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Daily Devotion for July 10, 2018


<i>Absalom Caught in a Tree</i>, by James Tissot, ca. 1890.
Absalom Caught in a Tree, by James Tissot, ca. 1890.

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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.



Prayer to Use Our Gifts Wisely

Lord, give me each day the wisdom to see which things are important, and which things are not. Show me how best to use the time and talents you have given me. Help me to use all my opportunities wisely, that I may share, through service to others, the good gifts I have received from you.

Amen.

Prayer to Relinquish Shame

Oh Lord Christ, by your death and resurrection you have made forgiveness for my sin possible; and having confessed and repented of my sin, let me have confidence in your forgiveness. Let me not be ashamed; for to feel shame at my sin is to doubt your power. Rather fill me with faith in my salvation, that I may boldly praise your name before all the world, and live in love and constant growth in your Spirit and holiness.

Amen.

To Love Jesus

Oh, my soul, how much longer do you wish to be so stingy with Jesus? Why so negligent towards Jesus who made You? Why so lazy towards Jesus who redeemed you? Who do you want to love, if you do not want to love Jesus?

Amen.

Blessing

Now may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the eternal high priest himself, the Son of God Jesus Christ, build up myself, and all Christians, in faith and truth, and in all gentleness and in all freedom from anger and forbearance and steadfastness and patient endurance and purity.

Amen.


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Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

In what verses does Jesus tell us His body is the new temple of God?

Answer: John 2:19-22



<i>Two Prophets</i> by Bonifazio de Pitati, ca. 1540
Two Prophets by Bonifazio de Pitati, ca. 1540

John 2:19-22 (NASB)

Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”

But He was speaking of the temple of His body. So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.


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2 Samuel 18:1-18 (NLT)

Absalom’s Death

David now mustered the men who were with him and appointed generals and captains to lead them. He sent the troops out in three groups, placing one group under Joab, one under Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and one under Ittai, the man from Gath. The king told his troops, “I am going out with you.”

But his men objected strongly. “You must not go,” they urged. “If we have to turn and run—and even if half of us die—it will make no difference to Absalom’s troops; they will be looking only for you. You are worth 10,000 of us, and it is better that you stay here in the town and send help if we need it.”

“If you think that’s the best plan, I’ll do it,” the king answered. So he stood alongside the gate of the town as all the troops marched out in groups of hundreds and of thousands.

And the king gave this command to Joab, Abishai, and Ittai: “For my sake, deal gently with young Absalom.” And all the troops heard the king give this order to his commanders.

So the battle began in the forest of Ephraim, and the Israelite troops were beaten back by David’s men. There was a great slaughter that day, and 20,000 men laid down their lives. The battle raged all across the countryside, and more men died because of the forest than were killed by the sword.

Joab
Joab

During the battle, Absalom happened to come upon some of David’s men. He tried to escape on his mule, but as he rode beneath the thick branches of a great tree, his hair got caught in the tree. His mule kept going and left him dangling in the air. One of David’s men saw what had happened and told Joab, “I saw Absalom dangling from a great tree.”

“What?” Joab demanded. “You saw him there and didn’t kill him? I would have rewarded you with ten pieces of silver and a hero’s belt!”

“I would not kill the king’s son for even a thousand pieces of silver,” the man replied to Joab. “We all heard the king say to you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘For my sake, please spare young Absalom.’ And if I had betrayed the king by killing his son—and the king would certainly find out who did it—you yourself would be the first to abandon me.”

“Enough of this nonsense,” Joab said. Then he took three daggers and plunged them into Absalom’s heart as he dangled, still alive, in the great tree. Ten of Joab’s young armor bearers then surrounded Absalom and killed him.

Then Joab blew the ram’s horn, and his men returned from chasing the army of Israel. They threw Absalom’s body into a deep pit in the forest and piled a great heap of stones over it. And all Israel fled to their homes.

During his lifetime, Absalom had built a monument to himself in the King’s Valley, for he said, “I have no son to carry on my name.” He named the monument after himself, and it is known as Absalom’s Monument to this day.


Notes on the Scripture

N

obody is certain who wrote the Book(s) of Samuel. Most likely it was a number of different people, beginning with Samuel himself, whose work was edited and possibly augmented later. The final sentence of today’s passage — because it uses the phrase “to this day” — sounds like it was written or at least edited long after the events had transpired.

The story told in the passage is straightforward. Even if one has not read other parts of Samuel, one understands the dramatic tension that it conveys. An unnamed soldier recites David’s words and the reasons for his refusal to kill Absalom. Yet Joab does not hesitate. How will David react, when his most important and trusted general kills his son Absalom, after David has pleaded that his life be spared?



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sinner says...
Hi all. i have broken down and deliberately masturbated again. i keep sinnning. spitting in gods face. please pray for my salvation so that i may fully realize and turn to god for the rest of my time.
10th July 2018 10:17pm
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sinner says...
God*
10th July 2018 10:17pm
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sinner says...
God*
11th July 2018 12:38am
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Debra (Seattle, US) says...
Grateful to have found this. Thank you :)xo
10th July 2018 8:49pm
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Helen (Australia) says...
Thank you, Jenny, for today’s ‘daily inspiration’. Always good to be reminded of these promises. All we need to do is seek and ask. Yet that often seems hard to do. Maybe because the need to feel ‘in control’ is difficult to relinquish.
10th July 2018 11:23am
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Pat Betterton (Qatar) says...
Wow, strong words indeed from daily inspiration! Very challenging. Thank you ( I think!)
10th July 2018 12:46am
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Thomas (Nadi, Fiji) says...
I am really inspired reading thhe devotional daily prayers it touches my heart and begining to feel i want to know more of God and to learn to love him more.
9th July 2018 5:05pm
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Dana (Palmdale, US) says...
The Daily Inspiration hit home.
9th July 2018 3:09pm
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Dana D Smith (Palmdale, US) says...
I am new here and am blessed everday by this site. Thank you so much.Smile
9th July 2018 3:04pm
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Ann says...
Hi Mason, I too, love your site!! The work you and Jenny do is SO appreciated. I am a bit confused today by your discussion of strategies. I think basically you are calling people to really look at the passages of scripture that “trouble them and then you suggest important questions to ask regarding Christ’s message. When I began to read, I thought perhaps you were asking people to consider carefully , Trump’s Presidency. Continuing to read, I thought perhaps you were saying the ... Read More
9th July 2018 8:57am
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Kathryn (Okemos, US) says...
Mason, Thank you for today's "Daily Inspiration." It is truly "inspiring." I need to lean less upon my own understandings and trust more in the Lord.
9th July 2018 7:10am
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