2 Samuel 12:1-31, John 16:1-33, Psalm 119:65-80, Proverbs 16:4-5
Today is the 27th day of May, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you today, as we close in on another week and for that matter closing in on another month. But we are where we are and today is the 27th day of May and our next step forward, which is what we do every day, will take us back into the book of second Samuel, where we have seen a sharp turn in the life of David, who has been a man of character and integrity before the people and before God. He’s now the king of Israel and has done some horrible, horrible things: adultery, murder, cover-up, conspiracy, just the whole 9 yards. Bathsheba is now the wife of King David because he had her husband who was a loyal, very loyal elite warrior Uriah the Hittite, has been killed in battle on purpose. And so, let’s see where the story takes us. Today, second Samuel chapter 12.
Okay so, in the book of second Samuel, we see that a shift has indeed taken place in David’s life. The prophet Nathan comes to him, tells him a story about a poor man who had only one sheep and that sheep was taken by a rich person and cooked and eaten, just so he didn’t have to provide food for a traveling guest. David was incensed and furious and this person should die and the whole time, Nathan is describing, metaphorically, what David has done. And so, the payoff line there is when Nathan says, you are that man and that hits David between the eyes and squarely in the heart and he gets a glimpse of how far he has slid, how far he has fallen, and he is told that he won’t experience the kind of peace that he had before. And that turmoil would come from within his own house. So, this is a big shift indeed and will watch as this unfolds in the coming days.
And then when we turn the page into the New Testament and back into the book of John, the Gospel of John and we are kind of rounding the corner on the Gospels themselves. Jesus is talking to his friends, having His final discussion with them. Telling them that He’s going to be leaving, which He has been telling them all along, and they’re confused about it, as they’ve been all along. And He tells them something kind of strange. He says, it’s to your advantage that I go, and you can’t, really, I can’t anyway, wrap my mind around, if I’m one of those disciples, how that in anyway sounds like good news, that He’s going be gone and where He’s going, I can’t go and I won’t be able to see Him anymore, I would be confused. And so, they probably had some confusion and then what happened over the course of the next couple of days, had to just break their hearts and crush them completely. But Jesus is here in this last time with them, saying these last words and telling them it’s actually a good thing, it’s to your advantage because if I go away, then I will send the Advocate to you, the Spirit of truth. This is really remarkable because if there is an accuser, which is a way that the evil one is described in the Scriptures, an accuser, then an advocate is a defender. So, if there’s a prosecutor, then there’s a defender, and this Defender, this Spirit of truth, this Advocate, is coming because Jesus is returning to the Father. And so, He’s explaining to them why this is good news, but you still have to think that they were, well, I just put myself in that position and I’m not sure I can get my mind around it, being good news, that Jesus, the one that I gave up everything to follow, I’m not gonna, He’s gonna be gone, I’m not gonna see Him anymore. But this, in a way, is where Jesus explained, it is, beginning to explain the changes that are to come. They won’t be able to see Him but He won’t be absent. They won’t be able to see Him but the Spirit of truth, the Advocate will come and always be available, to all of His family, all who believe. Which means that geography right, like, physicality isn’t the important thing anymore, the Spirit of truth is located in the hearts of believers all over the world. We carry it together if we’re listening. And so, Jesus then goes on to say but when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. That is something Jesus promises and that is something that we ask for regularly here, as we move through the Scriptures is that, the Spirit would lead us into all truth, as we devote ourselves to the Scriptures and understanding what God is saying to us through them. But it seems like Jesus, as He has been doing, but more intentionally now since this is their last conversation in total freedom, is planting within them that a shift is happening, it’s gonna look different but He isn’t going to abandon them. And we will certainly continue with the story that is unfolding in the Gospel of John, as we push toward the end of the Gospels, for our adventure this year.
And, Jesus, we love You, we thank You for this example that we have in the pages of the Gospels, we thank You for Your work on our behalf, Your love that is beyond description, Your sacrifice, that is beyond our understanding, Your rescue of our very selves, our souls and our forever, so that we might be with You and we thank You that you promised to send the Spirit of truth. And we thank you, Holy Spirit that You lead and guide us, correct and reprove, discipline us, encourage us, comfort us, lead us, and we open ourselves to Your authority and Your leadership and ask that You lead us into all truth. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who told us that this was going to happen. And we thank You for Your patience and kindness in leading us, because we know we can be as stiff-necked as we have seen in the Scriptures. We can be that way too. And You have been patient with us. We ask for Your continued guidance in our lives and that we would have the discipline to slow down and listen and obey. We pray this in the mighty and majestic name of our Savior Jesus. Amen.
