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.

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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.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday May 20, 2019 (NIV)

1 Samuel 26-28

David Again Spares Saul

26 Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah saying, “David is hiding on the hill of Hachilah opposite Jeshimon.”(A) So Saul, accompanied by three thousand of the fit young men of Israel,(B) went immediately to the Wilderness of Ziph to search for David there. Saul camped beside the road at the hill of Hachilah(C) opposite Jeshimon. David was living in the wilderness and discovered Saul had come there after him.(D) So David sent out spies and knew for certain that Saul had come. Immediately, David went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw the place where Saul and Abner son of Ner,(E) the commander of his army, were lying down. Saul was lying inside the inner circle of the camp with the troops camped around him. Then David asked Ahimelech the Hethite(F) and Joab’s brother Abishai(G) son of Zeruiah, “Who will go with me into the camp(H) to Saul?”

“I’ll go with you,” answered Abishai.

That night, David and Abishai came to the troops, and Saul was lying there asleep in the inner circle of the camp with his spear stuck in the ground by his head. Abner and the troops were lying around him. Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy to you. Let me thrust the spear through him into the ground just once. I won’t have to strike him twice!”

But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him, for who can lift a hand against the Lord’s anointed and be innocent?” (I) 10 David added, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will certainly strike him down:(J) either his day will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. 11 However, because of the Lord, I will never lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed.(K) Instead, take the spear and the water jug by his head, and let’s go.”

12 So David took the spear and the water jug by Saul’s head, and they went their way. No one saw them, no one knew, and no one woke up; they all remained asleep because a deep sleep from the Lord(L) came over them. 13 David crossed to the other side and stood on top of the mountain at a distance; there was a considerable space between them. 14 Then David shouted to the troops and to Abner son of Ner: “Aren’t you going to answer, Abner?”

“Who are you who calls to the king?” Abner asked.

15 David called to Abner, “You’re a man, aren’t you? Who in Israel is your equal? So why didn’t you protect your lord the king when one of the people came to destroy him? 16 What you have done is not good. As the Lord lives, all of you deserve to die[a] since you didn’t protect your lord, the Lord’s anointed.(M) Now look around; where are the king’s spear and water jug that were by his head?”

17 Saul recognized David’s voice and asked, “Is that your voice, my son David?” (N)

“It is my voice, my lord and king,” David said. 18 Then he continued, “Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done? What crime have I committed?(O) 19 Now, may my lord the king please hear the words of his servant: If it is the Lord who has incited you against me,(P) then may he accept an offering.(Q) But if it is people,(R) may they be cursed in the presence of the Lord, for today they have banished me from sharing in the inheritance of the Lord saying,(S) ‘Go and worship other gods.’ 20 So don’t let my blood fall to the ground far from the Lord’s presence, for the king of Israel has come out to search for a single flea,(T) like one who pursues a partridge in the mountains.”

21 Saul responded, “I have sinned.(U) Come back, my son David, I will never harm you again because today you considered my life precious. I have been a fool! I’ve committed a grave error.”

22 David answered, “Here is the king’s spear; have one of the young men come over and get it. 23 The Lord will repay every man for his righteousness(V) and his loyalty. I wasn’t willing to lift my hand against the Lord’s anointed, even though the Lord handed you over to me today.(W) 24 Just as I considered your life valuable today, so may the Lord consider my life valuable(X) and rescue me from all trouble.”(Y)

25 Saul said to him, “You are blessed, my son David. You will certainly do great things and will also prevail.”(Z) Then David went on his way, and Saul returned home.(AA)

David Flees to Ziklag

27 David said to himself, “One of these days I’ll be swept away by Saul. There is nothing better for me than to escape immediately to the land of the Philistines.(AB) Then Saul will give up searching for me everywhere in Israel, and I’ll escape from him.” So David set out with his six hundred men(AC) and went over to Achish son of Maoch,(AD) the king of Gath. David and his men stayed with Achish in Gath. Each man had his family with him,(AE) and David had his two wives: Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel,(AF) Nabal’s widow. When it was reported to Saul that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.

Now David said to Achish, “If I have found favor with you, let me be given a place in one of the outlying towns, so I can live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?” That day Achish gave Ziklag(AG) to him, and it still belongs to the kings of Judah today. The length of time that David stayed in Philistine territory amounted to a year and four months.(AH)

David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites,(AI) the Girzites,[b] and the Amalekites.(AJ) From ancient times they had been the inhabitants of the region through Shur(AK) as far as the land of Egypt. Whenever David attacked the land, he did not leave a single person alive, either man or woman, but he took flocks, herds, donkeys, camels, and clothing.(AL) Then he came back to Achish, 10 who inquired, “Where did you raid today?” [c](AM)

David replied, “The south country of Judah,” “The south country of the Jerahmeelites,”(AN) or “The south country of the Kenites.”(AO)

11 David did not let a man or woman live to be brought to Gath, for he said, “Or they will inform on us and say, ‘This is what David did.’” This was David’s custom during the whole time he stayed in the Philistine territory. 12 So Achish trusted David, thinking, “Since he has made himself repulsive to his people Israel, he will be my servant forever.”

Saul and the Medium

28 At that time, the Philistines(AP) gathered their military units into one army to fight against Israel. So Achish said to David, “You know, of course, that you and your men must march out in the army[d] with me.”

David replied to Achish, “Good, you will find out what your servant can do.”

So Achish said to David, “Very well, I will appoint you as my permanent bodyguard.”(AQ)

By this time Samuel had died,(AR) all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his city,(AS) and Saul had removed the mediums and spiritists from the land.(AT) The Philistines gathered and camped at Shunem. So Saul gathered all Israel, and they camped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the Philistine camp, he was afraid and his heart pounded. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him in dreams or by the Urim or by the prophets.(AU) Saul then said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I can go and consult her.”

His servants replied, “There is a woman at En-dor(AV) who is a medium.”(AW)

Saul disguised himself(AX) by putting on different clothes and set out with two of his men. They came to the woman at night, and Saul said, “Consult a spirit for me.(AY) Bring up for me the one I tell you.”(AZ)

But the woman said to him, “You surely know what Saul has done,(BA) how he has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you setting a trap for me to get me killed?”

10 Then Saul swore to her by the Lord: “As surely as the Lord lives, no punishment will come to you[e] from this.”

11 “Who is it that you want me to bring up for you?” the woman asked.

“Bring up Samuel for me,” he answered.

12 When the woman saw Samuel, she screamed, and then she asked Saul, “Why did you deceive me? You are Saul!”

13 But the king said to her, “Don’t be afraid. What do you see?”

“I see a spirit form[f] coming up out of the earth,” the woman answered.

14 Then Saul asked her, “What does he look like?”

“An old man is coming up,” she replied. “He’s wearing a robe.”(BB) Then Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he knelt low with his face to the ground and paid homage.(BC)

15 “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Samuel asked Saul.

“I’m in serious trouble,” replied Saul. “The Philistines are fighting against me and God has turned away from me.(BD) He doesn’t answer me anymore,(BE) either through the prophets or in dreams. So I’ve called on you to tell me what I should do.”

16 Samuel answered, “Since the Lord has turned away from you and has become your enemy, why are you asking me? 17 The Lord has done[g] exactly what he said through me: The Lord has torn the kingship out of your hand and given it to your neighbor David.(BF) 18 You did not obey the Lord and did not carry out his burning anger against Amalek;(BG) therefore the Lord has done this to you today. 19 The Lord will also hand Israel over to the Philistines along with you. Tomorrow you and your sons will be with me,[h](BH) and the Lord will hand Israel’s army over to the Philistines.”

20 Immediately, Saul fell flat on the ground. He was terrified by Samuel’s words and was also weak because he had not eaten anything all day and all night. 21 The woman came over to Saul, and she saw that he was terrified and said to him, “Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands(BI) and did what you told me to do. 22 Now please listen to your servant. Let me set some food in front of you. Eat and it will give you strength so you can go on your way.”

23 He refused, saying, “I won’t eat,” but when his servants and the woman urged him, he listened to them.(BJ) He got up off the ground and sat on the bed.(BK)

24 The woman had a fattened calf at her house, and she quickly slaughtered it.(BL) She also took flour, kneaded it, and baked unleavened bread. 25 She served it to Saul and his servants, and they ate. Afterward, they got up and left that night.

