April 2018

The Word: Episode 0441 John 7:32-39

“And David Said…”

April 25, 2018

“And David Said…”

Blessings folk!

What did David do with Abigail’s petition? (See previous posts… Happy)

1 Samuel 25

32 And David said to Abigail,
“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!

33 Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand!

34 For as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.”

35 Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.”


David blessed!

He blessed the Lord, the God of Israel. He acknowledged that is was the Lord who had sent Abigail.

He blessed the discretion of Abigail.

He blessed Abigail.

He acknowledged that it was she who had restrained him from hurting her people.
He acknowledged that she had kept him from bloodguilt and from avenging himself.

He confessed.
There would not have been “so much as one male” left of Nabal people if she had not hurriedly come.

David then received.
He received what she had brought.

David then spoke peace upon her house.

He obeyed her voice.

He granted her petition.

We see humility from the Lord in David.

So, David…

  • Blessed - the Lord and Abigail
  • Restrained himself
  • Received from Abigail
  • Proclaimed peace
  • Obeyed her voice - the voice of the Lord!
  • Granted her petition

May we do likewise…

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The Word: Episode 0440 John 7:25-32

“Then Remember…”

April 24, 2018

“Then Remember…”

Blessings folk!

Abigail brought food/gifts to appease David.
Abigail’s husband, Nabal, had been rude to David’s men.

Read carefully what Abigail said.
This is amazing.
A prophetic Word…

1 Samuel 25

24 She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt.
Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant.

25 Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he.
Nabal is his name, and folly is with him.
But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent.

26 Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, because the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal.

27 And now let this present that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord.

28 Please forgive the trespass of your servant.
For the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live.

29 If men rise up to pursue you and to seek your life,
the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living in the care of the LORD your God. And the lives of your enemies he shall sling out as from the hollow of a sling.

30 And when the LORD has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you and has appointed you prince over Israel,

31 my lord shall have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for my lord taking vengeance himself.
And when the LORD has dealt well with my lord, then remember your servant.”

Note what she said to/about David…

  • As the Lord lives
  • As your soul lives
  • The Lord restrained you from bloodguilt
  • The Lord restrained you from saving with your own hand
  • Let your enemies/those who seek evil against you be as Nabal (Fool)
  • Forgive the trespass of your servant.
  • The Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house
  • My lord is fighting the battles of the Lord
  • Evil shall not be found in you so long as you live
  • If men arise to pursue you…to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be found in the bundle of the living in the care of the Lord your God.
  • The lives of your enemies shall be slung out…
  • David will have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for shedding blood without cause, nor for taking vengeance himself.
  • When the Lord had dealt well with my lord, remember your servant.

This is all quite profound.
She was truly wise and discerning.

We learn some things about David through her words.
Can you imagine how David felt upon hearing all this?

Be not surprised at who/how the Lord speaks His Word.

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The Word: Episode 0439 John 7:19-27

“Discerning and Beautiful”

April 23, 2018

“Discerning and Beautiful”

Blessings folk!

We continue the Nadab/David/Abigail story.
Read again…

1 Samuel 25

18 Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seahs of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys.

19 And she said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I come after you.”
But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

20 And as she rode on the donkey and came down under cover of the mountain,
behold, David and his men came down toward her, and she met them.

21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain have I guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him, and he has returned me evil for good.

22 God do so to the enemies of David and more also,
if by morning I leave so much as one male of all who belong to him.”

23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground.

24 She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt.
Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant.

25 Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he.
Nabal is his name, and folly is with him.
But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent.

26 Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, because the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal.


Abigail, the discerning and beautiful (v.3), knew that trouble was afoot.

She made haste and prepared provisions.

She sent the young man ahead.
She went herself, without telling her husband.

She met David and his men.
She humbled herself before David, bowing with face to the ground.

She took the guilt.
She took the blame.
She desired to speak.
She desired to be heard.

Abigail says some amazing things…which we will look at.

Note how she asked David to not regard her lord Nabal, for he was as his name…means “fool”.
She speaks of the Lord.
She speaks of how it was the Lord who had restrained David from bloodguilt.
Bloodguilt by attempting to save with his own hand.

This was a bold statement of truth.

God used Abigail to keep David from committing a sin.

She then asked that the enemies and those who sought evil against him be as her Lord Nabal - even fools.

She knew who David was.
She knew the Lord.

There is more…as we will see…

May we be bold as Abigail.

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The Word: Episode 0437 John 7:15-18

"Who Is the Son of Jesse?

April 21, 2018

"Who Is the Son of Jesse?

Blessings folk!

We read the entire “Nabal” story yesterday.

Now, look closely at a portion…

1 SAMUEL 25

1 Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

2 And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel.

3 Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite.

4 David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.

5 So David sent ten young men. And David said to the young men,
“Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal and greet him in my name. 

