2 Samuel 7:1-8:18, John 14:15-31, Psalms 119:33-48, Proverbs 15:33
Today is the 25th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is great to be here with you today as we move ourselves into this new week, the last week of this…well…the last full week of this month. And as with all weeks and months we have some territory to cover. And the territory that we are covering right now, at least in the Old Testament, is in the book of second Samuel. And we are learning about David’s ascension to the throne and his reign as king of Israel after King Saul’s death in battle with the Philistines. Today second Samuel chapters 7 and 8.
Okay. So, as we moved through the weekend, we continued our journey through second Samuel, which led us deeper into the story of David and in particular his ascension to the throne. So, we know that Saul, you know, he saw a spiritist or medium and called up Samuel who told him he was gonna die in a day and he did and that was in a battle with the Philistines. And, you know, Saul and his sons died and they were beheaded and their bodies were hung from the walls of Beth-shan and all this happened while David was back in his…the town that he’d been given, the Philistine city of Ziklag. And he finds out that Saul is dead and there’s a systematic posture of heart that David has that is really, really important to his ascension to the throne. So, when David finds out that Saul is dead, he finds out from an Amalekite who had been in the battle and who claims to have been the one who killed Saul. David’s response is basically, “how would you dare touch God’s anointed”, right? So, that man loses his life because he confessed or claimed to have done something David had an opportunity to do on a number of occasions but wouldn’t dare. And the people see this. Like this is character that they are watching. And then David becomes king of Judah. So, one of the tribes of Israel. And he’s raining from Hebron and there’s kind of all this tumult going on and there are a couple of other assassinations that happen. One was Saul’s general, Abner. So, David’s general was named Joab and Abner had killed Joab's…one of Joab’s brothers in battle. So, as the intrigue happens David becomes king of…of Judah. Then the next in line in Saul’s house Ishbosheth comes king of Israel, but in the end, Abner defects from Ishbosheth and comes to King David and says basically, you know, like “I can hand all the tribes over to you. They can all enter into a covenant with you and you can become a king.” So, as Abner’s leaving from that meeting Joab finds out about it and in trickery assassinates Abner in a time that is peacetime, that is not war. So, these are…like Abner’s a pretty famous person he’s the commander of the armies of Israel. So, his death doesn’t go unnoticed and the people think that or assume that maybe David has something to do with that political assassination. So, they’re watching him. David has nothing to do with it. He mourns Abner. He tears his cloths. He writes songs. He calls out the injustice of it. And this is character. And this the people are watching because it’s a stark contrast to the way Saul did things and his very paranoid sort of reactionary way. David’s enemies are being done away with, but David hasn’t done it and he mourns it, and this is turning the hearts of the people. And then finally Ishbosheth, the king of Israel, is assassinated and Ishbosheth’s head, the son of Saul, is brought to David. And again, same thing kinda happens. Like this person would have the audacity to touch God’s anointed. And, so, this person is also…also loses…loses their life. But what becomes apparent then to the people is that David isn’t trying to do away with the house of Saul, and basically trying to move through the country assassinating anyone with an allegiance to Saul to sort of wipe that out as has been custom, not only biblically but also historically all along. David didn’t do these things and he mourned them, and he called them out as evil or wrong. And that helped the people like sort of coalesce around David because they could see the character, the same character that they had been seeing all along as he led Israel, even as he fled and was like on the run for his life. He treated with respect the office of the King. So, now we’ve reached this point at which David is fully in control. He is the king of all Israel. And what becomes sort of apparent as the days will go by is that once the pressure is off, once David’s completely in control, that’s when things start going a bit sideways and that is a lesson because that is how it is in our lives as well.
Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for bringing us into this week and we look forward to all that You will speak to us through Your word this week. And we take to heart what we read in the Proverbs today. “A fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom.” And this year all along, this year of vision, this is a strange year that has come upon us. We began asking for eyes to see. We began understanding that wisdom is at every crossroads in our lives if we’ll slow down enough. He is calling out to us and the fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom. Like we gain in wisdom as we have on fear and respect and are overwhelmed by who You are. And, so, we worship You and we humble ourselves before You. In fact, it’s not just a humble posture. It’s a posture of completely surrender. We surrender to You, most high God and ask Your Holy Spirit to instruct us in wisdom. Come Jesus we pray. In Your mighty name. We ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hi DAB family this is Joe from Pennsylvania just calling for prayer again. My wife and I are doing better in our relationship. I called about that a while ago. But I called for payer because we’re selling our house and moving, and the closing is scheduled for the 29th of May. Today’s the 21st in the morning. So, we have a lot to do and I’m kind of stressing about that, but we’re moving in with her mother-in-law…with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law in their house. So, it’s gonna be a little bit of a downsizing for us and a little bit of an adjustment. But our main goal is to get out of debt because that has really hampered us the past couple of years, especially with this COVID thing, it’s only gotten worse. My daughter’s name is Victoria, my wife’s name is Teresa, and my name is Joe. If you could just pray for all of us that God would be with us in this next step and lead us and direct us and especially with our daughter. She’s 12, that He would…that He would give her a special touch and just relieve the anxiety for all of us. Thank you. Love you guys.
