2 Samuel 2:12-3:39, John 13:1-30, Psalms 119:1-16, Proverbs 15:29-30
Today is the 23rd day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s wonderful to be here with you today as we move toward the end of our week together and as we together take the next step forward in the Scriptures this year. So, we’re just kind of getting ourselves going into the book of second Samuel from our Old Testament reading, which means that were focusing our attention right now on this man named David who is becoming king of Israel. And we’re working our way through the final gospel, the gospel of John in the New Testament. We’ve got about a week and a half left there before we finish the Gospels. So, that’s the lay of the land. Let’s dive in and take the next step forward. Second Samuel chapter 2 verse 12 through 3 verse 39 today and we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week.
Okay. So, after Saul died back in first Samuel, right, so when he died in battle with the Philistines then David was crowned king of Judah and Ish-bosheth, Saul’s remaining heir ascended to the throne of his father, right, the king of Israel, which left kind of two kings in the mix over different oh over different regions. And, so, this began to cause the kind of political and social turmoil that you would expect, which ultimately led to conflict. And, so, the story of Abner is a something that we read today. So, Abner was Saul’s general and Joab was David’s general and that’s where we spent most of our time today. Abner…so Saul’s general killed David’s general’s brother in a time of war. Abner killed Joab’s brother, Asahel while they were in battle, even though he was doing everything he possibly could to avoid it, like asking him, “like, stop chasing me. Like I don’t want to hurt you, how can I look at your brother.” Like, they were talking but Asahel wouldn’t stop and so he was killed in war. Later, in a time of peace, Joab took his revenge and assassinated Abner during peacetime. So, all that did was make problems for David, right? Because if David is the king of Judah and he is assassinating people in Israel, then it’s a problem because Israel’s not going to want to follow David, right? It’s just gonna divide things even more. So, all eyes are on David. Like, did David make this happen? Did David have Abner, Ish-bosheth’s, like Israel’s general of the Army, like, did he have him assassinated? Because that will be a big deal. It would be a big deal at any point in history. It would be a big deal today. So, now everyone’s watching David for something he didn’t do and his humble leadership and the way he acknowledged a fallen national hero is what turned the hearts of Israel’s people toward David, right? So, we’ve been talking about is a little bit because we might now like the Sunday school version of the story. Saul dies, then David becomes the king of Israel, he’s the second King, he’s the great King David. But there was a period of time when things were pretty uncertain as you could only imagine that they would be. And, as we watch David acknowledge what happened, own what happened, grieve, mourn, go before the people, and acknowledge Abner…I mean that’s a stark contrast to the way that Saul behaved. It’s like we’ll remember Saul’s characteristics. What David is doing is being humble here and kind of owning this and grieving. This is totally different kind of behavior and it wins the hearts of the people. So, we have really interesting, stark contrasts in leadership here between Saul and David and that will become more and more apparent as we move forward.
And then in the Gospel of John we’re in the upper room and we’re there for Jesus final meal, and it’s within that context of this final meal, the Last Supper that, like David, Jesus, the King humbled himself and washed the feet of his disciples. And He’s like, “You call me Your teacher, You call me Your Lord, and You’re right to call me those things. I am those things. And since I am those things and I have washed your feet that you ought to do that for each other because what I’m doing is giving you an example to follow. I’ve done this for you. Now you know, and God will bless you if you do this for each other.” So, I mean, that the picture of Jesus disrobing and washing His disciple’s feet, that’s a famous story and there isn’t anything veiled about it or there isn’t anything veiled about anything Jesus said at that meal. Most of us know all of this. The question becomes whether we actually listened to what He said because the posture of heart required is to lower ourselves to the humble position of washing the filth from the feet of our friends, which is beautiful but very difficult in a world where everyone pretends to be flawless, and has nothing to wash off, right, and in a culture that invites us to hide everything, everything that we really are basically. According to Jesus though, the path toward blessing from God is to humble ourselves and to wash the filth from each other’s lives. So, let’s spend some time today inviting Jesus to show us how that would look. In our context, what would that look like for us today? And this is important because Jesus is about to go and die after this meal. Only through releasing dominance and control and taking on the position of a servant are we ever going to find the blessings in life that we’re really looking for and the blessings in life that we actually need. Everything else is taking.