6 And thus you shall greet him:
‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. 

7 I hear that you have shearers. Now your shepherds have been with us,
and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing all the time they were in Carmel. 

8 Ask your young men, and they will tell you.
Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we come on a feast day.
Please give whatever you have at hand to your servants and to your son David.’”

9 When David’s young men came,
they said all this to Nabal in the name of David, and then they waited.

10 And Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse?
There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters.

11 Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men who come from I do not know where?”

12 So David’s young men turned away and came back and told him all this.


As we can tell from these verses, and the balance of the account, David sent some of his men to procure food.

David knew Nabal’s men.
David and his men had been with Nabal’s men and had treated them well.
They had taken nothing from them.
Later we learn that they had protected them.

David sent peace.
Peace to Nabal.
Peace to Nabal’s house,
Peace to all Nabal had.

Nabal’s response?
He decried “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse?”
“There are many servants these day who are breaking away from their masters.”

Nabal knew David.
He knew he was the son of Jesse.
He considered David to be a fugitive that had broken away from Saul, the master.
He considered David to be “nothing” but trouble.
Should he give his meat to David and “men who come from I do not know where?”

Nabal was as his name - a fool.

He refused to reciprocate the good that David had shown his men.
He went beyond that.

He sought to build himself up by tearing others down.

This is too common within the professing church today.
Just listen to folk…especially some leadership.
You will hear the bluster and foolishness of Nabal ringing forth.

Be not as Nabal.

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The Word: Episode 0435 John 7:1-10

“The Fool”

April 20, 2018

“The Fool”

Blessings folk!

Samuel died.
The people mourned.
David relocated to the wilderness of Paran.

The account of Samuel, Saul and David is bringing much insight and direction to me.
I pray that is has for you.

Today, read the next portion of Scripture…the entire account.
It is important to read the whole story to see what happened.

We will discuss in subsequent times together.

Give close heed to how the Lord protects David…

1 SAMUEL 25

1 Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

2 And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel.

3 Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite.

4 David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.

5 So David sent ten young men. And David said to the young men,
“Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal and greet him in my name. 

6 And thus you shall greet him:
‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. 

7 I hear that you have shearers. Now your shepherds have been with us,
and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing all the time they were in Carmel. 

8 Ask your young men, and they will tell you.
Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we come on a feast day.
Please give whatever you have at hand to your servants and to your son David.’”

9 When David’s young men came,
they said all this to Nabal in the name of David, and then they waited.

10 And Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse?
There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters.
11 Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men who come from I do not know where?”

12 So David’s young men turned away and came back and told him all this.

13 And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage.

14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master, and he railed at them.

15 Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them.

16 They were a wall to us both by night and by day,
all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.

17 Now therefore know this and consider what you should do,
for harm is determined against our master and against all his house,
and he is such a worthless man that one cannot speak to him.”

18 Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seahs of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys.

19 And she said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I come after you.”
But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

20 And as she rode on the donkey and came down under cover of the mountain,
behold, David and his men came down toward her, and she met them.

21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain have I guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him, and he has returned me evil for good.

22 God do so to the enemies of David and more also,
if by morning I leave so much as one male of all who belong to him.”

23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground.

24 She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt.
Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant.

25 Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he.
Nabal is his name, and folly is with him.
But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent.

26 Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, because the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal.

27 And now let this present that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord.

28 Please forgive the trespass of your servant.
For the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live.

29 If men rise up to pursue you and to seek your life,
the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living in the care of the LORD your God. And the lives of your enemies he shall sling out as from the hollow of a sling.

30 And when the LORD has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you and has appointed you prince over Israel,

31 my lord shall have no cause of grief or pangs of conscience for having shed blood without cause or for my lord taking vengeance himself.
And when the LORD has dealt well with my lord, then remember your servant.”

32 And David said to Abigail,
“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!

33 Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand!

34 For as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.”

35 Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.”

36 And Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk.
So she told him nothing at all until the morning light.

37 In the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal,
his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.

38 And about ten days later the LORD struck Nabal, and he died.

39 When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the LORD who has avenged the insult I received at the hand of Nabal, and has kept back his servant from wrongdoing. The LORD has returned the evil of Nabal on his own head.”
Then David sent and spoke to Abigail, to take her as his wife.
40 When the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her,
“David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife.”

41 And she rose and bowed with her face to the ground and said,
“Behold, your handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.”

42 And Abigail hurried and rose and mounted a donkey, and her five young women attended her. She followed the messengers of David and became his wife.

43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel, and both of them became his wives.

44 Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife,
to Palti the son of Laish, who was of Gallim.


What has the Lord spoke to you?
What questions do you have?

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The Word: Episode 0435 John 7:1-10

“Samuel Died”

April 19, 2018

“Samuel Died”

Blessings folk!

Samuel, Saul, David.

