05/23/2019 DAB Transcript

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.

Commentary:

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.

Prayer:

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.

05/22/2019 DAB Transcript

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalms 118:19-29, Proverbs 15:27-28

Today is the 22nd day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a pleasure, it is an honor, and it is a joy to be here with you today to take the next step forward on our journey that is leading us through the Scriptures this year. And, so, we finished the book of first Samuel yesterday and that, of course, brings us to the book of second Samuel that we will begin momentarily, but let’s just kind of catch ourselves up.

Introduction to the book of second Samuel:

By way of reminder, since we talked about this when we began first Samuel, first and second Samuel was all a single collection of books, together with other texts that were then later on separated along the way for clarification and ease of finding things. It would’ve been pretty hard for Samuel to have written second Samuel since he had already died and we experienced his death in first Samuel and we even saw the King Saul go to a medium to try to bring him up from the dead and the last thing we have Samuel saying to anyone is to tell Saul that tomorrow you’ll be with me and he was killed among Gilboa at the hands of the Philistines in battle the next day. So, we don’t actually know who penned second Samuel, but it does seem that whoever did had first-hand first-person knowledge of the events. And second Samuel, as we move into in just a second here, it’s gonna pick up right where we left off. It’s not like we’re gonna be switching gears and complexions here. We’ve basically concluded the book of first Samuel with the death of Saul and his sons and we’ll pick up there and second Samuel will cover the life of David and his ascension to the throne and his victories and his passion for God and then then the mountaintop of his life and the trailing off, his falling away from God as well. And we’re gonna just sit here on the front row and see how much all of this applies to our lives because we’ll find ourselves in the life of David, often as we did with Saul and it gives us one more example of how pressing into God, obeying God, following God with our whole heart brings about victory and falling away from God brings about rebellion and eventually brings about destruction. And One more thing just before you get started in second Samuel to note is that, a lot of these stories we’re gonna hear them again when we get to the books of first and second Chronicles but they won’t be word for word and they won’t be from the same perspective and that’s the interesting thing about the Bible. We have this story of David and we’re reading it right now from a prophetic perspective in the books of Samuel who was a prophet and a judge of Israel. When we get to the books of first and second Chronicles we’ll read the life of David from a priestly perspective and get their commentary on these same stories, but that’s not for now, that’s for when we get there. Just a little bit of a heads up because when we get there it’ll like we’re hearing some of the same territory again wonder and we’ll wonder, “haven’t I heard this story”, which is very some similar to what we get in Matthew, Mark, and Luke in the synoptic Gospels. Nevertheless, let’s dive in. we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. Second Samuel chapter 1 verse 1 through 2 verse 11.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we began second Samuel today David finds out that Saul has been killed and he laments, “oh how the mighty have fallen” and we begin to turn our attention, of course, to David and his reaction and all the comes next. And we see that he grieved for a lost king and a lost father-in-law who wanted to do nothing more than to kill him. And it’s actually this, David’s humble posture and the way that he’s beginning to lead contrasted so starkly with Saul’s that will become apparent and compelling to the people as we move forward into the story because, you know, we can think of this Sunday school style and say, “okay I know…I know Saul was the first king of Israel and David followed him.” And we can just think, “well…Saul was killed and so they made David King and that’s just how it was.” But that’s not just how it was. Saul’s death didn’t make David Israel’s King. David inquired of the Lord, as we just read, about where he should go because he was in Philistine territory and he was a Philistine and was asking God if he should go back to his homeland. And God said, “go" and David said, “where” and God said, “Hebron”. So, David moved to the city of Hebron where he was subsequently made the king of the tribe of Judah, right? So, one of the tribes of Israel. So, now the king of Israel has died and one of the tribes of Israel have decided to make their own king and that’s David. Meanwhile, Saul has a remaining heir that’s still alive, his name Ish-bosheth and Abner, the general of the Army who survived the battle, mad Ish-bosheth king. So, that’s where we are. That’s the lay of the land as we move forward in second Samuel.

And then in John’s Gospel we move another step further into the story of Jesus final days and we just…we saw the whole situation descending on Jesus one more time, right? He’s like, “my soul is troubled. Should I ask the Father to save me from this hour?” But this is this is why came. So, Father, bring glory to your name.” And we can notice that right to the end confusion swirled around Jesus. Even though the words that he spoke spoke deeply into the hearts of his hearers and awakened their souls, and even though his ministry confirmed that He was truly sent from God, the religious traditions were so deeply ingrained that it was…that it was nearly impossible to penetrate and, in the end, impossible to penetrate. And ironically Jesus ambition wasn’t to destroy anybody’s traditions. He was living within them, but he was also critiquing them in the process and most of the people didn’t understand. And Jesus is like, “the lights only gonna be shining a little while longer, like while I’m here. So, walk in the light while you can so that the darkness won’t overtake you because the people who are walking in the darkness don’t know where they’re going. So, walk in the light while you still have time so you can become children of the light.” Okay, so these issues that are confronting Jesus as we read through them in the Gospels and in the Gospel of John in particular right now, these issues are still around. The gospel has been handed down to us over thousands of years, but over that time people have created new traditions. And even though our rich heritage and traditions in the faith are incredibly valuable, the ceilings that we put on those traditions are not very valuable. When we think we got the whole thing perfect and indestructible, right, our theology is bulletproof, then Jesus often comes to tear down our ceilings. That’s what we’re watching him…that’s why the religious leaders are so angry at him. But through this example we should understand that the Father isn’t going to conform to what we think we know. And when we’re stretched out in our faith, we think it’s so thin that we begin to doubt, and then we feel guilty about that, we’re not doing something wrong, we’re reaching beyond the ceiling because it’s not enough anymore. So, as we consider our doubts and our fears and our assumptions about our faith let’s ask ourselves whether we’re any less confused then the people hearing Jesus were because this forces us to face whether what we’ve been told is truth and we’re often forced to reach beyond ourselves and beyond what we think we know and reach for God, which is the point of faith. So, Jesus says, “I’ve come as a light to shine in the dark world so that everyone who puts their trust in me will no longer be in the dark.” This is for everybody. This is for you and this is for me, but it’s gonna require that we reach into the dark and through the dark beyond the ceilings we’ve placed on our faith and reach for the light and realize there isn’t a ceiling.

