Tuesday, May 10, 2016

OT DAY 478 - Is That Somewhat Like The Last Words of A Mafia's Godfather? (Please click here for English podcast)

Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

       Great salvation he brings to his king,
         and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
         to David and his offspring forever.
                                     Psalm 18:50

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (1 Kings 2:1-12)


      When David's time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
“Moreover, you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, how he dealt with the two commanders of the armies of Israel, Abner the son of Ner, and Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed, avenging in time of peace for blood that had been shed in war, and putting the blood of war on the belt around his waist and on the sandals on his feet. Act therefore according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace. But deal loyally with the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table, for with such loyalty they met me when I fled from Absalom your brother. And there is also with you Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse on the day when I went to Mahanaim. But when he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the Lord, saying, ‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’Now therefore do not hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man. You will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall bring his gray head down with blood to Sheol.”
10 Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. 11 And the time that David reigned over Israel was forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12 So Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.
                                         1 Kings 2:1-12

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

    My Listening

          Terrible! Really scary! And, somewhat funny, like a Mafia movie! Today's passage is David's last word in the Bible. I feel that is somewhat like the last word from a Mafia Godfather! "Son, I have not killed him. Deal with him according to your wisdom. You know what to do. Don't let him die in peace." And, that's David! How sad and discouraging! Let me copy and paste the same message from Professor Goldingay of my blog yesterday. 

    Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 

           Someone asked why God uses all these sinful people in the books of Samuel and Kings, and I answered, "Well, he doesn't really have much choice, does he?"…God works through people's manipulations and failures and fears and plotting. That doesn't necessarily mean we get away with them. 

John Goldingay. 1 and 2 Kings for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.9.


       Remember what Professor Goldingay says, ""Well, he doesn't really have much choice does he?" Are you ready and willing to let God to prepare you to be a faithful servant so that he can have a good choice?    

How are you going to respond to this question?


Dear Lord Jesus,
Open our eyes to see our weaknesses of being a human who always want to sit on your throne to control. Lead us to be willing to let you to control us and prepare us to be faithful servants. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.


Reflect on these questions:
    1. What do you think of David's last word? 

2. Do you think you can avoid that to happen to you? Even David could not get rid of this kind of human weaknesses, what can you do?

    3. What have you got from Jesus today?

Praise and Thanksgiving

10,000 Reasons
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