Footnotes:

  1. 26:16 Lit you are sons of death
  2. 27:8 Alt Hb tradition reads Gezerites
  3. 27:10 Some Hb mss, Syr, Tg; LXX, Vg, DSS read “Against whom did you raid today?”
  4. 28:1 DSS, LXX read battle
  5. 28:10 Or lives, you will not incur guilt
  6. 28:13 Or a god, or a divine being
  7. 28:17 Some Hb, some LXX mss, Vg read done to you
  8. 28:19 LXX reads sons will fall
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John 11:1-54

Lazarus Dies at Bethany

11 Now a man was sick, Lazarus from Bethany,(A) the village of Mary and her sister Martha.(B) Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair,(C) and it was her brother Lazarus who was sick. So the sisters sent a message to him: “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

When Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God,(D) so that the Son of God(E) may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was. Then after that, he said to the disciples, “Let’s go to Judea(F) again.”

“Rabbi,”(G) the disciples told him, “just now the Jews tried to stone you,(H) and you’re going there again?”

“Aren’t there twelve hours in a day?” Jesus answered. “If anyone walks during the day, he doesn’t stumble, because he sees the light of this world.(I) 10 But if anyone walks during the night,(J) he does stumble, because the light is not in him.”

11 He said this, and then he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep,(K) but I’m on my way to wake him up.”

12 Then the disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will get well.”

13 Jesus, however, was speaking about his death, but they thought he was speaking about natural sleep. 14 So Jesus then told them plainly, “Lazarus has died. 15 I’m glad for you that I wasn’t there so that you may believe. But let’s go to him.”

16 Then Thomas(L) (called “Twin”[a]) said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go too so that we may die with him.”

The Resurrection and the Life

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb(M) four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem(N) (less than two miles[b] away). 19 Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.

20 As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. 22 Yet even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”

23 “Your brother will rise(O) again,” Jesus told her.

24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”(P)

25 Jesus said to her, “I am(Q) the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me,(R) even if he dies, will live.(S) 26 Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.(T) Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe you are the Messiah,(U) the Son(V) of God, who comes into the world.”(W)

Jesus Shares the Sorrow of Death

28 Having said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”

29 As soon as Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.(X) 30 Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 The Jews who were with her in the house consoling her saw that Mary got up quickly and went out. They followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb(Y) to cry there.

32 As soon as Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet(Z) and told him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!”

33 When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, he was deeply moved[c] in his spirit(AA) and troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked.

“Lord,” they told him, “come and see.”

35 Jesus wept.(AB)

36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved(AC) him!” 37 But some of them said, “Couldn’t he who opened the blind man’s eyes(AD) also have kept this man from dying?”

The Seventh Sign: Raising Lazarus from the Dead

38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.(AE) 39 “Remove the stone,” Jesus said.

Martha, the dead man’s sister, told him, “Lord, there is already a stench because he has been dead four days.”

40 Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory(AF) of God?”(AG)

41 So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank(AH) you that you heard me.(AI) 42 I know that you always hear me, but because of the crowd standing here I said this, so that they may believe you sent(AJ) me.” 43 After he said this, he shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what he did believed in him.(AK) 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees(AL) and told them what Jesus had done.

47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin(AM) and were saying, “What are we going to do since this man is doing many signs? 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans(AN) will come and take away both our place and our nation.”

49 One of them, Caiaphas,(AO) who was high priest(AP) that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all! 50 You’re not considering that it is to your[d] advantage that one man should die for the people rather than the whole nation perish.”(AQ) 51 He did not say this on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus was going to die(AR) for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to unite the scattered children(AS) of God. 53 So from that day on they plotted to kill him.(AT)

54 Jesus therefore no longer walked openly(AU) among the Jews but departed from there to the countryside near the wilderness,(AV) to a town called Ephraim, and he stayed there with the disciples.

Footnotes:

  1. 11:16 Gk Didymus
  2. 11:18 Lit fifteen stadia; one stadion = 600 feet
  3. 11:33 Or angry, also in v. 38
  4. 11:50 Other mss read to our
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Psalm 117

Psalm 117

Universal Call to Praise

Praise the Lord, all nations!
Glorify him, all peoples!(A)
For his faithful love to us is great;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.(B)
Hallelujah!

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Proverbs 15:22-23

22 Plans fail when there is no counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.(A)

23 A person takes joy in giving an answer;[a]
and a timely word—how good that is!(B)

Footnotes:

  1. 15:23 Lit in an answer of his mouth
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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.

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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.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday May 19, 2019 (NIV)

1 Samuel 24-25

David Spares Saul

24 When Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines,(A) he was told, “David is in the wilderness near En-gedi.”(B) So Saul took three thousand of Israel’s fit young men(C) and went to look for David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. When Saul came to the sheep pens along the road, a cave was there, and he went in to relieve himself.[a](D) David and his men were staying in the recesses of the cave,(E) so they said to him, “Look, this is the day the Lord told you about: ‘I will hand your enemy over to you so you can do to him whatever you desire.’” Then David got up and secretly cut off the corner of Saul’s robe.

Afterward, David’s conscience bothered[b](F) him because he had cut off the corner of Saul’s robe.[c] He said to his men, “I swear before the Lord: I would never do such a thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed.(G) I will never lift my hand against him, since he is the Lord’s anointed.”(H) With these words David persuaded[d] his men, and he did not let them rise up against Saul.

Then Saul left the cave and went on his way. After that, David got up, went out of the cave, and called to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David knelt low with his face to the ground and paid homage.(I) David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of people who say, ‘Look, David intends to harm you’? 10 You can see with your own eyes that the Lord handed you over to me today in the cave.(J) Someone advised me to kill you,(K) but I[e][f] took pity on you and said: I won’t lift my hand against my lord, since he is the Lord’s anointed. 11 Look, my father!(L) Look at the corner of your robe in my hand, for I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. Recognize[g] that I’ve committed no crime or rebellion. I haven’t sinned against you even though you are hunting me down to take my life.(M)

12 “May the Lord judge between me and you, and may the Lord take vengeance on you for me, but my hand will never be against you.(N) 13 As the old proverb says, ‘Wickedness comes from wicked people.’(O) My hand will never be against you. 14 Who has the king of Israel come after? What are you chasing after? A dead dog? A single flea?(P) 15 May the Lord be judge and decide between you and me. May he take notice and plead my case and deliver[h] me from you.”(Q)

16 When David finished saying these things to him, Saul replied, “Is that your voice, David my son?” (R) Then Saul wept aloud 17 and said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have done what is good to me though I have done what is evil to you.(S) 18 You yourself have told me today what good you did for me: when the Lord handed me over to you, you didn’t kill me.(T) 19 When a man finds his enemy, does he let him go unharmed?[i](U) May the Lord repay you with good for what you’ve done for me today.

20 “Now I know for certain you will be king, and the kingdom of Israel will be established[j] in your hand.(V) 21 Therefore swear to me by the Lord that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”(W) 22 So David swore to Saul. Then Saul went back home, and David and his men went up to the stronghold.(X)

David, Nabal, and Abigail

25 Samuel died,(Y) and all Israel assembled to mourn for him,(Z) and they buried him by his home in Ramah.(AA) David then went down to the Wilderness of Paran.[k](AB)

A man in Maon(AC) had a business in Carmel;(AD) he was a very rich man with three thousand sheep and one thousand goats and was shearing his sheep in Carmel. The man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name, Abigail. The woman was intelligent and beautiful, but the man, a Calebite,(AE) was harsh and evil in his dealings.

While David was in the wilderness, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep, so David sent ten young men instructing them, “Go up to Carmel, and when you come to Nabal, greet him[l] in my name. Then say this: ‘Long life to you,[m] and peace to you, peace to your family, and peace to all that is yours.(AF) I hear that you are shearing.[n] When your shepherds were with us, we did not harass them, and nothing of theirs was missing the whole time they were in Carmel.(AG) Ask your young men, and they will tell you. So let my young men find favor with you, for we have come on a feast[o] day.(AH) Please give whatever you have on hand to your servants and to your son David.’”

David’s young men went and said all these things to Nabal on David’s behalf,[p] and they waited.[q] 10 Nabal asked them, “Who is David?(AI) Who is Jesse’s son? Many slaves these days are running away from their masters. 11 Am I supposed to take my bread, my water, and my meat that I butchered for my shearers and give them to these men? I don’t know where they are from.”

