Apr. 26. Samuel’s Death; David and Abigail

I Sam. 25:1-44; Ps. 54:1-7

After many years as a prophet and servant of God, Samuel died. He had been given to the Lord by his mother before his birth and remained faithful to his ministry throughout his life. David moved from En Gedi to the Wilderness of Paran, also known as Maon.

Nabal was a very wealthy man with vast herds of sheep and goats. His shepherds had coexisted peacefully with David and had received his protection for a period of time. David sent ten of his men to request provisions for his army, but they were harshly refused.

In his anger, David gathered four hundred of his men, leaving two hundred others with the supplies and set out to destroy Nabal and his men. One of Nabal’s servants went to Nabal’s wife, Abigail with the report of his evil deed and the plot of David.

Sometimes it takes the actions of a good wife to rescue her husband from his misdeeds. Abigail realized that David was a good man and that the Lord had appointed him to be “ruler over Israel.” Because of her wisdom and kindness, David relented from his mission of revenge. After Abigail had told Nabal of David’s plans and his rescue, he suffered a medical catastrophe and died ten days later.

Saul had taken his daughter, David’s wife, Michal and given her to another man. David soon married Abigail. It is likely that he came into possession of Nabal’s property after marrying her. In an era when men were married to multiple wives, he also married Ahinoam.

During David’s exile from Israel, he spent much time in the Wilderness of Ziph. The Ziphites, loyal to Saul reported David’s location which added to his anxieties. Those periods of uncertainty led him to pen another Psalm of supplication to God.

As with other psalms the poet began with a prayer for deliverance from the oppressors who sought his life. He recognized God as his strong deliverer. His oppressors had failed to call upon God, but He was with those who would aid David. He ended the psalm with praise to God for His deliverance.

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Apr. 25. Saul Spared

I Sam. 24:1-22; Ps. 57:1-11; 142:1-7

After Saul had returned from following the Philistines, someone reported to him that David was in the Wilderness of En Gedi. That area was an oasis on the west shore of the Dead Sea.

As Saul was inside the cave in which David happened to be hiding, David had an excellent opportunity to kill the king. Instead of taking the life of “the Lord’s anointed,” he only cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Later, after David had confronted Saul with the piece of his garment, the king wept and stated, “You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil…” Saul affirmed to David that he would, indeed be king of Israel.

New kings usually killed the families of the previous king in order to prevent future uprisings. Saul pled with David to spare his descendants. They then made a covenant and David swore that he would not cut off Saul’s descendants nor destroy his name from his father’s house. However, not fully trusting Saul, David remained in the Wilderness of En Gedi.

David, the Psalmist continued to write about his frustrations and fears while protecting himself from Saul. He used colorful words to describe his troubles. Even though not deserved, God’s mercy covers His children as a bird covers her fledglings under her wings. David’s enemies had prepared elaborate methods to capture, but through God’s mercy he could be saved from them. The poet concluded his Psalm by praising God for His deliverance. He exalted God above the heavens and earth.

In his next Psalm, David expressed some of the same fears of his earlier writings. Without God, one is overwhelmed within his despair. With God, who knows one’s path, there is deliverance from persecution and a strong refuge for salvation. In recognizing His blessings, David praised God.

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I am everywhere: Jeremiah 23.24

“‘Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him?’ the Lord asks. ‘Do you not know that I am everywhere?’ the Lord asks.”

Jeremiah 23.24

Can God see me? If he sees, does he care? If he cares, will he do anything about it? Won’t he forgive any wrong? Man thinks all sorts of wrong things about God.

What wrong things do I think about God? What Bible truths do I neglect, forget, or twist? How do I justify my sin?

#votd #God #Jeremiah #sin

Apr. 24. David’s Continuous Exile

I Sam. 23:1-29; Ps. 63:1-11

The Philistines began to rob the threshing floors of the city of Keilah. That was a severe blow to their food supply. After inquiring from God, David and his now six-hundred-man army attacked the Philistines and saved the inhabitants of the city.

