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Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 2; 1 Chronicles 11; Psalm 142; Matthew 14
Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, April 27, 2018
2 Samuel 2:4 “Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah.”
10 “Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David. 11 The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven years and six months.”
1 Chronicles 11:4 “David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). The Jebusiteswho lived there 5 said to David, “You will not get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.
The exploits of David’s mighty men…
I really like the tone of Chronicles… most likely written by Ezra, a scribe-priest.
Psalm 142:5 “I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
Matthew 14:8-12 “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.”
Jesus feeds the 5,000.
Jesus walks on the water… and Peter walks out to him.
David didn’t seem too bothered that he was only king over Judah… or that another of Saul’s sons was made king over all the other tribes… We’ll see how this plays out…
I could write all day about the beheading of John the Baptist… Arrested because they felt threatened by him… beheaded because, again… of an oath. Herod was pleased by his daughter dancing… which is a little creepy on its own… Herod had the power to say, “No, I’m not going to do that… Ask for something else.”
I could write a book about the different people imprisoned in the Bible… Joseph, falsely accused of rape, runs the prison as a prisoner, then promoted to Vice Pharaoh. Peter imprisoned, led out of prison by an angel. Paul and Silas imprisoned, worshiping and praying when an earthquake destroys the prison they are in, the could have walked right out, but they stayed. For John the Baptist… it didn’t end well. Beheaded… and he was Jesus’ cousin.
Side note: Let’s give Peter some credit for actually having the faith (nerve) to step out of the boat and take a few steps. None of the other disciples did that. It’s easy to focus on the fact that “Peter sank.” “He took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the wind and the waves and he sank.” BAH! I would preach a message about stepping out of the boat! Peter had bragging rights! He did it! He ACTUALLY walked on water! He took a risk! Way to go Peter! Woot woot!
Two ways I could focus today… David’s response to only being made King over Judah… I think I’ll wait on this one…
Or, how would I respond if I were in jail? Would I walk out, led by an angel? Not leave, even though I could have if the prison were destroyed? Would I be let out and appointed as Vice Governor? Or might I be beheaded, as John was??
I could preach a message on each of those situations… with VERY different outcomes. One size definitely does NOT fit all!
Lord, I thank you for your word, that is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path!