12 David’s young men retraced their steps. When they returned to him, they reported all these words. 13 He said to his men, “All of you, put on your swords!” So each man put on his sword, and David also put on his sword. About four hundred men followed David while two hundred stayed with the supplies.(AJ)

14 One of Nabal’s young men informed Abigail, Nabal’s wife: “Look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master,(AK) but he screamed at them. 15 The men treated us very well. When we were in the field, we weren’t harassed(AL) and nothing of ours was missing the whole time we were living among them. 16 They were a wall around us, both day and night,(AM) the entire time we were with them herding the sheep. 17 Now consider carefully[r] what you should do, because there is certain to be trouble for our master and his entire family. He is such a worthless fool nobody can talk to him!”

18 Abigail hurried, taking two hundred loaves of bread, two clay jars of wine, five butchered sheep, a bushel[s] of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.(AN) 19 Then she said to her male servants, “Go ahead of me. I will be right behind you.”(AO) But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

20 As she rode the donkey down a mountain pass hidden from view, she saw David and his men coming toward her and met them. 21 David had just said, “I guarded everything that belonged to this man in the wilderness for nothing. He was not missing anything, yet he paid me back evil for good. 22 May God punish me[t] and do so severely(AP) if I let any of his males[u] survive until morning.”(AQ)

23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off the donkey and knelt down with her face to the ground and paid homage to David.(AR) 24 She knelt at his feet and said, “The guilt is mine, my lord, but please let your servant speak to you directly. Listen to the words of your servant. 25 My lord should pay no attention to this worthless fool Nabal, for he lives up to his name:[v] His name means ‘stupid,’ and stupidity is all he knows.[w] I, your servant, didn’t see my lord’s young men whom you sent. 26 Now my lord, as surely as the Lord lives and as you yourself live— it is the Lord who kept you from participating in bloodshed and avenging yourself(AS) by your own hand—may your enemies and those who intend to harm my lord be like Nabal.(AT) 27 Let this gift(AU) your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord. 28 Please forgive your servant’s offense,(AV) for the Lord is certain to make a lasting dynasty for my lord(AW) because he fights the Lord’s battles.(AX) Throughout your life, may evil[x] not be found in you.(AY)

29 “Someone is pursuing you and intends to take your life. My lord’s life is tucked safely in the place[y] where the Lord your God protects the living, but he is flinging away your enemies’ lives like stones from a sling.(AZ) 30 When the Lord does for my lord all the good he promised you and appoints you ruler over Israel,(BA) 31 there will not be remorse or a troubled conscience for my lord because of needless bloodshed or my lord’s revenge. And when the Lord does good things for my lord, may you remember me your servant.”(BB)

32 Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,(BC) who sent you to meet me today! 33 May your discernment be blessed, and may you be blessed. Today you kept me from participating in bloodshed and avenging myself by my own hand.(BD) 34 Otherwise, as surely as the Lord God of Israel lives, who prevented me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, Nabal wouldn’t have had any males[z] left by morning light.” 35 Then David accepted what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace.(BE) See, I have heard what you said and have granted your request.”(BF)

36 Then Abigail went to Nabal, and there he was in his house, holding a feast fit for a king.(BG) Nabal’s heart was cheerful,[aa] and he was very drunk, so she didn’t say anything[ab] to him(BH) until morning light.

37 In the morning when Nabal sobered up,[ac] his wife told him about these events. His heart died[ad] and he became a stone. 38 About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal dead.(BI)

39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the Lord who championed my cause against Nabal’s insults(BJ) and restrained his servant from doing evil.(BK) The Lord brought Nabal’s evil deeds back on his own head.”(BL)

Then David sent messengers to speak to Abigail about marrying him. 40 When David’s servants came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, “David sent us to bring you to him as a wife.”

41 She stood up, paid homage with her face to the ground,(BM) and said, “Here I am, your servant, a slave to wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”(BN) 42 Then Abigail got up quickly, and with her five female servants accompanying her, rode on the donkey following David’s messengers.(BO) And so she became his wife.

43 David also married Ahinoam of Jezreel,(BP) and the two of them became his wives. 44 But Saul gave his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Palti(BQ) son of Laish, who was from Gallim.(BR)

Footnotes:

  1. 24:3 Lit to cover his feet
  2. 24:5 Lit David’s heart struck
  3. 24:5 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss omit robe
  4. 24:7 Or restrained
  5. 24:10 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads she or it
  6. 24:10 Or my eye
  7. 24:11 Lit Know and see
  8. 24:15 Lit render a verdict for
  9. 24:19 Lit go on a good way
  10. 24:20 Or will flourish
  11. 25:1 LXX reads to Maon
  12. 25:5 Or Nabal, ask him for peace
  13. 25:6 Lit ‘To life
  14. 25:7 Lit you have shearers
  15. 25:8 Lit good
  16. 25:9 Lit name
  17. 25:9 LXX reads and he became arrogant
  18. 25:17 Lit Now know and see
  19. 25:18 Lit sheep, five seahs
  20. 25:22 LXX; MT reads David’s enemies
  21. 25:22 Lit of those of his who are urinating against the wall
  22. 25:25 Lit for as is his name is, so he is
  23. 25:25 Lit and foolishness is with him
  24. 25:28 Or trouble
  25. 25:29 Lit bundle
  26. 25:34 Lit had anyone urinating against a wall
  27. 25:36 Lit Nabal’s heart was good on him
  28. 25:36 Lit anything at all
  29. 25:37 Lit when the wine had gone out of Nabal
  30. 25:37 Lit Then his heart died within him

Cross references:

  1. 24:1 : 1Sm 23:28-29
  2. 24:1 : 1Sm 23:19
  3. 24:2 : 1Sm 13:2; 26:2
  4. 24:3 : Jdg 3:24
  5. 24:3 : Ps 57; Ps 142
  6. 24:5 : 2Sm 24:10
  7. 24:6 : 1Sm 26:9-11
  8. 24:6 : 1Sm 10:1
  9. 24:8 : 1Sm 25:23-24; 1Kg 1:31
  10. 24:10 : Ps 7:3-4
  11. 24:10 : 1Sm 24:4
  12. 24:11 : 2Kg 5:13
  13. 24:11 : 1Sm 23:14,23; 26:20
  14. 24:12 : 1Sm 26:10-11,23
  15. 24:13 : Mt 7:16-20; Lk 6:43-45
  16. 24:14 : 1Sm 26:20; 2Sm 9:8
  17. 24:15 : Ps 35:1
  18. 24:16 : 1Sm 26:17
  19. 24:17 : 1Sm 26:21
  20. 24:18 : 1Sm 26:23
  21. 24:19 : 1Sm 23:17; Pr 16:29
  22. 24:20 : 1Sm 13:14; 16:1-13
  23. 24:21 : Gn 21:23; 1Sm 20:14-17; 2Sm 21:6-8
  24. 24:22 : 1Sm 23:29
  25. 25:1 : 1Sm 28:3
  26. 25:1 : Dt 34:8
  27. 25:1 : 2Kg 21:18; 2Ch 33:20
  28. 25:1 : Gn 21:21; Nm 10:12; 13:3
  29. 25:2 : 1Sm 23:24
  30. 25:2 : Jos 15:55
  31. 25:3 : Jos 15:13; 1Sm 30:14
  32. 25:6 : 1Ch 12:18
  33. 25:7 : 1Sm 23:24-25; 25:15-16
  34. 25:8 : Neh 8:10-12
  35. 25:10 : Jdg 9:28
  36. 25:13 : 1Sm 23:13; 30:9-10
  37. 25:14 : 1Sm 13:10; 15:13
  38. 25:15 : 1Sm 25:7,21
  39. 25:16 : Ex 14:22
  40. 25:18 : 2Sm 16:1; 1Ch 12:40
  41. 25:19 : Gn 32:16,20
  42. 25:22 : 1Sm 3:17; 20:13
  43. 25:22 : 1Kg 14:10
  44. 25:23 : 1Sm 20:41
  45. 25:26 : Heb 10:30
  46. 25:26 : 2Sm 18:32
  47. 25:27 : Gn 33:11; 1Sm 30:26
  48. 25:28 : 1Sm 25:24
  49. 25:28 : 1Sm 2:35; 22:14; 2Sm 7:11,16
  50. 25:28 : 1Sm 18:17
  51. 25:28 : 1Sm 24:11; Ps 7:3
  52. 25:29 : Jr 10:18
  53. 25:30 : 1Sm 13:14
  54. 25:31 : Gn 40:14; 1Sm 25:30
  55. 25:32 : Ex 18:10
  56. 25:33 : 1Sm 25:26
  57. 25:35 : 1Sm 20:42; 2Kg 5:19
  58. 25:35 : Gn 19:21
  59. 25:36 : 2Sm 13:23
  60. 25:36 : 1Sm 25:19
  61. 25:38 : 1Sm 26:10
  62. 25:39 : 1Sm 24:15
  63. 25:39 : 1Sm 25:26,34
  64. 25:39 : 2Sm 3:28-29
  65. 25:41 : 1Sm 25:23
  66. 25:41 : Mk 1:7
  67. 25:42 : Gn 24:61-67
  68. 25:43 : Jos 15:56
  69. 25:44 : 1Sm 18:27; 2Sm 3:14-15
  70. 25:44 : Is 10:30
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John 10:22-42

Jesus at the Festival of Dedication

22 Then the Festival of Dedication took place in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 Jesus was walking in the temple in Solomon’s Colonnade.(A) 24 The Jews surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense?[a] If you are the Messiah,(B) tell us plainly.”[b](C)

25 “I did tell you and you don’t believe,” Jesus answered them. “The works(D) that I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 26 But you don’t believe because you are not of my sheep.[c](E) 27 My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life,(F) and they will never perish.(G) No one will snatch(H) them out of my hand. 29 My Father,(I) who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”(J)

Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus

31 Again the Jews picked up rocks to stone him.(K)

32 Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works(L) from the Father. For which of these works are you stoning me?”

