April 14 – April 30 Scripture of the Day

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As you can tell, its been just over two weeks since I’ve written about my daily bible reading. I’m pleased to say that its only the writing that’s been by the wayside; I’ve continued to read each and every day.

However, while I have continued my daily reading, the writing has been more difficult. It seems that most days for the last couple weeks I just didn’t have the time or energy to do the writing. I’ve thought a bit about going back and doing “catch-up,” but instead decided to do this one post with a verse for each of the days that I highlighted while reading, and focus on the writing going forward. So, without further ado….

April 14: The verses that stood out to me was 1 Samuel 17:41-47. This is where David defeat’s Goliath because of God’s faithfulness.

April 15: 1 Samuel 20:32-33. I just thought the NLT translation of this passage was funny…I read verse 33 in a dead-pan type tone. “So at last Jonathan realized that his father was really determined to kill David.” Duh.

April 16: Psalm 142

April 17: 1 Samuel 24:16-17. This is what we should do: repay evil with good.

April 18: Psalm 56

April 19: 2 Samuel 1: 14-16. David has the man killed who killed Saul.

April 20: 2 Samuel 2:4. David becomes King of Judah.

April 21: 2 Samuel 4:9-12.

April 22: 2 Samuel 5:1-3. David becomes King of all Israel.

April 23: 1 Chronicles 16:23. This verse is one in a song that David wrote of thanksgiving to the Lord.

April 24: 2 Samuel 7:12. A foreshadowing of Jesus.

April 25: 2 Samuel 8:15

April 26: This contains the passage of David’s adultery with Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 12:11-12 tells of the consequences of David’s actions. Even though God forgives us our sins, that does not remove the consequences in our lives, and in the lives of others. This is a difficult lesson to learn and understand, but is true nonetheless. Psalm 51 records David’s anguish and repentance.

April 27: 2 Samuel 14:13-14

April 28: 2 Samuel 15:24-26

April 29: 2 Samuel 18:8. An interesting verse that I need to research a bit.

April 30: Psalm 7

 

April 13 – Scripture of the Day

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Two verses stood out to me in today’s scripture:

1 Samuel 15:22-23 says, “But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord:   your burnt offerings and sacrifices   or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,   and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. 23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,   and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord,   he has rejected you as king.”

Makes me consider, how much in my life am I obedient and submissive to God?

The second scripture was 1 Samuel 16:7, which says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

That’s a good reminder.

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Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-17:31
Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-19:24; Psalm 59

April 11 – Scripture of the Day

In today’s scripture, Samuel appoints Saul as King of Israel. And what was particularly interesting to me was after Samuel tells Saul, this is Saul’s reply in 1 Samuel 9:21, “Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”

Interesting that God has the habit of choosing the unlikely; the weak; the overlooked; the seemingly incapable to advance his Story of the world.

What’s God want to use you for?

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Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25
Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Chronicles 9:35-39; 1 Samuel 13:1-14:52

April 10 – Scripture of the Day

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In today’s scripture, a couple of things stood out to me. First, was they way Eli died. He was 98 years old, and a messenger returned from the fields to report on the Israeli battle with the Philistines. The messenger told Eli that both his sons had been killed in the battle, and that the Ark of the Covenant had been captured.

1 Samuel 4:18 then says, “When the messenger mentioned what had happened to the Ark of God, Eli fell backward from his seat beside the gate. He broke his neck and died, for he was old and overweight. He had been Israel’s judge for forty years.”

Also in this scripture we read that the Philistines didn’t want to keep the Ark because the Lord was afflicting them for having it. Eventually they returned it to Israel with a guilt offering. What’s interesting to me here is that the Philistines references the plagues in Egypt as a reason to return the Ark.

1 Samuel 6:6 says, “Don’t be stubborn and rebellious as Pharaoh and the Egyptians were. By the time God was finished with them, they were eager to let Israel go.”

Lastly, it is in this section of scripture where Israel requests a king. Samuel is getting older, and his two sons are not Godly like their father. The leaders of Israel gathered and asked Samuel for a king.

Why did they want a king? The Lord instructed Samuel to warn them about the hardships of having a king; that the king would draft their sons into the army, their daughters to his home, demand 10% of their crops and the best of their cattle. Still the people didn’t care. They wanted a king.

And the scripture tells us why in 1 Samuel 9:20a which says, “We want to be like the nations around us.”

That was the problem then, and frankly its our problem now.

God set the people of Israel apart, they were his chosen people, do show the rest of the world the ways of God. We are that way today. For those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, we are to live our lives as Jesus commanded. And that is in radical opposition to the ways of the world.

Jesus calls us to love our enemies among other things.

And yet too often we don’t do as he said.

We, too, want to be like those around us. We want to be liked and accepted. We want to live our comfortable lives, instead of sacrificing.

We have the same problem today that Israel had in the time of Samuel. We want to be like the world instead of like the Lord.

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Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 4:12-8:22
Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25

April 8 – Scripture of the Day

Script-Day-04-08_0448Two passages of scripture stood out to me today. First, we read that Boaz marries Ruth, and they have son named Obed. Who was the father of Jesse, and grandfather of David. Yes, that David. (Ruth 4:17).

Also, you may have heard of, or read the book, The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson. This book has sold millions of copies, but has also received its fair share of criticism. I mention this only because it is from today’s scripture that the basis for this book is contained, 1 Chronicles 4:10 which says, “He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.”

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Today’s reading: Ruth 4:13-22; 1 Chronicles 2:9-4:23; 1 Samuel 1:1-8
Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Samuel 1:9-4:11

April 7 – Scripture of the Day

Script-Day-04-07_0448In today’s scripture we read the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz Naomi had two sons, one of which was married to Ruth. Both the sons were killed, and so Naomi sets to return home to Israel, and tells he daughters-in-law to remain in their homeland where they will have a better chance to get remarried and survive.

But Ruth remains loyal and Naomi to returns to Israel with her.

The scripture that stood out to me was Ruth 1:16 which says, “But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”

 

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Today’s reading: Ruth 1:1-4:12
Tomorrow’s reading: Ruth 4:13-22; 1 Chronicles 2:9-4:23; 1 Samuel 1:1-8

April 5 – Scripture of the Day

Script-Day-04-05_0448In today’s scripture we read of Samson’s final victory over the Philistines, after they had captured him and gouged out his eyes. Judges 16:28-30 says, “Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that held up the temple. Pushing against them with both hands, 30 he prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.”

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Today’s reading: Judges 16:1-18:31
Tomorrow’s reading: Judges 19:1-21:25