September 7, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 23

Reading

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SAA Notes

The Thirty was an elite group within the kingdom. All those who were part of this group are listed. David would not treat as common, water brought with so high a price. How do you and I treat Christ who has brought us living water?

SJA Notes

How dense and layered God’s word is, across its entire span!

You can hear Psalm 1 resonating here in David’s words,

“The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.”

Jesus deepens our understanding in John 15 when He says,

“If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.”

These final words of David point us to his life: His reliance on the Lord (v5); God’s response to just rule (v4); David’s relationship with the Lord (v3); And God’s blessing through the covenant He has made (v5).

These are good words for anyone in leadership. Any kind of leader. Whether we lead in our biological families, our church families, whether we lead in our places of work or recreation.

Too, deeper perhaps, David’s words point to Jesus.

He is the King who the Spirit of the LORD spoke too! More, He is God’s word become flesh!

He is the King who rules justly over men, the one who enacted the everlasting covenant (God keeping both sides, Jesus making it possible for us to be held within that covenant).

And while we can lead at times and in places, He is the King who must lead us at ALL times!

In Revelation 17 we read of Jesus, who the frail and broken but faithful conquering king we see in David points us more and more toward,

“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is the Lord of lords and the King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

Hallelujah!

* Dearest Heavenly Father Above,

Thank You for Jesus, our King who rules justly over us, dawning on us like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like the rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

Please plant Your word within us today Lord God, and grow it, that we might be good soil and bear much fruit.

Amen.

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