Victories and a Tragic End

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

1 Samuel 29—31

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Again a comparison between Saul and Judas, David and Peter…David’s seeking favor from the Philistines is over, similar to Peter wanting to be on the side of Jesus’ adversaries in the courtyard with the servant girl. Both Saul and Judas ended their lives by committing suicide.

Peter and Judas both sinned. While Peter quickly repented, Judas sank deeper and deeper into guilt. David and Saul sinned, but David, like Peter, had a heart quick to return to God. Saul, on the other hand, went deeper into infidelity, and into that vice that ends so many relationships, and even lives—jealousy.

Here they are: the first and second kings of Israel. The stage is set for a long history of kings—most of them unfaithful as Saul, ending their lives in disgrace, just as he. Reflect upon yourself.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Being blameless in Thy sight 29:9
Strengthening myself in Thee 30:6
My heart returning to Thee
You alone, my God, are King

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Saul and Judas – David and Peter

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

1 Samuel 26—28

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Once again, David restrains himself from killing Saul. Chapter 26, verse 13 is a foretaste of the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Saul has lost all contact with his Lord, focusing obsessively on David, instead of a passionate centering upon God. In his desperate attempt to establish contact with the spiritual world, he sinks into the forbidden practice of seeking help from a medium. Samuel indeed comes forward by the power of God, much to the fright of the medium.

David too seeks allies in the enemy, instead of in the Lord. In his impetuosity, he is like Peter, as Saul is like Judas. Sense the difference between the two—the hope in David, the despair in Saul.

When God is silent, go deeper within, not searching outside of God for cheap answers. Accept no substitutes!

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
My life precious in Thy hands 26:24
Thou never turning from me 28:15
Obeying Thy inner Voice 28:15
Take all of me—all of me.

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Always in God’s Presence

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

1 Samuel 20—22

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Saul’s jealousy mounts to blind fury as he recklessly seeks to kill David. How similar it would in for the blind pride and jealousy of the Pharisees seeking to kill Jesus, son of David, a thousand years later!

In David’s desperate need for food, he partakes of the Bread of the Presence. The three synoptic evangelists tell of Jesus’ reference to this incident as an example of how sacred regulations yield to human need (Mt 12:3,4; Mk 2:25,26; Lk 6:3,4). Though David flees from Saul, David is ever in the Lord’s presence.

Amid the tide of Saul’s hatred, which mounts to a massacre of priests, there flows the sweetness of profound friendship between Jonathan and David. Cherish such gifts of friendship in your life. Covenant with such a friend to share the daily scriptures—a spiritual accountability that will give energy for you to walk always in God’s presence.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Loving others as myself 20:17
The Lord between you and me 20:42
Holy Bread of the Presence 21:6
With You, Lord, I’m not afraid. 22:2

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