FIRDAY, MARCH 8
BY: Josh Boles
Monday we are going to continue our journey together through the life of David. Before we did that I wanted to give you a brief overview of where we have been, and where we are headed, as well as a time of reflection.
1 Samuel taught us a lot about how not to lead. We see Saul, who was well equipped to lead, fall short because he did not trust God. Even David failed to live up to his potential in many ways throughout 1 Samuel. 2 Samuel will tell the story of David's dynasty, and the expansion of the kingdom of Israel under God's chosen leader. Perhaps the thesis for 2 Samuel is 2 Samuel 7:16, "your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.'' (ESV)
There is a lot of theology packed into this statement. God is adding to the covenant set whit His chosen people. We call this the Davidic covenant. Because of his faith, God did not treat David's heirs as He treated Saul's. Sin always has to be punished, but David's bloodline would never be completely cut off. This is so important to observe for us today because through the bloodline of David, we get Jesus! And through Jesus the covenant also included the continuing promise that God has a place for His people forever.
1 and 2 Samuel are actually from the same book in the Hebrew Bible. The Septuagint is the ancient translation of the Hebrew Bible into the greek language. This is where 1 and 2 Samuel were first divided into two books. This is helpful to us in developing a theology of Samuel, as well as the rest of the Bible. The whole Bible is telling one story of God's great plan of redemption.
The awesome thing about God's plan of redemption is that He is using us as a part of it! 2 Corinthians 5 encapsulates this perfectly for us. As we reflect today, I would encourage you to reach this chapter. Pay close attention to verses 11-21. God in His essence is holy, and the outflow of His holiness is love. The instrument of His love is Jesus, and Jesus gave up His own life for the sake of the Church. Because of this fact we must deal with scripture as it applies to the Church today.
Just like David, we all have a part in the story of Redemption. Just take a look at 2 Corinthians 5: 20. God is making His appeal through us. We are His ambassadors here on earth. This means in a lot of ways that we are the voice of God to the lost and dying world. This is why it is so important to align our hearts with the Heart of God as we will see David do in 2 Samuel.
Our lives are speaking volumes to the world around us, so we have to ask ourselves some tough questions. What is my life portraying to the world around me? As we close let's take a look at the words of David himself. "Search me,O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" (Psalm 139:23-24 ESV) Ask God to search your heart today and see if there is anything getting in the way of the voice of God in your life.