33 “We aren’t stoning(M) you for a good work,” the Jews answered, “but for blasphemy, because you—being a man—make yourself God.”

34 Jesus answered them, “Isn’t it written in your law,[d] I said, you are gods?[e](N) 35 If he called those whom the word(O) of God came to ‘gods’—and the Scripture(P) cannot be broken— 36 do you say, ‘You are blaspheming’ to the one the Father set apart and sent into the world, because I said: I am the Son of God?(Q) 37 If I am not doing my Father’s works,(R) don’t believe me. 38 But if I am doing them and you don’t believe me, believe the works. This way you will know and understand[f] that the Father is in me and I in the Father.”(S) 39 Then they were trying again to seize him,(T) but he eluded their grasp.(U)

Many beyond the Jordan Believe in Jesus

40 So he departed again across the Jordan(V) to the place where John(W) had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41 Many came to him(X) and said, “John never did a sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.

Footnotes:

  1. 10:24 Lit “How long are you taking away our life?
  2. 10:24 Or openly, orpublicly
  3. 10:26 Other mss add just as I told you
  4. 10:34 Other mss read in the scripture
  5. 10:34 Ps 82:6
  6. 10:38 Other mss read know and believe
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Psalm 116

Psalm 116

Thanks to God for Deliverance

I love the Lord because he has heard
my appeal for mercy.(A)
Because he has turned his ear to me,
I will call out to him as long as I live.(B)

The ropes of death were wrapped around me,
and the torments of Sheol overcame me;
I encountered trouble and sorrow.(C)
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
Lord, save me!” (D)

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is compassionate.(E)
The Lord guards the inexperienced;
I was helpless, and he saved me.(F)
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.(G)
For you, Lord, rescued me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.(H)
I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.(I)
10 I believed, even when I said,
“I am severely oppressed.”(J)
11 In my alarm I said,
“Everyone is a liar.”(K)

12 How can I repay the Lord
for all the good he has done for me?(L)
13 I will take the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.(M)
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.(N)

15 The death of his faithful ones
is valuable in the Lord’s sight.(O)
16 Lord, I am indeed your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your female servant.
You have loosened my bonds.(P)

17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.(Q)
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,(R)
19 in the courts of the Lord’s house—
within you, Jerusalem.(S)
Hallelujah!

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Proverbs 15:20-21

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.(A)

21 Foolishness brings joy to one without sense,
but a person with understanding walks a straight path.(B)

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday May 18, 2019 (NIV)

1 Samuel 22-23

22 That is how David escaped, and from there, he went to the cave of Adullam to hide. When his brothers and the rest of his family heard he was there, they went down to be with him. A group gathered around him, composed of those who were in debt or who were not content with Saul or who were in trouble. Soon David was captain of about 400 such men.

David traveled then to Mizpah in Moab, the homeland of his great-grandmother, Ruth, to address the king of Moab.

David: Please allow my mother and father to remain here until I can see what it is that the True God has in store for me.

So David left his parents there, and they remained with the king of Moab as long as David remained in the stronghold.

David was visited later by Gad the prophet.

Gad (to David): Do not stay here in the stronghold. Leave here, and go to the land of the tribe of Judah.

So David left that place and went into the forest of Hereth.

Meanwhile Saul was sitting, spear in hand, under a gnarled and bushy tamarisk tree on the crest of a high hill in Gibeah. His servants were standing around him when he heard the news that David and his followers had been located.

Saul (to his servants): Listen up, all you men of Benjamin. Will Jesse’s son, David, do for you what I have? Will he give each of you fields and vineyards? Will he make each of you commander over thousands or over hundreds? Is that why all of you have betrayed me? None of you told me that my own son had made a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you are sorry for me or let me know that my son had stirred up my servant to challenge me, to lie in ambush, just as he is doing at this moment.

Doeg the Edomite stood among Saul’s servants.

Doeg: I saw the son of Jesse when he came to Nob to speak with the priest, Ahimelech son of Ahitub. 10 Ahimelech asked the Eternal One questions on David’s behalf, gave him provisions, and even gave him the legendary sword of Goliath the Philistine.

11 So the king sent for the priest Ahimelech, son of Ahitub, and for all his family who were the priests at Nob, and they came before Saul.

Saul: 12 Pay attention, son of Ahitub.

Ahimelech: I am listening, my lord.

Saul: 13 Why have you plotted against me with the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and speaking to the True God on his behalf, so that he should rise up to fight against me? At this moment he must be lying in ambush.

Ahimelech: 14 Which of your servants, good king, is so faithful as David? Isn’t he the king’s son-in-law, the captain of your guard? Hasn’t he always been quick to do the king’s bidding and honored in the king’s household? 15 Is this the first time I have inquired of God for David? Of course not! Do not, O king, imagine that I, your servant, or anyone in my family has intended wrong against the king, for we know next to nothing about your affairs.

Saul (to Ahimelech): 16 You will surely die, Ahimelech, you and all of your family.

Saul may be truly at his worst. He fails to have reverence for God’s priests and orders them to be killed for harboring David. Not even Saul’s servants can support this horrid behavior, and they refuse to come under God’s curse by striking down His priests.

The king turned to his guards.

Saul: 17 Kill them, kill all of these priests of the Eternal because they have given their support to David. They knew he was running away, and they did not tell me.

But the servants of the king refused to attack the priests of the Eternal. Saul was furious, so he turned to one he could trust.

Saul (to Doeg): 18 Carry out my orders. Turn around, and kill these priests.

So Doeg the Edomite attacked them. That day he turned and killed 85 men who wore the priestly linen garment. 19 Then he went after Nob, the city of the priests, with his sword and utterly destroyed everything he found there—all the men, women, children, and infants. Doeg even turned his blade against the oxen, donkeys, and sheep. 20 Only Abiathar, son of Ahimelech, son of Ahitub, escaped, and he fled to David for protection. 21 He informed David that Saul had massacred the priests of the Eternal.

David (to Abiathar): 22 I knew, when I saw Doeg the Edomite that day, that he would certainly tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of every person in your family. 23 Stay here with me, and don’t be afraid. The one who seeks my life also seeks yours; you will certainly be safe with me.

23 When David heard that the Philistines had attacked Keilah, ransacking the threshing floors and stealing the grain, he prayed and asked God for guidance.

David (to the Lord): Should I attack these Philistines?

Eternal One: Yes. Save Keilah, and defeat the Philistines.

David’s Men (objecting): We have a lot to fear even as we sit here in Judah. Think how much worse it will be if we go to fight the armies of the Philistines in Keilah.

So David asked the Eternal again just to make sure.

Eternal One: Yes, defend Keilah. I will grant you victory over the Philistines.

So David and his men went down to Keilah and fought the Philistines, carried away their livestock, and slaughtered them. This is how David saved the people of Keilah.

When Abiathar, son of Ahimelech, came to David at Keilah, he had fled carrying a sacred priestly garment. When Saul heard that David had gone to rescue Keilah, he was hopeful.

Saul: Surely the True God has sent David into my trap because he has entered into a city with gates and bars.

So Saul summoned the people to go down to Keilah and besiege David and his men. When David heard that Saul was coming to attack him, he asked Abiathar to bring him the priestly vest so that he could ask the True God for direction.