We have seen the relationship between them.

Samuel, the prophet.
Saul, the King.
David, the “King-in-waiting”.

We saw in our last time together that Saul acknowledged that David would be king.

Watch what happened next…

1Sa 25:1

Then Samuel died;
and all Israel gathered together and mourned for him,
and buried him at his house in Ramah.
And David arose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.

Samuel dies.
Suddenly.
“Unceremoniously”.

The brevity of the account…
The pointed declaration…
Reminds us that life is but a fleeting vapor.

Ecc 9:9

Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun;
for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.

 Ecc 11:10

So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body,
because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.

Jas 4:14

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

So, Samuel dies.
All Israel gathered together and mourned him.
They buried him at his house in Ramah.

David arose and relocated to the wilderness of Paran.

Us?

Should we not consider what we are doing with the fleeting vapor of life that the Lord has graciously granted us?

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The Word: Episode 0434 John 7:1-5

“You Are More Righteous Than I”

April 18, 2018

“You Are More Righteous Than I”

Blessings folk!

David had presented his case before Saul.
David declared that Saul had nothing to fear from him.
David could have killed Saul, but he did not.
David rested in the Lord.
David waited upon the Lord.

Doing so actually “poured heaping coals” upon the head of Saul.

What was Saul’s response?

 1Sa 24:16-22

When David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said,
“Is this your voice, my son David?”
Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept.

He said to David, “You are more righteous than I;
for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you.

“You have declared today that you have done good to me,
that the LORD delivered me into your hand and yet you did not kill me.

“For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safely?
May the LORD therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day.

“Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king,
and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hand.

“So now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s household.”

David swore to Saul.
And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

Sad.
Poignant.
Emotional.

Saul knew the truth. Yet, when the evil spirit came upon him…

Note Saul’s reaction.
He lifted up his voice.
He wept.
He knew that David was correct.
He knew, and declared, that David’s actions had been more righteous than his.
He knew that David had dealt well with him.
He knew that he was dealt evil against David.
He knew that the Lord had delivered him into David’s hands.
He knew David had mercy.

He asked the Lord to bless David for what he had done.

Then this declaration…

He knew, and verbally verified before all, that David would be king.
He knew the kingdom would be established in David’s hands.

This is a serious acknowledgement.

Because of this, Saul asked for mercy upon his family.
He wanted David to swear that he would not “cut off” Saul’s descendants after Saul died.
He asked that his name not be destroyed from his father’s household.

Saul knew.
He knew that his days were numbered…as leader…as among the living.

He wanted to protect his family.

David swore this to Saul.
We will see later how David fulfilled this oath.

Afterwards Saul went home.
David and his men went to the stronghold.

One would think that all is now well.
One would be wrong…

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The Word: Episode 0433 John 6:53-71

“May the Lord Judge Between Us…”

April 17, 2018

“May the Lord Judge Between Us…”

Blessings folk!

David refused to stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed - king Saul.

David’s action of cutting away part of Saul’s robe pricked his conscience.

David now used the situation to provide evidence of his sincere heart toward the King…

1Sa 24:8-15

Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying,
“My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him,
David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.

David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying,
‘Behold, David seeks to harm you’?

“Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD’S anointed.’

“Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.

“May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you;
but my hand shall not be against you.

“As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’;
but my hand shall not be against you.

“After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing?
A dead dog, a single flea?

“The LORD therefore be judge and decide between you and me;
and may He see and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.”

David…

  • Calls Saul “lord’
  • Bows/prostrates himself before Saul
  • Questions why Saul is listening to bad counsel
  • Declares that Saul has nothing to fear from him
  • Reveals how the Lord had delivered Saul into his hand
  • Tells how he had pity on Saul
  • States that he would not hurt/kill Saul…though encouraged to do so
  • Called Saul “father”
  • Showed the evidence of how close Saul came to death..the cut edge of the robe
  • Testified that there was no evil or rebellion in his heart/hands toward Saul.
  • Called upon the Lord to be the judge between them
  • Rested in the Lord to avenge
  • Described himself as a dead dog, a flea…why would Saul pursue such?
  • Reiterated that he would allow the Lord to judge…to see…to plead his cause and the deliver him.

May we be as David when confronted by enemies.

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The Word: Episode 0432 John 6:52-59

“For Be It From Me…”

April 16, 2018

“For Be It From Me…”

Blessings!

The saga continues.
David is in Engedi.
Saul hears where he is.
He pursues David.

This passage is humorous yet dangerous.
But, there is much more.
We learn how to handle some things.

Read…

1Sa 24:1

Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying,
“Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.”

Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.

He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave.

The men of David said to him, “Behold, this is the day of which the LORD said to you,
‘Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.’” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly.

It came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.

So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch out my hand against him,
since he is the LORD’S anointed.”

