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April 14 - Morning

"These are the last words of David:
'The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel’s songs:
The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’ "

- Second Samuel 23:1-4

David Tells Us What He Wants Us to Remember from His Life

The final words of David are, like so many other people’s final words, the thing the speaker believes to be the most important. These may not be David’s dying words spoken with his last breath, but they are his final statement of what he believes to be true and his final assessment of his life. The use of the phrase “inspired utterance of David” indicate that David was speaking prophetically as he uttered this oracle of inspired speech from God.

David’s description of himself as a man is based on how the Spirit of the Lord used him. David does not describe himself with mere human terms that identify his worthy human characteristics, nor does David give us a list of his human achievements. The four things that David uses to describe himself are four things that occurred in his life because he was in a right relationship with God and performing spiritual service for God. They are:

  • Son of Jesse – the son of promise in a line of sons that connect the promised Seed of the woman to Abraham to Judah to Jesses through David to Solomon to Zerubbabel to Jesus.
  • Exalted by the Most High – set in place of leadership by God
  • Anointed by the God of Jacob – anointed and empowered for service by God
  • Hero of Israel’s songs – David composed 73 Psalms while inspired by the Holy Spirit

David credits the source of this oracle to God with a four-fold description:
  • The Spirit of the Lord spoke
  • God’s word was on David’s tongue
  • The God of Israel spoke
  • The Rock of Israel said to David

This oracle identifies the ingredients necessary if God’s nature and will are to be manifested in a nation, a culture or a people group. The basic principle is this: The ruler/leader must fear God and rule in righteousness in order for the people and the society to be productive! (The alternative would be rulers who fear/honor men, rule in self-service and produce darkness, corruption and destruction.)

David says that if a ruler operates in the fear of the Lord and righteousness, then the manifestation of the Lord in that king’s reign can be compared to three things:
  • The light of the morning sunshine
  • The brightness and warmth of a cloudless day
  • Rain that brings forth grass

A righteous leader who fears of the Lord provides an environment that benefits the society with:
  • Enlightenment
  • Refreshment
  • Productivity

Godly leadership lays the foundation and creates the environment necessary for the community to flourish in knowledge, understanding, growth and production.

This is what David would want us to remember from his life.
Shapat (Hb) – Judge (Eng) – shapat is the Hebrew word that means “to judge,” “to deliver,” “to rule.” In the judicial sense shapat refers to the person who decides between two opinions or between two people who are at odds with each other. In an active sense shapat refers to the person who would deliver a person or a nation from oppression or injustice that had resulted because of the lack of fair judging or leadership.
Does my attitude, my actions, my leadership and my service provide an environment that is conducive for people around me to be: - Enlightened? - Refreshed? - Productive?

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


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General Text


For desire to be productve


Spiritual understanding
Religious Liberty

Inside the synagogue in Capernaum whose foundation dates back to the day that Jesus preached here in Mark 1:21.
Details of Isaiah 10:28-32 located on a map.

Someone to Quote

“If you will take the great truths of the gospel out of your theological freezers and get them on the fire of the Holy Spirit, your churches will yet turn the world upside down.” – David du Plessis

Something to Ponder

Concerning the nature of the Trinity, Jesus may have said it best when he said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). The use of “I and the Father” shows the two separate persons of the Son and the Father. The statement that they “are one” uses the plural verb for the two persons, but the neuter form of “one” avoids referring to “one person” by not using the masculine. Instead, the use of the neuter form of “one” refers to the nature or the essence and means the two persons are one nature and have the same attributes.

Here’s a Fact

The gate Solomon built on the Ophel and which is referred to by Nehemiah as the Water Gate (Nehemiah 3:26) has been located. This gate led to the residences to some cisterns (not to the Gihon Springs). It has been located south of the Temple Mount just north of the City of David. This gate has the three typical components of a gate built at this time as does a contemporary gate at Megiddo: an inner gate house, an approach tower (bastion) and an outer gate house.


"Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips."
- Proverbs 14:7

Coach’s Corner

One way to avoid saying something you will regret is to avoid speaking.

Mark 1:21
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
Isaiah 10:28-32
New International Version (NIV)
They enter Aiath;     they pass through Migron;     they store supplies at Mikmash.
They go over the pass, and say,     “We will camp overnight at Geba.” Ramah trembles;     Gibeah of Saul flees.
Cry out, Daughter Gallim!     Listen, Laishah!     Poor Anathoth!
Madmenah is in flight;     the people of Gebim take cover.
This day they will halt at Nob;     they will shake their fist at the mount of Daughter Zion,     at the hill of Jerusalem.
Joshua 1
New International Version (NIV)
Joshua Installed as Leader
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”
12 But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, 13 “Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you after he said, ‘The Lord your God will give you rest by giving you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle, must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites. You are to help them 15 until the Lord gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land the Lord your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”
16 Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!”
2 Samuel 6
New International Version (NIV)
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it. David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.
Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.
David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” 10 He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.
12 Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the Lord. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
1 Samuel 21-22
New International Version (NIV)
David at Nob
21 David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?”
David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”
But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women.”
David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!” So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the Lord and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.
Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.
David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”
The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”
David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”
David at Gath
10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:
“‘Saul has slain his thousands,     and David his tens of thousands’?”
12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. 13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.
14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”
David at Adullam and Mizpah
22 David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.
But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.
Saul Kills the Priests of Nob
Now Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. And Saul was seated, spear in hand, under the tamarisk tree on the hill at Gibeah, with all his officials standing at his side. He said to them, “Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds? Is that why you have all conspired against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is concerned about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today.”
But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul’s officials, said, “I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub at Nob. 10 Ahimelek inquired of the Lord for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”
11 Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelek son of Ahitub and all the men of his family, who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king. 12 Saul said, “Listen now, son of Ahitub.”
“Yes, my lord,” he answered.
13 Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?”
14 Ahimelek answered the king, “Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king’s son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household? 15 Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father’s family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair.”
16 But the king said, “You will surely die, Ahimelek, you and your whole family.”
17 Then the king ordered the guards at his side: “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me.”
But the king’s officials were unwilling to raise a hand to strike the priests of the Lord.
18 The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod. 19 He also put to the sword Nob, the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.
20 But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David. 21 He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the Lord. 22 Then David said to Abiathar, “That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family. 23 Stay with me; don’t be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me.”

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