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Click here for today’s reading: 1 Samuel 25, 26; Psalm 63; Matthew 8
Here is my SOAP for today, Sunday, April 22, 2018
1 Samuel 25:2 “A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel. 3 His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings…”
39 “When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the Lord, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife. 40 His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, “David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife. 41 She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, “I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord’s servants.” 42 Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five female servants, went with David’s messengers and became his wife. 43 David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives. 44 But Saul had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Paltiel son of Laish…”
1 Samuel 26:9 “But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless? 10 As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11 But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”
17 “Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice, David my son?” David replied, “Yes it is, my lord the king.”
21 “Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.” … 25 “Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.””
Psalm 63:6 “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”
Matthew 9 Amazing all that happens in one chapter!
- Jesus forgives and heals a paralyzed an
- The calling of Matthew
- Jesus questioned about fasting
- Jesus raises a dead girl and heals a sick woman
- Jesus heals the blind and the mute
- The workers are few
This is the second or third time David has spared Saul’s life… again Saul asks, “David, is that you?” That strikes me as an odd question… Was he really asking if it was David… or was he being coy? Like, “David… oh DA-VID… Come out, come out wherever you are!”
Interesting that the calling of Matthew isn’t recorded until chapter 9… of his own letter. He could have stated that right up front, as Paul often did in his letters… But he put it where he thought it needed to be, on his own timeline… I find that very interesting.
David too two more wives, Abigail, the wife of Nabal, and Ahinoam… Oh, by the way, Abigail had five female servants that went with her… (I wonder if she knew that one day David would be king?)
It’s worth mentioning again that David honored Saul and refused to harm him in any way. That is the lesson for all of us.
Lord, send out workers into your harvest field!