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GIVING HEED TO INSTRUCTION

Proverbs 16:19-20:  Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.   Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

The closing chapters of 2 Samuel brings us near the end of David’s life (the first chapters of 1 Kings tell of the transfer of the kingship to Solomon and David’s death). Much is shared about the life of David in 1 & 2 Samuel, including the great things that he did as well as his failures.

But mostly I think of David as “lowly in spirit,”—not a haughty person. Certainly before he became king he was unfairly oppressed, particularly by the previous king, Saul, but David always had a very high regard for the “Lord’s anointed.” And on those occasions when David sinned and was confronted about his wrongdoing, he gave “heed to instruction.” I believe he wanted to please the Lord and finish well, and I want to live with attitudes like that as well.

2 Samuel 22 (which has many similarities with Psalm 18) is David’s testimony of praise to the Lord:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent men you save me. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies…” (22:2-4).

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JESUS MESSIAH!

I love the statement from John  on why he wrote his gospel: “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31 NASB). 

Jesus spends this chapter offering His followers visible proof of His resurrection: from the heartfelt follower who saw Him raise her brother (Mary) to the clinical skeptic who wanted to see for himself (Thomas), Jesus patiently convinced each one of the truth. And there's a chain of logic here, for those Jews who were familiar with the Scriptures. Jesus is alive, our Great High Priest, according to the power of an indestructible life (Heb. 7:16; Psalm 110:1-4). There is only One person who can meet these qualifications: Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. Hallelujah!

 

 

 

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