David persuaded his men with these words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul.
And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on his way.

David and his men, outnumbered 5-1, were hiding in the inner recesses of the cave.

Saul went in to relieve himself…the KJV says “to cover his feet”…#2. Happy

David’s men thought this was the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord.
Now David’s enemy would be delivered into his hands!

David was caught up in this…to a degree.

Why a degree?

He did not immediately kill the King.
He stealthily arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe.
To what purpose we will see later.

But, then David’s conscience bothered him.
The Lord moving.

He had humiliated the king…though the king did not know.

David’s words are profound.
“Far be it from me because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my lord…”

David still acknowledged Saul as “lord/king”, though David was anointed king.
David would not use the reasoning of fulfilling the Word of the Lord to humiliate the king.
Wow.

David called Saul “the Lord’s anointed”.
Saul was.
The Lord had anointed him, though the Spirit of the Lord had now left him.

David determined to not stretch out his hands.
He would not “hurry the plan along”.
He would rest in God’s timing.

He would not be the hand against God’s anointed.

David persuaded his men to not arise against Saul and to await the Lord.

May we do likewise.

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The Word: Episode 0431 John 6:48-53

“Saul Is Coming Round the Mountain”

April 15, 2018

“Saul Is Coming Round the Mountain”

Blessings folk!

Saul was pursing.
David was fleeing.

1Sa 23:24-29

Then they arose and went to Ziph before Saul.
Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon,
in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.

When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David,
and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon.
And when Saul heard it, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.

Saul went on one side of the mountain,
and David and his men on the other side of the mountain;
and David was hurrying to get away from Saul,
for Saul and his men were surrounding David and his men to seize them.

But a messenger came to Saul, saying,
“Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land.”

So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines;
therefore they called that place the Rock of Escape.

David went up from there and stayed in the strongholds of Engedi.

Wonder why the Philistines raided at the moment?
Hand of the Lord?

Perhaps.

Know this.
God will protect.
God will direct.

We still have to move…note David hurried away from Saul.

Seek the Lord as David did.
Rest in the Lord as David did.

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The Word: Episode 0430 John 6:35-40

“I Will Search for Him…”

April 14, 2018

“I Will Search for Him…”

Blessings folk!

Saul continued to pursue David…
He would hear he was somewhere…go after him…only to find him gone.
Then Saul would go home.

We can tell that Saul was frustrated.

Read.
Watch.

1Sa 23:19-23

Then Ziphites came up to Saul at Gibeah, saying,
“Is David not hiding with us in the strongholds at Horesh,
on the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?

“Now then, O king, come down according to all the desire of your soul to do so;
and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.”

Saul said, “May you be blessed of the LORD, for you have had compassion on me.

“Go now, make more sure, and investigate and see his place where his haunt is,
and who has seen him there; for I am told that he is very cunning.

“So look, and learn about all the hiding places where he hides himself and return to me with certainty, and I will go with you; and if he is in the land,
I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.”

Not only did David have to be concerned about Saul, he had to watch those who were more than willing to turn him over to Saul.

People are always wanting to ingratiate themselves to the king.

The Ziphites reported to Saul that David was in their area.

Saul did not seem to be too excited about chasing another report.

He told them to :

  • Go
  • Make more sure
  • Investigate
  • See his place (wanted actual eyewitness account)
  • See who was with David (how many men, etc.)
  • Look
  • Learn
  • Discover all his hiding place

Then return and he would accompany them.

Then this bravado by Saul…”I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah!”

Saul knew that David would become king.

I wonder if he was beginning to realize that he was “kicking against the goads”?

Act 26:14
“And when we all had fallen to the ground,
I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language,
‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'

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The Word: Episode 0429 John 6:35-40

“Encouraged Him In God”

April 13, 2018

“Encouraged Him In God”

Blessings folk!

So, you been reflect’n?
On the glory, awe and wonder of the Lord.
On His foreknowledge.
On His predestining.

Can you imagine how all this weighed upon David?

The Lord knows.

The Lord sent encouragement…

1Sa 23:15-18

Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.

And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God.

Thus he said to him, “Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you; and Saul my father knows that also.”

So the two of them made a covenant before the LORD;
and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.

Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David.
He went to encourage him “in God”.

Look at the words…

  • Do not be afraid
  • The hand of Saul my father will not find you
  • You will be king over Israel
  • I will be next to you (Jonathan expected that David would reign over him…remember, Jonathan would have been king)
  • Saul my father knows this also

Such encouragement!

David must have been fearful.
He must have been doubting.

Much as we often do.

These words reminded David of the Word of the Lord.
They encouraged.
They exhorted.



They then made a covenant before the Lord.

A reminder of what they had done before.

Be not afraid.
God is in control.
Encourage one another in the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0428 John 6:26-36

“God Foreknows…”

April 12, 2018

“God Foreknows…”

Blessings folk!

