05/31/2018 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 17:1-29, John 19:23-42, Psalms 119:129-152, Proverbs 16:12-13

Today is the 31st day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you. Can you believe it’s five months almost completed in this year.? And we’ll be heading into the month of June and tomorrow. And we’ve plenty of drama going on in the Bible. We’re following the story of David and there is a significant conflict between David and Absalom, his son, who is attempting to take over his father’s throne. We’ll pick back up with that story. Second Samuel chapter 17. We’re reading from the Common English Bible this week.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we leave the month of May behind us. And we’re in the middle of a pretty dramatic story where Absalom the son of David is trying to overthrow the throne of his father. David is on the run across the Jordan River and it looks like a battle is brewing. And all this began with adultery and the promise from the prophet Nathan that there would be strife from within David’s family and there is. And we’ll continue with that story tomorrow as we move into the new month.

Then we’re nearing the end of the book of John. We’re nearing the end of the gospels and we’ll be moving into the story of what happened next, very soon, but today as we leave this month, Jesus has said the words ‘it is completed’, ‘it is finished’ and He has bowed His head in death. And, so, we leave this story with Jesus body being placed in a tomb until it can be properly cared for after the Passover. Of course, of course, we know that that will be necessary. And we will get to that. But as we end this month, as I’ve been saying for like a week, since we won’t be coming this way again, let’s offer each word and paragraph and page the gravity that it deserves. Jesus died on a cross. He was innocent. It was unjust and He did it willingly and where we are in the story now, His body is lying in a tomb. All to set us free.

Prayer:

Jesus, our hearts are turned to humility to repentance to gratitude and to the deep desire to be connected in relationship with You, walking through this world as Your hands and feet and representing You, allowing Your life to be what our life is all about. And, so, we thank You once again for a love that is beyond our comprehension, for an endurance to see that love through that is beyond anything that we know. We are grateful. As we’ve said on a number of occasions, our words certainly fall short. It is our lives that are telling the story of what You’ve done. Come, Holy Spirit. We pray. Lead us deeper into Jesus, we ask. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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And that’s it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for next month, which is tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Wrapped in His Unfailing Love. I am calling for Nonie. Nonie, your call just broke my heart and I know it is broken the heart of others. And God hears you. I want to read something to you from first Peter 5. So, humble yourself under the mighty power of God and at the right time He will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares about you. Stay alert and watch out for the great enemy the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So, after you have suffered a little while He will restore, support, and strengthen you and He will place you on firm foundation. All power to him forever. Amen. Nonie, we are standing with you and whatever you’re going for, you have a…going through, you have a family of believers who love you and are praying for you. And you are so courageous for calling in. Thank you for that. And know that you will be in my prayers, are in my prayers, and that we love you and most of all God loves you so very much. Thank you, Brian and Jill for this fabulous ministry. Thank you, family. Have a great day.

Hi this is Peace for Him. This is my first call in and I just couldn’t get away from this. I’m calling in for our precious Nonie who called on the 28th, a young girl at 15. I couldn’t hear all of your words but my heart was so moved as a grandmother. And I just wanted to give you Scriptures sweet Nonie to let you know that we are standing with you precious. I give you Ephesians 1:17 that God of the Lord Jesus Christ the Father of glory that gives us greater wisdom and revelation and knowledge of Him and that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened and you will know the hope of His calling and the riches of His glory and that __ the saints. I want you to know Nonie that God is with you, God is for you. You’re not alone. You said you’re struggling and your having a hard time trusting God at 15. I don’t know what you’re exactly going through but I want you to know that in first Corinthians 1:3, this is for you precious, that Jesus is our wisdom. He says we’re made unto His wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. You can call on Jesus and just cry out and say Jesus be my wisdom and He’s there for you darling. He will give you the answers and lead you in the way you should go. You’re not alone. And God is sending you laborers and he’s sending you kindred spirits of Christians to be friends with you and so you won’t be alone. And I speak, as we heard today, our teaching today that we speak shalom, peace over you and all your emotions and all your fears in the name of Jesus. I speak life to you and I speak encouragement to you. And I remind you and Jeremiah 29:11 that God’s plans for your good plans to do you good and to give you a prosperous end. So, we speak love over you today and remember you’re not alone and all the DAB family is praying for you. And praying for all the Nonie’s out there who feel like there alone and are struggling and by themselves. You are not forgotten. We love you and God loves you. And He has written your name in his book forever. In Jesus name.

Hi family. It’s Shannon from Texas and I’m calling for my cousin Kimberly. I’ve called for her before. She has cancer and we’re not sure what stage she’s in. She’s starting to feel like it has metastasized into stage for into her lymph nodes and I’m going to be taking care of her full-time. So, please pray for her and for me that I will do the very best in caring for her and that, you know, the Lord will just provide in the situation. She’s needing to pay her doctors. I’m not sure why she doesn’t have the insurance to provide but there’s something going where she’s gotta pay like a ton of money. I think her bill is like over $100,000 and the insurance is not covering and she’s going to the doctor tomorrow. I’m taking her. And she’s telling me that they’re not going to see her unless she pays a significant amount of money. And, I can’t do what I want to do to help and my family that has…gosh…they have the money and they could do it. And they’re not helping because she smoked cigarettes. And I just…I will never understand that attitude but that’s not my business. So, my business is the Lord’s business so please pray for me. I’m not in the greatest place right now. I need prayer myself, which is selfish, I know, but I’ve been meaning to call in for this because I’m just…I’m not in a great place and I’m not doing very well as far as having lost my job and not having a job and knowing what in the world I’m doing with my life other than just, this is obviously we’re I’m supposed to be to serve. So, most of all, pray for her. Pray for me that I serve her and the Lord well. Love you guys.

Hi my beautiful family. This is Pastor Gene from Bradenton Florida. Please join me in prayer. Lord Jesus, with love you so much. We give you thanks. Because even when things around us don’t make sense we know that You hold our future in Your hands. Father, we pray for Brenda’s friend’s daughter Maddison who caught her hand __ in that treadmill. Father, we pray the healing power of Jesus Christ over Madison’s hand. In Jesus mighty name, we pray for supernatural faith for Brenda and Madison’s prayer is to believe You for a complete miracle. We believe Your report and not that of Satan. In Jesus’ mighty name Lord Jesus. Father, we pray for Kathy and __. We pray that where she is __ she will find you. Oh, Father I pray for Kathy’s mom who called this line. She’s sad and gratefully so for her daughter but we know You have great plans in store for Kathy and that You are not done with her and that You are going to restore her to a relationship with You. Father, I pray for Dependence. I pray for her marriage. Father, I ask, together with my brothers and sisters that You will pursue her husband that You will isolate him from the world so he will have no other option but to turn to You. Father, I pray for our sister Donna in Wisconsin. I pray for her chemotherapy. I pray for her complete healing. I pray for her complete healing so that she can go back to being the sweet mother of Tyler, spending time with him, and having the simple lifestyle that makes were so happy. Father, I am sorry the Deborah was called to implicating tests. I pray in the name of Jesus that You will bring her out, that the truth will come out, and that You will help with restoring her relationship with You. And finally, Lord, I pray for our sister Camille from Charlotte. Father, I pray for comfort, for her strength as her brother __ into your arms. Father, I pray for all my brothers and sisters and the prayer request in Jesus mighty name. I love you family. Pastor Gene from Bradenton Florida.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday May 31, 2018 (NIV)

2 Samuel 17

17 Then Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me pick twelve thousand men, and I will go after David tonight. I will attack him while he is tired and weak, and I will throw him into a panic. All the troops with him will run off. I promise to kill the king alone, and I will bring all the people back to you like a bride comes back to her husband.[a] It’s only one man’s life you are seeking; everyone else can be at peace.”

