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Noble Goal

Noble Goal  King David settled in his palace but was discouraged because he felt bad about the fact that the Ark of God was living under a tent. He wanted to build a house for God. This was a noble goal but upon sharing his passion with Nathan the prophet, David was confronted with the reality that there was a lot of blood on his hands through war (1 Chronicles 22:8) and Nathan had to tell him, "you are not the one to build me [the Lord] a house to dwell in." (1 Chronicles 17:4) This could have been disappointing to David but Nathan didn't just bring the "bad news," he brought the good news from God. Nathan went on to tell King David that God loved him. "I took you from the pasture and from following the flock, to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the name of the greatest men of the earth. And I will provide a place for my people Is…

Grief and Pain

What happened to Michal? She was given to David as the second daughter of her father King Saul. David had denied her older sister, Merab, as one of the three gifts from Saul for defeating Goliath (1 Samuel 17:25), but accepted Michal at a later date. "Michal was in love with David" and used by Saul to fulfill his promise related to the death of Goliath and as a way to entrap him by stating Michal's price to be 100 foreskins of Philistines. David brought 200 and Michal was given to him in marriage. Saul "feared David" so his intent was to see him go into battle and die at the hands of the Philistines, relieving Saul of him forever. But David's life was in the hands of God and he continued to be successful. Michal did love him, and even helped David escape when Saul's men came to kill him at their home. (1 Samuel 19:11-17) So how is it possible for her to come to the place where she as the wife of her father's successor had great prominence but we are t…

Rudder and Sail

The story of Paul's shipwreck while in transit to Rome for judgment in the case against him by accusing Jews provides a great illustration for our lives. In the trip across the Mediterranean Sea they experienced foul weather which caused some hesitation to proceed, but then supposing they had experienced the worst, they continued on. Luke explains that the sea got vicious and for fourteen days beat on them with wind and wave. All had fasted during that time, possibly to appease their gods, but an angel appeared to Paul, who made it known to the others, that no one was going to die. So fear aside for the moment, they all ate bread which would be important to their ultimate saving. Now the words, "they lightened the ship…they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. Cutting loose the anchors…untied the ropes that held the rudders…hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach." "…