God knew that Saul was coming for David.
God knew that the men of Keilah would hand David over.

God told David this in response to David’s questions.

God foreknew.
God knows all past…present…future.
Every permutation.
Every possibility.
Everything.

The Lord explains through Isaiah…

Isa 55:8-9

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

God has all foreknowledge.

This is not the same as predestining.

God knew.

David fled and was therefore safe.

What God foreknew did not occur.

What He had predestined would…an example, David would ascend to the throne as king.

Rest in this truth.
Trust this truth.

The Lord foreknows.
The Lord predestines…

Rom 8:29-30

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.


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The Word: Episode 0427 John 6:22-27

“He/They Will…”

April 11, 2018

“He/They Will…”

Blessings folk!

Again, this is a profoundly insightful passage.

Read it again…

1Sa 23:10-13

Then David said, “O LORD God of Israel, Your servant has heard for certain that Saul is seeking to come to Keilah to destroy the city on my account.

“Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand?
Will Saul come down just as Your servant has heard?
O LORD God of Israel, I pray, tell Your servant.”
And the LORD said, “He will come down.”

Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?”
And the LORD said, “They will surrender you.”

Then David and his men, about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah,
and they went wherever they could go.
When it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the pursuit.

David knew Saul was coming.
David sought the Lord.
David had questions for the Lord.

He knew Saul would destroy the city of Keilah on his behalf.

Note how David inquired…
“O Lord God of Israel…”
“I pray…”
“Tell Your servant…”

Passion.
Concern.
Humility.

David wanted to know if Saul was coming.
God said “He will come down”.

David wanted to know if the men of Keilah would surrender him to Saul to save their city.
God said “yes”.

David then clarified/verified.
Would the men of Keilah surrender him and his men into Saul’s hands?
God said “yes”.

What did David do?
He and 600 men (up from 400) arose and departed Keilah.
They went wherever they could go.
Saul heard.
Saul gave up pursuit.

Now, why is this passage so important for us.
A couple of reasons…

It continues the narrative of David.

Then this…

This shows us that foreknowledge is not the same as predestining.

God has foreknowledge of all.
Every possibility.
Every option.
Amazing.

He told David that the men of Keilah would surrender.
This is foreknowledge.

Yet, it did not happen.
David left.

Was God wrong?
Of course not.
He simple told David what would happen…if he stayed.
It was not predestined.
It was not preordained.

This has huge ramifications to our understanding of God.

We will reflect back on this many times…from now until the Lord returns.

For today, rejoice in the wonder and glory of the Most High God, He Who is without limit.

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The Word: Episode 0426 John 6:16-21

“God Has Delivered Him Into My Hands…?"

April 10, 2018

“God Has Delivered Him Into My Hands…?"

Blessings folk!

The Philistines had attacked Keilah.
David had heard.
David inquired of the Lord.
Should he go attack and deliver them?
The Lord said “Yes!”.

The account continues.
This portion of the Scripture is extremely import.
Read…

1Sa 23:6-1

Now it came about, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David at Keilah,
that he came down with an ephod in his hand.

When it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah, Saul said, “God has delivered him into my hand, for he shut himself in by entering a city with double gates and bars.”

So Saul summoned all the people for war, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.

Now David knew that Saul was plotting evil against him;
so he said to Abiathar the priest,
“Bring the ephod here.”

Then David said, “O LORD God of Israel, Your servant has heard for certain that Saul is seeking to come to Keilah to destroy the city on my account.

“Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand?
Will Saul come down just as Your servant has heard?
O LORD God of Israel, I pray, tell Your servant.”
And the LORD said, “He will come down.”

Then David said,
“Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?”
And the LORD said, “They will surrender you.”

Then David and his men, about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah,
and they went wherever they could go.
When it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the pursuit.

David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.

Saul heard that David was in Keilah.
Saul thought he had him trapped.
Saul thought that the Lord God had delivered David into his hands.
Wrong!

Saul was looking “in the natural’ - city, double gates and bars.
An opportunity for a siege.

So Saul roused the people to go to Keilah to besiege David.

David heard of the plans…lots of “spying” going on. Happy

Now, let me ask you to reread the passage.
We will continue tomorrow.
This passage extremely important because it speaks to a couple of issues that are often very distracting to the Body of Christ…

Foreknowledge.
Predestination.


Clear understanding is provided in this account…to be continued…

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The Word: Episode 0425 John 6:1-15

“Go…Attack…Deliver”

April 9, 2018

“Go…Attack…Deliver”

Blessings folk!

We are about to see some seriously amazing things.

Often Believers think that the Old Testament does not provide much for our lives.

Untrue!

1 Samuel 23 will reveal some things that will totally change how you look at the Lord and His Word.

Bold statement?

We will see.

Read.