Saul, in his relentless effort to kill David imagined that he would be an easy target surrounded by the walls of Keilah. Upon hearing the counsel of God, David and his men departed and went into the mountainous wilderness of Ziph to escape the king and his men.

While in Ziph, Saul’s son, Jonathan came to David to encourage him. They made a covenant and Jonathan pledged his loyalty to the future king.

David then moved on to another desolated area in the wilderness of Maon and from there to En Gedi where there were many caves in which to hide. Saul was forced to abandon his pursuit of David because of an invasion of the Philistines against his land.

During David’s flight from Saul, he had periods of time for meditation upon God and His protective love for him. In one of his psalms, David wrote of his dependence upon God when he was in a dry and thirsty land.

God’s children recognize His power and glory and are eager to express their praise to Him. David praised God and rejoiced for His protection under His wings. He had faith that God would continue to deliver him from those who sought to take his life and that they would fall by the sword.

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Hugh’s News & Views (The Nashville Road Church . . . )

THE NASHVILLE ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST, GALLATIN, TENNESSEE

Jan and I are very pleased, privileged, and honored to be members of the Nashville Road Church of Christ, 3.4 miles from our home here in Gallatin, TN. After 42 ½ years of full-time ministry, we moved to Gallatin in 2000 where I continued to preach at other congregations on a part-time basis for over 18 years. During these years we have always considered Nashville Road our home base. Now that I am retired from every Sunday preaching (though still active in gospel meetings, lectureships, special speaking engagements, and writing), we are happy to be full-time members at Nashville Road. Continue reading

Three times in the year: Exodus 23.17

“At three times in the year all your males will appear before the Sovereign Lord.”

Exodus 23.17

For the three great feasts established by God the Israelites were to gather in Jerusalem, where the temple was located as the center of worship. There were “pilgrim feasts” v. 14.

Today, in the covenant of Christ, the church of God gathers for 52 great feasts around the table of the Lord. We have no authorization for an annual calendar, but a weekly schedule of meetings.

#votd #Exodus #covenants

Apr. 23. David’s Flight Continues

I Sam. 22:1-23; Ps. 52:1-9

The fugitive, David realized that his family was also in jeopardy because of his deteriorated relationship with the king. Being a descendant of the Moabitess, Ruth he received permission for his family to dwell in their land until it was safe for them to return to their home in Judah. He assembled a small army of about four hundred men for protection from King Saul.

Previously, David, in his desperate situation had pretended to be insane. Saul also was desperate in his own mind regarding David, the successor-to-be of his throne. He intended to kill David at whatever cost that was necessary. Having received information from his servant Doeg about the aid that David had gotten from Ahimelech, the priest, Saul called for the priest to account for his action

Saul ordered his servants to kill Ahimelech. However, because of their loyalty to the priests of God, they refused the king’s order. Doeg, an Edomite executed Saul’s decree and killed Ahimelech and eighty-four other priests along with women, children and livestock of the priestly city of Nob. Abiathar, one of Ahimelech’s sons escaped to report to David the massacre of his family and found protection with the future king.

It is thought that David wrote about the acts of Doeg in this psalm. The first part addresses the man and his love of evil. Following the commitment of evil are the consequences of punishment and the derision of the righteous against evil doers. In contrast, the righteous are strong and full of vitality and praise for the Lord.

#chronological-bible-study

Peter held up Jesus as the perfect man

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” Acts 10:38.

Cornelius was not that different from those in the world today who are basically good people but are outside a relationship with Jesus. Though a gentile centurion, he’s described as “a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.

Peter did not find this “good enough,” though, and first held up Jesus as the perfect man before proclaiming the gospel.

Jesus spent His three-year ministry looking for opportunities to do good in a selfless and benevolent life. We have four gospel accounts that give us many examples of how we as His followers can live our lives as He did while He walked this earth in the flesh, made like His brothers in every way.

