N_SPECT_R's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=N%5FSPECT%5FR N_SPECT_R's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ June 24, I Kings 1:1-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188612 June 24, I Kings 1:1-4 <BR> <BR> There's a certain level of humor in this and a level of practicality, not that it was right. I hope that if I ever get so old that a pretty young lady cant turn me on I just die. With David's history concerning women it's surprising but I suppose age does cause systems to break down. I don't understand exactly what spiritual lesson this section teaches but it does show us a bit more about humanity. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Back biceps 5 sets 8-12 reps <B... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:08:29 EST June 23, Joel 3:17-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188010 June 23, Joel 3:17-21 <BR> <BR> This is obviously a prophecy of times to come, a time when Israel will worship God and not have dealings with those who do not. A time when the enemies of Israel will be brought low and judged for their actions. Israel, or more specifically the Jewish people, is one of the greatest arguments for the existence of God. They have remained both a people and culture for thousands of years while other cultures have died away. Perhaps this prophecy speaks of a time... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:03:04 EST June 22, Joel 3:9-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187348 June 22, Joel 3:9-16 <BR> <BR> In Isaiah 2 God says turn your swords to plowshares, here He says the opposite. There will someday be a time of universal peace but that time won't come until Christ returns. There will also be times of war when every able bodied person should prepare to fight. In this prophecy the nations are rising against Israel and God is calling all of His people to battle. I know some that believe the armor of God is sufficient, that we wrestle with spiritual forces. ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:51:15 EST June 21, Joel 3:1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186699 June 21, Joel 3:1-8 <BR> <BR> There's a lot here in these 8 verses. A prophecy of God judging all nations, this could refer to the end of days, when God judges all of mankind or it could be any one of a number of times when God brought His people back. Possibly a bit of each. Some things I find striking are the levels of carnality spoken of here. You traded a boy for a prostitute and a girl for wine. This isn't unique to the times, all around the world children both boys and girls are t... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:54:44 EST June 20, Joel 2:28-32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186041 June 20, Joel 2:28-32 <BR> <BR> This prophecy is quoted by Peter in Acts 2:17 and he refers to the Holy Spirit filling the people on Pentecost. In all of the translations I looked at, verse 28 says 'afterward', but after what? After the people repent? After the messiah comes? After the Holy Spirit comes? Maybe all three. I think the last two verses are indeed about Messiah final coming but the first three could be any time of revival or move of God. Certainly we saw this on Pentecost ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:06:47 EST June 19, Joel 2:18-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185507 June 19, Joel 2:18-27 <BR> <BR> This is one of the places where God gives us an if-then promise. If His people will return then He will bless the land. It says they will have all of the crops that the locusts ate, God will restore the lost years. <BR> Just imagine this, a land that has suffered low production volume for years, after returning to God with their whole heart God will bless them not only with the normal yield but He will restore what was lost in the other years. And I believ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 04:23:08 EST June 18, Joel 2:12-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184996 June 18, Joel 2:12-17 <BR> <BR> The word for the ages is and I suppose will always be repent. But most people don't know what that actually means. We usually associate repent with a change in behavior and in most cases that's true but the real meaning is to accept that I am wrong and desire to change. Some times I can make the change myself but more often I need God to make the changes. The prophet speaks of impending judgment but if the people will return to God this may be avoided. God... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:09:25 EST June 17, Joel 2:1-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184403 June 17, Joel 2:1-11 <BR> <BR> Sound the alarm for an enemy is invading the land, it's army is so large it can not be compared to any other in history nor will it be again. Whatever is before it will be destroyed, like a fire it consumes, like locusts it devours all in it's path. This can refer to any number of armies, it could be a reference to the locusts of the last chapter, perhaps the impending Babylonian captivity or maybe something else. Today I would say this army is humanism, it's... