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Covenant connection!

Scripture reading for March 28th: 2nd Samuel 8-10

Have you ever sought out a person who you knew needed help, but would not be able to do anything for you in return?  What have you done to help that person?  What was your motivation in helping him?  If you are a Christian, this should be a way of life because our God did that for us!

David was a warrior and strong man of God.  He was always ready to fight the Lord’s battles and sought the Lord for most of his battles.  He had been involved in a struggle for leadership following the death of Saul and Jonathan, his friend.  God helped David and brought about victory over Saul’s son Ish-Boseth.  One David’s first acts as ruler was to seek out relatives of Saul or Jonathan to show covenant kindness based on his promise to Jonathan.  (2nd Samuel 9:1)  He was a man of his word!

Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan was still around and he was crippled in both feet from a fall.  David sent for Mephibosheth and greeted him warmly.  He restored all his grandfather’s land and property to him and placed Ziba, his servant, in charge to work the ground for him.  He gave Mephibosheth a seat at the king’s table like one of David’s own sons! (2nd Samuel 9:7)  What unexpected kindness from this mighty warrior towards a rival whose grandfather had chased him and hunted him for almost 13 years!

King David’s actions are much like that of our gracious God!  God is a kind king who cares for His people.  He honors those who are in covenant relationship with His Son Jesus Christ.  When we are crippled because of sin, he takes us into his house and seats us as one of his own sons.  He restores our property to us and lavishes us with blessing and restoration.  (2nd Corinthians 5:17) We have grace and favor because of the covenant made with the King’s Son!

Look for a way to show kindness to someone who is handicapped, needy, or hurting today.  Remember, if you have done it to the least of these, you did it to Jesus Himself!  (Matthew 25:40)

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Covenant Love!

Scripture reading for March 28: 2nd Samuel 8-10

Have you ever sought to help someone who would not be able to do anything for you in return?   In our reading today, King David does just such a thing!  David was a warrior and strong man of God.  He was always ready to fight the Lord’s battles.  He had been involved in a struggle for leadership  following the death of Saul and Jonathan, his friend.   God helped David and brought about victory over Saul’s son Ish-Boseth.  Now David was king, and one of the first acts of his rulership was to seek out any relatives of Saul or Jonathan that he might show kindness to based on his covenant promise to Jonathan.  What an odd thing for a king to do:  show kindness to their chief rival! (2nd Samuel 9:1)

It turned out that one son of Jonathan was still alive.  His name was Mephibosheth and he was crippled in both feet from a fall.  David sent for Mephibosheth and greeted him warmly.  He restored all his grandfather’s land and property to him and placed Ziba, his servant, in charge to work the ground for him.  He gave Mephibosheth a seat at the king’s table like one of David’s own sons! (2nd Samuel 9:7)  What unexpected kindness from this mighty warrior towards a rival whose grandfather had chased him and hunted him for almost thirteen years.

King David’s actions were much like that of our gracious God!  God is a kind king who cares for His people.  He honors those who are in covenant relationship with His Son Jesus Christ.  When we are crippled because of sin, he takes us into his house and seats us as one of his own sons.  He restores our property to us and lavishes us with blessing and restoration.  (2nd Corinthians 5:17) We have grace and favor because of the covenant made with the King’s Son!

Because of God’s favor to you, look for a way to show kindness to someone who is handicapped, needy, or hurting today.  Try to show special kindness in the way that Jesus has shown the same to you!  Remember, if you have done it to the least of these, you did it to Jesus Himself!  God bless you as you follow our Master today in this kindness!  (Matthew 25:40)

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Covenant Love

Scripture reading for March 23rd: 1st Samuel 20-23

Close friends are hard to come by.  Over the years I have had several close friends whom I have shared my heart and life with.  The one closer than any other has been my wife of nearly 42 years.  We have shared life together and are friends as well as covenant partners.  We share a love and respect for each other and have vowed to be true to one another before God as long as we live.

In today’s reading, we have the story of David and Jonathan and their deep friendship.  By the way, some have tried to read into this relationship something sexual.  The Bible in no way implies that there is anything sexual about this friendship.  Their hearts were knit to one another and they made a covenant of friendship.  (1st Samuel 18:1-3)  In this covenant, they exchanged clothes and weapons and vowed faithfulness.  This covenant friendship was a gift of God that helped save David’s life on more than one occasion.

In our reading today, Jonathan helps David to avoid the wrath of the evil spirit that is on his father Saul.  Jonathan and David renew their covenant in a field.  Jonathan promises to warn David of the intentions of his own father if he discovers that his father is planning to harm David.  (1st Samuel 20:12-16)  He later finds that to be true and clandestinely meets David again in the field.  They part company with tears and promises to be true to each other, even to succeeding generations!  (1st Samuel 20:42)

As we look at this amazing friendship, I am thinking of Jesus Christ and His promise of eternal friendship to us.  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:13-14a)   Jesus made a covenant of eternal friendship with us through His death on the cross on our behalf.  He took the punishment we deserved by taking on our sins and offenses, thereby saving our life.  He gives us His robe of righteousness and His weapons in exchange!  He promises to show covenant favor to succeeding generations of my offspring if I am faithful to Him!  He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother!  What amazing love the father has given to us through his Son, Jesus Christ!

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