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February 26, 2019

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February 26, 2019

 

Read: 2Samuel 5

 

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Scripture- 2Samuel 5:1-3 Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the Lord told you, ‘You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be Israel’s leader.’” 3 So there at Hebron, King David made a covenant before the Lord with all the elders of Israel. And they anointed him king of Israel.”

 

Observations- The power void that Saul´s death left was filled, this time with the most charismatic and emblematic king Israel ever had, David. After a rough start, the northern tribes ended up accepting him as their king, tightening the knot for the indispensable national unity. No wonder this, and the defeat of the Philistines, are woven together in today´s chapter.

 

Application- In spite of the painful mistakes he made, David was a relentless warrior, a prolific poet, and a true worshiper. Away from all idealistic presumptions, his prose and poems reflect the multiple stages of his human spirit, but still, capture the divine intervention and inspiration in every single of them. His dependence and personal relation with God were the sources of his unbeatable strength and solid success.

David´s story leaves us some personal questions. When will we learn that we serve a perfect God who uses imperfect people? When will we learn to see God inspiring us in both, our ups and downs? When will we realize that the Creator of heaven and earth wants to have a personal relationship with us? And he wants it so much, that He… became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.(John 1:14)

 

Prayer- Dear Lord, give me the eyes of a shepherd, the feet of a warrior and the wisdom of a king. But above all, give me the heart of a true and humble worshiper. In your Son´s mighty Name, I pray, AMEN!

 

Pastor Roberto


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February 25, 2019

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SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 4:1 — When Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul heard that Abner had died at Hebron, he was shocked and all Israel became frightened.
 
OBSERVATION: Have you noticed that when terrible things happen around you there are a number of prominent actions the majority of people lean toward? Prominent actions that are evil and not God-honoring!
Saul, and Jonathan are dead. Ish-Bosheth, the son of Saul becomes King of Israel. When Ish-Bosheth hears that Abner has also been killed, he went, in the middle of the afternoon to take a nap. Two of his captains (Recab and Baanah), stabbed Ish-Bosheth to death, cut off his head and took it to David as proof of their new found loyalty to Judah. They were expecting David to praise them for killing the King of Israel. Through their actions, they are expecting a reward from King David. They tell David: “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth, son of Saul, your enemy. He tried to kill you! Today the Lord has paid back Saul and his family for what they did to you!” (They credited God with their act of murder!)
Hear David’s response: “As surely as the Lord lives, He has saved me from all trouble! ...I must put you evil men to death because you have killed an innocent man on his own bed in his own house!”
 
APPLICATION: David not only battled the house of Saul, but he battled the sin of others. Leaders can suffer from sinful decisions others make.
King David was relying on God to take His vengeance on others, in His time. David is waiting on God.
Real change is an inside job. You might alter things a day or two with money and systems, but the heart of the matter is and always will be the matter of the heart.
Our problem is SIN! Not finances. Not budgets. Not over-crowded prisons or drug dealers. Our problem is SIN! We are in rebellion against our Creator. We are separated from our Father. We are cut off from the bread of life. A new policy or procedure will not fix this problem. It can only be solved by complete and total obedience to God’s Word and Jesus’ teachings, not by our selfish actions!
 
PRAYER: Lord, please give me the strength and fortitude to rely on You. Make my actions reflect obedience to You and give me the strength to respond as Jesus exhibited. Help me to be slow to anger, slow to speak and quick to listen. Oh, how I want to be an Ambassador of Jesus Christ in this dark world. I love You. I need You. I want to serve You all the days of my life. Amen
 
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