However, more than just Jesus’ commitment to the value of benevolence that we should imitate, this account shows how Jesus’ example can be and should be held up to those who are basically good people so that they might obey the gospel like Cornelius did.

Do you tell who Jesus is?

Douglas Kashorek

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Your actions do not meet the requirements: Revelation 3.2

“Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.”

Revelation 3.2 NLT

Many in the Sardis church did not live up to God’s standards. He has requirements that must be met. If they are not, judgment draws near, v. 3.

The whole Bible makes clear that God requires certain things. These things are not hard to understand. Nor are they difficult to obey. Are you up to his requirements?

#votd #Revelation #requirements

Apr. 22. David and Jonathan Part Ways; David’s Flight

I Sam. 20:1-21:15; Ps. 56:1-13; 34:1-22

David continued to hide from Saul. He went to Jonathan to inquire of his safety. As the two friends talked, David made a covenant with Jonathan that he would not cut off his kindness toward his house forever. Jonathan evidently knew that David was the future king instead of himself. Years later, David respected that covenant in a very special way.

The day of the New Moon was a special feast day for Israel. David was expected to be at the king’s table during that time. However, fearing for his safety, he informed Jonathan that he would not be there. They devised a signal that would indicate if David could return to the king’s house or must stay away.

After the feast of the New Moon, David and Jonathan met one last time before parting. It was a touching farewell as the two men, “Kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so.” David departed and Jonathan returned into the city. Only one more brief meeting between the two friends is recorded in the Scriptures.

After leaving Jonathan, David went to Nob. He went to the priest seeking food and weapons. The priest believed his story of being there on business for the king and gave him Goliath’s spear and holy bread from the tabernacle. Doeg, an Edomite, Saul’s chief herdsman saw what had taken place and later reported it to the king.

Sometimes desperate people do desperate things. David went from Nob to the Philistine city of Gath and to Achish, the king. When the king’s servants pointed out that he was David the king, he pretended to be insane. That allowed him some time to move on.

During his flight, David wrote other psalms. He lamented the fact that his enemies were seeking his destruction. Even in his wretched condition, David put his trust in God to care for him. He declared that he would continue to praise God because He had saved David’s soul from death in order that he could continue to walk with Him.

As David began another psalm, he invited his readers to join him in praising God. He pointed out that those who fear/respect and seek God have no reason to fear/be afraid of others. Those who do not have a proper respect for God are instructed to guard themselves from evil and seek to do good. He sees and cares for the righteous, but turns His face against the evil ones. No one is exempt from troubles and afflictions, but the Lord delivers the righteous and condemns the wicked.

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More to life: Luke 12.23

“For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing.”

Luke 12.23

If only man would look beyond his bodily needs and desires! There is a soul to think of. There is eternity to prepare for.

A man told me he goes to the gym in order to lose weight so that he can drink every night at the bar. What a miserable life! But does the way I live have a higher goal?

#votd #Luke #more

Apr. 21. Jealousy in the Palace

I Sam. 18:1-19:24; Ps. 59:1-17

Following the defeat of Goliath, Saul set David over the men of war. He and the king’s son, Jonathan became very close friends to the extent that they made a covenant. Jonathan gave David his robe, armor, weapons and belt as a sign of their friendship.

In time, David’s popularity grew because of his conquests in war. The women danced and sang, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.” This made the king angry and from that time forward, because of his jealousy, he sought a way to kill David. He saw how the Lord had left him and was with David.

After two failures of his own to kill David, Saul demoted him to captain over a thousand men in hopes that he would be killed in battle. He also schemed that if he gave him his daughter as a wife, “The hands of the Philistines may be against him.” Saul thought that David would be killed as he brought one hundred foreskins of the Philistines for payment of Michal. He fulfilled the requirement of Saul and received Michal as his wife. That also failed to accomplish his desire as he saw that the Lord was still with David.