Prayer:

Holy Spirt we invite You into that because the ceilings, we’ve constructed them ourselves to try to keep ourselves safe, but they just cover over the light shining in and we’re lost in the dark again when You’ve invited us into freedom, into complete freedom. We believe that You have invited us into the light to be transformed into children of the light and we believe that that is what is going on and we also confess that we that we spend too much time in the dark. Come Holy Spirit, because we’re choosing this. Come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth, lead us into the light of the Savior today we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com, is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here.  So, be sure to stay tuned and stay connected in any way that you can, and in any way that you want to.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There’s a link on the homepage. I thank you profoundly for your partnership. If you’re using the app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

05/21/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13, John 11:55-12:19, Psalms 118:1-18, Proverbs 15:24-26

Today is the 21st day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s awesome to have this time together around the global campfire and allow God’s word to speak to us. And it’s kind of a special day. We’ll be finishing the book of first Samuel today, which has mostly been the story of King Saul. But of course, King Saul’s story is irreplaceably or irreversibly intertwined with David. So, we’ll be finishing up that story today and then moving into second Samuel tomorrow where we’ll be beginning to put our focus on David and his rise to kingship. But first, first Samuel chapter 29, 30, and 31. We’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we concluded, the book of first Samuel today. We also reached the conclusion of King Saul’s life along with his three heirs to the throne, including Jonathan who was in covenant with David and loved David. And, you know, David was about to go into battle with the Philistines against Jonathan, like against his fellow Hebrews because he had defected and become a Philistine to save his own life, because the king of Israel, King Saul, was intent on destroying him. So, we read the story and we know how this goes. They actually marched from Ziklag in the South, in the transition zone into the desert all the way up into the Jezreel Valley, a long way, three days journey by marching and that would actually have been moving fast. David was gonna go into battle but the Philistine…the other Philistine leaders were like, “you know, if he turns on us in the middle of this, if he’s really a warrior then, you know, things could go really, really bad for the Philistines.” So, they sent him away. They marched all the way back to Zikzag only to find out the Amalekites raided Ziklag and burned it and taken everything and everyone. So, they go in pursuit and they get all of their stuff back and destroy their enemies but as they’re fighting the Amalekites and destroying their enemies who had destroyed their city, up in the north of the Philistines have destroyed the Israelite army and have killed the king. And when they discover the king’s body they beheaded him and then they hung his body on the walls of Beth-shan. Beth-shan is a magnificent archaeological ruin in the north of Israel, just south of the Sea of Galilee a little bit. And we’ve filmed there many times. It’s included in the Promised Land films as is Ziklag. And, so, we end first Samuel with the death of Saul and we’ll pick up Second Samuel tomorrow and begin to follow the story right where we left off, but we’ll begin to be focusing upon David.

In the gospel of John, we are approaching Jesus final days. And I know that we just came through Easter and good Friday and we did everything we could to reverence the moment. And, so, we kind of find ourselves in this territory again and maybe thinking, “we just kinda went through this couple weeks ago, like a month ago.” However, this is the last time this year we will be going through this territory in the Bible. This is the last time that this story will come to us through the Gospels because we are moving our way to the conclusion of the Gospels. John is the final gospel and we’ll move from here into the book of acts and all that begins to come next. So, as we are right at the front end of this territory let’s go ahead and make a mental note to truly embrace what we’re reading and once again profoundly understand what God did on our behalf to rescue us.

Prayer:

Jesus, we do thank You. Every day we thank You. And may our lives be living thanks to You, a living memorial to what You have done, a living sacrifice to reveal Your kingdom in this world. We are so deeply grateful that our words…there is no way to string them together for them to be anywhere near the magnitude of what they deserve. Language fails in this area. We give our lives to You completely, unreservedly. We trust You and we invite You into this retelling in the gospel of John of the sacrifice that You made on our behalf. But we also ask, Holy Spirit, that as we transition between the books of first and second Samuel, and between King Saul and the emerging King David, that we continue with this journey because it is so poignant into our own lives and our own motivations. There’s so much there for us to understand about ourselves. So, come Holy Spirit into this we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com, is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s up, what’s going on around here. So, be sure to check that out.

The Shop is there at dailyaudiobible.com where resources for this journey are available, including the Promised Land films that I was just talking about. So many of these places, every place that we have been able to get to we’ve filmed to bring them close so that as we’re journeying through the Bible, we kind of drop in and see with these places look like. So, Beth-shan and Ziklag are a couple places that we mentioned today, but also Jezreel and the Jezreel Valley and Mount Gilboa where Saul was killed in battle can be seen in those films. So, check that out.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it’s on the homepage. Thank you, humbly and profoundly for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or if you prefer the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, this is Bonnie from Northern California and I’ve never called in before, but I’ve been listening to your program for a few years now. I regret not calling in and when my husband passed away almost 4 years ago in August. And my mom just went to be with the Lord the other day and I just find so much comfort. But I’m reaching out to Joe in New Jersey. I just heard your prayer request. You have ALS and I’m praying with tears over your condition and I am praying for God’s touch on your body. The other thing I ask is that you would pray for my friend Kim who’s just embroiled in a horrible court battle and I just want the Daily Audio Bible community to pray for her and her family. Wednesday, the…oh gee…today’s the 18th…so the 22nd I think…she’s going to be…I don’t know what’s happening that day but I’m fasting for three days and praying for her. So, please pray for her and her family that justice would take place. Many lies have been told about her. Thank you for praying. I love you all and I pray for you all. Thank you. Bye-bye.

My name is Joe Borman, I live in Waukegan Illinois and my prayer request is for my 44-year-old daughter whose name is Krista. She was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma cancer in March and has been getting treatment downtown Chicago and the treatments that she’s been getting have many side effects that have left her extremely tired and nauseous and in a lot of pain. There are a lot of options for treatment going forward. So, this prayer request is A), that God would just heal her. We believe that He can do that. And sometimes he uses doctors and medicine. And the prayer then is for discernment, to know which doctors to listen to, that the treatment options that she’s left with that she would have discernment on which ones to choose. Pray also for relief for her pain. Since she was seven years old she’s had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. One of the side effects of the medicine she’s taking is that that would rear up and it has with a vengeance. She has a very difficult time walking, her knees are very swollen, and painful. This is a woman who has always been a woman of God, very faithful. And we are praying and invite the world to pray with us that God could be magnified and glorified by the healing of our daughter. For her to get released from this would be a miracle indeed. So, thank you in advance for your…

Hello Daily Audio Bible friends and family, I’m so grateful for each and every one of you. I’ve been listening for many years and have only called in once but have been so blessed by each and every one. I called several years ago about my friend Danny who needed a miracle because my husband had shared we need 10,000 prayer warriors. Little did he know I knew a place where we could find them. There was work from God in my son’s life and I ask you to continue to pray for him, his name is Danny. He’s now a daddy, working hard but still facing addictions and challenges in his life. I wanted to share something with you. Sometimes God wakes me up early in the morning. Dear Lord, You call me to Your word early in the morning to hear truth. Troubles and challenge is around but You are the only anchor in the storm You hold me safely in the palm of Your mighty hand. I have nothing to fear for You did not give me a Spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. Lord as I walk through life today fill me to overflowing with love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, __, self-control. I need Your wisdom to facilitate each issue. Let me be filled with Your Spirit. Anoint my lips. Help me speak truth and love to all around me. Lord, if You want to use me, equip me. I will go to battle for You. I will be a soldier, but I need Your armor. Don’t ever let me think I can handle something without You. Help me Lord. I pray that prayer for each one of us and know that I am praying for you, crying with you, and trusting that God will work in your life for whatever you are facing. Love to all of you. This is Annie from South Florida.