David: 10 Eternal God of Israel, Your servant has heard that Saul the king is coming to Keilah to destroy the city since I am here. 11 Will the leaders of Keilah hand me over to save their lives? Is what I heard true? Is Saul really coming? I beg of You, please tell Your servant.

Eternal One: He will come.

David: 12 Then will the men of Keilah hand me over along with my men to Saul when he arrives?

Eternal One: They will do this.

13 So David and his followers, who now numbered about 600, left Keilah going wherever they could. When Saul heard that David had left Keilah, he gave up the chase because the trail was now cold. 14 David hid out in secure places in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph in the land of the tribe of Judah. Every day, Saul sent out spies to find him and kill him, but the True God did not allow Saul to capture or kill David.

15 While David was in the wilderness of Ziph at a place called Horesh, he heard that Saul was looking for him. 16 Then Jonathan, son of Saul, figured out where David was and went out to meet him at Horesh. Although David and his men were in a tight spot, Jonathan reassured David’s faith in the True God.

Jonathan: 17 Don’t be afraid. My father Saul will not get his hands on you today or any other day. Someday you will be king over all Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.

18 Then the two of them made a sacred covenant before the Eternal One. David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan returned to his home.

19 At that time, some of the people of Ziph went to Saul at Gibeah and told him David was hiding in some of the secure places at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah to the south of Jeshimon.

People of Ziph: 20 Now, O king, come down whenever you desire, and we will do our part by handing him over to you.

Saul: 21 May the Eternal One favor you for having compassion on me! 22 Check one more time to be sure; find out where he is exactly and who has seen him there because I hear that he is crafty. 23 Look around, find out all his hiding places, and come back to me when you are certain of your information. Then I will go back with you, and if he is still in the land, I will find him among the tribe of Judah no matter how many thousands of people there are.

24 They set out and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Meanwhile David and his followers were hiding in the wilderness of Maon, in the desert plain[a] to the south of Jeshimon. 25 When Saul and his men went to search for them, David found out and went to the rock in the wilderness of Maon. When Saul heard this, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.

26 At one point, Saul and his men were on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other. David and his men picked up the pace, trying to escape, but Saul and his forces were closing in fast and hoped to capture them.

27 Then a messenger arrived and spoke to Saul.

Messenger: Come quickly! A Philistine raiding party is in the land!

28 So Saul stopped his pursuit of David and went to fight the Philistines, which is why that place is known as the Rock of Escape.

29 From there David went up and lived in the narrow canyons and cliffs of Engedi.

Footnotes:

  1. 23:24 Hebrew, Arabah
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John 10:1-21

The Pharisees are frequently around to challenge whatever Jesus says and does, but He always gets the better of them. Once again, Jesus turns what the Pharisees say inside out. They think blindness is a curse that evidences sin, and they think vision ensures knowledge and understanding—even concerning spiritual matters. Instead, the Pharisees’ confidence in their vision and discernment make them unable to see the truth about Jesus. Ironically, they have blind trust in their sighted leaders. By refusing to believe in Him, they are the sinners—not the blind man.

10 Jesus: I tell you the truth: the man who crawls through the fence of the sheep pen, rather than walking through the gate, is a thief or a vandal. The shepherd walks openly through the entrance. The guard who is posted to protect the sheep opens the gate for the shepherd, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When all the sheep have been gathered, he walks on ahead of them; and they follow him because they know his voice. The sheep would not be willing to follow a stranger; they run because they do not know the voice of a stranger.

Jesus explained a profound truth through this metaphor, but they did not understand His teaching. So He explained further.

Jesus: I tell you the truth: I am the gate of the sheep. All who approached the sheep before Me came as thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not listen to their voices. I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be liberated, will go in and go out, and will find pastures. 10 The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance.

11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep in His care. 12 The hired hand is not like the shepherd caring for His own sheep. When a wolf attacks, snatching and scattering the sheep, he runs for his life, leaving them defenseless. 13 The hired hand runs because he works only for wages and does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep, and My sheep know Me. 15 As the Father knows Me, I know the Father; I will give My life for the sheep. 16 There are many more sheep than you can see here, and I will bring them as well. They will hear My voice, and the flock will be united. One flock. One shepherd. 17 The Father loves Me because I am willing to lay down My life—but I will take it up again. 18 My life cannot be taken away by anybody else; I am giving it of My own free will. My authority allows Me to give My life and to take it again. All this has been commanded by My Father.

Jesus loves to explain truth through everyday things like vines, fruit, fishing, building, and shepherding, as He does here. He is a master communicator. In this metaphor, Jesus is the shepherd. Eventually He becomes the sheep as well. On the cross, He is destined to become the innocent sacrifice that makes all future sin sacrifices and burnt offerings unnecessary.

19 When He spoke these words, some of the Jews began to argue.

Many Jews: 20 He has a demon and is a raving maniac. Why are you people listening to Him?

Other Jews: 21 No demon-possessed man ever spoke like this. Do demons give sight to the blind?

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Psalm 115

Psalm 115

Not for us, O Eternal One; this glory is not for us—but for Your name
because of Your loyal love and truth.
Why should the nations ask,
“Where is their God now?”

Our God is in heaven
doing whatever He chooses.
Those nations worship idols of silver and gold,
crafted by human hands:
They have given their gods mouths, but they cannot speak;
eyes, but they cannot see.
They have provided their idols with ears, but they cannot hear;
noses, but they cannot smell.
They have fashioned hands, but the idols cannot reach out and touch;
feet, but they cannot walk.
Their idols cannot make a sound in their finely crafted throats.
The people who make idols will become useless like them,
like all who trust in idols.

O Israel, put your trust in the Eternal.
He is their helper and defender.
10 O family of Aaron, put your trust in the Eternal.
He is their helper and defender.
11 All who fear and know the Eternal, put your trust in Him.
He is their helper and defender.

12 The Eternal has remembered us, and He will bless us.
He will bless the people of Israel.
He will bless the priestly family of Aaron.
13 The Eternal will bless those who worship and stand in awe of Him,
from the least to the greatest.

14 May the Eternal prosper your family,
growing both you and your descendants.
15 May the blessings of the Eternal,
maker of heaven and earth, be on you.

16 The heavens above belong to the Eternal,
and yet earth in all of its beauty has been given to humanity by Him.
17 The dead do not praise the Eternal,
nor do any who descend into the silent grave.
18 But we will praise and bless You—our Eternal One—
today and forever.
Praise the Eternal!

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Proverbs 15:18-19

18 A hot-headed person stirs up trouble,
but one with patience settles a fight.
19 Lazy people walk a path overgrown with thornbushes,
but those with integrity travel a wide, level road.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday May 17, 2019 (NIV)

1 Samuel 20-21

20 David ran for his life. He left Naioth in Ramah and found Jonathan.

David: What have I done? Of what am I guilty? What crime have I committed against your father to make him want to kill me?

Jonathan: Impossible! Don’t worry about it. You’re not going to die. My father doesn’t make any decision, large or small, without telling me. And why would my father hide this from me? It is not so.

David: But your father knows we are friends, and he has said, “Don’t tell Jonathan about this; he will be upset.” I swear to you, as the Eternal lives—and as you live—I am on the verge of being killed.

Jonathan: Whatever you ask, I will do for you.

David: Look. Tomorrow is the new moon, and I should be sitting with the king at his table. But let me go and hide myself in the field until three days have passed. If your father asks about me, tell him that I asked to return to my hometown, Bethlehem, for an annual family sacrifice. If he says, “Fine,” then all will be well with your servant. But if he is angry, you will know that he intends to harm me. So deal kindly with your servant, for you have made a sacred covenant with me, your servant. But if I am guilty, then kill me yourself. Why should you have to bring me in front of your father?

Jonathan: That will never happen. If I knew my father planned to hurt you, wouldn’t I tell you?

David: 10 So who will tell me if your father gives you a good or bad answer?

Jonathan: 11 Let’s go out to the field.

They went out to the field so that David could find a place to lie low.

Jonathan (to David): 12 Let the Eternal God of Israel be my witness; this is my vow. When I have talked to my father, about this time tomorrow or no later than the third day, if he acts friendly about you, won’t I send an answer to you? 13 But if my father plans to harm you, then may the Eternal do to me what he plans for you—and more—if I don’t let you know and send you away to safety.

May the Eternal One be with you, as He has been with my father. 14 If I live, then show to me the faithful love of the Eternal that I may not die. 15 Do not ever take your faithful love away from my descendants, not even if the Eternal were to remove all the enemies of the house of David from the face of the earth.

