1 Samuel 26 & Notes Summarizing 24-26’s Relationship to Jesus


Overview

Chapter 26 finds us walking with David into Saul’s camp. The Lord has placed everyone in the camp into a deep sleep, so no one wakes when David Abishai walk into the camp of the man trying to kill David. In fact, they walk right up to Saul’s bedside. Abishai wants to kill Saul right then and there and be done with all this madness of hiding out in caves. David, however, refuses to let Abishai kill Saul sharing that he believes God will handle Saul on his own. They settle for taking some of Saul’s personal items with them and leave the camp. Outside the camp, David moves far enough away to be heard, but not attacked and calls out to Saul’s company. They reveal that they were in the camp and have taken some things. David points out that he could have killed Saul, but didn’t. Saul invites David to return with no hard feelings. David just wants Saul to leave him alone. The chapter ends with David sharing his hope that the mercy he gave to Saul will be blessings upon himself in escaping tribulation and Saul telling David how what David does will prosper.

Characters

The Ziphites, King Saul, David, David’s spies, Ahimelech the Hittite, Joab’s brother Abishai, Saul’s army, Abner, and the Lord.

Key Verse

“”Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation.” Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David! You will do many things and will succeed in them.” So David went his way, and Saul returned to his place.” Verse 24

Cross References

Genesis 32:28-30 “Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.””

Conclusion

When I read the Psalms David wrote I have a consistent thought, “At least I don’t have it this bad.” He speaks so dramatically, and my life is never that threatened or challenged.

Until I have a bad week, or someone dies, or we have yet another person upset because Lebanon did not live up to their expectations and we must have made it that way maliciously. Then I start to speak just as melodramatically, saying things like, “No one wants us here, they wouldn’t care if we were dead!” “I feel paralyzed.” “I’m trapped.”

Can any of you relate?

Imagine an enemy that has been chasing you, trying to murder you, and making your life miserable. Maybe it isn’t a person. Maybe it is a circumstance, an addiction, spiritual, or something else that came to your mind and just doesn’t fit a category.

What is trapping you? Keeping you in a cave instead of the castle you were promised?

What if you could walk right up to that enemy while it/he/she was sleeping? Would you want to get rid of it in one fell swoop?

This reminds me of a story in John:

“One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”” John 5:5-6

Do I want to be healed? YES! OF COURSE!

And I know that some of my circumstances are not being removed because God is preparing me. David is going to be King, God has promised that. And David has the faith and confidence in God to sit back and wait for the kingship instead of taking it by force. He wants to take the throne the right way. I want to be healed the right way. I can’t do it on my own, and I need God. So, I will continue to live as David did in blessing my enemies in hopes that God will bless me and remove the cave living. And not hoping in the way we have come to say it, but in the knowing it is going to happen, believing it is just around the corner.

Jesus in the Old Testament*

*The similar themes of chapters 24 and 26 are obvious—both recount episodes in which David has an opportunity to kill Saul but refuses to do so because Saul is the “LORD’s anointed” (24:6, 10; 26:9, 11, 23). But what about chapter 25? Here David has cause and opportunity to avenge himself on the wicked Nabal, a man much like Saul in some respects but not enjoying anointed status. Only by the intervention of a wise woman, Abigail, is David prevented from bloodying his hands (25:23-35). In due course, “the LORD struck Nabal, and he died” (25:38). The clear teaching of both Old and New Testaments is that believers should never exact a personal vengeance, but should “wait for the LORD, and he will deliver” (Prov. 20:22). *

Proverbs 20:22 “Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.”

Romans 12:19-21 “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Hebrews 10:30 “For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Deuteronomy 32:35 “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.’ For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone and there is none remaining, bond of free.”

