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May 24, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Nehemiah 1-3
Audio: Nehemiah 1-3

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2 Samuel 10 (ESV)

After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. And David said, “I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David’s servants came into the land of the Ammonites.But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it?” So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away.When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.”

When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob, 12,000 men. And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the open country.

When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians.10 The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. 11 And he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.” 13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians, and they fled before him. 14 And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem.

15 But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16 And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the Euphrates. They came to Helam, with Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer at their head. 17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan and came to Helam. The Syrians arrayed themselves against David and fought with him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 700 chariots, and 40,000 horsemen, and wounded Shobach the commander of their army, so that he died there. 19 And when all the kings who were servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became subject to them. So the Syrians were afraid to save the Ammonites anymore.

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  1. May the Lord Do What Seems Good to Him

    Seeing that Israel was surrounded with the Syrians in front of him and the Ammonites behind him, he determines the best battle plan is to gather "the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites" (2 Samuel 10:9-10). 

    This strategy allowed them to help each other if one of them needed help. 

    But there was more to their preparation for battle in 2 Samuel 10:12 . . .

    Be of good courage
    Be courageous for their people 
    Be courageous for the cities of God

    They have done all they can to prepare and now, they commit themselves to the Lord saying, "may the Lord do what seems good to him."

    This is a great example of how we should fight our battles in life. We don't "let go and let God" when we're fighting a spiritual battle but instead, we prepare by wearing the whole armor of God and then trust in the Lord's sovereignty and commit ourselves to Him to do whatever seems right to Him!

    Another valuable principle found in this chapter is we need people around us to help us and fight for us and help protect us. This is what the body of Christ, the church, should be for one another.

    Ephesians 4:11-16 "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love."

  2. It's so funny; 2 Samuel 10:12 jumped right out at me! That's a verse I need to memorize. 

    I look to God for courage often. It's incredible, the change that is happening to me. 

    In my old life, I was filled with anxiety (because I was filled with drugs and alcohol), and courage was not something I usually possessed, except to fight at bars and the like. 

    Today, I constantly remind myself of Matthew 19:26: "But Jesus looked at them and said, '"With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."'

    ALL THINGS. How incredible is that? You cannot dream up ANYTHING that is impossible for God. Not one single thing. 

    Of course, I still feel fear once in awhile. The difference is, now that I have Jesus, I don't have to deal with that alone. I will never be alone again. 

    Ephesians 4:11-16 actually made me cry, because what it says it happening to me, right now, and it's too amazing for words. I'm being transformed, and I am constantly in awe of God's work in my life. 

    1. Brynne, it’s incredible to be part of a church with you and witness what God has done and is doing in your life and with you!! I’m so grateful to him!! 

  3. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

    This chapter speaks to me about the danger of assuming we know what someone else’s motives are, and then acting on our assumptions. David sincerely wanted to have a good relationship with the new king, but Hanun’s advisers told him David was up to no good. And look what happened!! Hanun not only rejected David’s offer of goodwill, but publicly humiliated David’s servants who had been sent to console Hanun. 

    And not only was a relationship between two kings destroyed, but many others were affected and dragged into the mess as well. 

    Scripture makes it clear that God places great value upon our being peacemakers (Matthew 5:9) and living at peace with one another (Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14) — so much so that He does not want our offering of worship if we know we have offended someone and have not been reconciled (Matthew 5:23-24). When we profess faith in Christ, our reputation among people both inside and outside the church becomes of paramount importance (1 Peter 2:12, Ephesians 4:2-3).

    Jesus said the world would know we are His disciples by our love for one another (John 13:34-35). Love is not mere words, because talk is cheap. Love is expressed in action, and in the way we treat one another, and especially in how seriously we take reconciliation .

    How are we doing in our relationships? What is our reputation among people both inside and outside the church? Are we known for our love for one another? Or are we known for the broken relationships we leave in our wake? 

    “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom….But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:13,17-18


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