1 Samuel 20: 1—21:15
When you love someone as you love yourself you figure out how to keep your dad from killing him. That is just good manners! I love the line “And may the Lord make us keep our promises to each other, for he has witnessed them.” The men making these vows have eyes wide open to the fact that as sinners they have trouble following through.
God’s ordinances for the Tabernacle do not trump God caring for his people. David would have died if it was not ordained by God for him to be sustained by the bread. Also, we have not heard a lot about the Ark since the Dagon story so it’s good to know someone is taking care of it.
We are going to follow David through his own dessert wanderings. God is going to grow him up and teach him how to follow him no matter what. David lives a rough life for someone who is God’s king, I mean he even has to act insane! But the suffering and lessons he learns are the fodder for some of the most beautiful songs. Isn’t that how God works? Beauty from ashes, every time.
John 9: 1-41
I about jumped out of my chair reading this story to proclaim YES JESUS!!! We read about a man blind from the womb (we born are spiritually blind). He meets Jesus and has to act on the words Jesus says to him. (We have to act on faith to the words Jesus says to us.) His belief in Jesus restores his vison! (Our belief in Jesus restores our spiritual blindness) Because he has seen Jesus, he believes and is saved. (When we see Jesus for who he really is we are saved!)
Also, Jesus uses this blind beggar to teach the fancy pants Pharisees. Their pride is bolstering their blindness. They want to complicate it and make salvation hard to reach, but it’s not. The blind beggar says, “I know this: I was blind and now I can see!” This should have been a giant red flag for the well-versed fancy pants! In the scriptures (they so studiously place their faith in) Isaiah 35: 5 says, “Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.” Isaiah is describing the signs the Messiah will perform. Pride is keeping them spiritually blind, where the beggar was humble and in need of saving. A Pharisee is lurking in all of us. That feeling that tells us, this is too easy. It must be more complicated. I beg you, be like the beggar! Just say, “I was blind and now I can see!”
Psalms 113 and 114
These psalms were sung before the feast at the Jewish festivals. They remined the people of God’s glory and how He saves!
Proverbs 15: 15-17
The girls in this house are going to roll their eyes at this…..
Despondent means loss of hope or courage. (I had to look that up) So when you are despondent you will focus on the bad stuff that happens all day. (“I am so tired, they were such jerks, life is awful, I hate everyone,” would be examples of this that I just totally came up with out of nowhere not because I may or may not have heard them this morning.) Happy means feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. When you have a heart that is focused on pleasure and contentment all you see all day long is how this life is a literal feast all the time!!! It is definitely a discipline to practice contentment. But this motivational poster is so right!
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