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.
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.
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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Community Prayer and Praise:
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.