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Archive for January 15th, 2010

(1 Samuel 4:18) Eli’s neck is broken because he is heavy having eaten sacrificial fat from the offerings he shouldn’t have.

(1 Samuel 5:3) Dagon had fallen face down on the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place.

(1 Samuel 7:12) Then Samuel took a stone and set it up … and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, "Till now the LORD has helped us."

(1 Samuel 5:6,6:19) God afflicts the Philistines then strikes Israel. (1 Samuel 7:10, 12:18) God thunders against both Philistines & Israel.

(1 Samuel 9) Saul is introduced with LOST donkeys (unclean), David with KEPT sheep (clean).

(1 Samuel 10:9-10) The Spirit rushed upon Saul (like Samson), he prophesied and his heart was changed.

(1 Samuel 11:6) Again the Spirit rushes upon Saul making him angry and bold against the Ammonites.

(1 Samuel 12:17,19,21) Rain during harvest convinces Israel of sin and consequent death. Don’t trust empty things that can’t deliver.

(1 Samuel 14:45) Jonathan has worked great salvation in Israel … he has worked with God this day. So the people ransomed Jonathan …

(1 Samuel 15:11,29,35) Does God regret (repent)? (15:19) Saul did evil in the eyes of the LORD.

(1 Samuel 16:7) Eliab was another Saul!

(1 Samuel 16:13) And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David FROM THAT DAY FORWARD unlike Samson & Saul!

(1 Samuel 18:1) The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

(1 Samuel 18:10) A Harmful Spirit from God rushes on Saul this time.

(1 Samuel 22:19, 15:19) A sad end to the house of Eli. What Saul would not do to Amalek he does to Nob’s priests.

(1 Samuel 23:12,19-20;25:2) Keilah, Ziph, Maon/Carmel are towns in JUDAH that desire to surrender David to the power of Saul – discouraging.

(1 Samuel 23:16) Jonathan strengthened David’s hand in God – last time they will see one another face to face as Jnthn’s days will soon end.

(1 Samuel 25:29) Wise Abigail – David will be kept by God in shepherd’s pouch while David’s enemies slung out from the hollow of a sling.

(1 Samuel 27:1) A crisis of faith for David. He decides to leave the land rather than trust God’s protection.

(1 Samuel 28) God does not speak to Saul via dreams, priests (killed) or prophets (rejected) …goes behind enemy lines to hear from Samuel.

(1 Samuel 30:7) Unlike Saul David has access to God’s Word before battle. Saul spared Amalekites, David defeats them.

(1 Samuel 30:26,31:8) David wins battle and sends plunder – Saul will lose battle and be plundered. David’s reign as king is about to start.

(1 Samuel 31:11) A sad reminder of Saul’s victory in God’s power at beginning of his reign in Jabesh Gilead when God was with him.

(2 Samuel 1:8) Ironic that Saul’s death is told by an Amalekite. The man doesn’t know about David’s recent Amalek experience.

(2 Samuel 1:26) Jonathan’s love was sweet, delightful and extraordinary and better than …

(2 Samuel 5:13) David took more wives and concubines. Why?

(2 Samuel 6) Uzzah of Judah is struck in relation to the ark. Obed is blessed in relation to the ark.

(2 Samuel 6:21) Further judgement on Saul’s house.Michal was David’s first wife, had loved him & saved his life. Over years embittered(3:15)

(2 Samuel 7:2-3,21,11) David’s heart desires to build God a house. God’s heart desires to build David a house-an heir of an eternal kingdom.

(2 Samuel 8:15) David is a true king because he exercises justice and righteousness to all his people.

(2 Samuel 9:8) David shows kindness(literal.covenant love) toJonathan’s son who calls himself a dead dog as David had called himself to Saul

(2 Samuel 11:2) David saw a very beautiful woman washing and this is his undoing. Lust will kill if it can. Uriah won’t do what D. is doing.

(2 Samuel 12:24-25) David comforted, went in, lay. Bathsheba bore, called. The LORD loved. Grace even in sin.

(2 Samuel 14:14) God does not take away life … he devises means so the banished will not remain outcasts.

(2 Samuel 15:12) Ahithophel, Bathsheba’s grandfather joined Absalom’s conspiracy against David.

(2 Samuel 15:18) Philistine groups that had left Philistia remain loyal to David while Judah does not.

(2 Samuel 15:30) David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered. Reminds of Jesus.

(2 Samuel 17:14) For the LORD had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the LORD might bring harm upon Absalom.

(2 Samuel 17:27f) The prince of Ammon etc. bring an interesting list of supplies.

(2 Samuel 18:9) Absalom lives but hangs from a tree between heaven and earth – whoever is hung on a tree is under God’s curse.

(2 Samuel 20:10) The words of Sheba will be repeated 50 years later to Rehoboam – some words linger for a long time.

(2 Samuel 21) Drought is a covenant curse resulting from God’s name having been taken in vain. Rizpah – the emotions, the actions, her life

(2 Samuel 22:1) The LORD is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my rock, my shield, my horn, my stronghold, my refuge, my savior

(2 Samuel 22:34) He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.

(2 Samuel 23:34,39) Both Bathsheba’s father and husband were among David’s mighty thirty men.

(2 Samuel 24:13) Deuteronomistic covenant curses – famine, fleeing from enemies, plague. Wise choice = judgement from God’s hands of mercy.

(2 Samuel 24:25) David built there an altar…so the LORD responded to the plea and the plague was averted from Israel – future temple site.

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“… in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

God “works all things according to the counsel of His will.” Ephesians 1:11

“… he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” Hebrews 1:3

The five quotes below can be read in their full context on the author’s blog http://www.challies.com/archives/christian-living/wowed-by-the-miraculous.php.

“A biblical understanding of God’s providence requires us to understand that God upholds the world from moment-to-moment. God’s creative activity did not end his involvement with the world; rather, God has been sustaining the world since the very moment he called it into existence.”

“God tends to govern the world in a way that is predictable. We often refer to the predictability of nature by discussing ‘laws of nature’.”

“We may feel that it is the laws of nature that keep the world running while God watches over it all, allowing the world to work like a machine. And we may feel that a miracle is an activity of God’s intervention in our lives, after which he retreats once more into being a bystander or member of a cosmic, divine audience. “

… we may come to believe … that God’s involvement in the world and in our lives is sporadic rather than consistent; exceptional rather than normative.”

“The alternative, I believe, is to understand “the laws of nature” as regularities rather than laws. … In this sense God did not violate laws of nature when he used Moses to hold back the waters of the Red Sea. Instead, God governed that part of His Creation just a little bit differently for just a little while. As an exception to the routine, God allowed waters to part and allowed water to defy gravity by rising into a wall on either side of a channel.”

In other words, what ‘laws of nature’ and miracles have in common is that they are both expressions of God’s providential activity – the one describing his regular predictable acts and the other his unusual acts.

Laws of nature and miracles are to be seen together as acts of God rather than one being in opposition to the  other. In this sense even laws of nature are miraculous and acts of power.

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