Coronation Day (for David) and an overflow of hope

14 06 2012

DAY TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN : 1 Chronicles 11 v. 1 – 12 v. 22; Romans 14 v. 19 – 15 v. 13; Psalm 89 v. 46 – 52

1 CHRONICLES
David Becomes King Over Israel – After the death of Saul, ‘all Israel came together’ and acknowledged that David had been their military leader already during Saul’s reign, and the promise that ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler‘.
The elders made a ‘compact’ with David at Hebron, and David is anointed Israel’s king, ‘as the Lord had promised through Samuel’

As the nation celebrates our Queen’s diamond jubilee, 60 years of faithful service, it has been good to remember the moment when she was anointed and crowned.

David Conquers Jerusalem – David’s first task is to recapture Jerusalem (also named Jebus). Despite Jebusite opposition, ‘nevertheless David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.’
David had pledged that the person who led the attack on the Jebusites would be the ‘commander-in-chief’. He kept his word, and Joab, son of Zeruaih, became commander.
David occupied the fortress, the City of David, building up the city and its terraces.
‘And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him.’

David’s Mighty Men – there follows a list of the ‘mighty men’ – those who ‘gave David’s kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land’ :
Jashobeam (cheif of the officers, a Hacmonite)
Eleazar, an Ahohite, who helped David defeat the Philistines at Pas Dammim

There’s a strange story (v.15 -19) about David sending three of the chiefs to fetch him water, and them risking their lives going into enemy territory (Philistine garrison at Bethlehem). When they return with the water, David can’t bring himself to drink it, because they had risked their lives for it. Instead he pours it out as an offering to the Lord….
The comparison in my mind was with the blood of Christ, who risked everything for us, being shared in communion as Jesus insists ‘Drink this, all of you’. Jesus, Himself, entered enemy territory to bring us the water of life.

Abishai, the chief of the three (Joab’s brother). ‘He was doubly honoured above the Three and became their commander’
Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel. He :
– killed two of Moab’s finest
– killed a lion down a pit one snowy winters day
– killed an Egyptian giant of a man (7 1/2 ft tall)
he was put in charge of David’s bodyguard.
There is a further list of mighty men including Asahel, Elhanan (Dodo’s son, from Bethlehem)
Hurai from the ravines of Gaash; Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite etc. etc.

Warriors Join David – next, there follows a list of those who were with David at Ziklag, when he had been banished by Saul. They helped David in the battles, and were Benjaminites. Their chief was Ahiezar, and a list of names is given.

When David was in his desert stronghold, he was joined by some defecting Gadites (brave warriors, skilled in handling spear and shield, faces like lions, swift as gazelles). Eder, their chief, is listed along with the ten ‘next in command’ Gadites.
‘It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing…and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys’

Also, while David was in his stronghold, he was joined by some more Benjaminites and others from Judah. As they approach, David meets them and ‘checks them out’:
‘If you have come to me in peace, to help me, I am ready to have you unite with me…’
One of them, Amasai, chief of the Thirty, is touched by the Spirit and pledges their allegiance
‘We are yours, O David…success, success to you…for your God will help you.’

Even today, God’s Spirit urges unity and allegiances for / towards those God has raised up.  What an encouragement this encounter must have been to David.

David also attracted some of Manasseh’s fighting men, during the time David went to fight alongside the Philistines against Saul. They are listed, as leaders of units of 1,000 men in Manasseh, and are known as brave warriors.
‘Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.


ROMANS

The Weak and the Strong (cont.) –
Further instructions from Paul to the Romans:
~ put every effort into doing ‘what leads to peace and to mutual edification’ (building one another up, not knocking down)
~ don’t do things which might cause another to stumble or fall in the faith (even if it includes abstaining from certain foods or drink)
~ the strong should bear with the failings of the weak
~ we should endeavour to please our neighbour above ourselves, building them up first
~ be soaked in Scripture : ‘everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope’.

There then follows one of Paul’s amazing prayers:
‘May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’

~ we are to accept one another, as Christ has accept us
~ Jesus is servant and Lord of both the Jews, and through fulfilling the promises to the patriarchs, the Gentiles, who ‘glorify God for His mercy’.
‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’

What an amazing prayer with which to conclude this section – one of my favourite prayers in the Bible:
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’
O, Lord, overflow within us Your hope, joy and peace and power, for the sake of Your Kingdom on earth.

PSALM
My Lord, my God, why do You hide Yourself away,
and for how long will You remain hidden?
How long will You be ablaze with anger?
I won’t be around much longer, Lord.
Don’t our fleeting lives mean more to You than this?
No-one lives forever. No-one can avoid death.
No-one can defeat the power of the
grave

(pause for reflection…and for us, ‘no-one lives forever? No-one can defeat the power of the grave?’…well, Jesus will, and does !!)

My Lord, my God, show us again Your amazing love,
Your faithfulness, promised to David.
Don’t forget how much I’ve suffered for You –
the mockings, the taunts from people and whole nations.
Mocking me, mocking You,
Mocking every little step Your servant has taken.

I will PRAISE You, my Lord, my God.
I will PRAISE You for ever and ever.
So be it. So be it. AMEN.

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14 06 2012
wifey

really enjoyed this hun xxx

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