October 31, Reading 1 – 1 Chronicles 12

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Kinsmen of Saul joined David even while he was at Ziklag serving with Achish King of Gath. National leaders began to flock to David in his exile. Some of those serving with the Philistines returned with David. Look again at the list of Jesus’ 12 disciples. You will find similar men.

SJA Notes

The very few had returned to a broken Jerusalem, a temple destroyed and needing to be rebuilt.

So what does the Holy Spirit have for them?

God reminds them of David.

This in verse 40, “… for there was joy in Israel.”

Israelites reading this were struggling with sorrow, with lamentations. They had spent seventy years weeping by the rivers of Babylon!

But here God points them to JOY.

It might seem a bit cruel to point out the martial strength of Israel in David’s time. I mean, look at these descriptors.

“They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the lef hand;” v2

“… expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains;” v8

“These Gadites were officers in the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand.” v14

But these lists were about more than simply displaying strength.

These mighty men flocked to the true king! They came to him and helped establish his kingdom.

And so for us, these lists are a good reminder of the kind of men we are to be. Those that follow the Lord Jesus as King! Those that do as He says!

October 31, Reading 3 – John 4:31-54

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Jesus tells us what He is truly about – see verse 34. Can you also aver with the Samaritans this man really is the Saviour of the world? The royal official took Jesus at His word (v.49). Pray for those on our congregation’s periphery that they too might take Jesus at His word!

SJA Notes

Remember the woman from yesterday’s passage?

“Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me all that I ever did.'”

This should be of marvellous encouragement to us! And exhortation and conviction too.

Because telling people about Jesus, who He is, what He does, HIS WORDS TO US – This is a powerful message. One that resonates into people, for we all have eternity set in our hearts, and our King tells us those words of eternal life.

It is true what Jesus says,

“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”

Let us be about the work God has ordered for us, throughout all our days, to promote Him. To do His will, walking obediently underneath it. To point people to Jesus, to tell them of our Saviour Lord!

* Dear Heavenly Father,

Please help us to be effective witnesses of Jesus, to His saving grace, His work of salvation.

Thank You for Your love for us.

Amen.