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Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 9 - 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18: David Honors God and Jonathan

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18

The Message

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Thought to Guide Your Reading

David's obedience begins to pay dividends. David gives those back to God.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

David and his army fought the Philistines, Moabites, and the Zobahites and defeated them all. Arameans came to support the Zobahites and were defeated. David received massive amounts of gold, bronze and horses as a result of God's help. He dedicated all of it to God to be used in God's service.
David wanted to honor his friend Jonathan. Ziba, Saul's servant, informed David of Mephibosheth, Jonathan's son who was paraplegic. David restored all of Saul's land to him and he ate at David's table as a son. Ziba's sons and servants worked Mephibosheth's land.

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

David is earning great rewards for obeying God.

God has promised great rewards for obeying Him. David, a man after God's heart, is not only growing a large house for himself, he is also growing a large amount of wealth. Those after God's own Heart are blessed physically as well as spiritually.

David dedicated all he earned through God's help back to God.

David again proves his heart is after God. Instead of amassing a large fortune for himself, disobeying God's commands, he dedicates all he earns to God. This is why God continues to give victories to David. Those after God's own Heart dedicate what they earn from God's victories to God's use.

David honors his old friend Jonathan.

In a move that would shock any non-Israelite king, David not only allows a member of the previous king's family to stay in the palace, he also gives back the king's land. Saul did many, many bad things to David and yet he wants to honor Saul's grandson. Those after God's own heart seek to honor rather than revenge.

Have you dedicated all God has blessed you with to His service?

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