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Daily Bread : 2 Samuel 1; Psalm 140; Matthew 13

April 26, 2012

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Notes from todays reading.

2 Samuel 1:

This chapter was absolutely mind-boggling! There are so many things that David did and illustrated here, I pray I can give them justice. The first thing we have to point out is that this story of the Amalekite, does not match with the Story in 1 Samuel 31. This man lost everything and was looking to find favor for doing what he thought was an honorable thing. Obviously that Plan backfired. Lying always will backfire on us. Depending on the severity of the lie, but a lie is a lie. As men of God lying should never be an option, things shames the God we serve.

Secondly in verse 11 it says David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news. David was so strong in his committment to honor God’s annointed one that it resonated through his men. David created a culture amongst his men that exuded his beliefs. All leaders will have this effect. But good leaders resonate a culture that brings 360 degrees of honor, love and respect.

At the time the David did not know that this man was lying. But because of Davids integrity he did not hesitate to bring justice. He sent a message throughout his men that justice will always take place. Men will always respect and honor that. Lastly I feel David really saw this whole situation on a spiritual level. He didnt pay attention to the physical level. David already knew about Ephesians 6:12 which says we fight against the evil of the unseen world. He knew Saul was after him on a spiritual level. That in the flesh Saul loved David, he admitted that when David spared his life twice. But the evil in Saul was never cleansed and therefore continued to pursue David. This allowed David to show New Testament love. Where as christians we are supposed to love the person and hate their actions.

Psalm 140:

Davids prayer in this Psalm was the answer to his solution in 2 Samuel 1. The Amalekite who tried to lie his way into Davids heart was sniffed out. Through constant prayer in our lives we are able to intercede between the evil that is trying to creep into our lives. The more we try to stand up for God and live for God, the bigger targets we become. Although this Psalm has many deep meanings and sayings, the root is a cry for justice against evil in Davids life. Knowing the reality, he covered himself with prayer.

Matthew 13:

The primary focus of this chapter is the Kingdom of Heaven. Heaven is real. The Bible clearly explains the things of heaven. Jesus decides to share with us through parables different variations of how God will deal with the good and evil of this world. All of us have a simple choice. Do Good. Or Do evil. When we choose good, we choose life. When we choose life through the saving power of believing in Jesus Christ we choose to be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed has the different categories of how everyone on earth will process the Kingdom of God. Has your seed landed in good soil? If not are you willing to leave it there?

The other big thing mentioned in this chapter is the different variations of: having ears to hear, eyes to see. These sayings are directed at those that have hardened their hearts and dont want to accept the Kingdom of God. Some people will never believe or accept the truths that we believe through the Bible, but we need to learn to continue to love and illustrate the love we have recieved through Jesus Christ by our actions.

God Bless.


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  1. What’s up with the different version of the dealth of Saul and Jonathan?
    In my past to be Honest I have told a few exagerated story’s from time to time. This Amalekite man seems to be doing the exact same thing just telling a story with only some truth to the real story it’s this mans way of lifting himself up. The Holy spirit used this story to remind me of my own faults and praise God. Verses 14-16 is the result of those actions. Be Real 😉

    • The powerful thing about the Bible is that everything is repeated in some way, some how. Some things are a lot more clear and obvious. Others are a little more disguised and takes a deeper study and interpretation of the Bible. One quick example is Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The three gospels speak of almost all the same parables and stories, however from the eyes of different men. Thank you Jesus for this because it allows us to dig deeper into each study, and it brings more validity to every story.

      Praise God for the Holy Spirit to convict your heart and show us all the reality of dishonesty. Something I have been teaching my daughter is that a lie is a lie. Whether big, or small; whether an exageration or a partial joke/statement. We need to be known for our unwavering honesty and integrity.

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