This plan seemed excellent to Absalom and the Israelite elders.

Hushai’s advice

But Absalom said, “Call Hushai from Erek. Let’s hear what he has to say as well.” When Hushai from Erek arrived, Absalom said to him, “This is what Ahithophel has advised. Should we follow it or not? What do you say?”

Hushai said to Absalom, “This time, the advice Ahithophel has given isn’t right. You know that your father and his men are warriors,” he continued, “and they are as desperate as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Your father is a seasoned fighter. He won’t spend the night with his troops. Even now he has probably hidden himself in one of the caves or some other place. When some of the troops[b] fall in the first attack, whoever hears it will say, ‘The soldiers who follow Absalom have been defeated!’ 10 Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like a lion’s, will melt in fear because all Israel knows that your father is a warrior and that those who are with him are brave. 11 So I would advise that all the Israelites, from Dan to Beer-sheba—a group as countless as sand on the seashore—be summoned to join you, and that you yourself go into battle. 12 When we attack him wherever he might be, we will fall on him like dew that falls on the ground. No one will survive—not him and not one of the soldiers who are with him! 13 If he retreats into a city, all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it into a valley until not even a pebble of it will be found.”

14 Then Absalom and everyone in Israel agreed, “The advice of Hushai from Erek is better than Ahithophel’s advice.” This was because the Lord had decided to counter Ahithophel’s good advice so that the Lord could bring disaster on Absalom.

Hushai warns David

15 Hushai told the priests Zadok and Abiathar, “Here is what Ahithophel advised Absalom and the Israelite elders, and here is what I advised. 16 Now send word immediately to David and tell him, ‘Don’t spend the night in the desert plains. You must cross over immediately. Otherwise, the king and all the troops who are with him will be swallowed up whole.’”

17 Jonathan and Ahimaaz were standing by at En-rogel. A female servant would come and report to them, and they would then travel and report to King David because they couldn’t risk being seen entering the city. 18 But a boy saw them and reported it to Absalom. So the two of them left immediately and came to a man’s house at Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it. 19 The man’s wife took a covering and spread it over the well’s opening, then scattered grain over it so no one would notice. 20 When Absalom’s servants came to the woman at the house they demanded, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?”

The woman told them, “They crossed over the stream.”[c] They looked for them but found nothing, so they returned to Jerusalem.

21 After they had left, Jonathan and Ahimaaz climbed out of the well. They went and reported to King David, “Get up! Cross the water immediately because Ahithophel has made plans against you!” 22 So David and all the troops who were with him got up and crossed the Jordan River. By daybreak there was no one left who hadn’t crossed the Jordan.

23 Meanwhile, once Ahithophel saw that his advice hadn’t been followed, he saddled his donkey and went home to his own town. He gave instructions to his household, then hanged himself and died. He was buried in his father’s tomb.

24 David had reached Mahanaim by the time Absalom and all the Israelites who were with him crossed the Jordan River. 25 Absalom had put Amasa in charge of the army instead of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra, an Ishmaelite[d] who had married Abigail, who was Nahash’s daughter and the sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother. 26 Israel and Absalom camped in the territory of Gilead.

27 When David arrived in Mahanaim, Nahash’s son Shobi, who was from Rabbah of the Ammonites; Ammiel’s son Machir, who was from Lo-debar; and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim 28 brought couches, basins, and pottery, along with wheat, barley, flour, roasted grain, beans, lentils, 29 honey, curds, sheep, and cheese from the herd so that David and the troops who were with him could eat. They said, “The troops have grown hungry, tired, and thirsty in the wilderness.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 17:3 LXX; Heb uncertain
  2. 2 Samuel 17:9 LXX
  3. 2 Samuel 17:20 Heb uncertain
  4. 2 Samuel 17:25 LXXA and 1 Chron 2:17; MT an Israelite; LXXM a Jezreelite
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John 19:23-42

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and his sandals, and divided them into four shares, one for each soldier. His shirt was seamless, woven as one piece from the top to the bottom. 24 They said to each other, “Let’s not tear it. Let’s cast lots to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill the scripture,

They divided my clothes among themselves,
and they cast lots for my clothing.[a]
That’s what the soldiers did.

25 Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

28 After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was nearby, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it, placed it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life.

Witness at the cross

31 It was the Preparation Day and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies to remain on the cross on the Sabbath, especially since that Sabbath was an important day. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of those crucified broken and the bodies taken down. 32 Therefore, the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men who were crucified with Jesus. 33 When they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead so they didn’t break his legs. 34 However, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 The one who saw this has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he speaks the truth, and he has testified so that you also can believe. 36 These things happened to fulfill the scripture, They won’t break any of his bones.[b] 37 And another scripture says, They will look at him whom they have pierced.[c]

Jesus’ body is buried

38 After this Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate if he could take away the body of Jesus. Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one because he feared the Jewish authorities. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and took the body away. 39 Nicodemus, the one who at first had come to Jesus at night, was there too. He brought a mixture of myrrh and aloe, nearly seventy-five pounds in all.[d] 40 Following Jewish burial customs, they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the spices, in linen cloths. 41 There was a garden in the place where Jesus was crucified, and in the garden was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish Preparation Day and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus in it.

Footnotes:

  1. John 19:24 Ps 22:18
  2. John 19:36 Exod 12:46
  3. John 19:37 Zech 12:10
  4. John 19:39 Or one hundred litra; that is, one hundred Roman pounds
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Psalm 119:129-152

פ pe

129 Your laws are wonderful!
That’s why I guard them.
130 Access to your words[a] gives light,
giving simple folk understanding.
131 I open my mouth up wide, panting,
because I long for your commandments.
132 Come back to me and have mercy on me;
that’s only right for those who love your name.
133 Keep my steps steady by your word;
don’t let any sin rule me.
134 Redeem me from the people who oppress me
so I can keep your precepts.
135 Shine your face on your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
136 Rivers of tears stream from my eyes
because your Instruction isn’t being kept.

צ tsade

137 Lord, you are righteous,
and your rules are right.
138 The laws you commanded are righteous,
completely trustworthy.
139 Anger consumes me
because my enemies have forgotten what you’ve said.
140 Your word has been tried and tested;
your servant loves your word!
141 I’m insignificant and unpopular,
but I don’t forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness lasts forever!
Your Instruction is true!
143 Stress and strain have caught up with me,
but your commandments are my joy!
144 Your laws are righteous forever.
Help me understand so I can live!

ק qof

145 I cry out with all my heart:
Lord, answer me so I can guard your statutes!”
146 I cry out to you, “Save me
so I can keep your laws!”
147 I meet the predawn light and cry for help.
I wait for your promise.
148 My eyes encounter each hour of the night
as I think about your word.
149 Listen to my voice, according to your faithful love.
Lord, make me live again, according to your justice.
150 The people who love to plot wicked schemes are nearby,
but they are so far from your Instruction!
151 But you, Lord, are nearby too,
and all your commandments are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your laws
that you had established them forever.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 119:130 Vulg, Sym
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Proverbs 16:12-13

12 Kings detest wicked deeds,
for their thrones are founded on righteousness.
13 Kings favor those with righteous lips;
they love words of integrity.

