August 19, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 30, 31

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SAA Notes

Providence, not chance is at work here. The Amalekites are the original enemy of God’s people as they came up out of Egypt. David’s rescue of his own from their hands, is a divine beacon to the fact that David is the Christ/Messiah of God. His kingdom is to succeed Saul’s.

SJA Notes

David gets into trouble but perseveres, and the Lord’s anointed, Saul, dies.

It is a bloody end to Saul and for his sons, killed in battle, and then mutilated afterward.

It is good then to read of the courage of Jabesh-gilead (who Saul rescued early in his story) in retrieving their bodies and burying their bones.

When someone does something for us, something important in a rescue/redeem/restore way, we remember!

Which then is a big sign pointer to Jesus, that we need to remember what He has done! Simple and obvious, but never any less true!

David has an almost-opposite event happen to him. Instead of being able to rescue a city, the city is sacked and burned! His men mutter, mutiny is at the door.

What does David do?

He turns to the Lord.

We see here the blessing that comes from obedience and seeking God’s will.

God graciously allows David’s wives and all the people taken to be rescued, and more abundantly on top of that.

Let’s be encouraged to persevere as David did, in our trust and faith in the Lord and His working for our good even at the darkest of points in our lives.

August 18, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 28, 29

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Saul starts his messiahship with a feast to the Lord (ch.9) and finishes using necromancy. Saul is religious, but he has never had a close relationship with God. He tries to talk to the dead Samuel, rather than the living Lord. Can you and I avoid Saul’s error?

SJA Notes

“And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him,” 28 v6

How about this chapter hey, we see an actual seance with a medium that ends with Samuel coming forth.

A man who was dead and with the Lord, returning in some kind of spirit form to speak with Saul.

We can see here the very clear and present spiritual world that we live in. It is a good reminder to not discount the unseen, not to think lightly of spirits and demons. To remember that there is a whole weight of knowledge and understanding we don’t have.

But it’s the verse above that really hammered home this reading.

The LORD did not answer Saul.

His action is not one of repentance then at the Lord’s silence. He doesn’t humbly come again before the Lord seeking forgiveness.

Instead he does what his pattern has been, seeking out the solution himself, using his own wisdom, going to those that the Lord had commanded to be outed from the promised land (mediums, witches etc).

Saul is mired in foolishness.

It’s a stark witness to us about making wisdom decisions, but also of what Jesus has done and is doing for us. Because the Lord does answer His people. He did answer in that act of sacrifice and love at the cross. And He does answer as we walk this road, crying out to Him with at times groans that cannot be made into words.

Praise God that in Jesus we have a high priest who answers us, and indeed intercedes for us, and in the Holy Spirit a conduit of dialog between us and God.

August 17, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 26, 27

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David flees to Gath and its king. 600 men of Gath follow David later and become his bodyguard. David acts like Odysseus in the Greek myths. He deals craftily with Israel’s enemies. Appreciate the differences between David and Jesus. When Jesus visited Gentile territory, he healed a Canaanite woman’s daughter. Matthew 15:26.

SJA Notes

But David said to Abishai, “Do no destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the LORD’s anointed and be guitless?” 26 v9

These words show what we’ve talked about a few times over the last few readings, David’s sheer utter absoluteness of conviction in the importance of adhering to the Lord’s sovereignty (which he is not perfect at, like any of us mortal men, but can be commended at the points we see it).

When He taught us to pray, Jesus gave us these words, “… your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

It’s good to be encouraged to be like David, and more like Jesus, and both submit under God’s will for us AND go about God’s will in obedience.

But back to v9, read ther words again but instead of David and Abishai standing strong over a slumbering king Saul – Think about Jesus.

Who can put out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?

What a question, what a weight, the trembling fear that comes when we think on this.

We crucified the Lord’s anointed! We are not guiltless! He went to the tree for our sins, our guilt!

Praise God that while we are absolutely guilty, in Jesus we are absolutely saved. Praise God for His grace and mercy to us!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!