16 With these words, Jonathan made a covenant with David and his descendants.

Jonathan: May the Eternal One guarantee this promise by the hands of David’s enemies.

17 And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for Jonathan loved him more than life itself.

Jonathan: 18 Tomorrow is the festival of the new moon. People will notice you are gone because your place will be empty. 19 On the day after tomorrow, you will be greatly missed. On that day, quickly go down to that place where you hid yourself the first time and wait by the stone Ezel. 20 I will shoot three arrows to the side of the stone, as if I’m shooting at a target. 21 Then I will send a boy after them, saying, “Go find the arrows.” If I tell him, “Look, the arrows are on this side of you,” then come back, for as the Eternal One lives, you are not in any danger. 22 But if I tell the boy, “No, the arrows are beyond you,” then flee, because the Eternal has shown you that you must leave. 23 But as for the agreement that we have spoken together, the Eternal One is witness to it forever.

24 So David hid himself in the field.

When the new moon festival began and the king sat down to eat, 25 he took his usual seat in a place of safety with his back to the wall. Abner, his general, sat at the king’s side; Jonathan stood, but David’s seat was empty. 26 That first night, Saul said nothing. He thought that perhaps David had somehow become ritually unclean, and he could not attend a sacred feast. 27 But on the next day, the second day of the feast of the new moon, when David’s seat remained empty, Saul spoke to Jonathan.

Saul: Why hasn’t the son of Jesse joined us at the feast these past two days?

Jonathan: 28 David asked me if he could go to Bethlehem. 29 “Please allow me to go,” he said. “Our family is sacrificing in the city, and my brother has insisted that I come. So if you think highly of me, I ask that you let me go there and see my brothers.” That is why he is not at the king’s table.

30 Saul, not fooled for a moment, became very angry with Jonathan.

Saul: You son of a degenerate and rebellious woman! Do you think I don’t know that you have befriended the son of Jesse? This is just as shameful for you as your mother’s nakedness was. 31 As long as David walks the earth, you will never rule this kingdom. Now send for him. Bring him here to me, because he will most certainly die.

Jonathan: 32 Why should David be put to death? What offense has he committed?

33 At that, Saul threw his spear at him, fully intending to hit him, so Jonathan knew that it was truly his father’s intention to have David killed. 34 Jonathan left the table in a rage, without eating a bite on the second day of the festival. He was grieved because of David and because his father had disgraced him.

35 In the morning, Jonathan took his bow and went out into the field, as he had arranged with David, and he brought a small boy with him.

Jonathan (to the boy): 36 Run and find the arrows that I shoot.

The boy ran, and Jonathan shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy reached the place where the arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out.

Jonathan: Isn’t the arrow beyond you? 38 Hurry! Be quick about it. Don’t hang around out there!

So Jonathan’s young servant gathered the arrows and returned to his master. 39 He knew nothing, of course; only Jonathan and David knew what had just transpired. 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and told him to take them back to the city.

41 As soon as the boy left, David rose from his hiding place south of the stone and prostrated himself before Jonathan. He bowed to Jonathan three times, and then David and Jonathan kissed each other. Both of them wept, but David wept more.

Jonathan (to David): 42 Go in peace and safety, since we have both sworn in the name of the Eternal One, “He will mediate between me and you, and between our descendants, forever.”

David got up from the ground and left, and Jonathan returned to the city.

In the law of Moses, people are commanded to love their neighbors as themselves; and Jonathan does just that, loving David as he does himself. David’s love for Jonathan is also clear. When they are parted here, David is filled with sadness. Although both of them weep, David weeps more; and when Saul and Jonathan are later killed in battle, David celebrates and remembers their friendship in one of the most beautiful songs in the Bible. These two demonstrate exactly what it means to follow the command of the law and love unselfishly.

21 David went to a place called Nob, where he visited the priest Ahimelech, who came forward fearfully to meet him.

Ahimelech: Why are you here alone, without anyone else?

David: The king has given me a mission that is not to be revealed to anyone else, and my servants are waiting for me at a place where I have sent them. Now what do you have here to eat? Let me have five loaves of bread or whatever you have.

Ahimelech: I have no ordinary bread—only the holy bread. You may take it, if your men have not recently had sexual intercourse.

David: Of course. They have stayed away from women since we have been on the road, three days now. If their bodies must be kept pure even when we go on a typical journey, how much more must they be kept pure when we are on a mission like this one?

The priest gave him consecrated bread since the bread of the Presence was replaced when other fresh, hot bread was brought before the Eternal One and no other bread was available.

Now one of Saul’s servants, Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s shepherds, was waiting before the Eternal that day.

David (to Ahimelech): Isn’t there a sword or spear here? I left so swiftly on my errand for the king that I did not bring my sword or weapons with me.

Ahimelech: We have no weapons here except the sword of Goliath, the Philistine you killed in the valley of Elah. Look, you’ll find it wrapped in a cloth behind the sacred vest. You may take that, if you like, for that is the only weapon here.

David: It is one of a kind. Let me take it.

10 So David left and fled that same day from Saul and went to Saul’s enemy, King Achish of Gath. 11 The king’s servants reminded the king,

Servants: Isn’t this David who some claim to be the very ruler of the land? Didn’t they sing about him while they celebrated and danced?

Saul has slain his thousands
and David, his tens of thousands.

12 When David heard that these were the kinds of things people were saying about him, he was afraid of what Achish, the king of Gath, might do, 13 so he acted differently when they were around and even pretended to be insane. He scarred the doors at the city’s gates with his fingernails and drooled into his beard.

Achish (to his servants): 14 Look at him. Can’t you see this man is crazy? Why have you brought him to me here in my house? 15 Don’t I have enough crazy people around here already, or did you think I might need yet another?

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John 9

John and many people in his community are Jews. As a son of Abraham, his criticism of certain Jewish leaders is not a criticism of a whole people. He’s not stereotyping or making generalizations. “The Jews” he remembers in this passage are a corrupt group of power brokers who conspire against Jesus with the Romans to have Him crucified and who later have John’s own followers expelled from the synagogue. Their behavior may be compared to the behavior of those Israelites condemned by Old Testament prophets. Prophets have the duty—Jeremiah said he had “a fire in his bones” (20:9)—to speak for God and condemn hypocrisy and unbelief wherever it is found, especially when it’s found close to home. That’s what John’s doing when recalling this event.

While walking along the road, Jesus saw a man who was blind since his birth.

Disciples: Teacher, who sinned? Who is responsible for this man’s blindness? Did he commit sins that merited this punishment? If not his sins, is it the sins of his parents?

Jesus: Neither. His blindness cannot be explained or traced to any particular person’s sins. He is blind so the deeds of God may be put on display. While it is daytime, we must do the works of the One who sent Me. But when the sun sets and night falls, this work is impossible. Whenever I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.

After He said these things, He spat on the ground and mixed saliva and dirt to form mud, which He smeared across the blind man’s eyes.

Jesus (to the blind man): Go, wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.

Siloam means “sent,” and its name reminded us that his healing was sent by God. The man went, washed, and returned to Jesus, his eyes now alive with sight. Then neighbors and others who knew him were confused to see a man so closely resembling the blind beggar running about.

Townspeople: Isn’t this the man we see every day sitting and begging in the streets?

Others: This is the same man.

Still Others: This cannot be him. But this fellow bears an uncanny resemblance to the blind man.

Formerly Blind Man: I am the same man. It’s me!

Townspeople: 10 How have your lifeless eyes been opened?

Formerly Blind Man: 11 A man named Jesus approached me and made mud from the ground and applied it to my eyes. He then said to me, “Go, wash yourself in the pool of Siloam.” I went and washed, and suddenly I could see.

Townspeople: 12 Where is this man who healed you?

Formerly Blind Man: I don’t know.

13-14 The townspeople brought the formerly blind beggar to appear before the Pharisees the same day Jesus healed him, which happened to be on the Sabbath Day. 15 The Pharisees began questioning him, looking for some explanation for how he could now see.

Formerly Blind Man: He smeared mud on my eyes, and I washed; now I see.

Some Pharisees: 16 God can’t possibly be behind this man because He is breaking the rules of the Sabbath.

Other Pharisees: How can such a lawbreaking scoundrel do something like this?

The Pharisees were at odds with one another about Jesus and could not agree whether His power came from God or the devil.

Pharisees (to the formerly blind man): 17 What do you say about this man, about the fact He opened your eyes so you could see?

Formerly Blind Man: I have no doubt—this man is a prophet.

