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Mephibosheth's nurse was one any mother would want to have take care of her son.A 5year old can be a burden to carry when you are running away from danger.There was also no prize at the end of the race because Mephibosheth had nothing to give anymore.His nurse's devotion in the light of all the fights and murderings chapter truly is refreshing.
There was a time Michal loved David.When David became a fugitive he got other wives,Michal became wife to a man who loved her.In deutronomy 24,there's a part that speaks about a woman who's husband had sent her away not being allowed to marry her again if she had married another.True David had not divorced Michal but neither did he make any attempt to keep her AND now she was married to another man(who cried and wept when she was taken away).Maybe behind the disdain in Michal was pain,hurt.David claimed to be dancing for the Lord yet he hadn't asked God before separating Michal or marry dozens of wives some of which were Israelites.
Sometimes I watch people go all "spiritual" dancing,rasing holy hands etc before the Lord in church then after church(or still in church after the worship)behave nasty...then I wonder if truly they had worshipped God or simply enjoyed a good tune in church.Michal may have kept household gods but David sure did nothing to boost her faith in God by his actions.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you MUST love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
The way we treat others who are our brothers and sisters...the way we treat people in general preach louder sometimes than empty words we say rather than practice.I work in a mostly haotic environment where trying to answer many impatient people at once can really be a challenge.Many times I try to keep in mind that I ought to be light(my unsaved collegues sometimes act really nasty)...sometimes I fail and have a guilt party.Once a lady met me at a christian conference and hugged me saying she had come to my place of work and I was so kind and patient to her that she was certain I was a christian,seeing me at a christian conference confirmed it.
So many times it's hard to understand that people come from different backgrounds,cultures etc and I get my patience stretched thin...it's always good to note the world is watching us as followers of Chirst.Our ways may lead others to Christ,make already existing christians stumble or worse give the world yet another reason to despise Christ.I pray we all be filled with love for God and one another.

Greater works....I have grown to have a lot more knowledge of the bible in the past 4months,I have been convicted of many issues and (I hope)have been transformed to be more like my dad and big brother in heaven.If this is true for the 2000+ people reading this blog and they in turn share with others what they have recieved then truly we together are doing greater works....some are cutting up pieces of meat for others,some are making sure we stick to studying the bible,some make us smile as we read the posts and get encouraged...like John once told me,....Mike I'm sure God's proud of you...and everyone here...

Mike, the 1st part you spoke about brought to mind the ethics class I just finished. What you wrote is definitely Kantian, but then I think of people like the Ten Booms, Dietrck Bonhoffer, and people in the French resistance who took Jews by boat to England and if they were stopped by the SS had to lie, who disobeyed the government and even lied to its officials. Am I corrupting myself when I truly do lie for a GOOD cause. I know I'm opening a can of worms, but I wanted to see what everyone thought

A's insight to David being insensitive to his wife Michal is a view I hadn't considered. I am convinced that our love for God is reflected in how we treat one another, espcially our loved ones. While David was certainly right to celebrate for the Lord, he dismissed Michal pretty quickly despite his long abscence (or maybe we just don't have the whole story).
As for doing great works, as Jesus states in the NT reading today, I would have to say that what we consider 'great' and what God considers 'great' could be two different things. Some of us have more humble stations in life and by our standards it may no be great, but if you are obediant to God and love as God loves then we are doing great things. As Oswald Chambers reflected on in his daily devotional "My Utmost for His Highest", if we lead lives in obediance to God, then we produce rivers of living water. Where that water goes to is not our business. In other words, one person you are kind to or share your faith with may go on to be the next Billy Graham or Pope John Paul II therefore affecting millions more. These are the great works I think Jesus talks about in today's reading.
Have a good one.

loved the picture of the young folks praising with guitars...


Can anyone think of a better verse than Psalm 119:32 where it says, "I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free." Jesus said, if the Son shall set you free you shall be free indeed. (John 8:31-36) and He also said, If you continue in my Word you are truly my disciples and the truth shall set you free.
Freedom comes from being like the person James wrote about in James 1:25 'who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and CONTINUES TO DO THIS, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he/she will be blessed in what he does."
Another great verse we read recently in Psalm 107:20 was where it says, "He sent forth his word and healed them..." So many choose to live in bondage, even in bondage to their religious systems. Their religious systems become 'God' to them more than the refreshing teaching, living word of Jesus. No wonder Paul exhorted the colossians in 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."

