God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 19 - 1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18: Saul Joins Samuel; David Saves His Family

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18

The Message

English Standard Version

Congratulations! You have completed 10 books of the Bible (that's two whole hands!)

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Saul finally hears a word from God—but it's not what he expected.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

Saul, not receiving a word from God when the Philistines camped against him, went to a witch to speak to the dead Samuel. Samuel said Saul and his sons would die in battle.
The Philistine army did not want David's men with them. David's men returned to find their city ransacked and their wives and children kidnapped. David asked God if he could catch them. Everyone was returned safely. A quarrel broke out among the men as to who should share the spoils. David instructed them to share equally.
Israel's army was defeated and Saul with his sons were killed.

Psalm (P)Synopsis

Psalm 18

David praises God for saving him and helping him through his troubles. God is a steady rock in a world that wobbles terribly. God brought him out of terrible oppression and gave him a great reward in return. David thanked God for saving him and his family!

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Saul has resorted to violating God's Law to receive a message from Him.

God forbade sorcerers and witches. Saul knows this but is desperate for a message from God. Since his pride has prevented him from repenting and asking God to save him, he must go to a witch to speak to Samuel. When we leave God we resort to desperate acts.

David consults God before going after his wife and children.

There is no time to lose. If he leaves now he can catch them before it's too late. Yet David takes time to ask God if he would be able to find them. What great faith David has to first ask God before taking on such an emotional chase. We should always consult God before doing any task, no matter how urgent.

David sets things right when he shares the spoils with all of his men.

Two hundred of David's men were unable to continue the chase for their wives and children. The men who fought the raiders wanted to cut them out of the spoils since they did not do the heavy lifting. David would not hear of it, instead insisting that they share equally among all who played a part in rescuing their loved ones. God sets things right when His Chosen People share with all their brothers and sisters—not only those who do the work.

God is worthy of great thanksgiving!

As a transition from David's calls for justice against his enemies, this psalm presents a wonderful song of praise to God for redemption. God is worthy of our praise!

Is God your bedrock under your feet?

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