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05/30/2018 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 15:22-16:23, John 18:25-19:22, Psalms 119:113-128, Proverbs 16:10-11

Today is the 30th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today as we dive in and take the next step forward. And we’ve been reading from the Common English Bible this week, which is what we’ll continue to do throughout the week. Today 2 Samuel chapter 15 verse 23 all the way through the end of the 16th chapter today. And we’re moving back into the story. David, the king of Israel, is on the run again from his son Absalom.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we’re continuing to follow turmoil in David’s family after his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, which is a horrible story. And Nathan the prophet came to David and David was crushed by it but he was promised at that point this is gonna undermine the infrastructure of your family. And for the last several days we’ve been simply reading that story. That’s exactly what has happened. David has fled, Absalom is now in Jerusalem basically trying to usurp the throne. And one of the pieces of advice that he is given is that he should sleep with the concubines that are left in the palace that belonged to David. And, so, he sets up a tent and does exactly that. And that’s exactly what was predicted by the prophet Nathan. Absalom did this as a sign that there would be no reconciliation with his father because… The people didn’t know exactly what was going on or who to follow. But when Absalom did that, it was considered irreconcilable and that’s why the advice was given. Then the people will know this is really happening. This isn’t just a family feud, this is really happening. And we will continue with this story as we pick it up tomorrow.

And then, of course, in the book of John, Jesus had been tried. Jesus has been crucified. In fact, that’s kind of where we leave the story in today’s reading. Jesus hanging from a cross. We can think, well, why are we leaving him hanging from the cross? Why don’t we finish the story? But let’s embrace that. We’ll continue with the story of Jesus death and, of course, resurrection by picking it up tomorrow, but let’s stick with the story today. Jesus is hanging from the cross. Let’s meditate upon that today. Let’s enter into that story and remember what it cost to give us the life that we have.

Prayer:

Jesus, that’s what we’ll do today is to contemplate Your sacrifice, Your profound love. All of the journey that we’ve been on in the Bible since the beginning of the year. We’ve been walking with You, we’ve been hearing Your words, we’ve been listening to Your voice. And we’re coming to the end of that portion of the Scripture, and so we hold it precious. We consider it dear. That You gave Your life on our behalf is unspeakable. It’s beyond our comprehension. And, so, we honor that. We invite Your Holy Spirit to bring it near to us as we consider Your profound, Your deep, Your passionate love for Your people, which is each one of us. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

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And that’s it for today. I’m Brian I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer and Praise:

How do I ride when I don’t have the fare
How do I eat when the cupboard is bare
How do I hold on my face just ain’t there
Some people say it’s the power of prayer
Take your burdens to the Lord and just leave them there
I mean he really does care those burdens you share
But Satan the ruler the power of the air
He got the whole world in his hands he got the whole world in his hands
He got the whole world in his hands but he gives us the power to make our own plans
And therein the crux of the whole matter stands
Cause the truth is we make chances we take
Laws that we break for our own selfish sake
It’s hard to admit that you’ve made a mistake
Then you ask yourself over and over again
Didn’t I know that the Lord was truly my friend
That Hs kindness’s His grace and His mercy don’t end
That all of my battles eventually I’d win
Now here I am with his big stupid grin on the floor
And by knees in the jam once again
Knowing my actions were nothing but sin
But Satan’s still telling me you’re going to win
He never stops trying and lying amen
But what if I had stayed
What if I had prayed
What if I had just trust and obeyed
But what if’s the proof because I can’t change the past
For one thing in prayer God I humbly ask
Help me a better person to be
A better son a better father a better servant for the
Cause one thing even in blindness I see
And that’s nothing will ever change until I change me

blindony1016@gmail.com. Thank you, Brian for this wonderful podcast for God’s Holy Spirit to flow. Keep it flowin’ y’all. All right. Bye-bye.

Hi family. This is Karen from Pennsylvania, Craving Peace. And I’m calling family because my son, Jake, who has been newly diagnosed with MS, has been extremely suicidal, newly come out as gay…and just…so…so many things. I thank you, Karen from Michigan and everyone else who has been praying for Jake. Family, please continue to pray for Jake that…you know…he will…he will get through this. And I also am asking for prayer for Sophie, my friend, Sophia, who has just possibly had a stroke. She’s in the hospital and…family…so young…and I just…I just pray that she will come through this without permanent results…or…I mean…effects from it. Anyway, I do pray for all of you and I thank you for this community Brian and Jill.

Hello. This is Anne from Charlotte North Carolina and I wanted to give a testimony of the grace of our Lord. I had surgery last Tuesday, May 22nd and I didn’t call in for prayer ahead of time because I thought it was going to be going fairly easily. And it was something to repair some damage from childbirth. But there were some complications. And an artery was damaged during the surgery. And my blood pressure dropped very low and hematocrit. For a day I was not certain that I was going to leave that hospital alive and it was scary. I just knew either way I was in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. And some friends from church and Sunday school had prayed for God to heal the artery and the internal bleeding so I would have to have more surgery. And the Lord healed me. He completely healed me and I’m back home now. And I’m just reminded that God has a plan as long as He has us here, getting up, waking up, giving us a new day. He has a purpose for our life here and I pray that I and all of us can do better at putting fully for him and seeking his best purpose and will for our lives to spread the love of Christ and be lights in the world wherever we are and make a difference for his kingdom by loving others. And just be encouraged that every day you’re alive is because the Lord wants you here and he has good reasons…

Hi. My name is Jamie and this is the first time I’ve called. To be honest, I’m pretty skeptical of calling. I just feel weird asking complete strangers to pray for me that don’t know me. But I’m pretty desperate. So, I figured it’s worth a try. I’ve got nothing to lose here. But I’m calling because I would like prayer for me for my heart and for my marriage. I’m on the brink of a divorce and I feel very hopeless right now. My husband is a good man and we’ve tried for a long time. And I just, I just can’t seem to love him. Like I can’t love him the way he wants and desires and I don’t know why and I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I’ve tried to make myself love him and I just know how and I don’t know what to do about it and he’s just been waiting. So, I pray for that and for my heart because it’s not just with him. I feel like, I feel like I don’t know how to love God either. I don’t have a desire and just going to the motions can only go so far sometimes. So, that’s my prayer. Thank you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday May 30, 2018 (NIV)

2 Samuel 15:23-16

23 The whole countryside cried loudly as all the troops marched past. The king crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the troops passed by on the Olive road[a] into the wilderness.

24 Zadok was there too, along with all the Levites carrying the chest containing God’s covenant. They set God’s chest down, and Abiathar offered sacrifices until all the troops had finished marching out of the city. 25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry God’s chest back into the city. If the Lord thinks well of me, then he will bring me back and let me see it and its home again. 26 But if God says, ‘I’m not pleased with you,’ then I am ready. Let him do to me whatever pleases him.”

27 “Do you understand?” the king said to the priest Zadok. “Go back to the city in safety—you and Abiathar[b] with your two sons, your son Ahimaaz and Abiathar’s son Jonathan. 28 I will be waiting in the desert plains until you send word telling me what to do.” 29 So Zadok and Abiathar took God’s chest back to Jerusalem and stayed there.

30 But David, his head covered, walked barefoot up the slope of the Mount of Olives crying. All the people who were with him covered their heads too and cried as they went up. 31 David was told that Ahithophel was also among the conspirators with Absalom, so he prayed, “Please, Lord, make Ahithophel’s advice foolish.”

