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February 28, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 7

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 7:11b-13a- Furthermore, the Lord declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings! For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. 

 

Observations- How odd it must have been for David to hear from God through the prophet Nathan that the Lord would in fact bless him and his family in innumerable ways, but not in the way that David would have most expected- by being called upon to build a wonderful Temple to worship the God who had done so much for him. 


Application- Blessings often come to us in unexpected ways. I reflect often on how stunned I was to get a call from my supervisor telling me we would be moving after serving only four years at my previous church in Ft. Myers. Things were going really well. We liked it there. I didn't understand at all how this could make sense, but I do now. David wanted to build God a Temple, but God told him there were other plans he needed to accomplish. If we have eyes to see, God can and will surprise and delight us as His will unfolds- often slowly- in our lives.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for Who You are and that I belong to You. Thank You for Your Church, Jesus' bride, which is often a mess, but she is always Your mess. Help us be perfected in love as we seek Your best will for our lives. Lead us so we don't go off in our directions; rather help us to spend time with You in Your Word in order to hear You as loudly and clearly as possible as we pray. Amen.

 

"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S. - Our Florida Conference Bishop, Rev. Ken Carter, will be hosting a live webinar on the results of the General Conference tomorrow, March 1, at 11:00 AM. Here’s the link to register for the webinar: https://www.flumc.org/newsdetail/bishop-carter-to-host-webinar-on-gc-2019-results-mar-1-12757746


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February 27, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 6

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 6:21- David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.

 

Observations- Michal, David's first wife and the daughter of Saul, was angry and offended that David would "embarrass" himself by praising God so expressively through the streets of Jerusalem. This created such a point of conflict that David and Michal would be estranged from one another never to be reconciled. 


Application- Often this story is told as a reminder for us to not be ashamed of praising God in worship with all that is within us, but this time through I am captured by the anger that arose from Michal, which reminded me that hurt people hurt people. She had been deeply in love with David, but her father sought to kill her husband. As David was on the run from Saul, Michal was "given" by her father to another man, Palti, as a wife. Game of Thrones has nothing on this dysfunctional family story. Through both of their profound

pain and betrayal neither David nor Michal made a move toward reconciliation and genuine care. I find that so sad. It breaks my heart that so many people in this world settle for never even trying to mend broken relationships. You be the person that makes the first, tenuous, awkward move toward reconnecting. That doesn't guarantee healing and wholeness, but we can be sure it won't happen with the effort.

Prayer- Father, thank You for making the first move to reconcile the broken relationship with humanity so long ago through a covenant with Abraham to bless all people. You made that desire even clearer by sending Your Son to bridge the gap between our sin and Your holiness. He was the full expression of love dying on the cross to bring us to You. Help us be ambassadors of the reconciliation You long to see in this world, in our church, and in relationships with family and friends. Lead us to do our part by reaching out. Amen.

 

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20),

 

Pastor Jamie


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