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Daily Devotion for April 27, 2018


Christ the King
The One True King

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

This old slave spiritual, My God is a Rock in a Weary Land, takes its first line from Isaiah 32:2.



Prayer to be Ready

Keep me, O Lord, while I tarry on this earth, seeking after you each day, in a loving and faithful walk with you; that when you come, I may be found not hiding my talent, nor serving my flesh, nor with my lamp empty or hidden; But waiting ready for my Lord, longing for you, my glorious God forever and ever.

Amen.

I Take Your Hand Sweet Jesus

When my world falls down around me
And the ground is sinking sand,
When peace can’t be found on this earth,
I reach out for Your hand.

When Your hand wraps ’round my own
A strength pours from Your Spirit;
It brings to me a quiet calm
Til once again I’m whole

A peace beyond all reason,
A rest there in Your touch,
Something in Your quiet words
My heart yearns for so much...

If I but rest my worries
Upon Your shoulder there,
Strength that pours forth from Your Spirit
Will wash away each care.

Like a cool sweet taste of water
For a tired thirsty man,
My heart finds peace, my soul is calm,
When I reach out for Your hand.

Amen.

Meditation

[God is not surprised.]


Benediction

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, let me think about these things. What I have learned and received, let me do; and the God of peace be with us all.

Amen.


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God be with you 'til we meet again.


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2 Samuel 2 (NLT) (abridged)

David Anointed King Over Judah

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?” “Yes,” the Lord replied. Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.

David anointed king

When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul, he sent them this message: “May the Lord bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial. May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done. Now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king.”

But Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, proclaimed [Saul’s son] Ishbosheth king over all the rest of Israel. Meanwhile, the people of Judah remained loyal to David. David made Hebron his capital, and he ruled as king of Judah for seven and a half years.

One day Abner led Ishbosheth’s troops from Mahanaim to Gibeon. About the same time, Joab son of Zeruiah led David’s troops out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. The two groups sat down there, facing each other from opposite sides of the pool.

A fierce battle followed that day, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by the forces of David. . . . Abner shouted down to Joab, “Must we always be killing each other? Don’t you realize that bitterness is the only result? When will you call off your men from chasing their Israelite brothers?” . . . So Joab blew the ram’s horn, and his men stopped chasing the troops of Israel. All that night Abner and his men retreated through the Jordan Valley.They crossed the Jordan River, traveling all through the morning.

Meanwhile, Joab and his men also returned home. When Joab counted his casualties, he discovered that only 19 men were missing in addition to Asahel. But 360 of Abner’s men had been killed, all from the tribe of Benjamin.


Notes on the Scripture

Did Samuel not warn the people of Israel against having a king? (1 Samuel 8:4-22) Was he not a prophet, warning them in the name of God?

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aving been given a king, rejecting the Lord and replacing their reliance on Him with reliance upon a modern government, the Hebrews almost immediately become embroiled in civil war. This internecine strife will not end until the Temple is finally destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. and the Jews have been repeatedly conquered and dispersed. The only respite they will have is the brief moment of unity and material prosperity under David and Solomon, around 1000 B.C. But Solomon, unable to reconcile great wealth, power, and human wisdom with obedience to God, will aggrieve Him and seal the fate of Israel. Only Christ will be able to rescue them—and us.

Note how similar this is to the history of “Christian” kings and governments.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves. David did not take over all of Saul's kingdom at the time covered in today’s lesson. He became king only over his own tribe, the tribe of Judah. Saul still had a son alive, and the other eleven tribes were generally still loyal to Saul's lineage. So as of today's lesson, “Judah,” the remnant of Israel that still enjoyed God’s favor, comprised only the one tribe (and the land it held).

Joab is an odd figure. He appears practically out of nowhere; the only previous mention of him was in 1 Sam. 26:6. We glean from 2 Samuel and 1 Kings that he was the premier general of his time, leading first David’s and then Solomon’s armies in the conquest of Canaan and unification of Israel. Yet, we are told almost nothing about him as a person.



<i>Christ Mocked by a Soldier</i> by Carl Bloch, ca. 1872.
Christ Mocked by a Soldier by Carl Bloch, ca. 1872.

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Barbara (Sevierville, US) says...
Today's messages were terrific. I love the explanation of the scriptures; they create a visual picture that I don't always see on my own. Thank you.
27th April 2018 10:49am
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Barbara (Sevierville, US) says...
WOW!Sadly I missed a couple of days visiting this site and . . . saw the hailstorm of comments on the song of choice for April 25th. Frankly the song is not a favorite of mine. The words are powerful but for me the melody not so much however, I certainly was not offended by it because of the Mormon religion connection. Sounds like too many folks are peeking over the fence into their neighbor's yard and ignoring the weeds and barren ground at their feet. We have a choice to listen to the ... Read More
27th April 2018 10:34am
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Nemone Oftana (US) says...
Thank you for this site. I always wake up every morning filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit. My day is good and complete. Praise you good Jesus.
27th April 2018 8:08am
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linda (winnipeg canada) says...
I personally enjoy the music from the mormon choir.Also, you can do something on their beliefs but I do no they beleive in christ.good enough for me.Sure enjoyed daily inspiration today Jenny.
26th April 2018 3:50pm
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Motosuwa says...
Really appreciate the selection of art that has been chosen this past week. Keep up the good work. God bless you all.
26th April 2018 3:45pm
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Angela (Kansas City, US) says...
I love this site to read first thing in the morning...I love sharing some of the prayers on here but what I really love and enjoy are the "Daily Inspirations"...they are just enough to really put some meaning in my life and understanding sometimes when I am confused on certain things...I really get so much out of reading them daily....they are short but powerful!!
26th April 2018 8:54am
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dorothy (rogers, US) says...
Thank you so much for today's lesson. I have been having a difficult time with the phrase "in Jesus' name". In hispanic culture the name Jesus is common, and so I could not see why this name meant so much, as in asking for something in Jesus' name. Now I understand that it involves a deeper kind of trust and belief that He will hear and answer our petitions through His power.
26th April 2018 8:46am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Maggie, Dare, and Jennifer. Mason answered the questions of Dare and Jennifer. Go to April 25th home page under the "comment" section and you will find his responses to their questions.
26th April 2018 8:41am
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Maggie (Gosport) says...
I visit this site almost every day and love it but I too have wondered that there is a lot of music from the Mormon Tabernacle. I’m not objecting just curious and more curious now as I haven’t seen a response to Jennifer and Dare’s comments.
I thank you, and obviously God, for Daily Prayer
26th April 2018 5:29am
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Mason says...
We try to play great Christian music. If the message is Christian, we don't delve too deeply into the beliefs of the artist. I mean, we wouldn't play a nice "moral" song by an avowed atheist or anti-Christian.

We played a wonderful piece, "I Look to You", sung by Whitney Houston a little while back, and got objections to that. I mean, really.

Look at Mark 9:38-41.
27th April 2018 10:27am
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Pooja (Tamworth, UK) says...
Heavenly Father, my Saviour Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace - please be with me and take away my ENVY but ESPECIALLY MY PRIDE
26th April 2018 1:14am
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