*While “vengeance” can sound negative, in the Bible vengeance predominantly has to do with the establishment of lawful justice, and God is its rightful agent. The believer can have confidence that, at the right time and in the right way, the “God of vengeance” will “shine forth” (Ps. 94:1), and full justice will be achieved.*

Seeing God clearly, without cultural blinders, is challenging. We sometimes build our own ideas of justice, and in America and Lebanon both it is extremely easy to forget God. To forget He really did create all of this, and that all of it belongs to Him. Sometimes I think we start to believe we know better than God, that we have a better handle on justice than he does. This isn’t true. God is in charge of all justice, and He knows sin without a second thought. He is not tempted by it, while we spend a lot of time trying to justify our sins and explain them away like Adam and Eve in the garden. Let’s seek the God that was willing to sacrifice His own Son because He knew how terribly we have sinned and were going to sin, and He knew we couldn’t fix it. If we keep our eyes fixed on Him, we will learn Truth and Justice and Grace, and that they are not separate, but exist together.

Psalm 94:1 “O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth!”

*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Old Testament section, so these are paraphrases and quotes from the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in.

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A Prayer for Davy’s School

Lord,

Thank You for providing the timing and location for Davy to begin school this year. Give peace to his first days. Remove anxiety from his heart. Prepare him and be with him as he makes new friends. As Davy’s parents make travel plans and surgery plans be with the family in all of these new transitions. Give clarity and guidance in deciding which days of school this first year for him to miss. Thank you for Your Presence and Voice adding in all these plans.

Amen.

1 Samuel 25


Overview

    Chapter 25 begins with Samuel’s death.

Then we return to David who has been guarding the shepherds and sheep of Nabal because of their presence in the same area. Therefore, when it comes time to shear the sheep and for feasting, David sends some men to see what Nabal can give them at the time of this feast. Nabal decides they don’t get any of his abundance, no matter how helpful they have been in protecting that abundance. He also criticizes David for having left his master.

When David hears of this he decides to go kill Nabal and all of his men, but at the same time Nabal’s wife Abigail hears of all of this. She grabs as much as she can offer and runs to stop David from the vengeance she is sure is about to fall upon them all. She gives the gifts and David accepts. The next morning Abigail tells her husband what happened and of David’s plans to have killed all the men, and Nabal has a heart attack and goes into a coma for 10 days and then the Lord strikes and kills him.

When David hears that Nabal is dead he praises God for being the one to seek vengeance, and takes Abigail at his wife. In addition we hear of another wife he has taken and that the first wife Saul had given him has been given to another man.

Characters

Samuel, all Israel, David, Nabal, David’s men, Nabal’s shearers, Nabal’s shepherds, Nabal’s wife – Abigail, Ahinoam of Jezreel, Michal –Saul’s daughter, Palti

Key Verse

Verse 39 “When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the Lord who has avenged the insult I received at the hand of Nabal, and has kept back his servant from wrongdoing. The Lord has returned the evil of Nabal on his own head.” Then David sent and spoke to Abigail, to take her as his wife.”

Cross References

1 Samuel 25:16, 32-34 “Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, because the Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal. … And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand! For as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.””

1 Samuel 24:15 “May the Lord therefore be judge and give sentence between me and you, and see to it and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.””

1 Kings 2:44 “The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your own heart all the harm that you did to David my father. So the Lord will bring back your harm on your own head.”

Psalm 7:12-16 “If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.”

Ezekiel 17:19 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: As I live, surely it is my oath that he despised, my covenant that he broke. I will return it upon his head.”

Conclusion

    I am sold out for the entire Bible being important and relevant and living and active in our lives. So, I want to see in the tough spots of Scripture how it applies to my life and to those lives around me as well. Many times I hear people claiming that the God in the Old Testament is different than that of the new. Or that God doesn’t inflict suffering on people. Scripture speaks otherwise, and that is my authority. God kills people because we are deserving of death. Sin made us deserving of death. We all were suffering a life threatening disease with a countdown to Hell, but by claiming Jesus as our Healer and Savior, we are rescued from the pit. We have received eternal life. Every day is another day that we have hope for the future. But if someone refuses to acknowledge God, refuses to repent, and continues in their sinful ways, they will receive death. That is the judgment of God. Their blood is on their own heads, but God does the judging.

Jesus in the Old Testament

Since chapter 25 is skipped by the commentary in my ESV Bible, I found a commentary that I think fits very well with seeing the Old Testament with the idea of applying it still and seeing how it looks forward to Christ. CLICK HERE to read the entire thing, which is an amazing study of Abigail and how we are called to be like her. Please take the time to read this as well.