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:21:52 EST June 16, Joel 1:13-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183808 June 16, Joel 1:13-20 <BR> <BR> This second half is a picture of a land that was once great now impoverished. The priests lament from a lack of worshipers, offerings and prayers are not being made. He calls for an assembly of the elders to put aside the carnal things and return to worship. Wouldn't that be something today for Christians to put away the carnal and worship? And as the people have neglected God the land suffers, crops die in the field and the livestock can't find enough to... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 05:02:55 EST June 15, Joel 1:1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183178 June 15, Joel 1:1-12 <BR> <BR> The book of Joel was probably written between the time that Israel, the northern kingdom, and Judah the southern were captured. Much of this is literal and much is figurative. There were in fact locusts that destroyed crops but the locusts could also be social issues. He says to the elders, have you ever seen things so bad? That question can be asked today, the world certainly is different. Violence, drugs, immorality, anger and hatred is destroying us and... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 05:19:56 EST June 14, II Samuel 24:18-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182493 June 14, II Samuel 24:18-25 <BR> <BR> David is told to make an altar and an offering to God. According to Jewish traditions this was on Mount Moriah, where it is believed that Cain and Abel made their offerings and where Abraham prepared to offer Isaac when God provided Himself a lamb. That's an interesting concept, the first place where we have recorded bloodshed and the place where The Gospel, the promise of Christ, the lamb provided by God, is first presented. A significant passage is v... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 05:07:15 EST June 13, II Samuel 24:10-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181815 June 13, II Samuel 24:10-17 <BR> <BR> We do no know the extent of David's sin, we can surmise that it had something to do with numbering his men. Whatever it was I believe it was something that caused the people to sin also, hence the judgments from God are against all of Israel. In David's choices he has two that would protect himself and family, a famine would not effect him as king, nor would a war as he could remain at home, but a pestilence would hit everyone from the lowest servant to... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:15:34 EST June 12, II Samuel 24:1-9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181236 June 12, II Samuel 24:1-9 <BR> <BR> This chapter has a parallel in 1 Chronicles 21 and they appear to disagree on a key point. Here it says that the anger of The Lord was kindled against Israel and in Chronicles it says that Satan rose up against Israel, so which is correct and do they contradict? Well they are both correct and neither contradict, it deals primarily in the poor English translations. Satan did incite David to number Israel, or perhaps it was simply his own waning trust in ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 05:01:04 EST June 11, II Samuel 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180672 June 11, II Samuel 23 <BR> <BR> It says these are David's last words, perhaps the meaning is last words of advice, he begins the chapter with some wisdom, men should live according to God, pretty basic really. The second part is almost like a eulogy, recounting David's glory days and the men who fought with him. David did a lot of stuff in his life, some of these stories and names won't mean much to us gentiles but there is a heritage in the names and they are important to some people. So... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 04:56:34 EST June 10, II Samuel 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180044 June 10, II Samuel 22 This song that David sings is Psalm 18, parts are about God delivering him and parts are a prophecy about the messiah. It's believed that he wrote this after being delivered from Saul in at least one battle. Interesting that we can find it easy to sing God's praises after the troubles are over, not so much in the midst of them. That's still true today, we tend to say how great God is when we get the job we wanted or when life is up, is God not great when we feel like c... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:14:23 EST June 9, II Samuel 21:15-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179436 June 9, II Samuel 21:15-22 <BR> <BR> Israel goes to war with the Philistines, they were constantly at war with the Philistines and some would say still today they are although the name has evolved to Palestine. David is the target in any battle because he is the king, and he's getting old. Good advice that he not go to battle any more. The several accounts of giants, which might actually mean men with a noted reputation, were defeated by soldiers for Israel. The battles are all God's and... