“Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel." I Chronicles 11:1-3
Saul's reign as king of Israel started out well but ended in disaster. Saul repeatedly discarded God's commands for his own ways and bore the consequences. He and his three sons were killed in battle, as Israel was defeated by its enemies. But, in mercy to His people, God had already prepared a successor in David. God raised up a great king to take the place of a great failure.
Does this story sound familiar? God's creation of man started out well. Adam was made good and very good. Then...sin, rebellion against God and sin's disastrous consequences have been mankind's story every since. Do you know that your life, if lived out on your own sinful desires and wisdom, will end in disaster? But, there's good news. God has raised up a king, the son of David who is Jesus, to save His loved ones from the mess they have made of things. Just as God raised up David to take Israel from defeat to victory, God has raised up Jesus to take us from shame to glory. Do you believe this? Are you aware of your failures and your need of Jesus' victory?
If so, let us follow Israel's example here and pledge to serve Jesus as our King. Let us live the joyful life of living in His kingdom, bowing daily before His word. Let us die to our own ways and live to His. Praise God for His grace to failing people!
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“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 God has made us physical creatures. That part of who we are is very significant. However, that’s not all that makes up...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
November Newsletter Editorial Last month I brought three messages entitled "Victory Over Fear". In this space, I would like to glean some of the highlights as a helpful reminder. One reason is, you may need it, but I also have a selfish reason...I...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire. And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, broke down the walls of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]