David and Hushai

32 When David came to the summit where people used to worship God, Hushai from Erek met him. Hushai’s clothes were ripped, and dirt was on his head. 33 David said to him, “If you come with me, you will be a burden to me. 34 But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘King, I am your servant![c] Please spare my life! I was your father’s servant in the past, but now I am your servant,’ then you can help me by countering Ahithophel’s advice. 35 The priests Zadok and Abiathar will be with you there. So report everything you hear in the king’s palace to the priests Zadok and Abiathar. 36 Their two sons, Zadok’s son Ahimaaz and Abiathar’s son Jonathan, are also there. Use them to report to me everything you hear.”

37 So David’s friend Hushai went into Jerusalem, just as Absalom was entering the city.

David and Ziba

16 When David had passed a short distance beyond the summit, Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant, met him with a pair of saddled donkeys loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, one hundred bunches of raisins, one hundred figs,[d] and a jar of wine.

“What is all this for?” the king asked Ziba.

“The donkeys are for the royal family to ride,” Ziba explained. “The bread and summer fruit are for the young people to eat, and the wine is for those who get exhausted in the wilderness.”

“Where is your master’s grandson?” the king asked.

“He is still in Jerusalem,” Ziba answered the king, “because he thinks that the Israelites are now going to give his grandfather’s kingdom back to him.”

“Look here,” the king said to Ziba. “Everything that belonged to Mephibosheth now belongs to you.”

Ziba said, “I bow out of respect! Please think well of me, my master and king.”

Shimei curses David

When King David came to Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei; he was Gera’s son. He was cursing as he came out. He threw rocks at David and at all of King David’s servants, even though the entire army and all the warriors were on either side of him.

This is what Shimei said as he cursed David: “Get out of here! Get out of here! You are a murderer! You are despicable! The Lord has paid you back for all the blood of Saul’s family, in whose place you rule, and the Lord has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You are in this trouble because you are a murderer!”

Zeruiah’s son Abishai said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my master the king? Let me go over and cut his head off!”

10 But the king said, “My problems aren’t yours, you sons of Zeruiah. If he is cursing because the Lord told him to curse David, then who is to question, ‘Why are you doing this?’”

11 Then David addressed Abishai and all his servants: “Listen! My own son, one of my very own children, wants me dead. This Benjaminite can only feel the same—only more! Leave him alone. And let him curse, because the Lord told him to. 12 Perhaps the Lord will see my distress; perhaps the Lord will repay me with good for this cursing today.”

13 So David and his men kept walking, while Shimei went along on the hillside next to him, cursing as he went, throwing rocks and dirt at him. 14 The king and all the people who were with him reached the Jordan River[e] exhausted, and he rested there.

Ahithophel’s advice

15 Now Absalom and all the Israelites entered Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him. 16 Then David’s friend Hushai, who was from Erek, approached Absalom and said to him, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”

17 But Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this how you show loyal love to your friend? Why didn’t you go with him?”

18 “No,” Hushai replied to Absalom, “I will belong to the one chosen by the Lord, by this people, and by all Israel, and I will stay with him. 19 What’s more, whom should I serve if not David’s son? I served your father, and so I will serve you in the same way.”

20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your advice then. What should we do?”

21 “Have sex with your father’s secondary wives—the ones he left to take care of the palace,” Ahithophel told Absalom. “Then all Israel will hear that you have alienated yourself from your father, and everyone who supports you will be encouraged.”

22 So they set up a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he had sex with his father’s secondary wives in plain sight before all Israel. (23 Now in those days, the advice Ahithophel gave was like asking for a word from God. That’s why Ahithophel’s advice was valued by both David and Absalom.)

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 15:23 LXXL; MT lacks Olive.
  2. 2 Samuel 15:27 Correction; MT lacks and Abiathar.
  3. 2 Samuel 15:34 Correction, LXX; MT King, I will be your servant.
  4. 2 Samuel 16:1 Or summer fruit
  5. 2 Samuel 16:14 LXX; MT lacks at the Jordan River.
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John 18:25-19:22

Peter denies Jesus again

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing with the guards, warming himself. They asked, “Aren’t you one of his disciples?”

Peter denied it, saying, “I’m not.”

26 A servant of the high priest, a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said to him, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

Trial before Pilate

28 The Jewish leaders led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace.[a] It was early in the morning. So that they could eat the Passover, the Jewish leaders wouldn’t enter the palace; entering the palace would have made them ritually impure.

29 So Pilate went out to them and asked, “What charge do you bring against this man?”

30 They answered, “If he had done nothing wrong, we wouldn’t have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate responded, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your Law.”

The Jewish leaders replied, “The Law doesn’t allow us to kill anyone.” (32 This was so that Jesus’ word might be fulfilled when he indicated how he was going to die.)

Pilate questions Jesus

33 Pilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others spoken to you about me?”

35 Pilate responded, “I’m not a Jew, am I? Your nation and its chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”

36 Jesus replied, “My kingdom doesn’t originate from this world. If it did, my guards would fight so that I wouldn’t have been arrested by the Jewish leaders. My kingdom isn’t from here.”

37 “So you are a king?” Pilate said.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Whoever accepts the truth listens to my voice.”

38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked.

Release of Barabbas

After Pilate said this, he returned to the Jewish leaders and said, “I find no grounds for any charge against him. 39 You have a custom that I release one prisoner for you at Passover. Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?”

40 They shouted, “Not this man! Give us Barabbas!” (Barabbas was an outlaw.)

Jesus is whipped and mocked as king

19 Then Pilate had Jesus taken and whipped. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple robe. Over and over they went up to him and said, “Greetings, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

Pilate came out of the palace again and said to the Jewish leaders, “Look! I’m bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no grounds for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here’s the man.”

When the chief priests and their deputies saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify, crucify!”

Pilate told them, “You take him and crucify him. I don’t find any grounds for a charge against him.”

The Jewish leaders replied, “We have a Law, and according to this Law he ought to die because he made himself out to be God’s Son.”

Pilate questions Jesus again

When Pilate heard this word, he was even more afraid. He went back into the residence and spoke to Jesus, “Where are you from?” Jesus didn’t answer. 10 So Pilate said, “You won’t speak to me? Don’t you know that I have authority to release you and also to crucify you?”

11 Jesus replied, “You would have no authority over me if it had not been given to you from above. That’s why the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” 12 From that moment on, Pilate wanted to release Jesus.

However, the Jewish leaders cried out, saying, “If you release this man, you aren’t a friend of the emperor! Anyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes the emperor!”

13 When Pilate heard these words, he led Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench at the place called Stone Pavement (in Aramaic, Gabbatha). 14 It was about noon on the Preparation Day for the Passover. Pilate said to the Jewish leaders, “Here’s your king.”

15 The Jewish leaders cried out, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

Pilate responded, “What? Do you want me to crucify your king?”

“We have no king except the emperor,” the chief priests answered. 16 Then Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified.

Crucifixion

The soldiers took Jesus prisoner. 17 Carrying his cross by himself, he went out to a place called Skull Place (in Aramaic, Golgotha). 18 That’s where they crucified him—and two others with him, one on each side and Jesus in the middle. 19 Pilate had a public notice written and posted on the cross. It read “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city and it was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. 21 Therefore, the Jewish chief priests complained to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The king of the Jews’ but ‘This man said, “I am the king of the Jews.”’”

22 Pilate answered, “What I’ve written, I’ve written.”

Footnotes:

  1. John 18:28 Or praetorium
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Psalm 119:113-128

ס samek

113 I hate fickle people,
but I love your Instruction.
114 You are my shelter and my shield—
I wait for your promise.
115 Get away from me, you evildoers;
I want to guard my God’s commandments!
116 Sustain me according to your word so I can live!
Don’t let me be put to shame because of hope.
117 Support me so I can be saved
and so I can focus constantly on your statutes.
118 You discard everyone who strays from your statutes
because they are dishonest and false.
119 You dispose of all the wicked people on earth like waste—
that’s why I love your laws.
120 My body shudders because I fear you;
I’m in awe of your rules.

