Today’s (Wed 31/05/2017) FDRs are 1 Samuel 26 & 27 and Revelation 17 & 18
As we continue our reading in the books of Samuel about two earthly kings from different families we continue to see a stark contrast between Saul and David. Saul is now under God’s judgement and has been given over to an evil spirit or demon. Do you remember after which sin God turned His back on Saul?
David is still making day to day decisions with God’s supremacy and will in his mind. So he chooses not to take revenge opportunities that he comes into but to leave judgement to God. Given our first impulses many of us will want to react to offences given. Just like David’s men in both the cave and Saul’s tent. It is hard to restrain the ‘urge’ to strike out at the person who has hurt us. Perhaps we’ve been passed over for a promotion or the desired cream task has been handed to somebody else! Perhaps our friends have been told a false story about us or our family that they’ve believed!
In the moment we discover that this has happened to us we often want to teach the perpetrator a lesson!
Jesus teaches us that there, in the flash of a thought to take revenge, we have sinned! How do we remedy this response in us?
Why do you think we see David acting differently? Look into Jesus’s teaching and the apostles writings about how to keep ourselves from sinning?
As we read our Revelation chapters today, are you struck, as I am, by the immense forces unleashed on the earth and its people.
We read, hear or see news of apparent threats from North Korea and this country’s testing of missiles that could carry nuclear war heads onto our country. War heads that can unleash tremendous destruction and desolation. What will these end-times forces that God is sending in judgement do? Why judgement?
Whatever you believe the form of these visions in Revelation are, it is pretty clear they depict the end of the world and its peoples. The way in which these descriptions occur and are written are similar to any other passages in the Bible where God brings judgement on an individual, on a people, on nations and on countries. As a direct example look at the earlier Samuel passage where Saul is judged as God withdraws Himself and allows an evil spirit to control Saul.
While David’s prime role in the Bible is to continue the line from which the gracious gift of God is made, that of Jesus Christ in the form of forgiveness for our sins. This is so that forgiveness comes to life personally in our world. So too we are reminded by Revelation that judgement can and will come to us all.
David’s life, although faulted, becomes an exemplar for our own life. To live in faith and hope under the glorious grace and mercy of our Triune God. Our Father God!
I trust this hymn and its words build you up and encourage you as you seek to live as God asks. I encourage to go into today with these words and your commitment to our Almighty God on your heart and mind.
May we be blessed by God and bless each other as we seek to walk together as children of God.
Thanks to youtube.com for the clip above.