August 31, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 15


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SAA Notes

Absalom’s faith is not his father’s. David said: the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed (Christ). 1 Samuel 26:9 Absalom did not scruple to lay hands on the LORD’s Christ. Absalom’s kingdom cannot stand.

SJA Notes

* How lovely is Your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! Our soul longs for Your courts, our heart and flesh sing for joy to You, the living God.

“And at the end of four years Absalom said to the king, …”

Across the span of four years Absalom engineered a coup, taking control of the kingdom at the expense of his father.

Four years of patient and intentional subterfuge, stealing the hearts of the men of Israel.

He roused Israel in support, and when David heard he fled the throne.

Stealing hearts.

What for us then, but to be thankful and grateful that in Jesus we have the sure and steady hope of our hearts having being created anew, born again!

In Christ Jesus, our hearts cannot be stolen. He is the great Shepherd of the sheep who holds us close in His arms.

We read in John ch 10,

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

It is a wonderful hope we read in these words, a strong and steady assurance.

Jesus, God in the Person of the Son, holds us tight.

God, the Person of the Father, holds us tight.

Jesus and the Father are one! One God. Three Persons.

We are held close by God and no power, no strong man, no principality or entity can steal our hearts away.

Praise God for His everlasting arms!

* Gracious Loving God,

The whole earth is Yours, praise You O God!

You are the King that never loses, is never undermined and can never be dethroned.

You hold us in Your everlasting arms, and no-one can steal our hearts from You.

Thank You Lord!


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