ע ayin

121 I’ve done what is just and right.
Don’t just hand me over to my oppressors.
122 Guarantee good things for your servant.
Please don’t let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes are worn out looking for your saving help—
looking for your word that will set things right.
124 Act toward your servant according to your faithful love.
Teach me your statutes!
125 I’m your servant!
Help me understand so I can know your laws.
126 It is time for the Lord to do something!
Your Instruction has been broken.
127 But I love your commandments
more than gold, even more than pure gold.
128 That’s why I walk straight by every single one of your precepts.
That’s why I hate every false path.

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Proverbs 16:10-11

10 A king’s speech is like an oracle;
in a judgment, one can’t go against his words.
11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s;
all the weights in the bag are his doing.

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05/29/2018 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 14:1-15:21, John 18:1-24, Psalms 119:97-112, Proverbs 16:8-9

Today is the 29th day of…I almost said April…May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today. Hopefully my brain is engaged. A little sip of Wind Farm and we’ll see how this goes. Let’s dive in and we’re reading from the Common English Bible this week. And in the Old Testament we’re reading from the book of Second Samuel. Today we’ll read chapter 14 and 15. And we’re moving through this pretty sordid story of David’s family after he had this affair with Bathsheba. And we’re kind of following the story of David’s son Absalom and his relationship with his father.

Commentary:

Okay. So, just to recap where we are, the drama continues in David’s family, which was foretold to David by the prophet Nathan after David’s affair with Bathsheba. So, we went to that entire, pretty terrible story of how David and Bathsheba got together and an affair that ultimately got her husband, who was one of David’s most loyal warriors killed. So, David took Bathsheba to be his wife and they lost the baby from their affair but had another child named Solomon. And we’ll certainly get to know him. But David has definitely lost some respect inside his family. His daughter Tamar was raped by her brother. Another brother, Absalom, killed Amnon, the brother who did the crime. Absalom was then banished but he’s been brought back to Jerusalem. He hasn’t really had access to his father that much. And he’s begun undermining his father’s kingdom over the course of a couple of years. And now here we are. Absalom is about to declare himself the king in Hebron, which is where David was first made king of Judah before becoming king of all of Israel. So, we have, basically, a coo on our hands. And we left the reading today with David back on the run, a place that he knows well. He spent a lot of time on the run from King Saul. And now he’s on the run from his own son. And all of this started with adultery and has spun out of control.

Then of course, in the book of John, Jesus has now been arrested. So, we find ourselves for the last time this year in the last hours of Jesus life. And I’ve been recommending and continue to recommend that we immerse ourselves, truly meditate on this story. We won’t be coming this way again this year. And truly centering ourselves in this story is not only important for us, this is the story of our salvation after all, it’s also a story that gives us context for everything that is going to happen next as we move forward in the New Testament.

Prayer:

Father, once again, we thank You for Your word and we pray and agree with the psalmist Your word is a lamp before our feet and the light for our journey, which is why we come around the campfire every day, which is why we come together in community every day to allow Your word to wash over us and into our lives and Spirits. And, so, we pray, Holy Spirit, come. Well up within us. Lead us into all truth, which is the promise given. Lead us deeper into intimacy with Jesus today. We pray in His name. Amen.

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Hi Gloria. This is his Little Sharee in Canada and I just heard your message on the community prayer podcast. And I’m so sorry that nothing has changed with your mom’s situation, that she’s still there in Nevada, so far from you. And I just was so moved by the way you described how you feel about her. And I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to continue to pray for you and for her and for your brother and the whole situation. And if I were your mom, there would be something that I would want someone to tell you. If I were your mom I would say, sweetheart, I’m going to be okay. Thank you for choosing to love me so much that you carry the ache of that love inside of you. I want you to be okay. I love you that much and I’m being taken care of by our heavenly Father and I want you to know that you are being taken care of as well. Thanks for loving me some well. And the Gloria I want you to know that your mom does love you dearly and she is going to be okay. Thank you. Thank you for just giving us a glimpse of the Father’s heart. This is how he aches for each one of us. This is how much he wants to be close to us to be able to take care of us. You reminded me of that today and I want to thank you for that. Gloria, I don’t know you but I love you. I love your mom and I’ll be praying for you. God bless you today. Bye for now.

Family, this is Viola from Maryland. I hope you’re all doing well. Brian and Jill God bless you. It’s so good to be back. I am done with my Master’s program and I excelled. Thank you for praying for me. Family, I want to encourage you as were going into the summer months. I know that Brian always talks about the summer months. This is where it’s a little bit lean in the ministry. I want to encourage you to give to this ministry. This is good for us to sow in. And I pray that God will put the __ on __ even to be able to give the Daily Audio Bible ministry. God bless you. Vicki from Arizona, I am so sorry for your loss. I prayed for Boyd. I prayed, I prayed, I prayed. And our God is the God of the prodigal’s. I am trusting God __ that Boyd is in the hands of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And God bless you my sister as you grieve. I pray restoration for you. I pray for strength for you in the name of Jesus. I pray for peace and calm of heart for you in Jesus name. My brother from Cincinnati who is trusting God to work with children, orphans, the fatherless, the abandoned, that is a good ministry. I pray that God will give you direction, God will open doors for you, that God will make it happen, and that he will surprise you, that he will put finances in your hands so that this can work for you in the name of Jesus. Cherry, my sister. You know, the word of God says that when the enemy comes against us in one way he will flee before us in several ways. And concerning your job. You know, those people are not the ones doing this. It is the enemy that is using them. And so, I just want to pray for you my sister for peace in the middle of the storm. I mean there is no testimony without trial. And so, you know, I just want to pray that God will use you as a shining light even in that place, that nothing will touch you, that God will protect you, every unjust situation will be made right in the name of Jesus. And so, Father the Lord oh God I just pray for strength for you, for your daughter in Jesus name. Shout out Alfi, brother thank you for praying for me and every other person here, the Daily Audio, our new…

Hello family. It’s Drew from the bay area listening, calling in for Julian. Julian __. I want you to know that I’m lifting you up and am praying for you sister. Heavenly father, I ask you, you are holy and hallowed. Hallowed is your name, which means holier than anything. Holy, holy, holy God you know what I mean. We need to pray for Julian, you would just lift her up, you would lift her family up and her finances up, everything else Lord, that you would use everything that she’s doing for good and that she would be a shining light. Lord, that all the glory would be given to you and that others would see be pointed to you Lord God, that you would draw them to you and you would reach out and draw those around her and her family. We pray and ask these things in Jesus name. And then a shout out to Cherry pie, Cherry Chase. Sister, forget the whole skin color thing. It’s not about skin. Look at things the way God looks at things. And He separates the sheep from the goats. It’s good and evil. And we must fight against evil with good things that we do. Pray up, praise God, and He’ll show you how to do the right thing. And loving your enemies will keep coals of kindness on their hand and will draw them to God and push them away from you and they’ll see that and leave you alone. Yeah, we’re praying for you Cherry. James, James from UK and James from LA, we’re praying for you. All right.