Evidence of an impending split among the Israelites began to show as, “All Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and come in before them.” In time, that division would separate Judah from the rest of Israel.

Jealousy causes mental instability. Saul told his son, Jonathan and all of his servants that they should kill David. Jonathan informed him of Saul’s plan and advised him to hide out until morning and he would speak to his father. He persuaded the king that David had done well toward him and had risked his own life in confronting Goliath. Saul changed his mind about killing David and, “He was in his presence as in times past.”

There was another war with the Philistines. As before, David was victorious and the king became depressed from David’s popularity and tried again to kill him as he played music for Saul.

David escaped and fled to his home, but there was no safety there as the king’s men had orders to kill him the following morning. His wife, Saul’s daughter helped him to escape in the night. David then went to Ramah and reported to Samuel all that had taken place. Saul was unsuccessful in his attempts to take David.

It is probable that David wrote another of his psalms during his escape from Saul.

The beginning of the psalm was a prayer that God would deliver David from his enemies. He felt falsely accused because he had done nothing to deserve their wrath. The writer urged God to not only punish his enemies, but all nations of wicked transgressors. He likened his persecutors as vicious dogs.

David concluded the psalm by praising his God of mercy for deliverance. He compared his troubles and deliverance to the contrast of evening and morning. The evening brings on darkness and the morning ushers in the rays of light. “To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.”

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What does the Bible say about the miracles of Jesus?

By Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30-31).

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. “ (John 21:25).

John sent disciples to ask Jesus if He was the Messiah, and Jesus told them, “Tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Luke 7:22).

People marveled when they saw the miracles of Jesus saying, “even the winds and the sea obey Him” (Matthew 8:27). They were amazed and said, “We never saw anything like this!” (Mark 2:12).The Bible says, “they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!” (Luke 5:26).

What is usually referred to as miracles, are also called signs, wonders, and mighty works. The Old Testament tells of miracles, as well as miracles performed by followers of Jesus, but more were done by Jesus than others. Jesus performed miracles to show that He was the Son of God. His disciples performed miracles to confirm their teachings, and that they were doing God’s will (Mark 16:20).

As noted in the verses above, Jesus did miracles to convince us to have obedient faith in Him that we might be saved from sin and have eternal life in heaven. As Jesus stated, “I have come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

#miracles of Jesus, #Bible study

Holding a newborn baby

Have you held a newborn baby lately

In your arms so gentle and safe?

Have you heard the little sigh it makes

in the security of your embrace?

 

Have you smelled the precious baby

as you lean down to kiss its little face?

Did you feel its little stretch

as it snuggled in place?

 

A soul was brought into your world,

A soul which God placed in your care.

From the moment of its conception,

God knew the number of its hairs.

 

God has plans for each little soul

In His Holy Word we are told;

He chose you to love and nurture it

Directing it to the city of Gold.

 

Now it is your responsibility

to love and care for your own.

To nurture and direct it daily

to its final heavenly home.

 

Jesus said, “let the little children come unto Me”

in the Good book we are told.

You were chosen especially by God

for this blessing so great and bold.

 

So hold your newborn baby

in your arms so gentle and safe.

Listen to the little sigh it makes

in the security of your embrace.

 

Love your precious baby

God’s special gift to you.

Thank Him every day;

And to Him be forever true.

                                                                                             – Glenda Williams Williams

#babies #bulletin poem #thankful

Delighted to tell: Daniel 4.2

“I am delighted to tell you about the signs and wonders that the most high God has done for me.”

Daniel 4.2

Daniel was a special servant of God for a special time in Israel’s history. God used him in a special way, with visions and revelations. He was delighted to serve God and show him to be the only God.

Daniel’s delight before King Nebuchadnezzar ought to be ours as well before people of the world. How do you feel about evangelism? Are you excited to tell others about what God has done in Christ?

#votd #Daniel #joy #evangelism