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This thought came into mind as I went through the OT reading..I may be wrong though....Now if Ahithophel led some men to kill David,then automatically Absalom would be declared king.Did the public possesion of the concubines really need to take place?Now I couldn't help thinking if what had happened to Bethseba was a consequence of her father's sins...if Ahithophel could give such "godly" counsel then surely,his life in the past was as depraved as his advice to Absalom was...
God's mercy to David seems unmargined.While David is reaping what he sowed,God answers his prayers that Ahithophel's council be turned to foolishness,provides loyal friends who stick with him through his trials and also supporters from foreign lands who tended to his needs!True David is going through pain,it would have been alot worse if he went through it alone......................
The disciple Jesus loved watched him die.It must have caused great agony for those who loved Jesus to see him disrobed,the object of contempt and in great pain.It would have been easier I guess on them to have not watched the crucifiction yet I couldn't help but wonder if they were there to let Him know that "where ever you go,I go"...maybe they sustained him in prayer...Nicodemus and Joseph who had been disciples in secret now were prepared to blow their cover by asking for the body of Jesus.Did they finally realise that Jesus didn't shy away from the cross so they could be saved and in a gesture of worship honored his body?
I've made alot of assumptions today and would welcome any corrections:)The words of Jesus "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."today seems to take a new meaning.

2 Samuel 17 (NKJV)
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So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring disaster on Absalom.

John 19 (NKJV)
24
They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:
“ They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.” [Psalm 22:18]

Therefore the soldiers did these things.

30
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

31
Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32
Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.
33
But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
34
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
35
And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.
36
For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” [Exodus 12:46]
37
And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” [Zechariah 12:10]

Psalm 119 (NKJV)
133
Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134
Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts.
135
Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.

NOTES:
2 Samuel – we reap what we sow.

Note that no action is done in a vacuum. All actions have a consequence and a result. This action resulted in despair and the suicide of a man who was very gifted who could have been great for God.

John 19 – God plants and then He reaps

Jesus is the seed planted to bear much fruit (John 12:23 and 24). THANK GOD that even before man sinned, God had already made provision for us.

John 12 (NKJV)
23
But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
24
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.

It is extremely unpopular to say this in today’s culture – because it is considered disrespectful and nonaccepting. Yet, this is true: We have rebelled against God. Against the darkness of that chosen rebellion, the light of God’s amazing love shines like a diamond shining against the backdrop of a dark cloth.

John 19:36
For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” [Exodus 12:46]

Jesus is THE fulfillment of the Exodus passover lamb. Jesus’ legs were not broken because it was God’s will. Jesus’ side was pierced because it was God’s will from eternity.

It is amazing to me that God ordered all of history – even pagan Roman soldiers who believed in many so-called “gods” – to fulfill His purposes that there would be a sinless, Perfect human who is God to die as Savior once for all for all of us so that we could be forgiven.


Psalm 119 – PROPER RESPONSE: we reap to the Spirit / spirit in surrender and worship, and reap glory to God and life for ourselves, as in verse 133:
Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

John 12 (NKJV)
25
He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Vance

Wow! What an encouragement to find this blog this morning! I started reading through the Bible a couple of years ago. When I got married last Fall, I did not stay at disciplined in my daily reading as I had been for a while. But this morning, when my wife left for work, I found this blog, and it has been a total encouragement to get back on the daily reading track. Thank you so much for your commitment to posting this blog every day. I know that it will be a great strength to me and many others!
God Bless!
DC

Thanks so much for this site. It is really helpful!

Do you believe that God's Word, the Bible, is perfect? Is it entirely worthy of our trust? Would you consider the Bible to be a perfect book of counsel for your life? ~ The Bible for me can be considered as a perfect book of counselling. Many many many services in church helped me doing the right thing in my life. I know that I am a better wife, a better mother, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend ... because of God's Word! Whatever is going on in my life, I know I can sit down with the Bible and find a book, a chapter, a verse ... that will help me through the day, or intensify (is that a word?) the happiness that I feel inside. It's amazing to read the Bible, I enjoy it every day!

hi, I am struggling to get more information on the skull of adam on the foot of the cross.can anyone perhaps give me some insights where to research, Thnak you

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