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 04:45:37 EST June 8, II Samuel 21:1-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178767 June 8, II Samuel 21:1-14 <BR> <BR> There was a covenant in Joshua 9 between Israel and the Gibeonites, Saul broke that covenant and God wants David to make amends. The human sacrifice was not God's idea, I don't know why David asked them what they wanted instead of asking God what He wanted. There are things that cant be made equal, and repentance is not what we do but the status of our hearts. I believe God was grieved by the whole thing yet there was repentance and forgiveness between I... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 05:11:11 EST June 7, II Samuel 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178061 June 7, II Samuel 20 <BR> <BR> More murder and intrigue, one can read this and draw so many parallels to our modern day. Man's nature has not and will not change on its own accord. Right after the rebellion of Absalom this man Sheba starts another, we know little about him except that he was of Benjamin, the same tribe as Saul. Perhaps that was his motive. He calls for the tribes of Israel to break apart and rule themselves. I find it interesting that after Solomon the nation will separa... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 04:58:46 EST June 6, II Samuel 19:16-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177321 June 6, II Samuel 19:16-30 <BR> <BR> David is giving pardons to people who betrayed him, that's real grace and it's hard to do. His attitude appears that he's confident to be sitting as king and that no-one will again challenge him. That's a good attitude, I wonder if he's fixed things with God while all this trouble was going on. Shiemi was apparently a chieftain of a large clan, he comes admitting his sin, repentant and seeking forgiveness. What a great picture of how we should come be... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 05:00:25 EST June 5, II Samuel 19:8-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176741 June 5, II Samuel 19:8-15 <BR> <BR> The civil was is over but fractions remain. David is sitting in the gate where he is accessible to the people. There is no animosity in David towards the rebels and he communicates that to both sides of the battle, it is his desire to reconcile all of Israel and restore the kingdom. The tribe of Judah is key, David is of the tribe and they hold the city of Jerusalem, he needs to extend forgiveness in a special way. By offering the position of leading is... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:09:40 EST June 4, II Samuel 19:1-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176181 June 4, II Samuel 19:1-7 <BR> <BR> David mourns his son's death far more than was expected, I look at this in contrast to the death of Amnon his son who raped his daughter and there wasn't this much mourning. There was some other connection between David and Absolom that we just don't see. In any case this needed to be tempered, 20,000 other men died whose families will also mourn and as the king he needed to be sympathetic to that. Joab pushed the line between king and advisor or two fr... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 06:58:58 EST June 3, II Samuel 18:19-33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175555 June 3, II Samuel 18:19-33 <BR> <BR> There will always be those who seek after glory in the troubles or misfortunes of others. We all know people who actually enjoy seeing people fail, and we also know those who enjoy bringing news of someones failures to others. This is seen in the workplace frequently as someone who finds it necessary to bring every incident to a supervisor. Ahimazz wanted some glory for bringing this news to David, I think his father Zadok understood his position and t... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 05:18:59 EST June 2, II Samuel 18:1-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174899 June 2, II Samuel 18:1-18 <BR> <BR> This is really a sad time in Israel's history, a civil war and at the heart of it all is a father and son. We tend to not think about people's ages in some of these stories, David sends out his forces and his commanders tell him to stay behind. Two reasons I can think of, first he may have to actually fight against his son and that wouldn't be good. Secondly he's old, probably around 65 and for the last 5-8 years he's been a sedentary adult. Not to insul... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 04:56:20 EST June 1, II Samuel 17:15-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174180 June 1, II Samuel 17:15-29 <BR> <BR> Hushai, Zadok and Abiathar were advisors and still loyal to David, they bring him intelligence on Absolom's coming. There are reasons for every detail in every story in the bible, sometimes we may not get what that reason is. The story of how this woman hid the spies under a tarp in a well is one of those events. Are all of these details necessary? Could the writer simply have said that she hid them? But there is a reason, I don't know why but I'm su... