Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
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 30, 31; 1 Chronicles 10; Matthew 12
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
1 Samuel 30 “David replied, “No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. 24 Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.” 25 David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this. 26 When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, “Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.”
1 Samuel 31:3 “The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically. 4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.”
1 Chronicles 10:13 “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.”
Matthew 12:32 “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”
Note that it only mentions in passing that Jonathan was killed in a battle with the Philistines… A sad ending for a faithful son… who recognized the anointing on David’s life. As jealous as his father (Saul) was of David, Jonathan blessed and encouraged David.
A tragic ending for Saul… a troubled man…
1 Chronicles 10:13 states that Saul “did not inquire of the Lord.” However, Saul stated that he did (1 Samuel 28:6) “He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.” He then immediately consulted a medium…
Interesting that the story begins and ends with David and Saul and the Philistines (Goliath.)
What about the faithfulness of Saul’s armor-bearer to refuse to kill Saul, then, to fall on his own sword after Saul fell on his? Wow. [EDIT] At last night’s Life Journal group we discussed this point… some thought Saul’s armor-bearer killed himself to avoid being killed by the Philistines, or perhaps others in Saul’s army, for failing to protect Saul?
Side note: Matthew 12:32 “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” People ask about this particular passage probably more than any other (except “there is a sin unto death” relating it to suicide…) People are concerned that they may have “blasphemed” the Holy Spirit… and that there is no forgiveness. First, I believe even that is forgivable to the person who asks in humility with a contrite heart. Secondly, I don’t think it’s that easy to blaspheme the Holy Spirit to that level…
In the context of that passage: The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the prince of demons. Can there be anything more offensive to God than healing someone, then having the religious leaders saying that God didn’t heal the person, it was by the devil himself that the person was healed. THAT is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Completely and utterly rejecting Christ (who is one with the Father, having all authority to heal) is the sin that sends a person to hell. Because the only way any of us gets into heaven is by accepting Christ and his sacrifice. (“When I see the blood, I will pass over you…”) The Pharisees completely rejected Jesus and even plotted to kill him because they were jealous of him healing… on the Sabbath…
Keep in mind: Jesus said, “I and my father are one.” The Holy Spirit is the comforter… sent by the Father. Jesus said, “I only do what I see my father doing” and, “Before Abraham was, I AM” making himself equal to the Father.
Note to self… don’t reject Christ.
I love that Saul’s armor-bearer refused to kill Saul, even when Saul asked him to (because he was wounded…). But when Saul fell on his own sword, his armor-bearer followed suit and did the same, ending his own life. That’s a powerful commitment and decision.
Thank you for your love, and forgiveness…