Thank you for reading. I am excited to hear your key verses, observations, and thoughts! Please take a moment to leave a comment to share them with us.

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A Prayer for Peace



God,

You are a Master Physician. You desire healing, and with that healing comes Your peace. Kyrie receiving this surgery will bring much healing to her as well as her parents. Even before the surgery immerse the Liss family in Your peace and the only real security there is: You. You are completely in charge. Give the Lisses Your comforting presence as they prepare over the next few months. We leave all of our concerns, questions, and unknowns in Your capable hands.

Amen.

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1 Samuel 24


Overview

Saul returns from chasing off the Philistines bringing 3,000 men to hunt David and his men. He goes into a cave to use the restroom; into the very cave that is hiding David and his men! David sneaks up behind Saul and instead of killing him, cuts off a piece of his robe. Immediately David feels badly about even this small attack on Saul and does not allow his men to kill Saul. When Saul leaves the cave, David comes out behind him and shows him the piece of his robe, pay homage, and call upon God to judge between the actions of the two men. Saul is overcome and weeps, sharing that he indeed knows that David will become king. He recognizes that while David is doing good, Saul is repaying him with evil. Saul leaves, and David returns to his stronghold.

Characters

Saul, the Philistines, the 3,000 chosen men of Saul, David, David’s men, the Lord

Key Verse

Verse 17 “He said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil.”

Verse 20-22 “And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand. Swear to me therefore by the Lord that you will not cut off my offspring after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father’s house.” And David swore this to Saul. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.”

Cross References

Genesis 21:23 “Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned.” And Abraham said, “I will swear.”” (Abraham and Abimelech)

2 Samuel 21:7 “But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Saul’s son Jonathan, because of the oath of the Lord that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.”

Conclusion

This chapter speaks to the character of David, that he holds respect for the office of the king even when the king is pursuing and attempting to murder him. In addition, Saul again shows how little he knows of David. David would not kill Jonathan, Saul’s son, in any circumstance. Saul only has eyes for the power he has as king, and doesn’t realize that David will be king, but is not stealing the position. David is leaving it in God’s hands, while Saul is grasping at it himself.

Since my Bible didn’t seem to grab the Gospel connection in these cross references, I did a little digging today beyond my usual. What I see happening here is overcoming evil with good. David has God on his side, so he has nothing to fear. Therefore, he has faith that God will take care of it, and David need not put Saul’s life into his own hands.

Matthew 5:38-45 “”You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

In David we find an example of this very action. Jesus is not coming to cast aside old laws, but to help us see that God has not changed in all those years, we just chose a fleshly way to handle things. Here, Jesus is sharing that the better way comes from faith in God, a lack of fear in what man can do to us. When we are not afraid, we are able to follow these commands, and know that the pain lasts only in this life, and our true eternal lives will have no pain or tears. And maybe we will even have some people with us there who we were able to love when they didn’t “deserve” it.

Romans 12:17-21 “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

My mom used to use that expression about heaping burning coals on heads all the time. Prayer is a powerful weapon against the enemy, and the enemy has hold of a lot of people. We are hoping to help others escape the fire to Jesus. We must continue to look and run toward God. We have been called to a higher purpose, and it is the most important one in the world, to love God and keep His commandments.

Jesus in the Old Testament

        The comments in my Bible cover chapters 24—26, which I thought was a little much to read. Therefore, we will put a pause on this section until we finish reading chapter 26.

*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Old Testament section, so these are paraphrases and quotes from the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in.

Thank you for reading. I am excited to hear your key verses, observations, and thoughts! Please take a moment to leave a comment to share them with us.

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God in the Details

This year my Bible Reading Plan has taken me through a lot of details that God planned out. His attention to the numbers, timing, and the way He plans out His adventures in the Bible have given me increased confidence as we move forward with planning for Kyrie’s surgery. Because it is a sensitive surgery, many people are still feeling some disconnect with why our 1 year old needs to have surgery so young, so I want to take a little time today to give you the numbers and timeline.

