Monday, November 11, 2013

Journal Through the Bible: Week 41 Friday


I Samuel 30:9-31:13  (Read October 18, 2013)

Does God issue any commands?
  • No.

Does God make any promises?
  • No.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
  • David, the savior of his people, is a type of Christ.
  • David is also the type of Christ as the successful warrior and leader of the righteous army.
  • David rewarded the cities in Israel that had aligned themselves with him. Jesus abundantly rewards His relatives (the redeemed Children of God) with great gifts also.
  • This was a time of great battles with victories and defeats for the people of the LORD. Often the spoils of war and territory went back and forth. David watched it all! As the events of our history play out before us we can be assured that our Captain and King is watching as we suffer our victories and defeats in this hostile world.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?
  • When the evil are being successful they mock and celebrate their victories over God's people while remaining totally oblivious to the fact that swift and certain destruction is soon going to descend upon them. Just like David and his mighty army struck the Amalekites during their time of celebration in order to set things back in order the way they were meant to be - including the rescue of those who were much beloved - so shall Jesus lead His army against the forces of evil who now mock God's people and celebrate their temporary successes over them. Someday the world will be remade into what it was intended to be and Jesus' much-beloved saints will be rescued from their enemies.
  • Just as David rewarded the soldiers who could not fight because they were too ill to cross the brook and challenge the Amalekite warriors but stayed with the stuff and guarded it so will Jesus share in the spoils of His conquest. Jesus said that all who work in His field will receive their penny. He also said that the last would be first and the first last. He told His disciples that those who receive a prophet in the name of a prophet would also receive a prophet's reward. God's ways are holy and totally unselfish. He has enough to share with everyone who will dwell with Him throughout eternity!

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