Hey fellow DABbers. This is the Redeemed Prodigal and I think if there is one thing that God would say that would surprise us it’s that I am not ashamed of you and I’m not afraid of you. I want your heart. You think I’m out to change you to ruin you to, in many ways, judge you. All the judgment has already been taken care of. All of your sins have already been taken care of and what I want is for you to know my delight for you even in your brokenness. I just think that it’s really important to remember that God’s grace has no end. So, I just felt like my heart has been pulled and led by God to share that with you today. So, if you needed that or if that helped you I’m glad God used me in a way to give encouragement. I guess that’s it. Have a good day.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday May 29, 2018 (NIV)

2 Samuel 14:1-15:22

Absalom is restored

14 Now Joab, Zeruiah’s son, could see that the king’s mind was on Absalom. So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and brought a wise woman from there. He said to her, “Pretend to be in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes. Don’t anoint yourself with oil. Act like a woman who has spent a long time mourning over someone who has died. Go to the king and speak to him as follows.” Then Joab told her what to say.

When the woman from Tekoa came to the king, she fell facedown, bowing low out of respect. “King, help me!” she said.

“What is wrong?” the king asked her.

“It’s terrible!” she said. “I am a widow; my husband is dead. Your servant had two sons, but the two of them fought in the field. No one could separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. Now the entire clan has turned against your servant. They say, ‘Hand over the one who killed his brother so we can execute him for murdering his brother, even though we would destroy the heir as well.’ So they would snuff out the one ember I have left, leaving my husband without name or descendant on the earth.”

The king said to the woman, “Return home, and I will issue an order in your behalf.”

The woman of Tekoa said to the king, “My master and king, let the guilt be on me and on my father’s household. The king and his throne are innocent.”

10 “If anyone speaks against you, bring him to me, and he will never trouble you again,” the king replied.

11 She said, “Please let the king remember the Lord your God so that the one seeking revenge doesn’t add to the destruction and doesn’t kill my son.”

“As surely as the Lord lives,” David said, “not one of your son’s hairs will fall to the ground.”

12 Then the woman said, “May your female servant say something to my master the king?”

“Speak!” he said.

13 The woman said, “Why have you planned the very same thing against God’s people? In giving this order, the king has become guilty because the king hasn’t restored his own banished son. 14 We all have to die—we’re like water spilled out on the ground that can’t be gathered up again. But God doesn’t take life away; instead, he makes plans so those banished from him don’t stay that way.[a]

15 [b]“I have come to my master the king to talk about this because people have made me afraid. Your servant thought, I must speak with the king. Maybe the king will act on the request of his servant, 16 because the king will agree to deliver his servant from the power of anyone who would destroy both me and my son from the inheritance God gave. 17 Your servant thought, The word of my master the king will definitely comfort me, because my master the king is like one of God’s messengers, understanding good and evil. May the Lord your God be with you!”

18 [c] The king answered the woman, “I must ask you something—don’t hide anything from me!”

The woman said, “Please, my master and king, speak.”

19 So the king said, “Has Joab put you up to this?”

The woman answered, “As surely as you live, my master and king, no one can deviate a bit from whatever my master and king says. Yes, it was your servant Joab who directed me, and it was Joab who told your female servant to say all these things. 20 Your servant Joab did this to change the way things look.[d] But my master’s wisdom is like the wisdom of one of God’s own messengers—he knows everything that takes place in the land.”

21 So the king said to Joab, “All right then. I will do it. Go and bring back my boy Absalom.”

22 Joab fell facedown, bowing low out of respect, and he blessed the king.

“Today your servant knows that you think well of me, my master and king,” Joab said, “because the king has followed up on his servant’s recommendation.”

23 So Joab got up, went to Geshur, and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem.

24 The king said, “He must go straight to his own house. He must not see my face.” So Absalom went straight to his own house and did not see the king.

25 No man throughout Israel was as praised for his good looks as Absalom. From the soles of his feet to the crown of his head there was nothing wrong with him. 26 When he shaved his head—he had to shave his head at the end of each year because his hair was so heavy that he had to shave it—the weight of the hair from his head was two hundred shekels by the royal weight. 27 Absalom had three sons and one daughter. The daughter’s name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman.

28 Absalom lived in Jerusalem two years without ever seeing the king’s face. 29 Absalom called for Joab in order to send Joab to the king, but Joab refused to come. Absalom called for Joab a second time, but he still wouldn’t come. 30 So Absalom said to his servants, “Look, Joab’s property is next to mine. He has barley there. Go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s servants set the property on fire. Then Joab’s servants went to Joab with their clothes torn. “Absalom’s servants set the property on fire,” they said.[e]

31 So Joab went straight to Absalom’s house and said to him, “Why have your servants set my property on fire?”

32 Absalom answered Joab, “Look, I sent you a message: Come here so I can send you to the king to ask, ‘Why have I returned from Geshur? I would be better off if I were still there!’ Please let me see the king’s face. If I’m guilty, then the king can kill me.”

33 Joab went to the king and reported this to him. Then the king called for Absalom, and Absalom came to the king. He bowed low out of respect, nose to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom.

Absalom plots rebellion

15 Some time later, Absalom got a chariot and horses for his own use, along with fifty men to run ahead of him. Absalom would get up early and stand by the side of the road that went through the city gate. Whenever anyone had a lawsuit to bring before the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him, “What city are you from?” When the person said, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel,” then Absalom would say to him, “No doubt your claims are correct and valid, but the king won’t listen to you. If only I were made a judge in the land,” Absalom would continue, “then anyone with a lawsuit could come to me, and I would give them justice.”

Whenever anyone came near to Absalom, bowing low out of respect, he would reach his hand out, grab them, and kiss them. This is how Absalom treated every Israelite who came to the king seeking justice. This is how Absalom stole the hearts of the Israelites.

At the end of four[f] years, Absalom said to the king, “Please let me go to Hebron so I can fulfill a promise I made to the Lord. Your servant made this promise when I lived in Geshur, in Aram. I promised that if the Lord would bring me back to Jerusalem, then I would worship the Lord in Hebron.”[g]

“Go in peace,” the king said. So Absalom left and went to Hebron.

10 But Absalom sent secret agents throughout the tribes of Israel with this message: “When you hear the sound of the trumpet, then say, ‘Absalom has become king in Hebron!’” 11 Two hundred invited guests went with Absalom from Jerusalem. They were innocent and knew nothing of this matter when they went. 12 While Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he summoned David’s advisor Ahithophel, who was from Giloh, to come from his hometown. So the conspiracy grew stronger, and Absalom’s following grew.

David flees from Jerusalem

13 A messenger came to David, reporting, “The hearts of the Israelites have gone over to Absalom.” 14 Then David told all the servants who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come on! We have to run for it, or we won’t be able to escape Absalom. Hurry, or he will catch up with us in no time, destroy us,[h] and attack the city with the sword.”

15 The king’s servants said to him, “Your servants are ready to do whatever our master the king decides.” 16 So the king left, with his entire household following him, but he left ten secondary wives behind to take care of the palace.

17 So the king left, with all his people following him, and they stopped at the last house. 18 All the king’s servants marched past him, as did all the Cherethites, all the Pelethites, and the six hundred Gittites who had followed him from Gath. 19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why are you coming with us too? Go back! Stay with King Absalom.[i] You are a foreigner and an exile from your own country. 20 You just got here yesterday. So today should I make you wander around with us while I go wherever I have to go? No. Go back, and take your relatives with you. May the Lord show you loyal love and faithfulness.”[j]

21 But Ittai answered the king, “As surely as the Lord lives and as surely as my master the king lives, wherever my master the king may be, facing death or facing life, your servant will be there too.”

