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Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 4, 5; Psalm 139; Matthew 16
Here is my SOAP for today, Sunday, April 29, 2018
2 Samuel 4:5 “Rekab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite [in David’s army], set out for the house of Ish-Bosheth [son of Saul and King over most of the tribes of Israel], and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest. 6 They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbed him…”
9 “David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 10 when someone told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news! 11 How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!” 12 So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them.
2 Samuel 5 David becomes King over Israel and conquers Jerusalem.
1 “All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’” 3 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.”
Psalms 139:23 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Matthew 16:5 “When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah [the Christ], the Son of the living God.”
I love David’s sense of justice when his men, who think they’ve done him a favor, tell him they killed the King, David has them killed. It seems as though David was in no hurry to be King over all of Israel. And, he trusted the Lord along the way… he was secure in who he was, honoring Saul’s son as King, in authority… I love that about David.
Up to this point, David is a good-hearted young man who is King… he has a lot of blood on his hands for sure… but it seems he always says and does the right thing, and in quires of the Lord along the way.
How easy is it to miss what God is saying to us. The disciples had been with Jesus, heard his teaching, yet when Jesus told them to be careful about the “yeast” of the Pharisees, they thought he was talking about bread… not understanding he was talking about their teaching. (Even after Peter declared that Jesus is the Christ!)
Lord, give me ears to hears and eyes to see. Give me understanding, wisdom and insight…