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This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: 1 Samuel 18; 1 Chronicles 6; Psalm 11; Matthew 3
Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, April 16, 2018
1 Samuel 18:18 “But David said to Saul, “Who am I, and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?” 23 “David said, “Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known.”
1 Chronicles 6 the lineage of Levi/Levites. (I love that it mentions the musicians David will have appointed to serve in the tabernacle.)
Psalm 11:1 “In the Lord I take refuge.”
Matthew 3:1 “In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
13 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
David never gloats about having been anointed King… and faithfully serves Saul and in his army… He serves in humility, doing all that Saul commands.
I love that John the Baptist quoted from Isaiah, 40:3! His was a baptism of repentance… (Jesus did it, although nothing to repent of… because it was right.
I find it incredible that Jesus came to John to be baptized “to fulfill all righteousness.”
David’s life was a powerful testimony and example for all of us to follow… how to serve faithfully and wait on the Lord for His timing and fulfillment of those things spoken over his life.
Lord help me to always walk in humility and serve You faithfully in all circumstances… and to wait on your timing for all things. (Saul’s big mistake was getting impatient and thinking he could do it on his own.)