Peter saw the peace of God a man in human form
Jesus walking on the water in the midst of a raging storm
tranquility serenity his disciples filled with fear
yet Jesus beckoned Peter come and Peter did drawing near
boldly and with courage he walked towards our Lord
___ and danger all around but all of it ignored
his eyes were focused on the prize he rose above the storm
he rose above the waters and he rose above the norm
but then he got distracted because the storm was all around
he felt the wind he saw the waves and he started going down
Satan’s good at doing that he gets our eyes to stray
we take our eyes off Jesus and then we have to pay
repercussions consequences doubts turn into fear
they cut us off from blessings that we should be drawing near
grapes so huge that it takes two men in addition to a pole just to pick it off the ground
two transport it and to hold overflowing blessings take them and possess
but then they saw the giants and I guess you know the rest
Israel wandered in the wilderness they were cursed for 40 years
their eyes strayed from the blessings and they focused on the fears
to us __ can become giants they can also become storms too
but keep your eyes on Jesus he will always bring you through

blindtony1016@gmail.com. I’d like to give a shout out to Pastor Gene. I miss the sound of your voice. Hope all is well. I’d also like to give a shout out to Alfyo from Delaware. Hope all is well my brother and know you both are in my prayers daily. And once again I’d like to give a shout out to Brian Hardin and…

Hello DAB family this is Abiding in Him. I want to pray for our dear sister in California who called on a rainy day. Lord we thank You for Your faithfulness and that the DAB continues to roll on day in and day out. And across the years have reached out to tens of thousands if not millions of people Lord and we thank You that dear sister has joined the fold heavenly Father and has trusted us with the goings-on of her heart Lord that the community can lift up holy hands Lord and pray for her and bathe her in prayer. Lord she’s at a crossroads in her life where she’s not sure that things are happening are attacks from the devil or invitations from You and I pray heavenly Father that deep in her heart will abide the peace that surpasses understanding, that exists even in the midst of uncertainty or worry or desperate circumstances. I pray for the joy so far deep in her heart that it isn’t changed by the things that she sees. Speak to her Lord in a way that only she can understand so that she can realize that the journey however it twists and turns leads ultimately to You to be closer with You. So, heavenly Father, straighten out the crooked paths Lord, open up the doors and make available the way that she is to go but to know that You even in the case of mistakes and missteps, You’re there working behind the scenes leading us closer to You. We thank You Lord for Your word. We thank You for Your Spirit. We thankful for Your faithfulness and we pray Your blessings over our dear sister in Jesus’ name.

05/20/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 26:1-28:25, John 11:1-54, Psalms 117:1-2, Proverbs 15:22-23

Today is the 20th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a pleasure to be here with you today on this 20th day of the month of May. I guess that gives us 11 days left in this month. So, we’re well through the middle. And boy, we will finish this month and head into our six month of the year already. It’s crazy how quickly things go. What a busy year it’s been though, at least for me. I am learning to maintain, and I am learning that it requires maintenance to maintain and I am learning that in order to have time to do maintenance and maintain maybe there’s some things that have to diminish or maybe even fall away, but one thing remains true and that is the rhythm of the Scriptures speaking life and light and good news into our lives every single day. And, so, we’ll take the next step forward. We’re kind of rounding the bend here on our time in first Samuel. We’ll conclude first Samuel in tomorrow’s readings. So, we’re reading from the Christian Standard Bible this week. And today, first Samuel 26, 27 and 28.

Commentary:

Alright. It’s pretty dramatic happenings going on in first Samuel. Battle lines have been drawn up. David, who has been so intertwined with Saul, right, Saul’s been trying to assassinate David since he killed Goliath practically. David has had to grow up fast, he’s had to grow up in the spotlight, he’s had to learn how to be a warrior, he’s had to learn to be stealthy, he’s had to learn how to stay alive, and he finally…he’s defected to the Philistines and become a Philistine simply to stay away from Saul because he’s thinking, eventually Saul’s gonna get me. So, as it turns out, the entire Philistine army and the entire Israeli army are about to have a huge battle. And David’s now a Philistine and is expected to fight as a Philistine. Saul, on the other hand really has no voice of counsel whatsoever. Like, the isolation has become nearly total. And, so, Saul is seeking out a medium to try to get Samuel’s counsel from beyond the grave, and this happens and Samuel’s counsel as we leave today’s reading is essentially, “I’ll see ya here tomorrow.” So, ominous to say the least as we prepare to turn a corner and end the book of first Samuel tomorrow.

Then in the book of John we have the resurrection of Lazarus, which is indelibly imprinted on my mind because we’ve been there to this location several times and the tomb of Lazarus is something that’s included in the Promised Land films. And there are many things we can talk about in the story of the resurrection of Lazarus, many things that we could talk about, but let’s just focus on the aftermath, right? So, we read the whole story. Jesus is somewhere else. Word gets to him. He eventually gets there. Lazarus has died, right? And the sisters, they have a message for Jesus, they fall down before Jesus and say what we seem to find coming out of our mouths a lot, “if you had only been here”, right, “if you just would have showed up for me, this wouldn’t have happened.” So, there’s so many rich human elements in the story. But it’s a famous story and we know that Lazarus rises from the dead. What is so deeply fascinating is what happens next. I mean Bethany is on the Mount of olives. It’s just like kind of on the back side of the Mount of Olives. And, so, really it is only a couple miles from Jerusalem. So, a resurrection of this magnitude, right, a guy walking out of a tomb wrapped in linen cloths after four days in the grave, how quickly do you think that word could travel two miles. So, it’s not long before people in Jerusalem are finding out about this and it’s not long before the religious leaders are meeting about this. And what is so deeply interesting is that their response to resurrection is to plot assassination, right? So, Jesus is bringing life and their fearful that everyone will believe Him and if everyone does believe Him then the Romans will come and take the power away and maybe even suppress or destroy the religion, which ironically is something that they attempted to do much later. Like, I mean they completely destroyed Jerusalem over rebellion in A.D. 70. So, just a few decades later. So, the thing that they were trying to kill Jesus about, right, to keep the peace, didn’t keep the peace. And we just have this absolutely crystal clear example before us of how twisted we can get when we get enmeshed basically in trying to keep God in our heads, right? So, trying to get God in our heads is the sciences that we have around our religious faith and persuasion. We would call this theology or doctrine. None of these things are bad. They help us form an understanding of what it is we believe. And yet what we are seeing play out in the Gospel of John are people who have devoted their lives to trying to figure that very thing out and how to obey the rules precisely to achieve perfection before God. And their response to God in the flesh, bringing resurrection and the light into the world is to plot to kill him because of what the Roman people might do if everybody believes Jesus. Like, we have this benefit of reading to the Gospels and we can scratch our heads because we’ve come through the age of reason and enlightenment and so we have these processes for sorting out logically things. And, so we can look at this story and go, but guys, like, if everybody believed in a person who could raise people from the dead, who’s not…I mean, who’s in danger here? But their expectation is for a military overthrow of Rome. Like, this is all they can get their minds around. If there is a Messiah coming and they did believe a Messiah, a messianic figure was coming, in their mind this person was going to get everybody on the same page for battle, for military overthrow of Rome, for a rebellion. And they…this was going on before Jesus and it happened after Jesus leading to the destruction of Jerusalem. If you want to read stories of Jewish rebellions against occupiers of the land prior to Jesus, then you read the stories of the Maccabees. Jesus just didn’t fit into the paradigm they were looking for, which was a strong military type leader. Instead, Jesus is walking around bringing light into the darkness by saying, the way you overcome…a more powerful weapon then a sword or a spear is love. Love your enemy’s if you want to truly conquer them. Because the two of you can be enemies and you can kill each other but then your dad, but if one of you loves the other one and that hatred turns into love, then you have gained one another and love has replaced hate, light has replaced darkness in the world. What if this were perpetuated? And they just…they just could not get their minds around it, or probably more true, they may have been able to get their minds around it, they just believed it was an impossibility. It wasn’t ideal because we do the same thing all the time. We’ll be having a conversation and describing something that would be ideal and we’ll say, “in a perfect world…in a perfect world that would be possible.” But we’ve gotta ask ourselves, what are we doing here if we are not here to reveal God’s kingdom and see it on earth as it is in heaven - a perfect world. So, there’s plenty to consider in the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. But one of the things we should look at is how the religious people responded by plotting to assassinate Jesus and why because as we look into that we find that those kinds of seeds also live within us.

