May 22, 2021

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11

I don’t want to make too much of it, but it’s interesting how frequently the Amelekites are mentioned in this eventual transition of power. David returns from the slaughter of the Amelekites (2 Samuel 1:1) something Saul refused to do (slaughter the Amelekites) – and isn’t it ironic that in the end, Saul was killed – Saul was dealt his death blow, by an Amelekite (2 Samuel 1:13).

Some Bible teachers believe the Amelekites to be symbolic of the flesh, my depraved and fallen nature. If I don’t take up my cross and deny myself, if I refuse to “die to self” and slaughter the sin within, one day it will kill me. We read in:

Romans 8:13 (NKJV) “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

This Amelekite not only brings the news to David, he also takes it upon himself to bring the crown to David as well as Saul’s bracelet removing it from his arm. I’m pretty sure he thought this would guarantee some sort of favor from David – but he didn’t know David. David is not your typical man. Although Saul considered David to be an enemy, David never viewed Saul in that way. David deeply mourned the death of Saul and Jonathan, and David had this Amelekite, who had the audacity to deal King Saul a death blow…his own death blow.

David writes a song in mourning and in commemoration of the fallen. David celebrated the good that Saul had accomplished for the nation, He showed grace.

There are those who see something “beyond the norm” in the relationship between David and Jonathan – notice what we read:

2 Samuel 1:26 (NKJV) “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; you have been very pleasant to me; your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.”

But those who accuse these two of having a homosexual relationship are guilty of isogesis (inserting into the text). Nowhere does the Bible say that was their relationship was homosexual in nature. As a matter of fact, this statement indicates that their love, was deeper than any type of romantic love, it was the camaraderie of soldiers, it was the deep fellowship of friends.

What to do next? David inquires of the LORD and is led to move to Judah, who crowns David king. Meanwhile, Abner, Saul’s general, crowns Saul’s son Ishbosheth as king over the rest of the nation…but God will have the final word (Psalm 75:6-7).


John 12:20-50

Certain Greeks were interested in seeing Jesus. Philip told Andrew and they both approached Jesus, but it didn’t happen. I’m pretty sure Jesus would have obliged them at any other time, but His hour of death was at hand, and He had to prepare Himself and His Apostles.

Jesus tells the guys what time it is, it’s time for Him to die. He compared it to a seed that’s planted in the ground – that’s the only way it will ever bear fruit. He wants me/us to follow Him in this, to die to self, to prove our love with that willingness to cling to our cross…this is true ministry (John 12:25-26).

In this “hour” of trouble Jesus prayed. His Father answered Him and everyone heard…it was time for Jesus to be “lifted-up” – “glorified,” these were references to His bloody cross, His horrible death, the murder of God. But this painful act of love would be the very act that would draw us to Him (John 12:32-33). Thank You Lord.

As Jesus spoke of His impending death, the people were confused; they had misinterpreted the mission of the Messiah with only a crown and not the cross. Jesus basically tells them to trust Him, to believe in the Lord, the light of the world.

In John 12:37-39 I circled 4 words in my Bible – “did not” and “could not.” Jesus had proven Himself to them by His words and works, the Scriptures and the signs, and they still, “did not” believe. The day would therefore come when they “could not” believe. 

Isaiah “saw” Jesus in the glorious vision of Isaiah 6 (check it out when you can).

It’s sad and even insane to love the praises of men more than the praise of God, wouldn’t you say? (John 12:42-43)

Jesus goes on to clarify how our faith in Him, is actually faith in the Father who sent Him; that the Father had given Him every word to say. May we believe and receive the Light over darkness (John 12:46) and Life over death (John 12:50) all this the Father offers through His Son.


Psalm 118:19-29

Psalm 118 is one of the greatest Messianic Psalms. It also happens to be a Psalm of God’s forever mercy. This grace and mercy is found in Jesus. Jesus has opened the doors to righteousness, He IS the door of righteousness! Have you gone through that door? Have you placed your faith in Him?

I’m always fascinated by the fact that the Jews, the “builders” rejected Him (Psalm 118:22) that it was predicted there in the Scriptures and they never saw it coming.

Psalm 118:22 (NKJV) “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”

We read the same thing in Isaiah 53:3…He would be rejected by them.

Initially the people praised Him. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, presenting Himself as the Messiah, the people quoted Psalm 118:25-26 (Matthew 21:9) but eventually they rejected their chief cornerstone. 

God help us to be pure in our praise, sincere in these songs that we sing to our Savior, for our faith and commitment WILL be tested – and it’s only in Christ that we’ll find this forever mercy (John 6:68-69).


Proverbs 15:27-28

V. 27 – Achan would be the poster child for this passage (see Joshua 7). His greed for gold, clothes, and treasures destroyed his family.

V. 28 – The NLT puts it this way, “The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.”

Have you heard that acronym to think before you speak? 

T.H.I.N.K. – ask yourself, or ask God, is it: 

True? 

Helpful? 

Inspiring? 

Necessary? 

Kind?

Good questions to ask before we speak.

Proverbs 29:20 (NKJV) “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

And if he or she studies how to answer, even better! The Hebrew word translated “studies” means to meditate, to imagine, to muse = to be absorbed in thought. What will I say in that situation? If asked that question?

1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV) “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”

If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.

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