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 05:17:49 EST May 31, II Samuel 17:1-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173511 May 31, II Samuel 17:1-14 <BR> <BR> We don't know why Absolom decided to usurp the throne, we can surmise that he was influenced by the friends he had, it's so important to hang out with good people. His chief advisor actually has a decent plan, using what could be an overwhelming force the people with David might be discouraged and leave him, we saw this so many times with Israel wanting to leave or remove Moses. But there is a battle that we don't see, forces of good and evil at work, A... Tue, 31 May 2016 05:02:38 EST May 30, II Samuel 16:15-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172870 May 30, II Samuel 16:15-23 <BR> <BR> Absolom enters the city and assumes the throne, Hushai we know is a spy for David but notice his words to Absolom, nothing he says is a lie, when he states he will serve who the Lord and the people have chosen he still refers to David. Absolom sleeping with David's concubines is a direct challenge to David's position. We saw this before with Noah and with Jacob. Absolom is using this to bolster his claim to be king. <BR> <BR> On a different note, today... Mon, 30 May 2016 06:57:25 EST May 29, II Samuel 16:1-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172267 May 29, II Samuel 16:1-14 <BR> <BR> More intrigue and plotting, Ziba brings gifts to David and a message that Saul's last survivor Mephibosheth, is plotting to retake the crown. There is no confirming evidence of this but simply on this man's word David makes a rash decision, we should not base decisions on the word of simply one witness. And we see this strange man Shimei who is following after David and cursing him. David is in such a low state that he believes this is coming from God, t... Sun, 29 May 2016 04:55:16 EST May 28, II Samuel 15:13-37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171735 May 28, II Samuel 15:13-37 <BR> <BR> Something significant has happened to David in the years since Bathsheba. Now with Absolom marching with an army to Jerusalem David flees. There is no account that he sought God before leaving. He has an army of sorts, his standing army under Joab may not be available but he's leaving with nearly a thousand people, certainly that number could defend Jerusalem. Perhaps he's not willing yet to start a civil war but I think it deeper. David as a lad had... Sat, 28 May 2016 05:42:28 EST May 27, II Samuel 15:1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171162 May 27, II Samuel 15:1-12 <BR> <BR> We're not told exactly why Absolom conspired against David, maybe they never really reconciled. It also may have been the people Absolom hung around with. Absolom would have been the embodiment of what every man wanted to be, handsome, wealthy, he had followers, he had influence. There is a danger in listening to the wrong people, I sometimes wonder if his followers convinced hem that he was greater than he was. We see similar things today, people list... Fri, 27 May 2016 04:52:24 EST May 26, II Samuel 14:25-33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170514 May 26, II Samuel 14:25-33 <BR> <BR> Absolom would be the equivalent of a male supermodel with long flowing hair, so much hasn't changed in the world of men that the attractive people will gather followings based solely on looks. We're given this information now but it will have more meaning later. Absolom has been in Jerusalem for two years and still hasn't seen David, I find it strange that Joab won't answer his call. Setting fire to the man's field certainly wasn't right but it did get h... Thu, 26 May 2016 04:44:32 EST May 25, II Samuel 14:1-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169905 May 25, II Samuel 14:1-24 <BR> <BR> Joab was a good friend to David, he understood how David grieved for the seperation between himself and Absolom so Joab conspired this strange plot to bring them back together. The method seems a bit extreme to me but the concept is laudable. Everyone should have a friend like Joab, one who understands your moods and attitude to help when and where needed. It's a rare gift to have one, if you do then cherish the relationship. The only problem though is... Wed, 25 May 2016 05:14:07 EST May 24, II Samuel 13:23-39 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169252 May 24, II Samuel 13:23-39 <BR> <BR> Absolom holds this grudge for two years, which may seem like a lot but I know people holding grudges for much longer. These things fester over time and can really become a burden. Absolom is having a grand party, he has a lot of mature sheep and wool to shear and it was the custom to invite the family and neighbors to the celebration. As we're told about the grudge I wonder if this was a long term plan, to save sheep and cultivate for these two years fo... Tue, 24 May 2016 05:03:47 EST May 23, II Samuel 13:1-22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168516 May 23, II Samuel 13:1-22 <BR> <BR> We already know that David has a thing for pretty ladies and that weakness also exists in his son Amnon. His attraction for his half sister is another reason why having multiple wives and children is a bad idea, in all cases, from Abraham down, everyone who has multiple wives or concubines has problems either with them or the siblings. Only Tamar shows any