It’s easy to read over the Old Testament stories and see them as irrelevant for today. But the Holy Spirit recorded each one for our benefit. We should never leave the reading of His Word without considering, “How does this apply to me?”
2 Samuel 19 & 20:
The Old Testament and us
1 Corinthians 10.11 says about the Old Testament, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”
As you read these stories of all the kingdom intrigues, the in-fighting, the murders, the jostling for position, it’s a reminder to us of just how depraved we all are apart from God and how much we needed a Savior!
So His name may be known
Verses 1-2, “God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, Selah. That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” Even as we pray like the psalmist did for God’s mercy and blessing, we should remember that it’s all about His glory—that His way and His name may be known in all the earth!
A little with peace
17.1 in the New Living Translation says, “Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.” That is true in a family, in a marriage and in many other relationships, but it’s also true in our individual hearts and lives. It’s far better to have a little, and to have gotten it in a way consistent with Scripture, than to have much, gotten through sinful means, and have to deal with the inner conflict of knowing it’s displeasing to God. Continue reading