The Facts

  • The surgery will take place on December 28th, 2016.
  • The surgery will be done at Tucson Medical Center
  • The surgeon is Dr. Richard Ashley from Arizona Pediatric Surgery and Urology Ltd.
  • Surgeon’s Fee ———- $1000
  • Hospital —————– $5000 (with 69% reduction for self-pay from $11,000)
  • Anesthesiologist ——- $1000
  • Total ——————— $7000
  • We are not raising money through Horizons for this so that our partners do not feel pressured into supporting this medical need. Horizons does not aid in our receiving insurance or in any reimbursement of medical costs, and they take 10% out of everything given through them. Therefore, we are doing it through GiveForward, which takes a credit card fee of 2.9% +$0.30 and %5 overhead/admin. This is still a percentage, but it is less, and they are providing us with a website and tips to get the fundraiser going.

The Timeline

March 2015

Kyrie was born March 28, 2015. On March 29 the pediatrician came to check her out and to give the okay for her to leave the hospital. He found that she has an imperforate hymen. You can find more information about what an imperforate hymen is and what it would mean left untreated HERE. The basic summary is that when a baby girl is born she needs to have a perforation in her hymen in order for bodily fluids to pass through. God cared for Kyrie first in that there was enough perforation for her to be able to go to the bathroom.

Because she is so young she probably does not have any real awareness of the issue, and by getting the surgery done so soon we hope to avoid the trauma of having the surgery if there is a complication. She does seem to struggle with some bathroom issues that could be symptoms, such as cases of extreme constipation, but it also could be traveler’s sickness. It is very hard to tell with a little one.

November 2015

We pursued getting the surgery right away, and when that fell through we were comforted by our pediatrician telling us she would recommend for us to wait until Kyrie turned one because of the need for anesthesia. At one Kyrie is less at risk for any complication with the anesthesia. Her surgeon agreed with this, so we came back to Lebanon November 2015.

The one stipulation we received from her surgeon was not to put her in daycare or potty-train her until we had the surgery. Both daycare and potty-training increase the chances that someone will not take the extra care to clean her when changing her diaper and wiping her. Here in Lebanon, with Kyrie starting school at 3 years old, this put us in a restricted timeline.

March 2016

Kyrie turned 1, and the picture we are using as her fundraising picture is from her adorable birthday party! So, here is a few more pictures from that party when Davy was teaching her to open presents:

Once Kyrie turned one it was time for more vaccinations, so we found her a pediatrician in the country. Once we had that appointment, it was apparent that no opportunities for the surgery happening outside of the States was possible, so we began making preparations to return to America and have the surgery.

September 2016

Davy is beginning Kindergarten (KG1) this year at Christian Teaching Institutue, CTI. He will begin the last week in September, and you can look at the school website HERE. For this month we are mostly focusing on preparing for this giant transition in our lives.

We have begun sending out a weekly Prayer Meme, and you can receive them in your email inbox by CLICKING HERE.

October 2016

The month we are going to call Share to Show You Care!

The big push for October is going to be to have everyone possible share the GiveForward site. If you could take a second to share our GiveForward posts whenever you see one, we would so appreciate that! Share on Twitter, Pinterest, facebook, or any other social media platform you can to get the word out there about the financial need for the surgery.

November 2016

This will be the final month to raise money for the surgery before we go into culture shock and transition in the move back to the States for a month. If you think you could coordinate a Bake Sale, Craft Sale, Raffle, or other event to help us out we would love to give you a media packet full of pictures of our family and printouts with the website to give for you to post at your event or in your church or office. Please CLICK HERE to join our facebook group and start planning an event. We so apprecate any help we can get on this venture!

December 2016

We will all be heading back to the States as a family in December with round trip tickets for one month’s time. We will be experiencing culture shock, jet lag, and jitters in the height of holiday season. Prayers, and maybe a meal or two for our families would be a huge blessing. If you can make a meal to deliver, please CLICK HERE to sign up.

A Prayer for Timing

Jesus,

The whole world, all of creation, mourned when You died. Then, three days later, creation rejoiced at Your resurrection! You had it all planned out, down to the very hour of giving up Your Spirit and dying. You have also set in motion the timing for Kyrie’s surgery. Give guidance to Louis and Annie for the dates to take with their families. Confirm what to miss and what to join as they choose dates. You are in charge of all seasons, and You will be with them during this season. Along with the clarity You provide, bring peace about the inevitable missed people and events whether at Davy’s new school, the center, holidays, church (in both America and Lebanon), or people.

