September 30, Reading 1 – 1 Kings 22

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SAA Notes

The death of Ahab is placed with his rejection of the Word of God through God’s prophet Micaiah. Jehoshaphat was a godly person. He foolishly allied himself with Ahab through the marriage of his heir. Jehoshaphat’s foolishness had devastating consequences for his family!

SJA Notes

“Who will entice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?”

This passage gives us a fascinating glimpse into heavenly politics, the spiritual happenings that occur outside of our perception.

Verse 20 onwards show us the discourse before the throne of God.

A spirit comes and says,

“I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.”

And so here is the behind-the-scenes glimpse of how things work.

The prophets telling Ahab (and Jehoshaphat) that they would conquer and triumph against the Syrians were false. False prophets.

And the Lord has His hand in this,

“Now therefore behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets;”

These can be difficult truths to process, hard to understand and work through.

But we need to wrestle with them.

God does not lie (Numbers 23:19), He is the God of truth (John 14:6, John 16:13).

The devil is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).

In these events God is completely sovereign. The lying spirit could not do a thing with the Lord commanding it (not simply a passive allowing).

It is good for us to be given these glimpses. We are not living solely in a physical world. The heavenly realities are real!

* God Above,

We sometimes struggle to understand Your word.

Please open the eyes and ears of our hearts to know what You have for us today. A little quiet word, a big profound mystery unravelled.

Whatever it is, whatever portion, Lord please show us Your word today. Write it on our hearts.

Because whatever You have in store for us, whatever part, it is all life for us! Your laws, Your commands, Your testimonies and precepts and rules.

Amen.

September 30, Reading 1 – Hebrews 4:14-5:10

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SAA Notes

Jesus is able to sympathise with your weaknesses! He is someone who has faced every temptation you have! Confidence in Jesus is the wisest thing we can give Him. It lies behind all prayer in hard and rending situations.

SJA Notes

Jesus is able to intercede for us as our high priest BECAUSE he was appointed by God (after the order of Melchizedek, who had no chronology, beginning or end), and being one who suffered as we suffer but remained obedient.

We see the folly of putting our weight of belief and trust in priests who are fallen man.

But in our King who spent thirty-three years here on earth in flesh – Our belief and trust are worthwhile!

He did not fail, and will not fail.

He did not fail in His purpose, His every little action, thought and word. He did not fail in being the suffering servant, the king who carried a crown of thorns, God the Son nailed to a tree.

And He will not fail because He has ascended and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He reigns in glory, and He intercedes for us – Because He can, and He wills, and He loves us His sheep.

Hallelujah, what a Shepherd we have!

* Father God,

Thank You for Jesus, our great high priest.

Thank You that we can trust in His intercession for us – That through Him we can be saved, eternal salvation.

Thank You for Your will that we see born out in Your word, and in our own lives.

Please help us to approach Your throne of grace with confidence. Not in ourselves, but in Jesus. That we might receive mercy and find grace.

Amen.