18 Some of the Jews suspected the whole situation was a charade, that this man was never blind. So they summoned the man’s parents to testify about his condition.

Pharisees: 19 Is this man your son? Do you testify that he has been blind from birth? How therefore does he now see?

Parents: 20 We can tell you this much: he is our son, and he was born blind. 21 But his new sight is a complete mystery to us! We do not know the man who opened his eyes. Why don’t you ask our son? He is old enough to speak for himself.

22 The man’s parents were a bit evasive because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. It had been rumored that anyone who spoke of Jesus as the Anointed One would be expelled from the synagogue. 23 So they deferred the thorny question to their son, 24 and the Pharisees called on him a second time.

Pharisees: Give God the credit. He’s the One who healed you. All glory belongs to God. We are persuaded this man you speak of is a sinner who defies God.

Formerly Blind Man: 25 If this man is a sinner, I don’t know. I am not qualified to say. I only know one thing: I was blind, and now I see.

Pharisees: 26 What did He do to you? How did He give you sight?

Formerly Blind Man: 27 Listen, I’ve already answered all these questions, and you don’t like my answers. Do you really need me to say it all over again? Are you thinking about joining up with Him and becoming His followers?

Pharisees (berating him): 28 You’re one of His followers, but we follow Moses. 29 We have confidence that God spoke to Moses, but this man you speak of is a mystery; we don’t even know where He comes from.

Formerly Blind Man: 30 Isn’t it ironic that you, our religious leaders, don’t even know where He comes from; yet He gave me sight! 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does respond and work through those who worship Him and do His will. 32 No one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of any person blind from birth. 33 This man must come from God; otherwise, this miracle would not be possible. Only God can do such things.

Pharisees: 34 You were born under a cloud of sin. How can you, of all people, lecture us?

The religious leaders banished him from their presence. 35 Jesus heard what had happened and sought out the man.

Jesus: Do you believe in the Son of Man?

Formerly Blind Man: 36 I want to believe, Lord. Who is He?

Jesus: 37 You have seen His face with your new eyes, and you are talking to Him now.

Formerly Blind Man: 38 Lord, I do believe.

The man bowed low to worship Jesus.

Jesus: 39 I have entered this world to announce a verdict that changes everything. Now those without sight may begin to see, and those who see may become blind.

Some Pharisees (who overheard Jesus): 40 Surely we are not blind, are we?

Jesus: 41 If you were blind, you would be without sin. But because you claim you can see, your sin is ever present.

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Psalm 113-114

Psalm 113

Psalms 113–118 comprise an important unit called the Hallel, which in Hebrew means “praise.” Composed after the exile, these six psalms are recited together by observant Jews during some of the major holidays on the Jewish calendar. The Gospel writers tell us that Jesus and His disciples sang a song following their last meal together, which was the Passover (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26). That may have been the Hallel.

Praise the Eternal!
All of you who call yourselves the children of the Eternal, come and praise His name.
Lift Him high to the high place in your hearts.

At this moment, and for all the moments yet to come,
may the Eternal’s name ascend in the hearts of His people.
At every time and in every place
from the moment the sun rises to the moment the sun sets—
may the name of the Eternal be high in the hearts of His people.

The Eternal is seated high above every nation.
His glory fills the skies.

To whom should we compare the Eternal, our God?
No one.
From His seat, high above,
He deigns to observe the earth and her thin skies,
stooping even to see her goings on, far beneath His feet.
He gathers up the poor from their dirt floors,
pulls the needy from the trash heaps,
And places them among heads of state,
seated next to the rulers of His people where they cannot be ignored.
Into the home of the childless bride,
He sends children who are, for her, a cause of happiness beyond measure.
Praise the Eternal!

Psalm 114

When the time came for Israel to leave Egypt—
for Jacob’s family to be free of those who spoke another language—
God chose to make Judah His sacred place,
and Israel became His realm.

And the waters of the sea witnessed God’s actions and ran away;
the Jordan, too, turned around and ran back to where it came from.
All of the mountains leapt with the strength of mighty rams,
and all of the hills danced with the joy of little lambs.

Why do you retreat, O sea?
Why do you roll back your waters, O Jordan?
Why, O mountains, do you leap with the strength of rams?
Why, O hills, do you dance with joy like little lambs?

Shudder and quake, O you earth, at the sight of the Lord.
The God of Jacob comes,
Who turns rock into pools of refreshing water
and flint into fountains of life-giving streams!

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Proverbs 15:15-17

15 The poor and oppressed suffer hardship day after day,
but those with kind hearts continually feast.
16 It is better to live with less and honor the Eternal
than to have riches and carry the burdens that come with them.
17 Better to eat only vegetables served lovingly
than a fattened ox served hatefully.

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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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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday May 16, 2019 (NIV)

1 Samuel 18:5-19:24

David went wherever Saul sent him and was successful in battle; and as a result, Saul made him commander of his army. And all the people, even those who served Saul, were pleased.

On the day they were returning from David’s victory over the Philistine, the women came out from all the cities of Israel to meet the king, singing and dancing with tambourines and other instruments, making joyful music. At one point, the women sang as they danced and celebrated.

Women: Saul has slain his thousands,
and David, his tens of thousands.

This chant made Saul tremble with fury.

Saul: Do you hear this? They have said that David killed tens of thousands and that I only killed thousands. What else is left for him but my kingdom?

From that moment on, Saul was suspicious of David.

10 On the next day, the True God sent an evil spirit to overwhelm Saul and put him in a prophetic state inside his residence. While David was playing the harp, as he did every day to try and soothe the king, Saul had his spear in his hand 11 and decided to throw it at David, thinking, “I will pin him to the wall.” But David twice escaped Saul’s angry attacks.

12 Saul was afraid of David because the Spirit of the Eternal was with him but had left Saul. 13 So, at last, Saul removed David from his presence, making him a commander over 1,000 men, hoping he would die in battle. But David went out to the battle and returned. 14 David was successful in everything he did because the Eternal One was present with him.

15 When Saul saw that David achieved such success, he was amazed and afraid of him. 16 All of Israel and Judah loved David, who led their soldiers into battle and brought them back victorious.

Saul came up with a plan and called David.

Saul: 17 David, I want you to take my oldest daughter Merab in marriage. I ask only one thing in return: valiantly fight the Eternal One’s battles on my behalf.

Saul was thinking that he did not need to murder David himself; instead, the Philistines would eventually kill David.

David (to Saul): 18 Who am I, what have I done, and who is my family in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?

19 But at the time when Saul’s daughter Merab was to be given to David as his wife, she was instead given in marriage to Adriel the Meholathite. 20 Saul’s daughter Michal, however, loved David; and when Saul heard this, he was pleased.

Although Michal is the only woman in the Bible described as loving a man, this is not a beautiful love story between David and Michal. Michal, the daughter of a king, was born to be a political pawn, not to marry for love. First Saul offers her as a reward to David if he slays 100 Philistines, a task the king is certain will kill David. When David succeeds, Michal helps him build credibility as the future king among the Israelites who do not know that God has already anointed him king. But those Israelites also don’t know that God has condemned Saul’s lineage, declaring that none of his descendants will ascend the throne of Israel. That decry excludes any of Michal’s children, too, so her marriage to David is doomed to failure, no matter how much she loves him.

21 He thought that he would give her to David to trap him in a dangerous situation where the Philistines could still destroy David. So Saul spoke to David again.

Saul (to David): I want you to marry my other daughter.

22 (to his servants) Talk to David privately. Tell him, “The king is very happy with you, and you are loved by those who serve him. So why don’t you become the king’s son-in-law?”

23 So Saul’s servants spoke these words to David as requested, but again he replied modestly.

David: Does it seem to you such a simple thing that I should become the king’s son-in-law? What about the fact that I have no money to pay the brideprice and come from an unknown family with no political connections?

24 Saul’s servants reported David’s concerns back to the king.

Saul: 25 Tell David that in place of the traditional dowry, I want only the foreskins of 100 Philistines, so the king will be avenged against his enemies.

Saul thought David would be killed by the Philistines while attempting this task. 26 When the servants repeated Saul’s words, he agreed to Saul’s terms and decided to fulfill these conditions to be the king’s son-in-law. Before the allotted time elapsed to pay the dowry, 27 David went with his men, killed 200 Philistines, and presented their foreskins to the king so that he could become the king’s son-in-law. So Saul gave David his daughter Michal in marriage; 28 but when the king saw how David enjoyed the favor of the Eternal One, and that his daughter Michal loved him, 29 he felt even more threatened by David. After his plan failed, Saul considered David his constant enemy.