Prayer:

Father. We invite You into that. We invite You into our doubt and our fear, into our anxieties, into the things that twist us so backward that we do not see forward at all. Like we’re so confused and so deceived and so trapped that we really do functionally believe this is all there is, there is nothing more. And, so, we’ve gotta protect ourselves. We see this playing out in this story today and we see that this is in us as well and we see this in the face of an of a resurrection. So, we see how backward things can get and we invite Your Holy Spirit to show us the places inside of us where we have been twisted backward because of fear and we have been twisted backward because of betrayal and we have been twisted backward because of any number of things that have happened in our lives. We need to be facing forward, we need to be facing forward into the kingdom where we see all things are possible if we believe, which is exactly what You said in this story today. “Didn’t I tell You that You would see the glory of God if You would believe me.” And, so, we choose to believe. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com, is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to stay tuned and stay connected.

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And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

05/19/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 24:1-25:44, John 10:22-42, Psalms 116:1-19, Proverbs 15:20-21

Today is the 19th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you and step into this brand-new, shiny, sparkly week together. And we’re squarely moving into the back half of this month and we will continue the journey that we have begun with the book of first Samuel learning of King Saul and the dramatic intertwining of lives between Saul and David, who is on the run for his life from Saul. And Saul seems to be determined, he’s going to kill David one way or the other. This week we’ll read from the Christian Standard Bible, and we’ll pick up with that story. First Samuel chapters 24 and 25 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and as we cross this threshold and enter into this new week we thank You for the guidance Your word has brought us throughout this year so far. We thank You for the presence of Your Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. We thank You for Your compassion and mercy spoken of in the Psalm that we just read today. Thank You for Your kindness, for Your compassion, for her long-suffering, for all of the grace and mercy that You have bestowed and extended toward us even to the point of offering us eternal life. Father forgive us for withholding grace and mercy to those around us because we do this all the time. We feast upon Your mercy and then withhold it from those around us. And we recognize Jesus that You spoke a parable about that very thing. Help us Father go into this week compassionate and merciful as You have been compassionate and merciful toward us. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com, is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. So, stay tuned and stay connected as we move into the week.

The Daily Audio Bible shop, of course, is at dailyaudiobible.com. You can get to the shop as well by using the Daily Audio Bible app. And there are resources there for taking this journey through the Bible in year. So, check that out.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link and it lives on the homepage and I thank you humbly and profoundly for your partnership. We would certainly not be here, we would have certainly vanished if we hadn’t done this together, this thing called the Daily Audio Bible that rose up out of the dust of the Internet and has become the community that we are today. We’ve done this together. And, so, thank you for your partnership. So, there’s a link on the homepage, like I said. You can also press the Give button in the app, which is in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

05/18/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 22:1-23:29, John 10:1-21, Psalms 115:1-18, Proverbs 15:18-19

Today is the 18th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure. it is a joy, it is an honor to come here and throw couple logs on the global campfire and settle in and know that we are here together just taking a step away from all that’s going on. There’s always something going. There’s plenty of things that could pull us in all kinds of directions. There’s no challenge to find things to be anxious about or worry about and all that stuff will still be there if we really want it, but this is a time that we come together each day and step away from those things and warm ourselves around this global campfire just come in together out of the darkness and know that we’re here, we’re here together, we’re in this together and the Bible is the rhythm of our lives and it speaks to us and directs our paths. So, it’s great to be here with you today as we end another one of our weeks together by taking the next step forward and we’ve been reading from the Voice Translation this week so that’s what we’ll continue to do today and we’ve also been working our way through the book of first Samuel in the story of King Saul and this guy that just got intertwined with his story irreversibly whose name was David. And we’ll pick up the story. First Samuel chapters 22 and 23 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we, of course, thank You for another week. We thank You for the rhythm day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, allowing Your word to wash into our lives around this global campfire’s, just allowing You to speak and whatever is going on, whenever it’s going on and reorienting our hearts to You, turning our attention and our affection and our focus upon You, because we recognize how distracted we get. Here we are at the end of a week and as we look back over the week we certainly see Your presence in our lives, but we also see the ways that we’re pulled in so many directions, too many directions to actually maintain. And, so, we ask You again as we move into this year and considering maintaining and maintenance. What is out of alignment? What is too much for us? How do we begin to shrink to the point where our affections and our attention can be focused upon You? Because we admit, most of our time is spoken for and most of our time is spoken for by things that ultimately don’t matter. So, come Holy Spirit we pray in Jesus’ name as we seal this week and release it into the past and it becomes a part of our history, we also look forward to what is before us, the opening of a new week and walking through a new threshold and we want to walk with You better next week then we have this week and two weeks from now we would like that to be better. We would like to continue to move deeper and deeper into relationship with You, which is going to require us to free ourselves from the things that are occupying us that keep us from this. Come Holy Spirit we pray. We can’t do this without You. We don’t even know where to start without You. Come Holy Spirit we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com, is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to stay tuned and stay connected in any way can, in any wat that you want to.