This message is for father of Josh, May 15th episode and who also lost his…his other son. And Josh, I pray for you. I cover you with the Lord’s protective right-hand. Our Lord is mighty to save and in the name of Jesus, Josh, I rebuke spirits of depression, anxiety, hatred of yourself, hatred of life. And Lord I pray that You would replace these lies and…and the enemy’s vicious attacks on Josh, that You would replace it with Your presence oh God, Your Holy Spirit oh God, that You would fill Josh with an embrace of Your love, a witness to Your power, and Lord a new life that You are mighty to save. And Lord save Josh. Save him from himself. Save him from the enemy. Deliver him from this oppression. And Lord I pray that You would bless the family, the father, especially, with a spirit of wisdom that only comes from above, that it is filled with supernatural blessing of You Lord, that every step, every suggestion, every prescription, every introduction to any professional or counselor or friend Lord would just be so divinely ordered that it is exactly what Josh needs, it is a timely word, a timely embrace. And I pray for you Josh, I pray that this would draw …
Hey, DABbers I’m a new listserv my name Ephiniah I’m 23. And, yeah, I started listening back in January. It was on and off - distractions, life. And I’ve never really been into religion. I’ve never really prayed like that. I’m a new believer as well. I’ve known of God, but I didn’t know him and now in my life I want to because last summer I was in a dark place a bad relationship. I started praying heavily to Him because I needed help. And when He answered…it blew my mind how it happened…but when He answered it was like, “okay, hundred percent, you know, I hear you.” Thank you. And now you are more focus because emotions, feelings, all of that is difficult for me but it’s like I’ve always looked for things in other people. So, I do listen to sermons, all of it. I don’t read the Bible, that’s why I have this because, you know, it’s hard to read the Bible. But I know that whatever I need He can give me as long as I follow Him, and I trust Him, and I do trust Him. I pray for guidance, wisdom. Guide my path. You know just help me because I need You in my life. But I feel like am failing, like I’m not doing as I should. I know I’m not. I’m fighting temptation in myself. So, guys, just pray for me because whatever His will and purpose out of me is, I want to do it and I want to do it right. I just need strength.
Good morning family I’m calling for Ben, Mike in California’s son, a 14-year-old boy who ran away a couple of days ago. His father called in in anguish and filed a police report. Father, we call on You concerning our boy. You know where he is. You know his heart. You know what he’s going through right now. We’re calling on You to come to the rescue of this child, a beloved child of God that You’ve created at Your image. We pray that the pains and the hurt that caused him to run away, Father You will address them, that You will call him back to You, to Your love, to Your restoration, to Your relationship, to Your fellowship and return him home safely to his family, to his Father who’s calling in anguish asking for You to intervene Father. You are our Father. You are our maker. You know all our needs. You know us best than we know ourselves. We cry unto You Father. Please, show up, bring up our child, bring him home safely. Protect him where he is. Shower him with Your love. Let him hear Your voice. Call him back home in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Hi this is Ruth from California. I heard you called in the other day about your daughter. I want you to know that you were in my heart along with your wife and your family. Your daughter is dealing with a difficult time in her life and I’m sure that she, you know, was upset with you because she doesn’t know how to rectify the situation. I don’t know where she is spiritually, but she needs a lot of love from you. She needs to know how much this family loves her, how much God loves her and that He’s there for her as well. Know in my heart I will be praying, and I’d love to hear how…how she comes to this because she will. But it’s a difficult thing for, especially, I think girls during this time in this __. I know I had it in my life and I wonder times who this…who the daughter was that I had, that she was not the daughter that I knew. But God willing He’ll bring her through it. And we love you and will keep you all in prayer. Bye-bye.