Holy Spirit, come. Show us what it would be like for us to wash the feet of those that we love, those who are around us, what it would be like to humble ourselves to be a servant, to be Christ like in this world. We read story after story after story, chapter after chapter, verse after verse, book after book, and so often, even though it’s in plain black-and-white right in front of our faces, we still go back out into the world and try to dominate everything. We live according to our culture when it’s right here, that will not work, that is not how You lived. So, come Holy Spirit and show us what it would be like to wash the filth from each other’s feet, what it would be like to humble ourselves below our brothers and sisters, and serve as You did, as You set the example. Come Holy Spirit we pray in the mighty name of Jesus we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hi Daily Audio Bible family, this is Liz the soccer mom from Toronto. I’m calling with a prayer request. My elderly parents live in our home, they have a separate apartment that we put in them a few years ago. They are believers and my husband and I…my husband’s not saved…we are struggling with growing resentment about them being in our home. It’s basically around privacy, some money challenges that they have and expectations that they have of us as landlords. I’ve been reading Ephesians lately and so I’ve been growing in conviction that my mouth needs to be guarded and that, you know, I voice frustration with my husband often and I think it’s creating disunity in the body of Christ. So, it’s not a great example to him and it’s certainly not a great example to our sons who see and hear these goings-on. So, as I was leaving for church today, I mentioned to my husband that the sermon was gonna be about how not to tear your house down. So, we both kind of like raised our eyebrows and I said, “well, maybe I’ll come back with some good stuff for us.” And he smiled and laughed, and said, “yeah we need it.” So, the sermon was based around Proverbs 14:1, as the wise woman buids her house with her own hands and the foolish one tears it down. So, I’m heading back home now after church. It was an incredible sermon. There was much in there, it was really rich, but I’m praying…well I’ll ask you guys also to pray that I would be wise and not foolish, that I would seek peace and pursue it and repay perceived insults with encouragement. And I pray that the conversation that I have with my husband will be covered by the Holy Spirit and hopefully I’ll be able to update you on some very positive outcomes from that. So, thanks DAB family. Love you. Talk to you soon.
Hi this is Victoria soldier, just wanted to call tonight to pray for some of the DABbers. I wanted to pray for Vicki from Arizona on the loss of her husband and her son. And she still say that she…that God is really encouraging and I just wanted to say thank you Lord for blessing my sister. And I know it’s been challenging to lose your husband and your son but know that God is still faithful. I thank you my sister for encouraging, not only me but encouraging someone today that know that God never leave us or forsake us. I want to pray for Mary, Mary and she has her son, I think is her son-in-law in the hospital. I want to pray for son-in-law and her daughter Ruth and I want to also pray for Mary to continue to encourage, to continue that spirit of encouragement to her family and give her the strength and the blessing and not only them but seeing her needs be met also. I want to pray for Keira regarding an appointment and the abortion that she had through. And I’m glad that you found some to forgive and I’m glad that it was an encouragement to you because we never know what the challenges are and what we went through or what we went through at the time but God is a forgiving God and He’s a loving God and He’s a merciful God and I’m just so glad that you’re encouraged my sister. And I pray that you encourage someone else to let them know that God is forgiving and to moving on to greater heights and one day you’ll see your baby in heaven. Gracious Father, we just praise You and we lift You up. We magnify You Lord. We just ask You in those need that Your people had today Lord that they are announce in the…
Good morning daily audio Bible family it’s His Beloved in California. Praise report, I just want to say thank you for praying for my relationship with __, things have smoothed over and I’m just so happy and I wanted to say that. Please continue to pray for my son Tino. He’s now __ out there __ he thinks something’s wrong with him still, he doesn’t have joy in is heart, he’s stressed out, he’s 23, he’s working too hard. And also, prayers for dating a woman who I don’t feel is right for him and __ that’s causing some problems. I pray for the Lord’s will in that relationship and if she’s not right that they would harden their hearts toward one another. Also, please pray for me. I’m taping, I was supposed to tape before. I know you guys were praying for me before. I am taping my testimony tomorrow. I’ve invited about 10 of my sisters in Christ to come and I’m excited about it but please pray that the Holy Spirit will fill me up and the words of Spirit would speak through me as I give my testimony and encourage other women. In Jesus’ name I pray these things. And Tomika, girl, I’m praying for you so strongly and a bunch of other sisters that called in for you and spoke the words of armoring up, that was such a great visual. So, armor up my sister. We’ve got you covered in prayer. I love all of you, I pray for all of you. God, bless. Bye.
Hi family, this is Zach out in Portland Oregon. I just wanted to call and say, Johnny and Nick, I’m praying for you still. I’m really thinking about you and I hope that you’re doing better. I also wanted to ask for prayers for my relationship with my children. It’s become extremely strained and really running into some difficulties with my ex-wife and especially, I have a son and daughter and the relationship with my daughter has become really strained and I’m just asking for prayer and for insight to have a better connect with her. Thank you, Daily Audio Bible. I love you guys so much. You mean so much to me and your prayers mean more than anything. Thanks so much and have a great blessed day.