Check out the Daily Audio Bible shop while you’re at it, where there are resources available for this journey through the Bible in a year. you can access all this stuff through the Daily Audio Bible app as well by using the little Drawer icon in the upper left-hand corner.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that at dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it lives on the homepage. Thank you…thank you profoundly for your partnership. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996. Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

05/17/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 20:1-21:15, John 9:1-41, Psalms 113:1-114:8, Proverbs 15:15-17

Today is the 17th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is pleasure, every day, to be here with you, including today. It’s wonderful to take the next step forward as we move into the latter half or latter days actually of our week. And we’re continuing to move through the back half for the back part of the book of first Samuel, which is where we’ll take our next step forward in the Old Testament today. We’re reading from the Voice Translation this week. First Samuel chapter 20 and 21 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we are rounding the corner on this week and preparing to close it down let’s just take a second to orient ourselves to where we are in and the stories in the old and new Testaments. So, we’ve been watching King Saul and then we saw David enter the story and we saw his rise to prominence and fame, and we’ve also watched Saul’s decline. And, you know, at this point in the story, David is convinced for good reason that Saul, that his actual intention is to assassinate him. And, so, he goes to his friend Jonathan and he’s like, “I swear, I swear I’m only a step away from death. Your dad…your dad is gonna kill me.” And Jonathan didn’t believe this, but he did very quickly learn very soon after that, yeah, in fact, Saul did want to kill David and he learned that for sure because Saul tried to kill his own son, Jonathan. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this kind of behavior out of Saul, even towards his own son. And, so, we…you know…at this point we can’t look at Saul and, not see a man whose kind of gone off the rails even though he has supreme power. It all really boils down to the fear of man, of comparison and trying to get an identity out what people think. This has allowed Saul to move into this jealousy and paranoia and rage. Meanwhile, we’re watching David hold onto God for dear life because there’s like no other way. He has had to grow up so fast and has had to become a warrior, a stealthy warrior so quickly that his instincts are certainly well sharpened. And, so, we see a final meeting between Jonathan and David where Jonathan is accepting the fact that King Saul wants David dead and he’s sending away, and we’ll pick up with the story as we move forward in our next step tomorrow.

So, then we move to the gospel of John and Jesus has healed a man who was blind since the day he was born and he did it again on the Sabbath day and it’s the Sabbath day that has Jesus in so much trouble with these people, with the religious leaders because they have, you know, spent a lot of time arguing with each other about what work is, like, what constitutes work because you’re not supposed to work on the Sabbath day and healing falls into that category. And, so, Jesus on a number of occasions, steps right into the face of that and heals people on the Sabbath day and argues legitimately, like “are you serious?” Like because the Pharisees were like, “this is happening on the Sabbath day, so it must be happening because of the devil”, right? “This man is a sinner because he’s doing this on the Sabbath day.” And this is an ongoing thing with Jesus between the Pharisees. One of the things that has them so irate and so acutely aware that they will not be able to control Jesus and rein him in. I mean the truth is, had they been able to rein Jesus and get just get him to be just like good Orthodox Pharisee, then, I mean they would’ve had a superstar rabbi on their hands. Jesus just, he didn’t come to play that game. It was not his mission to try to find prominence and yet he was able to do all of these miraculous things that were bringing him prominence and bringing envy upon him from the Pharisees. And, so, in the story that we read today, right, this man who was blind from birth sees, he goes to the temple, the Pharisees start asking questions, they’re asking like all kinds of interrogating questions and asking them from all kinds of angles and they draw the man’s parents into the mix to prove he was blind from birth because they believe this is a joke, but everybody around knows this is the man. He was blind from birth, and now he can see. And, so, they’re just after this guy and they throw him out of the synagogue simply because he’s stating the obvious. He’s basically saying, “I don’t know how to judge who a sinner is, that’s your job. You’re the religious elite, like, you spend your life studying this. So, you guys are the ones that get to determine who’s a sinful one. I don’t know whether he’s a sinner or not. I just know I couldn’t see, and I now can see because this person healed me.” So, there’s plenty for us to think about here. Jesus, for sure, messed with the theological understanding of the Pharisees when he healed on the Sabbath repeatedly. And at the same time, nobody could claim that the blind receiving site wasn’t an act of God. So, they were in a theological and in a traditional, like, impasse. And rather than simply acknowledging God’s goodness they fell back on their traditions and in the process denounced God. So, we should understand in this story that there are more types of blindness than just being unable to see the physical sense of light and shape. The Pharisees were also the blind people in this story. They were blind to what God was doing among them because it conflicted with their theological understanding of God. Isn’t funny how this is a recurring theme in the Gospel’s but it’s only usually talked about in terms of the religious elite people, the ones who were theologically students of the Torah, it’s them versus Jesus, we never bring ourselves into the mix. But God is bigger than…He’s bigger than all of the theological understandings that we can construct around him, the scaffolding that we build around him to try to explain what he does and what he doesn’t do in and on how that implicates us. God, at least as we read through the Bible, just care about that so much. Like, he’ll disrupt whatever he wants to disrupt. He will disrupt someone’s understanding anyway he chooses. And yet, this day and age, I mean, we still find ourselves in theological wars. Like we still find ourselves fighting over Jesus and what He’s gonna do, and what He’s not gonna do, and how He’s gonna do it, and who is gonna do it with and why. The theological disagreements that we have with each other, these are…they have purpose if we’re actually digging in and searching for the truth, but they don’t have much value when they’re nothing more than our attempt to be right, right, to be superior, to curate our lives so that it would appear that we’re closer to God. That makes us look a lot more like the Pharisees than it does Jesus. I mean God loves us all. We’re gonna have to learn to do the same thing. Battling over our personal doctrine isn’t going to draw us closer to God. And the funny thing is, at least in my experience, the closer we become to God, the more we realize how little we actually know. And Jesus gives us a beautiful invitation in this story to receive site where we are blind and to begin to know him well beyond our formula.

Prayer:

Jesus, we invite You into that. Holy Spirit come, because so often we turn to theology and doctrine and we look to our leaders to tell us what to do, to tell us what to think and feel and how things work, when You have invited us actually into a personal relationship. It becomes tricky when we’re trying to walk in a personal relationship with You but also trying to know the rules. And this eventually leads us into building walls and walling ourselves and walling everyone else out and it leads to our own pride and our judgment of one another and then our search for an identity by comparison, and all the sudden we find ourselves being a Pharisee and King Saul and we feel like we’re protecting You. And the truth is we’re  protecting our own fears, we’re afraid to be in first person, always on, never off relationship with You because that might mean we have to live by faith, and that most of the time we won’t know if we’re doing the right thing or not, other than just knowing within our hearts that You are leading us forward. And yet that is the beginning of the journey. And we have so many examples from people in the Bible who walked with You and how counterintuitive their journey was and yet we think we can just lay out a grid of theology and doctrine and just have every eventuality accounted for in our lives and then we’re so mad when we’re walking a counterintuitive journey ourselves. Come Holy Spirit, help us to become aware that what You are doing is inviting us into a life of faith and we claim the life of faith every day. And yet the life of faith by default invites us to live beyond what we think we know, it invites us to live inside the realm of mystery beyond what we can control and beyond what we can explain. So, come Holy Spirit, draw us deeper into Jesus today. Lead us on the narrow path that leads to life. Lead us into all truth we pray. In the mighty name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

Announcements:

dailyaudiobible.com, is the website, its home base, its where you find out what’s going on around here. So, be sure to stay tuned and stay connected in any way that you can or in any way that you want to.

