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Absalom’s Rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18) (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, 22nd July 2019

2 Samuel 16

In this chapter we see an example of greed and opportunistic deceit, an example of subterfuge and an example of necessary untruth and deception. In moments of crisis it is often the worst of human nature that emerges – and less often, moments of valour and heroism. Extremes beget extremes.

v1-4 We encounter the deceit of Ziba who tries to do down Mephibosheth his master and steal his goods. Like Absalom he is good at deceit – he brings what was no doubt a very welcome gift of food and drink and then, it would appear (although as David discovered later there was no definitive answer to the question of who was telling the truth), lies about Mephibosheth. David makes a snap decision to believe him; he makes a promise which later he has to withdraw. In extreme situations we are easily deceived.

Partaking Worthily

Sunday, 21st July 2019

Readings: 2 Samuel 6, Jeremiah 11, Matthew 22

It really is worth having in front of us each of today’s Bible readings, as we prepare to Break Bread in the presence of the Lord Jesus. I hope and pray that it is relatively easy for you to find a quiet space for a short time in which to read the scriptures, to pray and Break Bread. Sadly, we know that it isn’t always so. For example, some will be remembering our Lord Jesus in the midst of actual threat and alarm, perhaps in a war zone. Nevertheless, all around the world our brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus will at some point be doing the same thing, the actual time and place does not matter. What actually matters very much is our attitude; the spirit with which we are coming to this point in our week.

2 Samuel:6

Absalom’s Rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18) (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, 15th July 2019

Reading: Psalm 3

Without the Psalms we might never know the feelings and thoughts of those who appear in the historical accounts of Scripture. After the parable from the prophet Nathan, in the historical record David says only: “I have sinned”. Only the penitential psalms reveal the intense emotion, the regret, the sorrow, the deeply felt repentance which fill out this simple statement. Many events in David’s life find echoes in such psalms.

The Woman of Canaan

Sunday, 14th July 2019

Readings: 1 Samuel 28, Jeremiah 4, Matthew 15

The Gospel record of the ministry of Christ is written for our learning and our encouragement. It is only by carefully reading of the acts and deeds of Jesus that we can learn to follow in his footsteps. We mostly live in distant lands far away from the land of Israel. Most of us are not Israelites by nature. We are Gentiles, and so it is always of interest to us, to consider the times when Jesus came into contact with Gentiles. One such occasion is in Matthew 15, when we see that a woman of Canaan came to seek Jesus.

“THE SIGN OF THE PROPHET JONAH”

Monday, 8th July 2019

Reading: Matthew 12:38-42; Matthew 16:1-4

Jonah was sent to the Gentiles. He was sent with a message of judgement, but he knew that with God where there is judgement there is also mercy; men are not condemned without at some point the possibility of repentance and therefore of forgiveness. They are judged only if they bear some responsibility to God, and so come in some way within the scope of His purpose.

All this Jonah knew, for he knew what was implied in the Divine Name as it was revealed to Moses in Exodus 34:6,7. He quotes it in explaining his conduct in fleeing from the commission to go to Nineveh:

“Therefore I hasted to flee unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and full of compassion, and slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy, and repentest thee of the evil.”
(Jonah 3:2, Revised Version)

The Suffering Servant

Sunday, 7th July 2019

Readings: 1 Samuel 19, Isaiah 63, Matthew 8

Isaiah 63 vividly speaks of the Lord’s Day of vengeance. Israel’s hopes were centred on their Messiah, whom they did not recognise when he first came, although his presence permeated all of their scriptures, none more so than in Isaiah.

Our hope too is centred in that same Messiah, in this life and in that to come; he is the centre of our lives; he is the centre of God’s plan for the world. Isaiah has Jesus at the centre of his prophecies: in fact, that special servant of God becomes pre-eminent in the prophecy as it progresses.

Jesus Christ - The Son of God our Saviour

Monday, 1st July 2019

Reading: 2 Timothy 1

We all need a manual at times in our lives, maybe so we can put together flat pack furniture perhaps or for something a little more technical like repairing a fault on our car, but throughout our lives we will refer to manuals or instructions to help us. Today if you have access to the internet and You Tube there is always a site that will guide you through even the most complicated tasks. But you need to be selective because quite often there are many different sites that will advise on the best way to accomplish a task and each will be slightly different in the advice it offers, the reason being, because these manuals reflect one person’s experience of solving a problem.

 

Genealogies

Monday, 1st July 2019

I have spent many hours researching and compiling the Walton family tree which now contains about ninety names. Including my grandsons, I have established nine generations, spanning two-hundred and fifty years. My wife tells me it is a waste of time. Most of my ancestors are dead and I should spend more time thinking about the living. She is right of course!

So the question is, What is the purpose of the genealogies given in Scripture? The books of Chronicles have seemingly endless lists of names. We are given the line of descendants from Adam to Abraham, from Abraham to Jacob, from Jacob to David, and then the genealogies of all the tribes. Why? Are they of any more interest to us than my family tree is to you? They are not just restricted to the Old Testament either. Luke 3 contains the genealogy of Jesus, “son of Joseph … son of Adam, which was the son of God” – seventy-six generations.

Love in Action

Sunday, 30th June 2019

Readings: 1 Samuel 11-12, Isaiah 55, Revelation 19-20

To love the Lord our God should be a joy and a pleasure, it should be the beginning and the end. What we wake up and go to sleep to. What inspires us, comforts us and gives life its meaning. To love the Lord is also a commandment. When Jesus was asked which was the most important commandment of all he replied; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” Matthew 22:37 (NKJV). He quickly followed this by saying; “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:39. So which of these is the most important commandment? Neither! They are both as important as each other. The way we can show how true and meaningful our love to God is, is by loving other people. These two commandments are so closely linked together they cannot be separated; our love for others is an expression of our love for God.