Note the situation, those involved, David’s dilemma, David’s response, the men’s response.
Remember, always ask Who/What/When/Where/Why/How.
Interrogate the Word!

1Sa 23:1-5

Then they told David, saying,
“Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are plundering the threshing floors.”

So David inquired of the LORD, saying,
“Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”
And the LORD said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and deliver Keilah.”

But David’s men said to him,
“Behold, we are afraid here in Judah.
How much more then if we go to Keilah against the ranks of the Philistines?”

Then David inquired of the LORD once more.
And the LORD answered him and said,
“Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”

So David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines; and he led away their livestock and struck them with a great slaughter. Thus David delivered the inhabitants of Keilah.

Word had come to David.
The Philistines were causing trouble again - at Keilah.

David’s response?
He “inquired of the Lord”.
He asked the Lord directly I they should go and attack the Philistines.
We are not told “how” he did this.

We are told that the Lord responded and David understood clearly.
The Lord said to “Go…attack…deliver”.

David told his men.
His mean were fear-filled.
They knew they were “out-ranked”.
They acknowledged that they lived in fear as a body fleeing Saul.
How could they now be considered to be bold enough to go on the offensive?

David’s response?
He inquired of the Lord again.
Doubt?
Double-checking on behalf of his men?

Perhaps.

The Lord is long-suffering in patience.
The Lord said “arise…go…I will give”!

They did.
They fought.
They led away livestock.
They struck them with a great slaughter.
They delivered the inhabitants of Keilah.

Sounds great…but wait! There is more…

Truths for us?
Inquire of the Lord.
Do as he leads.

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The Word: Episode 0423 John 5:36-47

“The Guards/Servants Refused!”

April 7, 2018

“The Guards/Servants Refused!”

Blessings folk!

We read the extended context yesterday…see it below.

Saul sent for Ahimelech the priest and all the priests of Nob.

Saul then accuses Ahimelech of conspiring with David by providing supplies - bread, sword, inquiring of the Lord - all to the goal of rising against King Saul.

Ahimelech’s response?
Interesting…sorta unexpected.

He defended David…rather than himself.
He pointed out the faithfulness of David to the king.
He reminded Saul that David was his son-in-law.
He noted that David was the captain of the guard.
He noted that David was honored in the house of Saul.

Ahimelech then noted that he had inquired of the Lord for David before.
He then asked Saul to not impute anything to him nor his servants/household.
They all knew nothing of the affair.

Saul cared not.
He decreed that Ahimelech would die.
Saul then commanded his guards/the servants of the king to kill Ahimelech and the priests.

The guards/servants refused!
Why?
I think they heard the truth that Ahimelech had just spoken.
They knew David was innocent.
They knew the Spirit of the Lord was upon David.
They also knew that the Spirit had left Saul.
Saul was becoming worse by the day.

There comes a time when we must stand and refuse.
Refuse the commands of the king that go against the commands of the Lord.
There comes a time to deal with the perverted leadership of state and/or “church”.

These men stood firm and refused.

Or course Doeg, the non-Israelite/Edomite, was more than willing.
He killed all the priests, eighty-five of them.
He then struck the city of Nob.
He killed all the animals.
He killed all the men.
He killed all the women.
He killed al the children.
He killed all the infants.
He killed all…save one, as we will see.

Evil has its day.
But its day of judgment is coming.
Sometimes in the near future.
Definitely in days yet to come.

Read again.
Rejoice that the Lord is victorious!

1Sa 22:8-19
“For all of you have conspired against me so that there is no one who discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you who is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me to lie in ambush,
as it is this day.”

Then Doeg the Edomite, who was standing by the servants of Saul, said,
“I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.

“He inquired of the LORD for him, gave him provisions,
and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”

Then the king sent someone to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub,
and all his father’s household, the priests who were in Nob; and all of them came to the king.

Saul said, “Listen now, son of Ahitub.” And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.”

Saul then said to him, “Why have you and the son of Jesse conspired against me, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he would rise up against me by lying in ambush as it is this day?”

Then Ahimelech answered the king and said,
“And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, even the king’s son-in-law,
who is captain over your guard, and is honored in your house?

“Did I just begin to inquire of God for him today? Far be it from me! Do not let the king impute anything to his servant or to any of the household of my father, for your servant knows nothing at all of this whole affair.”

But the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s household!”

And the king said to the guards who were attending him, “Turn around and put the priests of the LORD to death, because their hand also is with David and because they knew that he was fleeing and did not reveal it to me.” But the servants of the king were not willing to put forth their hands to attack the priests of the LORD.

Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn around and attack the priests.”
And Doeg the Edomite turned around and attacked the priests,
and he killed that day eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.

And he struck Nob the city of the priests with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and infants; also oxen, donkeys, and sheep he struck with the edge of the sword.


