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

“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, the king fled his throne.

David is not without his own craftiness, and he sends back Hushai his friend in the prayerful hope that the counsel of Ahithophel would be defeated.

Stealing hearts.

It is a sure and steady hope that we have then in Jesus, our hearts created new, born again!

And it is our King, the great shepherd of the sheep, who holds us close in His arms!

We read in John 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. Binding over and over.

Jesus, the Son, holds us tight. God, the Father, holds us tight. Jesus and the Father are one! One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in unity together.

We are bound up in Him. And no power, no strong man, no principality of entity can steal our hearts away.

Praise God for His everlasting arms!

* Gracious Loving Father,

The whole earth is Yours, praise You God!

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

You hold us in Your everlasting arms, and noone can steal our hearts from You.

Thank You Lord!

Amen.

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