August 23, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 4, 5

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SAA Notes

Ish-Bosheth is murdered by his own clansmen. However, David does not become King with blood on his hands. Remember Abigail’s words in 1 Samuel 25:30,31. Our redeemer must be clean of blood and no Cain, to deliver us from our great enemy. The Christ has the faith of Abraham, not of Cain.

SJA Notes

“As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity,”

Here we see the faith of David, the reality of his relationship with and his understanding of our God. The LORD.

David knows that God lives, He is the LIVING GOD!

And David knows the reality of his standing. That he hasn’t done anything of merit, but it is the LORD who has redeemed him.

These are important truths, building blocks that we should continue to be reminded of.

We see David becoming king of all Israel. A great event in their history.

He is a great king. In all the line of kings that proceed from here, it is David who is remembered and harkened back to (even Solomon, who perhaps had greater success in terms of what the world considers success).

We know David’s heart remained faithful (even through his bad and terrible decisions).

David knew the truth.

He understood the reality of his redeemed, of the greater and final-fulfilment Christ. We read his words in Psalm 110:1,

“The LORD says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.'”

David knew his sin. We read in Psalm 51,

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;”

We can be encouraged to model what David did here, which is to model our Lord Jesus.

More Jesus, less us!

* Great and Loving God,

You do not look at what the world looks at.

You look at the heart, and You see to the heart.

Thank You that in You we can be born again. Because of You our dead hearts can be made alive, new birth.

Please help us to love You as we should each day, to do what You tell us.

Amen.

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