I don't know about anyone else but I want to keep on running in the path of His commands, for He is forever setting our hearts free. "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Gal. 5:1

Sorry to be so verbose today; just so much meat!

Recab and Baanah: They thought they were going to find favor with David, the King, because they believed they were supporting his position as Israel's king. Isn't it interesting how when we take up an offense for someone, we end up being the "bad guy?" I think that is why police do not like involve themselves in "domestic quarrels," because likely as not, the spouse they try to protect will turn on them.

I do not mean to imply that David was wrong to have turned on these two cowards. They were misguided in their desire to help the "cause" of the king, but it was not THEIR "fight." How can one find common ground, if they have a whole "army" of folks going after their heads out of some misguided loyalty. We may THINK we know that someone will be grateful when we uphold their cause, but in the end, we probably misunderstood what caused the breach in the first place and in the second place how to mend it, and it certainly will turn itself on us.

Maybe pertinent--maybe not, but I find it interesting that David reigned 40 years as king (same as Saul) and that the first 7 years of his kingship in Judah began when he was age 30 (same as when Jesus began his ministry) and he reigned as king over all Israel and Judah 33 years (the number depicted when Jesus was crucified).

11 more sons; a total of 17 now: I know the caption was "David conquers Jerusalem," but to me the relevant text had to do with 11 more contenders for the throne -- and Solomon was not even born yet!

I wonder how David had time to be a "husband" to his wives, and then I remember that in those days, having a husband was tantamount to having protection: food, clothing, and shelter. I imagine their concept of polygamy was more a matter of "sharing the wealth," instead of our understanding of polygamy today.

"The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off." Why do we not read that they destroyed the idols? Last night I was watching a program on PBS about the people in Bolivia who work the mines. The Spaniards erected idols that they misnamed "Tios" because they did not understand that the word was "Deos" for God, and the "Tios" were considered evil spirits who would punish the miners if they were not paid homage. The devastation that this caused those poor people praying to idols was heartbreaking, and the Christians who tried to teach them about Jesus' love were unable to convey to them that God has more power than those idols.

Uzzah! Uzzah! Uzzah!
For years I struggled with this portion of scripture. It caused me to fear God, and that is a good thing, but I could not understand WHY God would be so harsh with Uzzah when he was protecting the Ark of God; should he have just let it fall off the cart when the oxen stumbled? It was very perplexing to me.

Then my eyes were opened one Sunday while sitting in church and listening to John MacArthur explain that God wants our obedience first, and the emotions will follow. A case of putting the cart before the horse?--or the "oxen" if you will. So many times we have to guard against putting our emotions (feelings) above what we know to be God's will. Only the Levites were allowed to touch the Ark of God, and Uzzah knew this. God was fully capable of protecting his own Ark, but what a hard lesson for all those who saw God strike him dead.


A new "command" Jesus gave to us: "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

This was not a request. So how does Jesus love us? I have seen so many people attempt to define love; I suppose we all have our concepts of what constitutes love, but for me it is summed up in one word: Sacrifice.

I do not believe any mother loves another's child like she loves her own, but it is not just because it issued from her body or was adopted, nor because it was the culmination of her expression of affection for the baby's father. No, that "love" is expression of her diligent service to that child from conception, when she begins to wonder about the future of the child, the anxiety of childbirth, the labor and delivery that require teeth gritting effort and the joy of a beautiful infant, but it does not end there; it goes on to the daily diaper changing, spitting up of food administered during all hours of the night, the daily "sacrifice" of nurturing, teaching, tending...and no one loves your child like you do.


Because YOU have sacrificed. I think that is one of the reasons we are told to do good to those who hate you and pray for them who despitefully use you.
Matthew 5
43: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45: That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46: For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

In my father's house:
This verse has great significance to me because it was my son's favorite. He would say: "In my father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you."

I believe my son is in one of those mansions now. That gives me great peace.

obey what I command:
How do we really know if someone loves God? "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me."

