While at church yesterday, this song reminded me of all of you!! The Blood is our VICTORY!! Jesus already took our place and we are victorious! So, going back to last week's discussion on what you claim victory over in your life use this song to praise and thank God for. "That in my sin, yes even then...He shed his blood for me!" Be blessed!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ugpncf0bM8love~Erin Spinks
Thanks, Erin...and beginning our discussion of Ch 21. I noticed as David had to seek asylum from Saul...he also had to pretend he was on business for Saul to the priest...even asking for the loaves of bread that were Holy...and after seeing Saul's servant, he asked of Ahimelech the priest for a sword..and was given Goliath's sword that he had taken. Then moving on and being afraid of the next person, Achish, the king of Gath..and pretending to be insane in order that Achish would want no part of him...and he could escape. We so often believe that we are to tell the truth about everything all the time...to tell all we know like children do good or bad...but there are things that the LORD has given us as treasure...as something to protect...to keep from the enemy. I've said so many times..like Corrie ten Boom in the Hiding Place..."I would have hid the Jews...and denied that I had them or had seen them...even dressing up and pretending to be someone else...the same when rescuing them behind the Iron Curtain with many missionaries...and ...well it goes on and on...
Ok where are my Bible Studiers...this study is so full of surprises. When I read in chapter 22 that the man who Saul had seen earlier, who he knew would turn him in...that he appears again and tells Saul that Ahimelech had helped David. Then, Saul, commands the servants around him to kill Ahimelech and all the priests. They defy the King's command...they refuse to kill the priests..and then, the one who had seen the favor David received from the priests, though Ahimelech thought that David was still favored by Saul..Doeg the Edomite...not only told what happened...but killed 85 men who wore a linen ephod, as commmanded by Saul...all the priests, and women, children, nursing infants, oxen, donkeys, and sheep...what a slaughter! for helping David. One of the grandsons of Ahimelech escapes and runs to David and tells what was done. David confesses to Abiathar that he knew Doeg would tell Saul, and that he is the cause of the slaughter of all the persons in his father's house. He says, "Stay with me for he who seeks my life, seeks yours...but you will be safe with me." Jill the story is something else!! WOW!!!! I recently ended the Beth Moore study, Why Godly People Do Ungodly Things...we're all capable of committing great sin as flesh leads...without Holy Spirit in control...woe am I!! Like Isaiah...standing next to or in front of the Holiness of God...I'm undone.
God is really bending and twisting this little heart of mine! wow, so much to learn from David and Saul. Lord, give me a teachable heart.
I am finding it hard not to read ahead this week!! :) Loving it!! Having never really read the bible before....I am seriously amazed...awesome!!!
This story has so many twists and turns in it! I love the fact that no matter what, David never takes those eyes off of His Father. He is always seeking Him. He has such conviction the moment he cuts Sauls robe. He would not have felt this conviction had he not been in tune with His Maker. I want to be so in tune with the Father that the moment I do something wrong I feel the Holy Spirit convicting me right away. Draw me close to you O'Lord!
I loved what Jill shared today about Abigail! However, the scripture spoke to me in a different way. Yes, she saved her family as we would all try to do, but I wonder if God really sent her to save David. David was about to do something that he would have probably regretted later. What struck me was how many times do we shrug off the Abigails that God sends our way to help us??? Do we allow our own desires to drive our decisions or do we stop and listen to what God wants from us??? David could have ignored her and who knows if that would have changed his life path. My prayer today was to recognize the Abigails in my own life and to know when it is really God trying to help me. It is so awesome to have God that loves us that much!!
Same here Cassie! David is an excellent example of how to be obedient to the Father. ~Sarah
I'm glad to hear this Aunt Teddi. I'm going to keep this in mind. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. ~Sarah
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