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February 22, 2019

2 Samuel 1

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Scripture:  2 Samuel 1:11-12, David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news. They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.


Observation:  When David heard of Saul’s death, he mourned and wrote a funeral song. We can understand this sadness over Jonathan, but Saul?  Considering all Saul put David through, we might have expected celebration or relief at the death of his rival, not mourning.  After all, it was out of pure jealousy, hate, and spite that Saul took away David’s family, home, career, and security, and Saul was totally unrepentant to the very end.  Yet, David mourned, wept, and fasted when he learned of Saul’s death.


Application:  This text is a powerful illustration of how unforgiveness, bitterness, and anger are chosen, not imposed on us.  David had every right to harden his heart and become bitter, but he doesn’t.  He allows God to continue to shape and form him.  What situation in your life might be similar?  Are there feelings of anger and bitterness that you have allowed to have a stronghold in your own heart?  How might God help you let go of those feelings today?


Prayer:  The Peace Prayer by St. Francis,

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



Rev. Vicki

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February 21, 2019

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Read 1 Samuel 31


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Scripture1 Samuel 31:4- Saul groaned to his armor bearer, “Take your sword and kill me before these pagan Philistines come to run me through and taunt and torture me.” But his armor bearer was afraid and would not do it. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it.


Observations- Saul, once again, took matters into his own hands. In life he had treated God as a good luck charm, a rabbit's foot, a four-leaf clover; that is, not Someone to have an intimate friendship with all of the time, but Someone to bail them out when they got desperate. Saul saw no bailing out in this situation, so he simply fell on his own sword without giving thanks to the God who knew him and wanted to be known by him. 

Application- This is a profoundly sad ending to Saul's life. We can't say he lived and loved well and deeply, because he operated out of deep sense of fear. Even in the midst of all of David's sins and mistakes, he longed for and sought to develop an intimate connection with the living God. Let's not treat God like a lucky charm, but let's seek Him as the One who is love.

Prayer- Lord, the life of Saul serves as a cautionary tale about how not to go through this life and how not to be in relationship with You. We want to know You and be known by You, O God! Help us be people after Your own heart. We want to be desperate for You all of the time, not just when we feel desperate about our circumstances. Amen.


"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24),


Pastor Jamie

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