The community section of the website gives the links to different social media channels that we continually update. So, stay connected there. The Prayer Wall is also there. Fantastic place to pray for each other. All of these things are available in the Daily Audio Bible app, of course. So, check that out.

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, you can do that dailyaudiobible.com. There is a link, it’s on the homepage. Thank you for your partnership, profoundly thank you. If you’re using the Daily Audio Bible app, you can press the Give button in the upper right-hand corner or, if you prefer, the mailing address is PO Box 1996 Spring Hill Tennessee 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, 877-942-4253 is the number to dial.

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

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, it’s Sherry from Kansas. I was just listening to the May 15th podcast. Louise, I think you said your name was Louise, you’re from Massachusetts and you’re a senior citizen with an arthritic disability and you’re very much alone, you don’t have any family and you never dreamed that you would end up this way in your latter years, and I want you to know I’m in the same situation as you. I did have some family, but they were the ones that stole from my parents while my parents lay dying. And when I lost my parents I lost that family as well. So, I lost everybody all at once. I want you to know I understand. You’re not alone. There are people, other people like you and I in this world and I just want you…I just want to pray for you right now. Father, I lift up Louise before You and I ask You Father to give her the sense of Your presence Father and to let her know she’s never ever, ever, ever alone and Father that this entire Daily Audio Bible family will be praying for her. But I pray Father that You will connect her with someone, maybe a caregiver that comes to visit or someone in the area where she lives if she’s in an apartment building, but God I just lift her up to You and I ask that You give bring her someone God, a companion, a friend and that she also would know that You are her friend as well and God that You will move heaven and earth on her behalf Lord. Father, I thank You for it and I just pray for her to be encouraged and Lord I ask that You lift Your spirit and Father that joy would just come and I thank You for…

Hello this is Joyful Noise from Southern California. This call is for Just a College Student. I was blown away about how you introduced yourself and there is no “just” because you’re also child of God. And, you know, I just wanted to share with you how compelling your story was because you…you didn’t make any rationalizations when you asked for prayer. You said a sinful relationship or sexual sinful relationship that “I” started. You took complete ownership. That’s confession. And, so, do you know, Just a College Student, that God promises that He separates that sin from us as far is the east is from the west and you now have forgiveness. And, so, you have confessed your sin to…to the church, the Daily Audio Bible, right, and you confessed to God at the same time. And, so, therefore you’re on your way to healing. I wanted to share that with you and just what an encouragement. And just know that, you know, the kids that you will be ministering to at the summer camp, the Christian camp that you’re worried about attending, just know that they are also struggling with sin and that you, perhaps, may have a ministry or maybe somebody that you come across that you meet that is struggling with something similar. And then just know that, you know, God’s gonna use that. He’s uses all of our sins for His greater glory, doesn’t he? So, just know that you’re going to be perfectly positioned and it’s preordained by God that you going to be there. I also just really want to reiterate what you said, which is that I don’t know where I would be without the Daily Audio Bible community either, me either brother. I just want to share, Brian, you’ve been such a blessing and you shared, right around the end of March or early April, you shared that at any given moment someone is listening to and praying for…

Hi DAB family, this is Eric from Massachusetts it’s Wednesday, May 15th. This morning on the DAB I heard two people call. One of them was from the college student from Indiana struggling with sexual sin. Yeah, I know exactly where you’ve been. And, so, I want to pray for you and the next call was a lady from Massachusetts that actually moved from Indiana to Massachusetts last year. And this lady from Massachusetts is older and lonely and I get that too. So, I want to pray for both of you. Holy Spirit, Lord I ask that You come down on these two people, this Young man in college in Indiana. I want to pray for him Lord that he seeks Your face and that he asks for help within his church community, within the people around him that he’s vulnerable and he’s willing to share what’s going on in this life Lord. I pray that he would find strength and power in Your mighty name Jesus. I also pray for this woman I think her name was Eileen from Massachusetts whose lonely. I understand. I live in Massachusetts. If you’re anywhere around the Framingham area, please reach out to me and I’ll come and visit you. My email is erchurch@protonmail.com. Lovely you family. Take care.

This calls for a college student __. Brother I’m praying for you and the bondage that you are in. You are not alone. Don’t forget that. I would encourage you to really be in prayer to whether you should go to this summer thing because it sounds like…like it could not be a good thing. I don’t know what…what it is but you did not sound like you were ready to go do that man. But really, really pray on that and think about that. Lean into God. I’ll be praying for you. Keep us updated. We all love you and are praying for you. Alright. Bye.

05/16/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 18:5-19:24, John 8:31-59, Psalms 112:1-10, Proverbs 15:12-14