Amen.

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1 Samuel 23:15-29

This morning Kyrie woke up early, so I am taking advantage of the fact that she likes to play by herself near me to read and continue this Bible Study.


Overview

We left David two and a half weeks ago after David had gone to fight against the Philistines to defend an Israelite town. He sought the Lord and was successful.

Now we read of his hideout in the wilderness of Ziph. Jonathan comes to him there and makes a covenant with him reminding him of God’s promises and encouraging him that even Saul knows that what God has spoken will come to pass.

The Ziphites go to Saul and tell him they will turn David over to Saul. Saul, of course, agrees and seeks specific directions to David’s location. David is in the place where the Ziphites have said and so Saul is able to come very close to capturing him. However, while chasing David the Philistines attack Saul’s land and Saul must go to fight the Philistines. The rock the men were near is then named the Rock of Escape and David moved on to Engedi.

Characters

David, Saul, Jonathan, God, the Ziphites, David’s men, a messenger, the Philistines

Key Verse

Verse 16-17 “And [Jonathan] said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.””

Verses 26-27 “Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. And David was hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them, a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid against the land.””

Cross References

1 Samuel 26:1 “Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding himself on the hill of Hachilah, which is on the east of Jeshimon?”

So, this happens again in three chapters. A different hill perhaps, but the same people are turning him over to Saul. How defeating that must feel to have no where to run, to be exposed at all times. But our God is stronger, wiser, and in charge, so David really had nothing to fear. God delivered him each time, just as he does with us, so that His promises will endure. That gives us strength as it did David.

Psalm 54 “To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”

‘O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah

‘Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them. With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.”

1 Samuel 24:20 “And now, behold, I [Saul] know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.”

1 Samuel 20:31 “For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you [Jonathan] nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.””

Conclusion

    David must rely on the promises of God to get by each day. He obeys God even when it puts him in harm’s way like the first half of this chapter, and he also has faith in God even when Saul finds him and is in pursuit. It may seem to an outsider watching the situation like David has been caught, that he has no hope, but God already knew the Philistines were on the move and he knew Saul would have no choice but to leave. God uses the circumstances to His glory.

When the circumstances don’t work out it is easy to give into hopelessness, and I have to be honest that in my current situation I have been doing that lately. I can’t see the way that it is all going to work out, so I feel hopeless. Even the promise seems gray in my sadness and disappointment.

However, I have learned to hold onto the truths of God. I am not jumping up and down excited about them, but I know what God has told me and I have the Bible. I really have been able to have this steady Rock as I read to Davy each day, even in my saddest state. That is not something I could have said in the past, but through the habit of my Bible Reading Plan with built in Grace I have really changed my heart’s attitude. I don’t need the highest highs to praise God. I don’t need to feel happy or excited at all, in fact. I just need to read the Word and praise the Lord.

Psalm 54 is excellent for this time in my life as it was for David. It seems as though time is running out, but God already knew this would happen, too. He is not surprised. I am not ruining his plan, nor is Satan. I am right where God would have me, and while I will ask to be delivered and for justice to be done, I trust that God knows what He is doing and His promises to us will come true in His perfect timing.

Jesus in the Old Testament

“A true friend does not minimize or make light of the sorrow or difficulty another may be experiencing but, rather, helps the other find strength in God.”*

This is what is meant by “strengthening his hand in God” in verse 16. We need to encourage each other. Those people God has placed near to our hearts we need to be near in our spirits with prayer and encouragement. Our encouragement will help fill up the stores of resilience that are so essential to getting through the hard times.

Proverbs 27:9 “Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.”

“In the present episode, Jonathan encourages David by reminding him of God’s purpose to make David king (1 Sam. 23:17). How much grander is the Christian hope:”*

Hebrews 6:9b-20 “Beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have a strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

1 Thessalonians 5:8-11 “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

This is our calling.

Luke 7:34 “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'”

And aren’t we glad that He is our friend?!

John 15:12-17 “”This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”

We are friends of Jesus, which is why and how we are able to encourage and strengthen others.

*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Old Testament section, so these are paraphrases and quotes from the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in.

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