22 “Okay then,” David replied to Ittai. “Keep marching!”

So Ittai the Gittite and all of his men and all the little children with him marched past.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 14:14 Heb uncertain
  2. 2 Samuel 14:15 14:15-17 may have originally followed 14:7.
  3. 2 Samuel 14:18 14:18 may have originally followed 14:14.
  4. 2 Samuel 14:20 Heb uncertain
  5. 2 Samuel 14:30 DSS (4QSamc) LXX; MT lacks Then Joab’s servants… said.
  6. 2 Samuel 15:7 LXX, Syr, Vulg, Josephus; MT forty
  7. 2 Samuel 15:8 LXX; MT lacks in Hebron.
  8. 2 Samuel 15:14 Heb uncertain; LXXL bring the city down on top of us
  9. 2 Samuel 15:19 Heb lacks Absalom.
  10. 2 Samuel 15:20 LXX; MT lacks may the Lord show you.
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John 18:1-24

Arrest in the garden

18 After he said these things, Jesus went out with his disciples and crossed over to the other side of the Kidron Valley. He and his disciples entered a garden there. Judas, his betrayer, also knew the place because Jesus often gathered there with his disciples. Judas brought a company of soldiers[a] and some guards from the chief priests and Pharisees. They came there carrying lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus knew everything that was to happen to him, so he went out and asked, “Who are you looking for?”

They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

He said to them, “I Am.”[b] (Judas, his betrayer, was standing with them.) When he said, “I Am,” they shrank back and fell to the ground. He asked them again, “Who are you looking for?”

They said, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

Jesus answered, “I told you, ‘I Am.’[c] If you are looking for me, then let these people go.” This was so that the word he had spoken might be fulfilled: “I didn’t lose anyone of those whom you gave me.”

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 Jesus told Peter, “Put your sword away! Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given me?” 12 Then the company of soldiers, the commander, and the guards from the Jewish leaders took Jesus into custody. They bound him 13 and led him first to Annas. He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. (14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it was better for one person to die for the people.)

Peter denies Jesus

15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Because this other disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard. 16 However, Peter stood outside near the gate. Then the other disciple (the one known to the high priest) came out and spoke to the woman stationed at the gate, and she brought Peter in. 17 The servant woman stationed at the gate asked Peter, “Aren’t you one of this man’s disciples?”

“I’m not,” he replied. 18 The servants and the guards had made a fire because it was cold. They were standing around it, warming themselves. Peter joined them there, standing by the fire and warming himself.

Jesus testifies

19 Meanwhile, the chief priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus answered, “I’ve spoken openly to the world. I’ve always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews gather. I’ve said nothing in private. 21 Why ask me? Ask those who heard what I told them. They know what I said.”

22 After Jesus spoke, one of the guards standing there slapped Jesus in the face. “Is that how you would answer the high priest?” he asked.

23 Jesus replied, “If I speak wrongly, testify about what was wrong. But if I speak correctly, why do you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him, bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.

Footnotes:

  1. John 18:3 Or cohort (approximately six hundred soldiers)
  2. John 18:5 Or It is I
  3. John 18:8 Or It is I
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Psalm 119:97-112

מ mem

97 I love your Instruction!
I think about it constantly.
98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies
because it is always with me.
99 I have greater insight than all my teachers
because I contemplate your laws.
100 I have more understanding than the elders
because I guard your precepts.
101 I haven’t set my feet on any evil path
so I can make sure to keep your word.
102 I haven’t deviated from any of your rules
because you are the one who has taught me.
103 Your word is so pleasing to my taste buds—
it’s sweeter than honey in my mouth!
104 I’m studying your precepts—
that’s why I hate every false path.

נ nun

105 Your word is a lamp before my feet
and a light for my journey.
106 I have sworn, and I fully mean it:
I will keep your righteous rules.
107 I have been suffering so much—
Lord, make me live again according to your promise.
108 Please, Lord, accept my spontaneous gifts of praise.
Teach me your rules!
109 Though my life is constantly in danger,
I won’t forget your Instruction.
110 Though the wicked have set a trap for me,
I won’t stray from your precepts.
111 Your laws are my possession forever
because they are my heart’s joy.
112 I have decided to keep your statutes forever, every last one.

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Proverbs 16:8-9

Better a little with righteousness
than great profits without justice.
People plan their path,
but the Lord secures their steps.

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05/28/2018 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 13:1-39, John 17:1-26, Psalms 119:81-96, Proverbs 16:6-7

Today is the 28th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s good to be here with you around the global campfire as we come in out of the chaos of the world and warm ourselves in its light. And just allow the Word of God to wash over us. And speaking of the chaos of life, King David has some chaos within his family and we’re about to enter into that story. 2 Samuel chapter 13 today. We’re reading from the Common English Bible this week.

Commentary:

Okay. So, we encounter something terrible in the Old Testament and something beautiful in the New Testament. So, let’s just dive in and talk about it for a second. So David has an affair, right, with a married woman, Bathsheba, who happens to be the wife of Uriah the Hittite and was one of David’s top thirty most loyal warriors. A colossal misjudgment. That brings Nathan the prophet who tells David he’s going to have problems from within his family as a result of this and that is pretty much exactly what we see playing out here. Amnon, David’s oldest son, has lustful desires for his half-sister Tamar, which results in his rape of her. Probably because she wasn’t a willing participant, he throws her out. So, he has deeply shamed her. And when her brother Absalom finds out about it, he tries to comfort her, asks her to keep quiet about it for now, but this obviously broke her. And two years later justice was served. Absalom had made a plan and Amnon was killed. And then Absalom is on the run. So, he’s in Geshur. He’s back in the kingdom of his grandparents. And, ironically, Geshur is up in the Galilee region and would later have a different name, Bethseda, a place where Jesus ministered. So, yep, we can say the prophecy of Nathan came true. David’s family is in turmoil. And here’s the thing about this story. It is a horrible story. It is in the Bible because it’s a horrible story and we’re supposed to wrestle with it. But in wrestling with it, there is no way to overlay a 21st century cultural view on top of a thirty-five-hundred-year-old story, right? So, when I hear of the rape of Tamar and I consider it in the world that I live in, I’m outraged over this like we all would be. Like we all are. And, so, who do we look to? We look to David. He’s their parent. He’s Tamar’s father. Where is he in this thing? Why isn’t he rushing in to rescue her and set things right somehow and where are the wheels of justice on this train? We have to peel that back and enter into the time that they are living in, which leads us to hot buzzwords like patriarchy, which is fundamentally ordering a society though a patriarch. So, there is the oldest man in a family, he’s the patriarch, his first born son will be the next in line, his first born son will be the next in line, so on and so forth. Which essentially means that the males held the primary power in the society. And so we can get lost in a quagmire because we can get distracted and we can think, okay, well this story brings up all the things that we should be talking about today. This is a very, very old story that has been talked about in different ways over the last three thousand years. So, all that there may be plenty of things that need to be talked about, that is not the point of this story. The point of this story is a continuation of what David did. When David had this affair with Bathsheba, as much as there might have been a glossing over of the whole situation, everybody knew what happened, especially David’s family. And this obviously eroded his authority. He lost respect. And we don’t have every little detail of this story. We don’t know what’s going on in David’s mind. He might be thinking of self-protection because how many scandals can the kingdom handle? Or he might have been following his advisors? We don’t know. The point is that Nathan told David in advance that his family was gonna come unglued, that the problems that he was gonna face were gonna be from within. And this is what is happening. And we’re not done with Absalom. Absalom served what he felt was justice, which was the killing of his brother Amnon, who had raped his sister Tamar. So, we could say ultimately Amnon didn’t skate by free. He was assassinated for what he did. But David’s problems are not over. Absalom had lost complete respect for his father. Now he’s estranged from his father and we’ll see where that story goes. So, I’m not justifying the rape of Tamar. I think it’s horrible. I think rape or sexual assault of any kind is horrible. I also happen to think that adultery is horrible, and that was the first step in the process of the story that we are telling right now. And if patriarchy is your hot political button right now, look, we’ve come a long way in the last thirty-five hundred years and we have a long way to go. We’re in process. I’m not advocating this and I would wager that the Bible is not advocating this either. If we go back thirty-five hundred years, this is how the world works. So, we can make judgements from thirty five hundred years later and that’s fine, but it’s not the point. That’s how the world was, including slavery and all kinds of things that we would consider not a part of our society and not helpful in any way to humanity. That’s how things were. So, to try to wash over and not just enter into the story in a time how things were makes us back read a bunch of stuff that isn’t there. In fact, I would wager that the Mosaic law in terms of things like slavery and patriarchy were a dramatic move forward in the world in comparison to the cultures that were in the surrounding areas at the same time. So that was then, this is now. We’ve come a long way since then. We’re in the process of restoring this world, but that’s what we are here to do. We’re here to collaborate with Jesus as his hands and feet in this world to restore Shalom to this planet. Wholeness. A peace. But it’s never gonna come to the world until it comes to us individually.

