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Click here for today’s reading: 1 Samuel 11,12; 1 Chronicles 1; 2 Corinthians 11
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
1 Samuel 11 Saul rescues the city of Jabesh with 300,000 men!
1 Samuel 12 Samuel’s farewell speech.
20 ““Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.”
1 Chronicles 1 historical Records from Adam to Abraham
2 Corinthians 11 Paul boasts about his sufferings.
21 “Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?”
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
Israel wanted a king, and they got a king… Saul is off to a good start, with an overwhelming victory, solidifying his place as king. He starts off very humble.
Paul is boasting about his sufferings… That’s quite a list, comparing himself to those “super-apostles.” Lol
28 “Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.”\
I love how Paul conveys his concern for all the churches… Paul certainly proved his love with his actions. The results were long days and sleepless nights. Difficulty and hardship.
Lord, I thank you for Paul who poured himself out as a drink offering. The church is still benefitting from his work! May I be that willing…