Today is the 16th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it’s good to be here with you as we move toward the back half of the week or move into the back half of the week. And, like we’ve been saying, we’re kind of simultaneously moving through the back half of the book of first Samuel, which is full of drama and intrigue and incredible lessons for our own lives as we watch the intertwining of King Saul and this new kid that’s kind of come on the scene named David. And, so, we’ll pick up with the story where we left off yesterday. We’re reading from the Voice Translation this week. First Samuel chapter 18 verse 5 through 19 verse 24 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, anytime you have like royalty or any kind of dignitaries coming through town, right, there’s usually going to be some sort of crowd. Usually there’d be some sort of speech too, but there’s gonna be some sort of crowd and that’s been going on throughout history. So, like, even today if royalty or a leader of a nation makes a visit then their arrivals gonna be covered on the news. Depending on how how connected they are to the people, there’ll be throngs of people, right? Like, if Britain’s royalty comes to the United States or something and they’ve got the kids, there’s gonna be all kinds of people. So, it was no different for King Saul when he returned victorious in battle. There was a celebration, there was pageantry, there were people, there was dancing, there were all kinds of people who wanted to get a glimpse of the king, but after David killed Goliath the song that the young women were singing at these…at this pageantry was that Saul had killed thousands but David had killed tens of thousands, which, of course, freaked Saul out. He already was fragile and very afraid of what people thought, right? We’ve watched that throughout the story of Saul and his coronation. So, he’s freaked out about this and he ends up saying like, “what’s left? what’s left for David, but just to take the kingdom?” And, so, this made Saul very insecure and jealousy was planted in that fertile soil and then rage, and Saul tried to kill David with a spear. Of course, David now…we’re kind of watching him come up on the other side of this story and he’s just trying to figure out what is going on because he’s gone from complete obscurity to like this national hero and he keeps getting assigned tasks by the king, and he has access to the king and it’s just like he’s a lowly person. So, he’s just trying to figure out what’s going on, but he has learned quickly how to protect himself, right, like how to stay alive. It’s not that he wasn’t learning this is a shepherd, but now he’s like, he has to become a warrior to survive. His life has changed dramatically, and Saul keeps hatching these plots to send David into battle, hoping that the someone else, and normally it’s the Philistines, will kill David and then it’s just over and they can have national morning but that’ll be the end of David. And he’s trying to marry David into the family, like he’s trying everything he can to control David without realizing that David’s loyal. Like David’s not trying to do anything but to support the king, but Saul’s paranoia and fear of man and jealousy and rage have absolutely got the best of him. And, so he keeps coming up with these plans to kill David. And, so he’s like, “okay, you can marry my daughter, Michael. I just need the foreskins of 100 Philistines.” Okay. That is the strangest bride price ever. And David goes out and gets 200 foreskins and it’s so weird because did they circumcise all these guys like after the killed them and bring their foreskins back or did they just have a basket full of manhood’s, which is probably more true to what happened but even still, like you come in before the king and you’ve got a basket full of manhood’s, 200 of them. How to you…I mean…I don’t know…how do you celebrate that victory? Is everybody in the palace dancing in circles around the basket? Like, who knows. It’s just a strange bride price but David pays it and the plan was that David would get killed trying to pay that bride price but instead he’s successful. And, so, Michal, who’s Saul’s daughter, who loves David is married to David and now David is the king’s son-in-law, but Saul still wants to kill him, and he is willing to kill him right in his own bed. So, we see just how intermeshed and entangled and messed up the relationship is between Saul and David. But we can find ourselves in both of these men’s lives. I mean, there are times that we truly do shine and then there are times that we are completely disconnected from ourselves and all of our relationships and both Saul and David knew who the God of Israel was, both of these guys, even though they’re acting completely different to the circumstances. Both of them worshiped God, but Saul’s insecurity and jealousy pulled him continually away from God while David fundamentally new that God was his only possible hope for survival. And we see those kinds of things coming out in the Psalms of David. So, the men’s lives at this point, they are irreversibly intertwined, like there’s no way to go back to how things used to be when the king didn’t even know who David was. So, their lives are intertwined, but they are on comp completely different and divergent paths with God and we should pay close attention to where those two paths lead because we can find ourselves in both of these people’s character. And, so, we can also take their story and find out where their paths go as we choose our path forward. All of our insecurities, right, all our comparison are only gonna continue to plague us and they’ll eventually cause chaos and destruction in our lives or we can realize as David is realizing, there is no way to survive, there is no hope outside of utter dependence on God. So, let’s think as we move through this day. Which path am I even on because it’s never too late to change course.

Prayer:

Father, we invite You into that. We can see the characteristics in these two people in our own lives. We can be both of these people with both of these kinds of characteristics on the same day. And, so, we recognize that, and we invite Your Holy Spirit to continue to illuminate through the story found in first Samuel of Saul and David which path we are on and to give us clarity on where these paths lead so that we understand where it is were going to end up if we stay on the path that we’re on. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.

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05/15/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalms 111:1-10, Proverbs 15:11

Today is the 15th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s great to be here with you as we move ourselves through the middle of the week and I guess…I guess halfway through today, technically, is the halfway point of through the month of May. So, welcome to the middle of May. It’s great to be here with you. So, here in the middle of the week and in the middle of the month, we find ourselves in the middle of the book of first Samuel and we’ve been learning about Israel’s first King, Saul. And yesterday we came into contact with this guy named David and we’re going to find that David and Saul’s story are going to get very intertwined in very interesting ways and we will find some very good wisdom as that story becomes a mirror into our own lives. And, so, we’ll take the next step forward. We’re reading from the Voice Translation this week. First Samuel chapter 17 verse 1 through 18 verse 4.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in modern-day Israel in the Shfela, which is the low lands south west of Jerusalem lies a narrow and fertile valley called the Valley of Elah and on either side of that valley there are hills, they rise up and then roll away. And in ancient times this valley was the borderline between Philistia and Israel and there are many cities along this valley. So, Azekaha, which was named in the Scriptures today, Socoh, which was named in the Scriptures today, Shaaraim, the road that passes by the city of Shaaraim was mentioned today. And, so, this is the site of the great showdown, right, in the very, very, very popular story of David and Goliath. But we have traveled to the story of David and Goliath in context and through the Scriptures and so we’ve seen that there’s a king in Israel and his name is Saul and his greatest fear is what everybody thinks about him and this has stripper the kingdom away from him. This has brought him into terrible error and rebellion. And, so, this kid David shows up he plays harp and all this, but what happens in the Valley of the Elah today is what enmeshes their lives inseparably because no one is willing to go fight that giant. And, incidentally, Goliath of Gath, that city exists as an archaeological ruin. It’s a very active archaeological site today. They find all kinds of Philistine stuff, all kinds of things about the history of Gath even as they dig now. So, Gath is in the Promised Land films. It’s a place that we’ve been and filmed. Actually, all the cities mentioned today are places that we’ve been and filmed. Most of them are inaccessible by bus like Shaaraim, up on the side of the hill of the Valley of Elah, you’ve gotta hike there. So, anyway, we know the story. There’s this giant, he’s out there taunting the armies of God, and David comes along and he’s listening to all this and he’s listening to all the soldiers and the soldiers are like, “you know, the one who kills as giant has no taxes, his families free from taxes, he gets to marry into the royal family.” You know, like…and so David being this young man is just like, “wait, what?”, you know, like, “tell me that again.” And it’s really interesting because David’s big brother, right, his oldest brother happens to be listening to his little brother ask questions and he just shames him. He’s like, “I know your heart. You just want to be here to watch the battle. Like, I know what’s going on here.” And David’s like, “can’t I even ask a question?” It’s just that little aside in this story should let us know, because I’ve been at ministry long enough to know that so many of the wounds of our lives and I’m coming from our brothers and sisters from our nuclear family. And, so, we can go back thousands of years into this story and see just a little aside in the Bible and know, like, this has been going on a long time. You know, I mean, what a wounding thing to say to your little brother. But at the end of the day what’s got David so perturbed is that this giant, this person is willing to insult God. That’s what’s got David so upset. And, so, as the story goes, we know that David goes down into the valley and picks up some stones. And there’s a little stream that runs through that valley. And there’s little stones in it. And he probably didn’t, you know, like in my minds-eye, as I grew up with the story, I’m thinking like golf ball size rocks, but probably not, probably not, probably more like small stones. After all, this stone, according to the Scripture, sunk into the forehead of the giant, right? So, it would have to be like more like some kind of a small projectile, likely. Anyway, Saul insults David. They exchange words. David says some pretty intimidating and powerful things about the power of God that is about to be displayed and shown in the life of the giant. And, so, David starts running, he starts running to face him, a stone flies, the giant falls over, and just like that, just like that, David goes from total obscurity to a national hero. Like, that moment changed his life forever. And his popularity, as we’ll see, David’s popularity that comes on like a tidal wave has a profound effect on a very insecure king Saul. So, so far in first Samuel we’ve been watching Saul’s insecurities and fears as they consistently undermine his own leadership. And from this point forward though, David and Saul’s lives are entangled and it will open entirely new levels of paranoia and drama for Saul. But it will also offer dramatic opportunities for reflection on our own heart and our own motivations.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for this story that we’re in and we thank You that each person that we encounter in Your word and each story that is told in Your word, it offers us the opportunity to certainly to read it but if will open our hearts, it will read us. So, come Holy Spirit would pray as we move through the remainder of this week and get deeper into this story. Come Jesus we ask in Your mighty name. Amen.

