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June 6, 2019

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

Text: Job 17-20
Audio: Job 17-20

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2 Samuel 23 (ESV)

Now these are the last words of David:

The oracle of David, the son of Jesse,
    the oracle of the man who was raised on high,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
    the sweet psalmist of Israel:

“The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me;
    his word is on my tongue.
The God of Israel has spoken;
    the Rock of Israel has said to me:
When one rules justly over men,
    ruling in the fear of God,
he dawns on them like the morning light,
    like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,
    like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

“For does not my house stand so with God?
    For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
    ordered in all things and secure.
For will he not cause to prosper
    all my help and my desire?
But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away,
    for they cannot be taken with the hand;
but the man who touches them
    arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear,
    and they are utterly consumed with fire.”

These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite; he was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time.

And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew. 10 He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the Lord brought about a great victory that day, and the men returned after him only to strip the slain.

11 And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines. 12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the Lord worked a great victory.

13 And three of the thirty chief men went down and came about harvest time to David at the cave of Adullam, when a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. 15 And David said longingly, “Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!”16 Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and carried and brought it to David. But he would not drink of it. He poured it out to the Lord 17 and said, “Far be it from me, O Lord, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did.

18 Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three. 19 He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three.

20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. 21 And he struck down an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. 22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and won a name beside the three mighty men. 23 He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.

24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 25 Shammah of Harod, Elika of Harod, 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, 27 Abiezer of Anathoth, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai of Netophah, 29 Heleb the son of Baanah of Netophah, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the people of Benjamin, 30 Benaiah of Pirathon, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, 31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth of Bahurim, 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite, 34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai of Maacah, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 35 Hezro of Carmel, Paarai the Arbite, 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, the armor-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.

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  1. The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me; his word is on my tongue (2 Samuel 23:2).

    What Say You?

    If there is one thing that defines our modern culture its communication. With billions of people worldwide on social media and people glued to phones, talking (and texting) is at an all-time high. Yet very little of that communication is biblical. 

    While that's not surprising, what is alarming is now much talking is done in the name of God yet it doesn’t resemble anything found in the Word of God. Networks like TBN are filled with false teachers and fake healers responsible for sweeping biblically-illiterate people off their feet while using (misusing) God’s Word for personal wealth and power. 

    We need to know God's Word so the words people say in the name of God are found in the revelation of God.

    We also need to know God’s Word so that we are equipped to make disciples of Jesus Christ!

    The only way we can make disciples of Jesus Christ is knowing what Jesus Christ taught and sharing His message with others. If we don’t know the Bible, we can’t make disciples of Jesus Christ. There is no other way around it. Without knowing God's Word, the words we use will be our words.

    How can anything we have to say be as important as what God said?

    That is why I am always encouraging us as a church to be in God’s Word. By reading a chapter of the Bible every day (and sharing something from our reading), no matter how busy we are or how distracted we become, we will become more knowledgeable what the Bible says.

    With this in mind, we shouldn't just have the Word of God on our tongues but in our hearts. 

    Jesus said in Luke 6:45, "The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks."

    So who's words are on your tongue?

    Do they reflect an understanding and submission to the authority of God's Word?

    2 Samuel 23:3 says, "The God of Israel has spoken…"

    Do you know what He said?

  2. As you know, my friend, Dennis, died recently. His service was this past Tuesday evening, and his brother officiated. He is a Christian. 

    He got up there and, of course, he cried, sharing memories of Dennis.

    He also shared the truth of the Bible with us, and the message made my heart soar. 

    Here I was, surrounded by old friends that I used to party with, and on either side of me sat my sister and my best friend, who were there to support me. 

    I've been sharing what I know about Jesus with them, but I never felt that it really made much of a difference. But here was this man, and he was saying the exact same things I've been telling them, and I was so grateful that they were they hearing the most important message ever spoken. I was additionally grateful that my friends were hearing it as well. 

    I need them to know Jesus. I care so much about their salvation. I want to be able to spread the word and to go and make disciples. 

    I'm beyond grateful for Love and Light Christian Church and the new life I have because I've given my heart and life to Jesus Christ. I honestly don't know how I survived this long without a close, personal relationship with Him. I know I'm where I belong. 

    Now I want everyone else to experience this.

  3. “The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me;
        his word is on my tongue.
    3 The God of Israel has spoken;
        the Rock of Israel has said to me:
    When one rules justly over men,
        ruling in the fear of God,
    4 he dawns on them like the morning light,
        like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,
        like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.”

    David’s humility before God made him the king Saul could not be. Both men were chosen, appointed, and anointed by God to lead His people. Both men had leadership qualities and gifts. But only one man had the humility before God that made him a just king, one who “dawns on [Israel] like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.” 

    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” (Proverbs 9:10) but godly wisdom also needs to be sought after, and needs good soil (a humble heart) to grow. 

    It is easy to delude ourselves into believing we are humble because we fear God. But fearing God is only the beginning of wisdom. If it stops there, our fear of God can result in a self-focused relationship with Him that masquerades as godliness but does not honor Him.

    One especially deadly form of “wisdom” masquerading as godliness is self-righteousness, which causes us to look down on or have contempt for those who don’t have the “relationship with God”  we believe we possess. A good example of this folly is found in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14.

    If the fear of God does not lead to humility, our relationships will reek of this self-righteousness. We will see ourselves and others through the lens of pride, believing ourselves to have wisdom because we know what Scripture says, but not possessing godly wisdom, which is peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits (Galatians 5:22-23), impartial and sincere. 

    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 3:17-18

    And godly wisdom only grows in a humble heart.

    Have you ever searched the Scriptures to see what God says about humility? 

     

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