Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 23:1-7. These were the last words of King David. David was the son of Jesse. He was a man who was raised up on high as the king over Israel. He was anointed by the God of Jacob. He was the sweet psalmist of Israel.
David said that the spirit of the LORD spoke to him and the words of the LORD were on his tongue.
The God of Israel, the Rock of Israel spoke to David saying that those who rule over man must be just and rule in the fear of God.
“He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.”
David said, even though his house was not so with God; yet God made an everlasting covenant with him, ordered in all things, and sure. This was David’s salvation, and his desire, although he make it not to grow.
Wicked people will be like thorns that are cast away because they can’t be gathered by hand. The man who touches them must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear. They must be burned where they are.
Have you ever tried to cut down bushes that had thorns on them? You would need a tool that could cut them without getting thorns in your hands and arms. Once they were cut, you would not carry them off to burn them, but you would burn them in the same place where they were. In this Scripture David compared the wicked with thorn bushes. Do you understand the analogy?
God made an everlasting covenant with David. David was not a perfect man, like none of us are perfect, but God made an everlasting covenant with David and his family, and He kept His promise. David loved God and He loved David. David was a man after God’s own heart.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 23:1-7
1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.
Things to think about:
- What did we learn from the last message that God gave to David?
- What did the LORD say about those who
- How do wicked people compare to thorn bushes?
- What was God’s covenant with David?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read the last words of David we are touched by the message that You gave him. Help us to heed these words in our own lives. Help us to beware of wicked people like we would beware of thorn bushes. Help those of us who lead others to be a shining example for them. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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