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We are located on Pippin Rd., in close proximity to Fairfield, Forest Park, Seven Hills, Hamilton, and southern Butler County
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3 Year Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is 1 Samuel 30.

General:

  • Chapter 30 shows us that sometimes things get much worse before they get better
  • At the end of chapter 29, David had been sent home from battle by Achish, a Philistine king
    • The other Philistine leaders did not trust David in battle against his own countrymen
  • David and his 600 men returned to their living quarters in Ziklag to discover that they had been raided by the Amalekites
    • Their homes were burning
    • Their wives and children had been kidnapped
    • Their possessions had been stolen
    • David and his men were so depressed that we are told they wept to the point of exhaustion
    • There was talk among David’s own men about stoning David
      • They blamed him for getting them into this terrible situation
      • Here was a very low point for Israel’s next king
  • In a verse that we do well to remember, we are told that David “found strength in the LORD his God”
    • This arrival at rock bottom had reminded David of his own inability and desperate need for God
    • God’s plan for David had worked: he turned to God in prayer
      • Out of tragedy came training and a most important lesson: trust God always
  • David, revitalized by God, called for the priest Abiathar to bring the ephod so that he might ask God about what to do next
    • God answered in the affirmative: David should pursue the raiding party; he would be successful in rescuing the captives
    • The traveling wore down many of David’s men; 200 of them remained at a ravine when they were too exhausted to cross
    • Eventually David’s men came across an Egyptian man, who was very sick
      • He had been abandoned by his Amalekite master when he had become too sick to travel
      • The information this Egyptian provides turned out to be extremely useful to David
  • Finally David’s men caught up to the Amalekites as they were wildly celebrating the plunder they had taken
    • The battle raged all night, and only 400 of the Amalekites escaped
  • Every single person was recovered alive
    • We can only imagine the joyous scene that took place as David’s men were reunited with their families
  • As the victorious group headed home, a group of David’s men decided that they would not share their plunder with the 200 men who had been too exhausted to go on
    • David stepped in, however, and made it clear that such selfishness would not be tolerated
    • He pointed out that it was God who had given them these gifts and won the victory for them
      • They had no right to exclude the other men
    • David even sent some of the plunder to his friends still living in Judah
      • He wanted to let them know that he still remembered them and loved them
  • It’s amazing how different David’s life is from the beginning of this chapter to the end
    • God was with him in good and bad!
       

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3 Year Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 29

Our Three Year Bible reading for today is 1 Samuel 29.

General:

  • Chapter 29 gives us another example of David being rejected by people close to him
  • David has been serving as a military officer and bodyguard for Achish, a king in the Philistines’ territory
    • This arrangement seemed to David like a reasonable alternative while Saul’s anger still burned against him
      • It provided work for his men kept them safely out of Saul’s reach
  • In chapter 28 the Philistine forces mobilized against Saul
    • Achish had expressed doubts about David’s ability to attack his home country
    • David had placated Achish with some vague statements
  • Now the time came for the Philistines to attack
    • When the other Philistine commanders heard that David would be part of their forces, they were incredulous
    • They remembered David’s defeat of Goliath and were sure that he would turn on them in the heat of battle
      • They speculated that David could use a betrayal of the Philistines to get back in Saul’s good graces
  • Achish stood up for David but was ultimately overruled by the other Philistine kings
    • Achish sadly informed David that his services in battle would not be needed and sent him back to his home base in Ziklag
    • We can only imagine how humiliating this must have been for David
       

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