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

In four years Absalom engineered the demise of his father!

Four years of patient subterfuge, stealing the hearts of the men of Israel (v6). He roused Israel in support, and when David heard, the king fled his throne.

But David is not without his own craftiness, and he sends back Hushai in the prayerful (v31) hope that Ahithophel the conspirator’s counsel would be defeated.

Stealing hearts.

Isn’t it a sure and steady hope we have then, that in Jesus our hearts have been created new, pure (Psalm 51 v10, Matt 5 v8).

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

“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.” John 10 v28-30

What hope we read in these words, what a strong and steady assurance. This binding over and over. Jesus, the Son, holds us tight. God, the Father, holds us tight. Jesus and the Father are one!

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

Praise God, for His everlasting arms (Deut 33 v27)!

August 31, Reading 2 – Zephaniah 3

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Jerusalem Above is the future God has for His people. Jerusalem Below (earthly, present Jerusalem) is the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled. It has no future with God.

SJA Notes

Zephaniah goes deeper with and expands on what we have been wrestling with.

The Lord _will_ remove His enemies, those proud and haughty.

And then this, “But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly.”

What a hope! This is for us!

“They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD” – Time and again throughout God’s word we are called to take refuge in Him, in His name.

The hope we have is bigger too than any worldly understanding – “For they shall graze and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”

Fear of the world, of powers and principalities; in Jesus we are able to stand secure and unafraid. This is a good thing to dwell on!

And look, here is Jesus!

“The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil.”

And again, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;”

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Rejoice over us with gladness, and quiet us with Your love, exult over us with loud singing.

Refine us Lord God, make us into Your people in spirit and in truth!

And Saviour Lord, please save those around us, our loved ones, our neighbours. Those lost in darkness and outside the camp.

Amen.

August 31, Reading 3 – Galatians 3:1-14

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Paul’s teaching is salvation by grace through faith unto good works. The false teaching he fights is salvation by your good works. What purposes does Paul give for the Law of Moses?

SJA Notes

In Genesis 18 and 22, we read that God would work in such a way that through Abraham “… All nations of the earth shall be blessed”.

Here is a fundamental truth of why we believe that the scriptures, old and new testaments, testify and point to Jesus.

Paul draws from Genesis directly,

“So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”

We are blessed in Jesus!

He became a curse for us so that we would get blessing.

What a Saviour we have, Hallelujah!

* Father God,

You worked such that through Abraham Your love would be shown to all nations.

Hallelujah, Lord, we thank You for this and praise You.

We look forward to that day when we can meet Abraham in glory.

What a day that will be!

Amen, Hallelujhah!