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05/14/2019 DAB Transcript

1 Samuel 15:1-16:23, John 8:1-20, Psalms 110:1-7, Proverbs 15:8-10

Today is the 14th day of May. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure as it is every day to be here with you coming out of whatever it is that’s going on in our lives and joining our hearts together around the global campfire and taking the next step forward in the Scriptures, and that will take us back into the book of first Samuel where we’re learning about Israel’s first king and his name is Saul. So, we’re reading from the Voice Translation this week. Today first Samuel chapters 15 and 16.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the Gospel of John today Jesus is in the temple in Jerusalem teaching in the complex when the religious leaders…I mean…put a pretty confrontational and humiliating test before him. So, they had caught a woman in the act of adultery. So, in other words, they found a woman in bed entangled with someone other than her husband and they dragged her off and then they thrust her before Jesus, possibly naked, to entrap Him. So, it’s this whole bizarre, strange scene happening in the temple as the religious leaders are kind of like circling the wagons, throwing out the nets. Like, they’re after Jesus at this point, seriously. So, they interrupt Jesus and whatever he was teaching, and interrupt all the people that he was teaching and throw this woman in front of him and they’re like, “teacher, you know, this woman was in bed with somebody, not her husband and our law, the Mosaic law, says we should stone her. And what do you think?” And, so, Jesus stoops down and He’s writing in the dust and everybody’s waiting. And it’s really interesting because Jesus isn’t afraid of like allowing the tension to just sit there, right? So, normally in a confrontational situation what do we do? We usually like strike back in our own defense, right? Maybe even striking back harder. Like, bristling up and showing like, “you want to fight me? This is gonna be a fight.” Jesus just stoops down and starts writing in the dirt. He’s not uncomfortable. Like, He doesn’t feel the need to spout off a bunch of words that are gonna defend Him. He just stoops down and starts writing in the dirt and everybody that He was teaching, all of these elite religious scribes, like all these people who are important, they just have to stand there and wait for…they asked Him a question. And so Jesus is stooping down, just humbling them, making them wait. So, you can just see them back-and-forth, one foot after the other, one foot on the other, they’re just like standing there and like, “what are we supposed to do?” And, so, Jesus stands up and He’s like, “alright, if that’s what the law says, alright, but let the one who never sinned throw the first stone”, right? “Like, the one that actually is worthy of throwing the first…like the one without sin who doesn’t deserve to be stoned as well for something or another, then go ahead.” So He stooped down and started writing in the dust again. And as the Scriptures tell the story, slowly the accusers dispersed and eventually Jesus stood to face the woman and he joined her in her humiliation. “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” And she’s like, “No Lord no. No one condemned me.” Jesus said, “I don’t condemn you either. Go and sin no more.” This is a beautiful, beautiful story and it’s given hope for sinners for thousands of years, hope for me many times. Where all the woman in this story, right, at one point or another, which is what all the scribes and the Pharisees realized was going on, right? They’re slinking away because they are realizing they’re just as guilty, they deserve to be stoned too, we’re all this woman in this story in one way or another. We all have done things that would deserve judgment. And, ironically, this is a very beloved story in the Bible. We like this story so well because we can embrace it for ourselves claiming the grace given to the woman, but we’re often at the same time, while we’re receiving this grace, we’re also playing the role of the religious accusers towards other people, right? All too often we’re willing to drag our brothers and sisters who have fallen in one way or another toward their judgment, right? Like, somehow in our phase, we have gotten to this place where we believe we are the sin sheriffs of the world. And, so, like we spend so much of our time trying to call people out, right, either for their sin or for their doctrine or for whatever. And, so, whether on social media or some other form we’ll drag these people out and try to bring them toward their judgment as we are excusing our own shortcomings and accepting the message of “neither do I condemn you” from Jesus for ourselves. As we’ll learn later on in the book of James and in the writings of Peter, this should not be happening. Jesus did not do that. He entered this woman’s humiliation and set her free. So, who do we think we are? To be Christlike requires that we stop being merciful to ourselves while we are at the same time judging others. Jesus didn’t condemn the woman in this story. He acknowledged her. He called her forward into a better life. So, may we remember that the words, “go and sin no more” apply not only to us in our shortcomings, they apply to everyone. And may we remember that the only one who could’ve cast the first stone in this story was Jesus. He was the only one without sin, and he did not. So, we must be the same if our goal is to become like Jesus anyway.

Prayer:

Jesus, we invite you into this. It’s sad, honestly, to be able to look around and see what we, the body, your body in this world, what we are capable of doing to each other and the ways that we’re willing to segregate away from each other and the ways that we’re willing to break ourselves down into denominations and just what we’ve done because we’ve forgotten some of the core things. Like, the core thing found in this story is that none of us deserve any of this and yet you have given freedom to all of us individually and freely. And you know, we take that freedom and apply it to ourselves and then use that freedom to enslave so many other people by trying to be their sovereign, by trying call them out, by trying to fight the battles as if you need to be defended. We are arrogant people indeed. We have been forgiven so much. We have been blessed so much that we have enough to take it all for granted and we apologize for that. Would you send your Holy Spirit upon us throughout the earth today and allow us to look at our brothers and sisters, whether they are as close to us as living in the same house or is distant to us as someone passing on the street. May we look with compassion, understanding that you do not condemn them. You are inviting them into freedom. And so often we, your people, are standing in the way and this is what we find playing out in your story when you lived here upon this earth as the scribes and Pharisees, as the religious keepers of the law confronted you, we find ourselves becoming the same way when we look at it honestly. And it’s wrong and it’s not going anywhere and it’s not helpful. So, come, Holy Spirit, cleanse us, forgive us, give us the eyes of the kingdom and the ears of the kingdom. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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