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OYB May 13

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  • 2009 May 13
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

1 Samuel

14:12 Then the men from the outpost shouted to Jonathan, "Come on up here, and we'll teach you a lesson!"

"Come on, climb right behind me," Jonathan said to his armor bearer, "for the Lord will help us defeat them!" Oh to have the faith of Jonathan!

14:40-44 Saul's rash oath. Here's some commentary:

Saul was willing to kill his son rather than to humbly admit that he is really at fault. Saul started out as a humble man (1 Samuel 10:21), but his once impressive humility is being overtaken by pride. "But he that maketh so much ado about eating with the blood, makes nothing of spilling the blood of innocent Jonathan, and of swearing bloody oaths at the same time . . . Saul seemeth to have been a very great swearer, rapping out oath upon oath, which belike he thought he might do by authority." (Trapp)

Why did God allow the lot to pick out Jonathan? "Not in answer to Saul's prayers, which God valued not. But, (1.) To show that he is the dispenser of lots; (2.) To humble Jonathan, who was in danger of being puffed up too much with the joy of his victory; (3.) To discover Saul's hypocrisy." (Trapp)

In short, I also believe that God allowed Jonathan to come under his father's curse, not to injure Jonathan, but to shame Saul for his stupidity.

John

7:41-42 Others said, "He is the Messiah." Still others said, "But he can't be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee? For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born." Wow...why didn't they know where he was from? Maybe because He had to escape to Egypt for awhile after His birth. But you would think it would be common knowledge. And perhaps as part of His making truth "hidden," He kept this from them too.

Psalm

109:14-15 "Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, and do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out. Let them be before the LORD continually, that He may cut off their memory from the earth..." It appears that David is asking that the memory of his enemies be erased from this life and that their sins not be forgotten until they are accounted for. I have been at the "mercy" of the kind of person that this Psalm talks about, so it is very comforting! I also believe that from David's prayers (and some of the things Jesus said) that people who intentionally harm us will pay for it (in a way that we will know about) on a future day if we don't take vengeance into our own hands. As this Psalm pictures, the "clothing of curses and shame" that our enemies have placed upon us will be put back on them.