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The Word: Episode 0422 John 5:36-40

“He Inquired of the Lord for Him…”

April 6, 2018

“He Inquired of the Lord for Him…”

Blessings folk!

Saul was becoming more unstable.
Such is the mind and spirit of one who rejects the Lord.
Such is the mind and spirit of one when the Spirit of the Lord leaves him.

We saw how Saul was whining and complaining about how “everyone was against him”.

Sad is the fruit of this…

 1Sa 22:8-19
“For all of you have conspired against me so that there is no one who discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you who is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me to lie in ambush,
as it is this day.”

Then Doeg the Edomite, who was standing by the servants of Saul, said,
“I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.

“He inquired of the LORD for him, gave him provisions,
and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”

Then the king sent someone to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub,
and all his father’s household, the priests who were in Nob; and all of them came to the king.

Saul said, “Listen now, son of Ahitub.” And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.”

Saul then said to him, “Why have you and the son of Jesse conspired against me, in that you have given him bread and a sword and have inquired of God for him, so that he would rise up against me by lying in ambush as it is this day?”

Then Ahimelech answered the king and said,
“And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, even the king’s son-in-law,
who is captain over your guard, and is honored in your house?

“Did I just begin to inquire of God for him today? Far be it from me! Do not let the king impute anything to his servant or to any of the household of my father, for your servant knows nothing at all of this whole affair.”

But the king said, “You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father’s household!”

And the king said to the guards who were attending him, “Turn around and put the priests of the LORD to death, because their hand also is with David and because they knew that he was fleeing and did not reveal it to me.” But the servants of the king were not willing to put forth their hands to attack the priests of the LORD.

Then the king said to Doeg, “You turn around and attack the priests.”
And Doeg the Edomite turned around and attacked the priests,
and he killed that day eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.

And he struck Nob the city of the priests with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and infants; also oxen, donkeys, and sheep he struck with the edge of the sword.

Remember Doeg? (1 Sam. 21)

After none of the servants nor slaves of the king said/disclosed anything, Doeg speaks up.

He informed the king of what he had witnessed.

Doeg was not an Israelite. He was Edomite.
His motives were simple yet complicated.
They were not of the Lord.

The first thing that Doeg did was lie…at least according to the Word.
The account in 1 Sam 21 says nothing of Ahimelech inquiring of the Lord for David.
It does state that Ahimelech was “trembling” when David came.

Perhaps Ahimelech did inquire of the Lord…and 1 Sam. 22 and Ahimelech verifies?…but, I am more inclined to believe that Doeg was enhancing the account…especially considering the type of person he is revealed to be.

Man does this.
They expand accounts.
They lie.

Do not do so…

…to be continued…


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The Word: Episode 0421 John 5:26-36

“No One Is Sorry For Me”

April 5, 2018

“No One Is Sorry For Me”

Blessings folk!

Watch what happens next to David.

This is a biblical example of the distinction between someone who had the Spirit of the Lord and someone who does not.

David had the Spirit.
The Spirit had left Saul.

1Sa 22:5-8
The prophet Gad said to David,
“Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.”
So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.

Then Saul heard that David and the men who were with him had been discovered.
Now Saul was sitting in Gibeah, under the tamarisk tree on the height with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing around him.

Saul said to his servants who stood around him,
“Hear now, O Benjamites! Will the son of Jesse also give to all of you fields and vineyards?
Will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?

“For all of you have conspired against me so that there is no one who discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse,
and there is none of you who is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me to lie in ambush, as it is this day.”

The prophet Gad told David to leave the stronghold…the cave of Abdullam.
He told him to go to Judah.
David did so.
Apparently David received this as the Word of the Lord.
David went to the forest of Hereth.
The Word of the Lord through the prophet.

Saul heard that David and his men had been found.
What did Saul do?
Well, first, we see him sitting under a tamarisk tree.
We have seen this before.
He liked to sit…and do the king thang…with servants about.

In this case, he whined.
And whined.
And whined.

He threatened his people, Benjamites, with “will David give you all I have?”..fields, vineyards, power?

Saul then continued.
“All have conspired against me…”
“No one discloses to me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse…”

So, we now know that Saul knew about the covenantal relation of Jonathan and David.

Growing whining…
“None of you is sorry for me…”
“None of you discloses that my son…ambush…”

Sad is the mind of one who has not the Spirit.

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The Word: Episode 0420 John 5:19-26

“Until I Know What God Will Do For Me”

April 4, 2018

“Until I Know What God Will Do For Me”

Blessings folk!

David was hiding in the cave in Abdullam.
His brothers and family were with him.
Four hundred men also joined.
These men were discontented, in debt and in distress.

David knew that things were about to intensify.

He did not know what was to occur.
He knew that God had anointed him king.
He knew that his father-in-law Saul would not rest until he was dead.

