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Trek through 1st and 2nd Samuel

Let the Word Abide!

Scripture reading for April 25th:  2nd Samuel 24, 1st Kings 1-3, John 15

Key Scriptures: John 15:5-7  “I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me, you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” 

 

1st Kings 2:2-3 “I am about to go the way of all the earth.  Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in His ways and keeping His statutes, His commandments, His rules, and His testimonies, as is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.”   

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the nourishing sap of Your Holy Word.  I choose to stay closely attached, abiding in You and Your Word that You might bring forth fruit from my life.  Amen.

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The Spirit Speaks!

Scripture reading for April 24th:  2nd Samuel 21-23, John 14

Key Scriptures:  2nd Samuel 23:1-4 “Now these are the last words of David:  . . . . The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me; His word is on my tongue.  The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me:  When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, He dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.”  

King David’s last words are in the form of a song.  In this introduction, God is called the “God of Israel” and the “Rock of Israel.”  David declared that he ruled in the “fear of God” and allowed the “Spirit of the Lord” to speak His word through him.  God was like a bright light, like the sun shining forth. and like rain causing the earth to bring forth vegetation.

John 14:6  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.  If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You that You revealed Your Father to us.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and let Your word and life shine in me.  Water my life with the rain from Heaven!  Amen.

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Keeping God’s Word!

Scripture reading for April 20th:  2nd Samuel 14-16, John 12

Key Scriptures:  John 12:46-48  “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness.  If anyone hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.  The one who rejects Me and does not receive My words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”  

Jesus made it clear to His followers that He had a mission of salvation.  He came as the Light of the world, bringing revelation of the will and word of God.  The word of God that He spoke would save those that believed and bring judgment on those who rejected Him and His word.

2nd Samuel 15:21 “But Ittai answered the king, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the light of revelation.  I believe Your word!  Help me to cling to You and follow Your leading today. Amen.

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Love message!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  2nd Samuel 10-13, John 11

Key Scriptures:  John 11:25-27 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever  believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God who is coming into the world.””

Jesus had come to the grave of His friend, Lazarus, who had been dead for four days.  Martha, Lazarus’ sister, had ran to meet Jesus with a quiet faith, trusting that whatever Jesus would ask from His Father, God would do.  Jesus revealed Himself to her (and us) as the “resurrection and the life.”  Mary confessed her faith in Jesus as the Christ and Son of God.  Saving faith was released!

2nd Samuel 12:24-25 “Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon.  And the Lord loved him and sent a message by Nathan the prophet.  So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your love and revelation of who You are: “The Resurrection and the Life.”   I receive your revelation and love message today by faith in Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Amen.

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The Good Shepherd

Scripture reading for April 18th: 2nd Samuel 7-9, John 10

Key Scriptures:  John 10:9-11 “I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  I am the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”  

Jesus claimed a title that was in the history of His family line going back to King David.  As David was a shepherd who was willing to lay down his life for his sheep against the lion and bear, so Jesus declared His intention of laying down His life for all the lost sheep of mankind.

2nd Samuel 7:8-9  “Now, therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of Hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over My people Israel.  And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you.  And I will make your name great . . .”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for shepherding me today.  Deliver me today from my enemies and lead me to green pastures.  Amen.

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The Lord of “Break-through”

Scripture reading for April 17th:  2nd Samuel 3-6, John 9

Key Scriptures: 2nd Samuel 5:19-20  “And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines?  Will You give them into my hand?”  And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”  And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.””

King David was victorious when he inquired of the Lord and carefully obeyed His instructions.  David also gave God the credit for the victory.  He proclaimed this victory as the “Lord breaking through my enemies like a breaking flood.”  

John 9:24-25 “So for the second time they (the Pharisees) called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God.  We know that this man (Jesus) is a sinner.”  He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for breaking through against all Your enemies and bringing light to a darkened world.  Enable me to walk in Your light today and reflect it to this dark world. Amen.

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The Light of the World

Scripture reading for April 16th:  1st Samuel 31, 2nd Samuel 1-2, John 8

Key Scriptures: John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:28-29 “So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own authority, but speak just as the father taught Me.  And He who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” 

2nd Samuel 2:1, 4  “After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?”  And the Lord said to him, “Go up.”  David said, “To which shall I go up?”  And He said, “To Hebron.”. . . . “And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for revealing Your Son as the Light of the world!  Direct me today as I seek to sincerely follow the path You have laid out for me.  Amen.

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Recovering all!

Scripture reading for April 13th:  1 Samuel 27-29, John 7

Key Scriptures:  1st Samuel 30:18-19  “David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives.  Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken.  David brought it all back.”  

While living in Philistine territory in Ziklag, David and his men were out preparing to fight with the Philistines.  When they were sent home, the Amalekites had come and stolen all their wives and children as well as their goods.  David inquired of the Lord and got direction to go after the Amalekites.  God granted him victory and he recovered all the captive family and goods.

John 7:37-38 “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”

Prayer:  Holy Father, thank You for sending Your Son to recover all Your lost sons and daughters from enemy captivity.  May all come to Him and drink His life-giving Water!  Amen.

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Reward of Faithfulness!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  1st Samuel 24-26, John 6

Key Scriptures:  1 Samuel 26:23-25  “The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the Lord gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.  Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may He deliver me out of all tribulation.  Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David!  You will do many things and succeed in them.””

David was being hunted by Saul, because Saul was jealous of David and had an evil spirit.  David spared Saul’s life because he refused to touch the Lord’s anointed.  He knew that only God could take vengeance of an anointed servant.  Saul blessed David and prophesied his success.  Jesus, a son of David and The Son of God, spared us!

John 6:56-57  “Whoever feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.  As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on Me, he also will live because of Me.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your faithful obedience and honoring of mankind by offering Your own body and blood to give us life.  Help me to honor and obey You today.  Amen.

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God my “Stronghold”

Scripture reading for April 11:  1st Samuel 20-23, John 5

Key Scriptures: John 6:28-29  “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of  judgment.”  

Jesus told His disciples that He would be the source of resurrection and eternal life.  His voice would bring people out of their graves.  But not everyone would enjoy eternal life, some who had done evil would suffer judgment and eternal punishment.  God knows how to protect His people and punish those who do evil!

1st Samuel 23:14  “And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph.  And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.” 

Prayer:  Father, thank You for the promise of resurrection life and reward and Your protection in this life.  Help me to live in faith and make You my “Stronghold”.  Amen.

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