30 Whenever the commanders of the Philistine army came out to fight, David distinguished himself against them more than any of Saul’s other servants, so that everyone valued him.

19 Saul ordered his son Jonathan and all his servants to figure out a way to kill David, but Jonathan was very fond of David.

In the friendship between Jonathan and David, Jonathan stands to lose everything he has if David becomes king, yet he betrays family and ambition by befriending him. These two young men make a pact to protect and love each other in life; and if something should happen to Jonathan, David agrees to honor Jonathan’s descendants out of the love he bears for Jonathan. Later that promise results in David elevating one of Jonathan’s sons to the king’s table. In a time when any reminders of the previous regime would have been distracting and even dangerous, David shows he can do more than just be strategic and political.

Love knocks down barriers and makes us set aside our selfish concerns. This friendship has long been counted as a model for how two people might love and serve each other.

Jonathan (warning David): My father wants you dead. Watch out tomorrow morning. Think of a safe place to hide that nobody knows about. I will go into the field near where you are hiding, and I will speak on your behalf to my father. If I learn anything, I will tell you.

Jonathan spoke generously on behalf of his friend to his father, Saul.

Jonathan: The king should not sin against his servant David, who has never sinned against you. Indeed his achievements have been of real service to you and your kingdom. He faced death when he fought against the Philistine, and the Eternal One gave David a great victory for all of Israel. When you saw it then, you were filled with joy. Why would you now sin against an innocent person like David by killing him without a proper cause?

Saul (considering this counsel): As the Eternal One lives, David should not be murdered.

Jonathan found David and told him everything that had happened, and then Jonathan brought David back into the service of Saul the king.

Once again there was war between Israel and the Philistines, and David went out to fight them. He crushed them and made them flee.

Again the Eternal sent an evil spirit to disturb Saul as he sat at home, spear in hand, listening to David play music; 10 again Saul tried to pin David to the wall with his spear, but Saul missed him and the spear stuck into the wall. David escaped that night and ran to his home.

11 Saul dispatched some of his officers to watch David’s house so that they could kill him the next day. David’s wife Michal warned him.

Michal: If you don’t save yourself tonight, tomorrow morning you’ll be killed.

12 So Michal lowered David down through the window, and he escaped. 13 Then she laid a large idol on the bed, made it a wig of goat’s hair, and covered it with clothes. 14 When Saul’s officers came to take David to the king, she told them, “He’s sick.”

15 Hearing this report, Saul ordered his officers to return and see David for themselves. He would not be deterred.

Saul: Even if you have to carry him to me in his bed, do it so I can kill him.

16 When the officers returned, they threw back the blankets and, instead of David, they discovered the idol with its goat-hair wig in the bed. So they took Michal to Saul.

Saul (to Michal): 17 Why have you betrayed me like this, daughter, and let my enemy escape?

Michal (lying): He said to me, “Let me go. Don’t make me kill you.”

18 David fled to Samuel in Ramah, and he told him everything that had happened. Samuel took David to the town of Naioth, and they lived there.

19 Saul soon learned that David was at Naioth in Ramah, 20 so he sent officers to arrest him and bring him back. But when they came, they found a group of prophets in a prophetic trance with Samuel standing and leading them, and the Spirit of the True God entered Saul’s officers so that they, too, were caught up and prophesied.

21 When Saul heard this news, he sent other officers who were also affected in this way. He sent a third set of officers, and again, the same thing happened when they encountered Samuel and the prophets.

22 So finally Saul went, himself, to Ramah. When he arrived at the large cistern at Secu, he asked where he might find Samuel and David and was told they were at Naoith in Ramah. 23 As Saul traveled, the Spirit of God entered him, and he, too, fell into a constant prophetic trance. When he reached Naoith in Ramah, 24 he stripped off all his clothes and fell into a prophetic ecstasy before Samuel, lying naked all that day and night. (This is another way the saying arose, “Is Saul also one of the prophets?”)

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John 8:31-59

Even though many believe, they can not imagine what He means about the lifting up of the Son of Man.

Jesus (to the new Jewish believers): 31 If you hear My voice and abide in My word, you are truly My disciples; 32 you will know the truth, and that truth will give you freedom.

Jewish Believers: 33 We are Abraham’s children, and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say to us, “You will be set free”?

Jesus: 34 I tell you the truth: everyone who commits sin surrenders his freedom to sin. He is a slave to sin’s power. 35 Even a household slave does not live in the home like a member of the family, but a son belongs there forever. 36 So think of it this way: if the Son comes to make you free, you will really be free.

Jesus notices that some of His opponents are listening, so He speaks louder and turns His remarks to them.

37 I know you are descendants of Abraham, but here you are plotting to murder Me because you do not welcome My voice into your lives. 38 As I speak, I am painting you a picture of what I have seen with My Father; here you are repeating the things you have seen from your father.

Jews: 39 Abraham is our father.

Jesus: If you are truly Abraham’s children, then act like Abraham! 40 From what I see you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that comes from the Father. This is not something Abraham would do, 41 but you are doing what you have learned from your father.

Jews: We were not born from adulterous parents; we have one Father: God.

Jesus: 42 I come from the one True God, and I’m not here on My own. He sent Me on a mission. If God were your Father, you would know that and would love Me. 43 You don’t even understand what I’m saying. Do you? Why not? It is because You cannot stand to hear My voice. 44 You are just like your true father, the devil; and you spend your time pursuing the things your father loves. He started out as a killer, and he cannot tolerate truth because he is void of anything true. At the core of his character, he is a liar; everything he speaks originates in these lies because he is the father of lies. 45 So when I speak truth, you don’t believe Me. 46-47 If I speak the truth, why don’t you believe Me? If you belong to God’s family, then why can’t you hear God speak? The answer is clear; you are not in God’s family. I speak truth, and you don’t believe Me. Can any of you convict Me of sin?

Jews: 48 We were right when we called You a demon-possessed Samaritan.

Jesus: 49-50 I’m not taken by demons. You dishonor Me, but I give all glory and honor to the Father. But I am not pursuing My own fame. There is only One who pursues and renders justice. 51 I tell you the truth, anyone who hears My voice and keeps My word will never experience death.

Jews: 52 We are even more confident now that You are demon-possessed. Just go down the list: Abraham died, the prophets all died. Yet You say, “If you keep My word, you will never taste death.” 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died; remember? Prophets—are any of them still alive? No. Who do You think You are?

Jesus: 54 If I were trying to make Myself somebody important, it would be a waste of time. That kind of fame is worth nothing. It is the Father who is behind Me, urging Me on, giving Me praise. You say, “He is our God,” 55 but you are not in relationship with Him. I know Him intimately; even if I said anything other than the truth, I would be a liar, like you. I know Him, and I do as He says. 56 Your father Abraham anticipated the time when I would come, and he celebrated My coming.

Jews: 57 You aren’t even 50 years old, yet You have seen and talked with Abraham?

Jesus: 58 I tell you the truth; I AM before Abraham was born.

59 The people picked up stones to hurl at Him, but Jesus slipped out of the temple. Their murderous rage would have to wait.

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Psalm 112

Psalm 112[a]

Praise the Eternal!
How blessed are those who revere the Eternal,
who turn from evil and take great pleasure in His commandments.
Their children will be a powerful force upon the earth;
this generation that does what is right in God’s eyes will be blessed.
His house will be stocked with wealth and riches,
and His love for justice will endure for all time.
When life is dark, a light will shine for those who live rightly—
those who are merciful, compassionate, and strive for justice.
Good comes to all who are gracious and share freely;
they conduct their affairs with sound judgment.
Nothing will ever rattle them;
the just will always be remembered.
They will not be afraid when the news is bad
because they have resolved to trust in the Eternal.
Their hearts are confident, and they are fearless,
for they expect to see their enemies defeated.
They give freely to the poor;
their righteousness endures for all time;[b]
their strength and power is established in honor.
10 The wicked will be infuriated when they see the good man honored!
They will clench their teeth and dissolve to nothing;
and when they go, their wicked desires will follow.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 112 A Hebrew acrostic poem
  2. 112:9 2 Corinthians 9:9
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Proverbs 15:12-14

12 Those who mock others don’t like being corrected,
so they keep their distance from the wise.
13 A warm, smiling face reveals a joy-filled heart,
but heartache crushes the spirit and darkens the appearance.
14 Those who have understanding hearts hunger after knowledge,
but those with no understanding feast on foolishness.

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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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