"If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching."

"...the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you..."

How can we be reminded of everything Jesus has said to us if we do not ever get it in there in the first place? It is one of the reasons I cherish this One Year Bible reading...so that the Holy Spirit can bring it to my remembrance.

Psalm 119

David expounds of the value of the law here; he certainly knows that rulers are gathered together scorning and having contempt for him, but his counselor is God's statutes, and he meditates on the law, seeks understanding (open my eyes that I may see). It reads like a plea to "teach me your decrees" and to understand the teaching of the Lord's precepts that will result in meditation on His wonders. Keeping God's laws has set David's heart free.

And the Proverbs underscore that we need discipline and rebuke in order to gain understanding.

I just LOVE Psalm 119!

Verse 26) I told You my plans, and you answered.
Now teach me your decrees.
In Dutch: Ik heb U alles verteld wat ik heb gedaan en U hebt mij ook antwoord gegeven. Leer mij nu hoe ik naar Uw wil kan leven.
~ This verse is so beautiful! When I read this, it made me think of something that happened this week. I was going through a hard time the past week about making a choice. A choice that would change A LOT. I prayed over this asking the Lord how to do this, I asked for directions and did the same prayer over and over again. Till Monday ... then instead of ASKING for directions, I TOLD the Lord about my plans. And He answered in the most beautiful and clear way! I could hear Him talking to me! It was a wonderful experience which gave me the courage to cut the knot. On Tuesdaymorning I was on my knees, thanking and praising the Lord for His help. And He covered me with blessings that day. I cut the knot I needed to and He lifted me up and carried me through it. God is just so good! He gave me strength to do what I had to do. Sometimes I can be insecure in what I have to do. I keep on doubting if I can do a thing being a Christian. I don't really know how to explain this feeling. But I can wonder about things that I want to do, I constantly ask myself "Can I do this or that? I'm a Christian and that seems not Christian-like". But God is teaching me His decrees. I took a step in the right direction and from that point, He could teach me! I told Him about my plans and that was an open door for Him to teach me! He wanted me to figure it out by myself in order to give me the blessings! This incident was such a revelation for me!

Yes, I'm in a community. The church I go to is named "De Deur", we have a fellowship all over the world. (Potter's House & Open Door) I really love this community! It's a wonderful community! And I'm so glad I've found them! I'm only saved for 9 months, so they're not really criticize (yet). I'm a 'newborn', so they pretty much only encouraging me, which I love! I know when I'm saved longer, it will change. Not that they stop encouraging!!! But I know they will sharpen a bit. My husband and I have a good understanding with our pastor, we talk with him a lot. He's really encouraging towards us, and tells us how great we are doing. It's nice to have such encouraging! My husband didn't ask for our pastor to disciple him yet, but I know that from the moment he asks, he'll get criticism from time to time. But it will help him grow. I know my husband takes criticism very well, I'm glad to. That way his understandig can grow and there's place for God to work on my husband.

Hahahaha! The doggie pic is gr8! How do you do it my friend?!!! Bless you.

I think of the Lord's amazing sense of humor and His merciful, gentle,
ever lovingkindness- gently making a point.
What a sobering thought visualizing the pic: does He see me this way or has He
pictured me this way; as I think about situations been in and my response/actions!
That pic will be with me and associated with the Word.

May The Lord bless your ministry, freshly annoint it each day, increase it, and honor and grace you abundantly as you serve Christ Jesus to the Glory and Praise of His name!

Lots of head toting in the Samuel books! Also found 2 Sam 4:4, about Jonathan's son, to be so random! Aw, David became king at age 30, what a great prime age! :p. I like how he never rushed things, he waited for God's timing. He let God establish him.
I like how David always stopped and asked God first what to do. He could have rushed in to attack the Philistines just thinking God had his back. But he coinsulted the Lord first.

Wow, seems kinda brutal that Uzzah was struck bcos the tried to steady the Ark after the ox stumbled. Maybe i'm missing something. kinda seems like a reflex, if i see something that starts to fall or something, its kinda a reflex to steady it. Hm, i'll have to get out my commentary on that.
I love John 4:3...i think thats the 2nd verse i memorized as a child. Love the Proverbs!

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