David wanted to take care of something before anything else occurred…

1Sa 22:3-4
And David went from there to Mizpah of Moab;
and he said to the king of Moab,
“Please let my father and my mother come and stay with you
until I know what God will do for me.”

Then he left them with the king of Moab;
and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.

David wanted to take care of his parents.
He wanted to provide for them.
He wanted to protect them.
He wanted them out of harm’s way.

The king of Moab agreed to help.
Why?
Perhaps the king knew that he and his kingdom would be “safe” as long as he had David’s parents?

Regardless, they stayed in Moab while David was in the stronghold…while he was fleeing…

Note, David was awaiting “what God will do for me.”
Not, “what God will do with me.”

David knew Who the Lord was.
David knew who he was in the Lord.
Now, he waited.

We experience the same.
May we aggressively await what the Lord will do for us.

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The Word: Episode 0419 John 4:19-20

“The Cave of Adullam”

April 3, 2018

“The Cave of Adullam”

Blessings folk!

David flees from Achish, King of Gath.

He flees to a hole in the ground.
Literally.
He goes to the cave of Adullam.

Read these two verses carefully.
Give heed to what occurred, the timing, etc.

1Sa 22:1-2
So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam;
and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him.

Everyone who was in distress,
and everyone who was in debt,
and everyone who was discontented gathered to him;
and he became captain over them.
Now there were about four hundred men with him.

David was in hiding.
When his brothers and family heard, they joined him.
His brothers and father’s household knew that he had been anointed king.

But, there were more.
All total, there were four hundred men that gathered/joined with him.

You saw how they were described.
They were in distress.
They were in debt.
They were discontent.

This describes many today.
This describes many true Believers!

Many are discontented…distressed…in debt.

Run to the Savior.
In our time “in the cave” He is the Light to Whom we run.

The Lord is bringing many to their “cave of Adullam”.
The Lord is drawing many out of their “cave of Adullam”.

“Adullam” means “justice of the people”!
Hummmm….

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The Word: Episode 0417 John 5:1-11

“Do I Lack For Madmen?”

April 2, 2018

“Do I Lack For Madmen?”

Blessings folk!

David is on the run.

He flees to the enemy’s land.

Watch what happens…

1Sa 21:10-15

Then David arose and fled that day from Saul, and went to Achish king of Gath.

But the servants of Achish said to him,
“Is this not David the king of the land?
Did they not sing of this one as they danced, saying,
‘Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands’?”

David took these words to heart and greatly feared Achish king of Gath.

So he disguised his sanity before them, and acted insanely in their hands,
and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down into his beard.

Then Achish said to his servants,
“Behold, you see the man behaving as a madman. Why do you bring him to me?

“Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this one to act the madman in my presence?
Shall this one come into my house?”

The servants of King Achish knew who David was.
King of the land.
The one sung-over.
The one danced unto.

David was struck with fear that they knew who he was.

What did David do?

He had already obfuscated the truth (lied!) to the priest at Nob.

Now he feigned madness.
He “disguised his sanity”.
He acted “insane in their hands”.
He scribbled on the doors of the gates. He let saliva run down his beard.

He did so convincingly.

King Achish responds with one of the great lines out of Scripture…”do I lack for madmen, that you have brought this one to act the madman in my presence?” Happy

The chapter ends there.

We learn in the next verse that David leaves.

The ruse worked.

David was still on the run.

David, the anointed king of Israel, fleeing the enemy.
David, the anointed king of Israel, fleeing those in power who sought to kill him.
David, the anointed king of Israel, fleeing those seeking to capture him to gain honor in the eyes of Saul.
David, the anointed king of Israel, lying…feigning insanity…

Was he trusting in the Lord?
Was he simply “doing what had to be done”?

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The Word: Episode 0417 John 5:1-11

“Doeg and A Sword”

April 1, 2018

“Doeg and A Sword”

Blessings folk!

David had just procured bread for himself and his men.

They ate the consecrated bread found in Nob.

But, there was a brewing problem…

1Sa 21:7-9

Now one of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD;
and his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s shepherds.

David said to Ahimelech, “Now is there not a spear or a sword on hand?
For I brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me,
because the king’s matter was urgent.”

Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you would take it for yourself, take it.
For there is no other except it here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

A servant of Saul was there.
Detained of the Lord…whom…wonder what that mens?
Was he “unclean”? Did the Lord “plan” for him to be there?

Then this.
David was looking for a sword…a weapon of some sort.
David continued the ruse by saying that the “king’s matter was so urgent” he was unable to bring weaponry.

They had one weapon.
The very sword of Goliath whom David killed.
It was wrapped cloth behind the ephod.
Humm…
David seems to be are unaware of it being there.
We are not told how it came to be there.

Nonetheless, David took it.

There is none like it.
It was better than nothing.
It was also very large.

…to be continued…

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