Which brings us to the book of John, where Jesus is praying what is known as his High Priestly prayer and he’s praying it over his friends. And he’s praying it over us. Jesus said, I’m not praying only for them, speaking of his disciples, but also for those who believe in me because of their word. That would be us. When Jesus says, I pray that they will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you , I pray that they also will be in us so that the world will believe that your sent me. I’ve given them the glory that you gave me so that they can be one just as we are one. I’m in them and you are in me so that they will be made perfectly one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you have loved them just as you loved me. Okay, so that’s where this is all headed. That we’d have oneness with one another, oneness with Jesus who had oneness with the Father. Union. A place where there is wholeness and completeness and peace. So, we can judge David and his passivity from three thousand years ago, but we have to look in the mirror too because are we experiencing that oneness and that wholeness? Can we experience that oneness and wholeness with anyone, including our spouse, all of the time? Okay, well then there is still some work to do. We’ve done a lot of work moving forward in a lot of ways in the last several millennia. We’ve also made colossal mistakes over the last several thousand years as humanity. We’re still in process. We’re still working it out. We’re still making mistakes. We’re still restarting things. We’re still in process. But we have the prayer of Jesus our Savior over us, asking God to make us one just like the Father and the Son are one. But that can’t happen unless we are in Christ and live into it, actually live that out. That is how all of the stuff that outrages us gets eradicated from the world. So, if we want to judge their society than we can. If we want to judge our own, well then, we have to include ourselves by at least asking ourselves, what am I doing to restore Shalom into my home, into my workplace, into my neighborhood, into my church community, into my town, into my nation, into this world? Am I so self-absorbed that the universe revolves around me and everything really is about what’s happening to me? Or am I getting down on my knees and washing the filth from the feet of my brothers and sisters? Am I remaining in Jesus’ love by obeying him? No matter what story we enter into in the Bible and no matter what kind of reaction we have to it, at the end of the day, the more that we ponder, the more that we zoom out, the more that we gain proper context which is so vitally important in anything, the more that we find the whole thing becoming a mirror and everything bouncing back into our lap and asking us, what am I doing about it? How am I participating in bringing Shalom? How am I participating in revealing the kingdom of God upon this earth? What am I doing to reflect the glory of the Lord upon this earth?

Prayer:

Father we invite You into all of that. We invite You into whatever the Scriptures bring up just about every single day because we need You. And everyday we are made aware. We are reminded that we have a role to play in all of this. And so we pray along with You Jesus, make us one. Make us one that we may be in You as You are in the Father. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

This is Candace from Oregon. First and foremost, I want to offer my love and condolences to Vickie from Arizona and to your family in the loss of your husband. You said on a Wednesday, probably, almost the last Wednesday of May. I pray that God will come and I know He will for you. He is the husband to the husbandless and I know firsthand. Lord, bless Vickie and bless her family and all those who have lost this beloved person. And I just want to also be in agreement with Monica from Kentucky. Thanks, by the way, Monica, for just all your encouragements. But I want to add my agreement that while you need to be part of the church family, this DAB is part of that, but also one your own community, people that you, as she said, can forgive and do life together. And then agreeing with Brian Hardin when he said recently we ask for a bountiful harvest of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Thank You Lord for everything You’re doing. Thank You for being so present and so faithful and true.

Hi. My name is Nonny. I’m 15. I’ve called before like when…I called before because I didn’t really have any friends to go through this with and I just want some more and I’m such __ I don’t know what to do. And I’m hurting so much and it’s hard to trust God when there’s just so much leaving you and there’s so much you’re losing. I don’t know what to do. And I know I have to trust Him but it’s hard. It’s really hard. That’s it. I just pray because I’m really struggling __. Thank you.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Lee from New Jersey. Today is Friday, May 25th and today is day 24 of my prayer against anger. So, today’s prayer is a little different because it’s to praise God for a day without it, without anger. So, yesterday was one of those days. So, I want to praise God every single time. And of course, ask God to teach me what I need to learn those days that I __ up. So, Father thank you for a wonderful day yesterday Lord, a wonderful day, not a peaceful day Lord, but for a day that didn’t require anger or where anger didn’t show its ugly face. And yes, issues appeared, things needed to be resolved, and they were resolved without the use of anger, without the need of anger Lord. No boiling point. Nothing. I thank You for that Lord. I thank You for continuously blessing us and continuing to shine Your wisdom on us, that we may reflect Your wisdom in our daily lives with our families and everyone that we interact with on a day-to-day basis. Lord I ask that I die moment to moment Lord that I continuously die Lord to you, that I continuously forget who I used to be yesterday every single second Lord that I die instead of moment to moment, second to second Lord. That you continue to renew me every second of the day Lord. And we pray this in Jesus’ name. Family, also wanted to ask for prayer for our teenagers and technology, that they may fill their minds with more appropriate material - music, literature - because they are our future and, of course, they’re loading themselves up with popular culture and the music out there, stuff like that. So, just want to pray for that as well. Asking you all to pray for that. Of course, I know one of my brothers is praying for our children so add that to your prayer…

Hi Daily Audio Bible family. This is Jeff B. calling from Canada. Been listening now for just about six months and really appreciating the program. I’m visually impaired, so having Brian actually read it out loud…I don’t know…just faith comes by hearing…and it’s very powerful. So, thankful for that. Thank you, Brian and Jill for your ministry. Wanted to reach out. I go to Africa every year and I’m about to go on June 11th here. I’ll go for about a week. And what I do in Africa is, although we do a gospel festival, and a pastor’s conference, I personally reach out to government institutional and business leaders and we share…I bring a group of business and government leaders with me. We share business and value that way. But we also share our faith story and we lead leaders to the Lord. And it’s a powerful thing. It has an impact on the entire region because we get decision-makers and people of influence to come to Jesus. Every year before I go there’s obviously opposition. And, so, I’m just asking as a new community that I feel connected with, I’ve been praying for you guys over the last six months. I’m asking you to pray for me. And I will give you an update if I have a chance. And just want to again, thank you for the ministry. And have a very blessed day.