proper morals but even she makes a strange comment, that the king, their father, would allow the uni... Mon, 23 May 2016 05:00:21 EST May 22, II Samuel 12:15-21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167935 May 22, II Samuel 12:15-21 <BR> <BR> First look at the death of David and Bathsheba's son. Some feel that God is cruel for killing the child, an innocent in all of this. Consider that this child will go straight to the arms of God and never know sorrow or pain, as to the death or suffering of innocents, that happens daily and it's not God's fault. Every day all over the world someone suffers because of the sins of another. An assembly line worker misses a part or puts something together ... Sun, 22 May 2016 05:16:51 EST May 21, II Samuel 12;7-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167312 May 21, II Samuel 12;7-14 <BR> <BR> Parts of this section can seem hard to take but God is in charge and He does as He pleases, we may not understand. Nathan tells David that he's the guilty party because of the affair and the murder. As stated earlier David could have been stoned, in fact he should have but there were no witnesses. None the less there is a penalty that God exacts for the sin and although David does not die physically, his relationship with God is damaged and the child of... Sat, 21 May 2016 04:24:10 EST May 20, II Samuel 12;1-6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166706 May 20, II Samuel 12;1-6 <BR> <BR> Nathan tells this story to David and David doesn't get that he's the main character. We're all like that, we do something real stupid and when addressed about can't see the correlation. David's response is anger and a certain amount of self righteousness, he says that this man deserves to die, yet under the law stealing a sheep is not a capital offense, restoring it fourfold is the restitution. But in David's case it wasn't actually a lamb. The reality i... Fri, 20 May 2016 05:11:51 EST May 19, II Samuel 11:6-27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166022 May 19, II Samuel 11:6-27 <BR> <BR> Once again we see the plots and intrigue here in scripture can rival any reality TV show. David first concocts a pretty good scheme, if he can get Uriah to sleep with Bathsheba then all is good, people will simply believe the child is his and no-one needs to know any different. But people already know, there were servants who had to know about the affair, people that Bathsheba may have told. A secret is only a secret when 1 person knows it. Failing the... Thu, 19 May 2016 04:55:58 EST May 18, II Samuel 11:1-5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165309 May 18, II Samuel 11:1-5 <BR> <BR> Now here's a familiar story, it's the beginning of the end of David's kingdom. We start out with kings going to war, many preachers say that David should have lead his forces but there are more things for a king or any ruler to do than go to war. That's what generals are for. I think that first sentence is to show us that many of David's closer advisors are out of town, perhaps if one or two of them had been around they might have slapped him up side the... Wed, 18 May 2016 04:20:28 EST May 17, II Samuel 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164579 May 17, II Samuel 10 <BR> <BR> The first part of this seems like a skit from Monty Python, imagine a king shaving off half of someone's head and beard and cutting their robe to a mini skirt length. It would be comical and a great insult. Certainly there is a bit of humor in the scriptures. I imagine that when David and his men met up with these ambassadors there were more than a few chuckles. In the end it becomes a war, all because some people became greedy and lied to the new king. Wa... Tue, 17 May 2016 04:20:48 EST May 16, II Samuel 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163844 May 16, II Samuel 9 <BR> <BR> David shows mercy and compassion on the last survivor in Saul's family. He also honors a covenant he made with Jonathan. As far as we know Mephibosheth and Michal were the end of Saul's line. His actions also reward the servant who saved Mephibosheth as now Ziba and his family will live on and work the lands that Saul owned. A pretty good deal. <BR> <BR> Today's workout. 5 sets 8-12 reps, Push up, dumb bell shrugs, strap hugs, dumb bell shoulder press, late... Mon, 16 May 2016 05:14:55 EST May 15, II Samuel 8:9-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163210 May 15, II Samuel 8:9-18 <BR> <BR> David has established himself as a force such that the neighboring kings negotiate a peace and bring tribute instead of being at war. This was a great time for the nation of Israel, they occupied more of the land than ever before, they were taking back sections that the Philistines and Moabites held and David expanded the borders. He had a military presence throughout the kingdom. He maintained his relationship with God and brought tribute of the best th... Sun, 15 May 2016 06:23:31 EST May 14, II Samuel 8:1-8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162589 May 14, II Samuel 8:1-8 <BR> <BR> David wages ware against the Philistines, and the Moabites and defeats then but there are some problems. Let's first look