August 12, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 18:1-19:7

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SAA Notes

The story of the relationships between Saul, Jonathan and David is one that gives many insights into the Gospel. Jonathan and David are said to be one in spirit. Look at Philippians 2:2. Saul sought to entrap and kill David, just as the Pharisee Saul and his compatriots sought to do with Jesus.

SJA Notes

What different threads we read of here. The wide and broad way, the narrow and straight.

If we read this passage from David’s perspective there is a bullet-proof sense clad about him. His star is on the rise, with glory upon glory heaped upon him.

But then there is Saul. If we read from his perspective, what do we see but pain, loneliness and desperation. It is a sorry lot that Saul has, of his own making. A sad king, watching as his people flock to the upstart David.

The people love David. And because of this Saul seeks to kill him. Saul’s jealousy runs rampant.

Verse 9 says much,

“And Saul eyed David from that day on.”

Saul does see the truth of the matter though, he understands what has happened,

“Saul was afraid of David because the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.”

It is good for us to think about Saul.

What do we do when another gets glory? Is jealousy our go-to response?

What do we do when opportunity to play spiritual politics appears, do we try to manipulate a situation for our own perceived gain?

These are temptations. And in 1 Corinthians 10:13 we read that wonderful call to rest upon the Lord,

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

We are called to let go of our petty squabbles, our inner jealousies, our broken desires – Instead we have this truth, that OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL!

* God Above,

Please help us to resist the temptations of jealousy and selfishness, to work for our own gain.

Please put within us a heart for the lost, a desire to seek Your face, to bring You glory, to point people to Jesus.

Oh Lord God, please write Your word upon our hearts, let it be our guide and roadmap, our lamp for the way.

Amen.

August 12, Reading 3 – Romans 4:23-5:11

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SAA Notes

God’s demonstrated love is before us whether we listen or not. It is humbling and salutatory to know that I was God’s enemy in my own heart when He reconciled me to Himself.

SJA Notes

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

We stand in grace. God’s wonderful grace. We get to stand, founded and grounded, in it!

And this grace, getting what we do not deserve, is shown so clearly,

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

And,

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”

Jesus’ death reconciles us to God, what a gift!

Jesus’ life saves us, again, what a gift!

* Father God,

Thank You for Your grace, which we stand in because of Jesus.

Thank You that through Him we are reconciled with You, and saved from Your right and just wrath.

Thank You Lord God,

Amen.