better.
What verses or insights stand out to you in today's readings? Please post up in the Comments section below!