at verse 2, the way it reads one would think that David lined up the Moabites and just slaughtered them but translations aren't always accurate. Consider that the word measure could also mean fought and defeated as in we took their measure. So this might actually mean that David and his army defeated them and their bodies lined the gro... Sat, 14 May 2016 06:29:05 EST May 13, II Samuel 7:18-29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161925 May 13, II Samuel 7:18-29 <BR> <BR> God has made a promise to David and his family to come and David is excited. He prays with thanksgiving, with expectation, acknowledging God and who He is. He remembers what God did for Israel. <BR> That's always an anchor for the Jewish people, the heritage and deliverance of Israel from Egypt. The gift of Torah, the times that Israel strayed away and God redeemed them. We all need some sort of anchor, some event where only God could have redeemed or ... Fri, 13 May 2016 05:02:42 EST May 12, II Samuel 7:1-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161259 May 12, II Samuel 7:1-17 <BR> <BR> David wants to build a house for God's ark, he compares the mansion in which he dwells to the tent where the ark is kept. But the tent was a special representation of a temporary dwelling place. In John's gospel when he says the word became flesh and dwelt among us, it can be translated as pitched his tent. Our bodies are a temporary dwelling place, a tent for our spirit and just as the ark was in a tent, God wants the message of His covenant to be in ou... Thu, 12 May 2016 04:55:56 EST May 11, II Samuel 6:16-23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160568 May 11, II Samuel 6:16-23 <BR> <BR> Looking a bit more at the character of Michal today, we only see her a few times but we can gleam some insight from various contexts. When we first hear of her Saul wants to get rid of her and make a snare for David. I think she at first was an infatuated teen idolizing a victorious soldier returning form battles, quite a romantic. But I also think for Saul she was a spoiled princess. Avid kills 100 Philistines to win her and that simply makes the ende... Wed, 11 May 2016 05:14:52 EST May 10, II Samuel 6:1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159846 May 10, II Samuel 6:1-15 <BR> <BR> David is bringing the ark of God's covenant back to Jerusalem and in the process Uzzah touches the ark and he is killed. I've heard several sermons preached on this and here's what I've learned, no-one has all of the answers. It is a fact that God told Israel no-one is to touch the ark except the Levites who carry and maintain it and when it is carried they are to use staves through the carrying rings. So in essence I understand why Uzzah died but how di... Tue, 10 May 2016 05:01:35 EST May 9, II Samuel 5:17-25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159128 May 9, II Samuel 5:17-25 <BR> <BR> Much of Israel was occupied by the Philistines when David became king. It appears that they were afraid because now the nation was united behind one ruler and they decide to attack David. To his credit he calls first upon God before going to battle. There is a principle here that when God establishes any person in a leadership position, agents of evil will join in an attempt to stop him. As long as that person relies wholly on God, then God can never be... Mon, 9 May 2016 05:11:36 EST May 8, II Samuel 5:1-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158602 May 8, II Samuel 5:1-16 <BR> <BR> David is declared king and accepted by all of the tribes of Israel. It is fitting that the first thing he does is reclaim Jerusalem. We don't know when it was taken by the Jebusites, probably after Saul's death. The insult about the blind and lame can be a bit confusing and there have been several different interpretations. I like this one the best, the city of Jerusalem was believed to be so fortified that the Jebusites mocked they could hold it with bl... Sun, 8 May 2016 06:58:51 EST May 7, II Samuel 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158006 May 7, II Samuel 4 <BR> <BR> People with base intent, seeking primarily personal gain can not see the evil they do in their quest. We see it in life in so many places, one person causes trouble for another because they believe it will ingratiate them to a third. What's frightening is that potential exists in all of us. It sometimes manifests itself when we want someone who has done some heinous act to suffer for it. These men, Baanah and Rechab were called captains of raiding bands, a be... Sat, 7 May 2016 05:13:25 EST May 6, II Samuel 3:26-39 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157371 May 6, II Samuel 3:26-39 <BR> <BR> The quote is attributed to Lord Acton that power corrupts but I sometimes wonder if that might be the other way around. Perhaps the corrupt people seek out positions of power and because of their disposition they are ruthless in acquiring power. And maybe a mix of both. In today's reading we see Abner and Joab, both men with a significant amount of power. I believe that Abner was corrupt and totally self centered, Joab I just don't know enough about. Bu... Fri, 6 May 2016 05:13:04 EST