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Daily Bread : 2 Samuel 18; Psalm 56; Matthew 27

May 10, 2012

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Notes from todays reading.

2 Samuel 18:

The thing that is sticking to me the most throughout the last few chapters is the obvious lack of discipline that King David had with his sons. David was a great leader and King, but his fathering skills were lacking. Although God told him that his family was going to be in rebellion against him there were still no actions taken with the wrong against him. Therefore the story leads me to believe that there never was discipline within these relationships. When our children do wrong we need to correct them. We need to teach our children that doing wrong is not acceptable and that it will not be tolerated. The earlier we start the easier it is.

On a parenting note, we should never act or discipline under emotion. We need to control our emotions first. Then discipline.  

Psalm 56:

Yesterday was a rough day for me. My wife and I have not been seeing eye to eye, and for me thats a big deal. But to read this Psalm and see how King David handled his trials is so powerful and motivating for me. Verse 4 and 10 really spoke to me of how to handle not only this trial but any future trials. It is something I preach but in my trouble I wasnt doing  instinctually. We need to praise him, and speak his words. His words bring life to our whole body, it took the encouraging words of a brother and the Words of God in his great book to bring me back on track.

We need the Word inscribed on our hearts, and we need a brother to turn to for strength and prayer.

Matthew 27:

Again, so many things going on here, forgive me for the injustice of not being able to give the glory, praise and honor this powerful chapter deserves.

I want to hit you guys with some information of two events that happened in this chapter.

  • The Flogging of Jesus

These are notes right out of my study bible: ‘ The Roman flogging consisted of the victim being stripped and stretched against a pillar or bent over a low post, with the hands tied. The instrument of torture was a scourge made of several leather thongs attached to a short wooden handle, with bits of iron or bone tied to the thongs. The blows were laid on the victims back by two men, one lashing the victim from each side. The flesh was cut to such an extent that veins, arteries and sometimes even inner organs were exposed. Often the victim died during the flogging. Scourging was hideous torture. The inability of Jesus to bear His cross was no doubt due to this severe infliction.

Our Jesus paid quite a price for us. The crazy part is this was not the end.

  • The vail was Torn.

Not only was this a straight up miracle, but it was a symbol of the new relationship that Jesus just paved the way for. This vail or curtain was to provide a barrier between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Because God is perfect he cannot lay eyes on anything impure, this vail made it possible for the priest to make the proper preparations before entering into the very presence of God. But now Jesus made it possible for us to go directly to the Father. We no longer need a holy priest to intercede for us. Through our prayers we may enter and approach his throne.

The second part is the feat of this vail being torn. The vail was approx. 6o’ in height, over 30′ wide and approx. 4″ thick. It was ripped from top to bottom, like God personally ripped it from heaven. That was quite a curtain! Praise the Lord, Thank you Jesus for you Sacrifice!!

Blessings and Love.

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2 Comments
  1. 2 Samuel 18: good notes!! Why is it that his men don’t follow instructions they killed absolam! David was upset will there be some sort of punishment for them?

    Psalms 56: verse 13 was awesome for me. ” for you have rescued me from death you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in presence O God in your life giving light. Praise God for his unfailing Love and Jesus Amen.

    • At first I thought that Joab was being disobedient, and yes possibly awaiting punishemnet. But after I read His rebuke to King David in Chapter 19 I think that Joab was onto something. King David possibly was getting a little to emotionally involved. Because of his lack of fathering skills, or lack of discipline he now feels bad for his sons. Almost like nowadays, single parents spoil there kids, when they grow up they are rotten. But the parents spoil them because they always felt bad for their mistakes and tried to make up for it to the kids with lack of discipline. The parents continue to cover for these kids, because technically its the parents fault and they are ashamed and feel guilty. Sometimes we need a Joab to slap us back to reality. But thats just my opinion.

      Amen to the Psalms there is so much comfort there!

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