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Prayer and Encouragements:
Hey DAB family this is Zac from Phoenix, it’s May 23rd and I just got done listening to Ethan’s prayer request. I want to say that I, like many other people, understand what is to struggle with sin and I hear my brother’s broken heart and just hurting over the sin that he is struggling with. And so, I would like to lift him up in prayer today and just ask God to be with him. Lord God, I want to lift up my brother Ethan. I hear his…his pain and his brokenness over his sin. And Lord, I intercede on his behalf. And I ask Lord, that You would deliver him from this sin. Lord, You say that You are the God who heals, You are the God who restores. And Lord, thank You so much for not leaving us in our broken state. Lord God, I ask that You would help Ethan identify the lies that the enemy is using to initiate the sin. Lord God, You heal the pain and the wounds that have been caused by this sin and what…what started this sin. Lord God, I ask that You would deliver him, fully and completely, so that his life would become a testimony to You of Your miraculous healing and restoration. Lord, I thank You for everything that You’re doing, all that You have done. It’s in Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Hi neighbors, it’s Lisa the Encourager. I covet your prayers right now. I just found out that my mom, her cancer is terminal and they basically gave her two months. So, I just really covet your prayers right now. And I would appreciate you lifting me up. Thank you so much. I love you all, bye.
Hey DABers, this is Bill, actually, I left a message a few months back. And let you all know that I just got out of prison in March, this past, few months back. And anyway, I just want ya’ll to pray for me, you can call me Billy or Bill, that’s fine. I’m just needing ya’lls prayer. I have a court date on June 9th and I’m supposed to be going to. I’m praying the Lord would work a miracle, that I don’t have to go. It should have already been taken care of back in 2017 and apparently, it hadn’t been and so, ya’ll please pray for me and intercede on my behalf. I’m doing my best to live righteous and love the Lord and love my neighbors, love ya’ll and encourage ya’ll today, so ya’ll just do your best. I thank you Brian Hardin, thanks so much for your ministry. Bless your wife Jill and your daughter China and your son, little E and Maxwell and all your family. Bless ya’ll. Thank you so much Blind Tony for your beautiful rhymes. Thanks for just all the prayer requests and intercessory prayer that ya’ll have for us, we’re a family. God’s using us in a mighty way to change this world for His glory and for our souls to be saved. I heard a lady talk today about her daughter that got beat up, I’m praying for her. I pray for the youth, just for their hearts to be changed, not to laugh about that stuff, that stuff is so demonic. I just got done doing a 45-day DOC, they call it DOC here in Alabama. I went to see my children; they live in Florida and I crossed the border. I live in Alabama and I crossed the border without permission from my parole officer and so I had to do a 45-day DOC. That’s why you haven’t heard anything from me in the past few months. But listen up, God is good, I got to witness to this men in there, they need Jesus really bad. And there in there smoking dope and doing things that are just, you know, ungodly. And just not trying to even hear the Gospel but I was in there faithfully reading the word, praying for them. Ya’ll pray for little D, cause he’s a little nasty. And he’s 23 years old and he’s lost, he needs Jesus really bad. He’s just really addicted to marijuana and just, he needs, he got shot 13 times ya’ll and he survived and he’s still living like the Devil. So, ya’ll please pray for little D.
Hello DAB family, this is Brother’s Keeper from North Georgia. I haven’t called in, probably around little over four years, going through a lot of stuff. I listen to this every day, I have for a long time and lost my brother, which was my best friend, right at about four years ago. And I was doing really good at being in the faith for, going on, 27 years and did really good until I lost my brother. And somewhere along, over the last four years, from losing him, working side-by-side with him my entire life, did the same type of work, worked the same places. The, finally came back to the faith about three years ago, about four, right before four years ago. And made things right with God and that He just kind of faded away and then he was gone before I knew it. And I just was not prepared to handle it, it has really affected me in a negative way. I have tried to since recover and I’m struggling. I know where I stand with God and everything, I’m faithful in every way that I know how to be. But for some reason, I feel like, when my brother passed away, that apart of me is gone. And I don’t know at this point, I don’t know how to get that back. And I finally tonight, surrendered my heart back to Christ, on my knees in prayer, begging and just weeping before God and I feel better. But that’s mainly because of the encouragement I hear from you guys on a daily basis. So, thank you for that. Please pray for me. This is Brother’s Keeper from North Georgia, struggling but still going, in the name of Jesus.
Good morning DABers, this is Age of Grace from Kentucky. I want to lift up the mom, you called in about your 7th grade daughter and you said that she made some bad friends and now she’s decided that she doesn’t want to be friends with these people anymore because they’re a bad influence in her life. And now she’s being bullied. Heavenly Father, I just lift up this situation. Lord, I know how much pressure these children are under, Father God, at such a young age and my heart breaks for them, Father. And I just pray that all of our hearts break for these children. That You will put people in their lives that will love them and be there for them. And God, that we will literally come around them as warriors, ready to defend and protect them. God, to protect their honor, to protect their integrity, to pray for them. Lord, I just pray for their hearts and their minds God. I pray against every fiery dart and I just pray God, that the right people will come into this 7th graders life. Lord, I pray against any thoughts of harm or suicide. And Lord, I just pray that you heap sorrow on the heads of her aggressors of these kids that are bullying her, the one that has decided to beat her up. And also, the ones that have stood by and watched as she’s being ridiculed and hurt. And I just pray God, against that evil. This same evil that, the same evil that allowed Jesus to be hit, spat on, beaten to death, hung on the cross for our sins. We pray against that sinful nature, Father God. And we just lift up this baby girl.