January 16th

Sustain us in the struggle, Lord : and raise us to your life.

Chronological Reading: 2 Samuel 13-15

  • Time for me to be transparent about 2 Samuel 13, in this chapter, I take the side of Absalom, and cannot figure out why David would cry over Amnon…
  • The Wise Woman from Tekoa, amazes me in that she seems to know what the heart of God really is, “that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.”  If that isn’t the best ‘missional’ statement, I’m not sure what is
  • David’s heart, is revealed again, by allowing this woman to speak to him the way she does…I do not believe given the time and context that a normal king would not have either banished her at best or killed her, but David, listens…As God’s appointed leaders over his people, does not David’s heart challenge us, to also listen to those who may seem insignificant?  I think so.
  • The stories in these chapters seem like they come right out of a movie, or that movies have been fashioned from the…

Common Prayer Reading: Psalm 85:1-4; Zephaniah 1; Galatians 5:1-15

  • Zephaniah 1 – God’s not playing around when it comes to our dedication to the Glory of His name.

Sustain us in the struggle, Lord : and raise us to your life.

 

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One thought on “January 16th

  1. It might appear that David secretly wanted Absalom to be able to return home but had concerns over the violations of the law and the opinions of those who served him as well as those related to Amnon . It may also be that David foreknew the repercussions of his own sin were coming to roost as they always do. For whatever reason, the matter revealed here is the frailty of human relationships and depth of the results of sin. This is the same man who wrote how much he loved the law of the Lord. What we can see from our vantage point is that God’s character of Mercy and grace ought to be our focus in matters we destroy.

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