1 Samuel Chapter 30 – My Study Notes

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I like how David Pink gives us another view of this chapter: 1. His citizenship: “And they found an Egyptian in the field” (v. 11). In Scripture Egypt is a symbol of the world: the moral world to which the unregenerate belong and in which they seek their satisfaction. As another has said, “It had its beginning in Cain’s day, when he ‘went out from the presence of the Lord,’ and he and his descendants builded cities, sought out witty inventions of brass and iron, manufactured musical instruments, and went in for a good time generally, in forgetfulness of God. And that continues to this day. The land of Egypt figures this. There Pharaoh, type of Satan, ruled and tyrannized.”

2. His woeful condition: “I fell sick” (v. 13). Such is the state of every descendant of fallen Adam. An awful disease is at work in the unregenerate: that disease is sin, and “sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). It is sin which has robbed the soul of its original beauty: darkening the understanding, corrupting the heart, perverting the will, and paralyzing all our faculties so far as their exercise Godward is concerned. But not only was this Egyptian desperately sick, he was starving: he had had nothing to eat or drink for three days. Well might he cry, “I perish with hunger” (Luke 15:17).

3. His sad plight: “my master left me, because three days ago I fell sick” (v; 13). He was a slave, and now that his master thought he would be of no further use to him, he heartlessly abandoned him and left him to perish. “And that is the way the devil treats his servants. he uses them as his tools as long as he can. Then, when he cannot use them any more, he leaves them to their folly. Thus he treated Judas, and hosts of others before and since” (C. Knapp).

4. His deliverance: “And brought him to David” (v. 11). No doubt he was too weak and ill to come of himself; and even had he the ability, he had never used it thus, for David was an utter stranger to him! Thus it is with the unregenerate sinner and that blessed One whom David foreshadowed. Therefore did Christ say, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” (John 6:44). Each of God’s elect is “brought” to Christ by the Holy Spirit.

5. His deliverer: No doubt this half-dead Egyptian presented a woe-begone spectacle, as he was led or carried into the presence of the man after God’s own heart. But his very ruin and wretchedness drew out the compassion of David toward him. Thus it is with the Saviour: no matter what ravages sin has wrought, nor how morally repulsive it has made its victim, Christ never refuses to receive and befriend one whom the Father draws to Him.

6. His entertainment: “And gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water. And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins” (vv. 11, 12). Precious line in our picture is this of the divine grace which is stored up in Christ. None brought to Him by the Spirit are ever sent empty away. How this reminds us of the royal welcome which the prodigal received and the rich fare that was set before him.

7. His confession: When David asked him to whom he belonged and whence he came, he gave an honest and straightforward reply: “He said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite” (v. 13). Strikingly did this adumbrate the fact that when an elect sinner has been brought to Christ, and been given the bread and water of life, he takes his proper place, and candidly acknowledges what he was and is by nature. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:9).

8. His obligation: “And David said, Canst thou bring me down to this company?” (v. 15). In this we may see how David pressed his claims upon the one whom he had befriended, though it is blessed to mark that it was more in the form of an appeal than a direct command. In like manner, the word to the believer is, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).

9. His desire for assurance: “And he said, Sware unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company” (v. 15). There could be no joy in the service of his new master until assured that he should not be returned unto the power of his old one. Blessed is it to know that Christ delivers His people not only from the wrath to come, but also from the dominion of sin.

10. His gratitude: “And when he had brought him down” (v. 16). He was now devoted to the interests of David, and did as he requested. So Christians are told, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:10). O for grace to serve Christ as ardently as we did sin and Satan in our unregenerate days. Found on biblebelievers site

Lord, Your blessings for me and your word have made such an impact on my life. I pray for the strength I need to stay focused on Jesus. I pray for those times when I backslide you will provide me with a way out and running right back into your arms. I need you and love you for all you have done for me and those saints who believe in you. Amen

Verses for Sunday followers

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Peaceful soul!

 

I head down the blacktop road slightly faster than normal.  Once again, I am rushing against time. I feel the air brush past my lips and my hair flips along the way. I inhale just long enough to pause and realize there is a feeling of calm and peacefulness in my gait. I gaze in the distance to see the clouds rolling away and again feel the air sweep past my face. I take a deep breathe and suddenly the chirps and the tweets of my morning friends are alive all around me. I allow myself to say, “Thank you, Lord!”  I am in such awe of the world you made and all the beauty which encompasses me on my morning routine.  I head around the corner and my destination comes into view.  I allow the morning sun to warm me and soothe my aging bones. I am reminded of my many blessings which I take for granted and I am grateful for the simple pleasures in life. My destination is here: my bus stop.  It’s time for another day to do the Lord’s will.

Psalm 118:24     

King James Version (KJV)

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Living a Mary or a Martha Life

Luke 10:38-42 KJV

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Can you imagine being Mary or Martha, knowing that Jesus was coming to your home?  How would you respond?  Would you be worried, nervous, carefree, calm, composed or tranquil?

I think my mind would be going a hundred miles a minute.  Did I remember fresh water?  Did I make sure the food was fresh? Did I know there was a soft clean place for him to sit?  Did my surroundings look clean and inviting?  Did I, did I, did I?

As we read Luke 10, we see Martha is cumbered.  Meaning:

1.to hinder; hamper.
2.to overload; burden.
3.to inconvenience; trouble.
When have you been cumbered?  For myself, work can be a place of overload and I can leave with a heavy burden of not getting a deadline done or a task complete. At times, I am asked to help out and find myself saying, no as it seems like to much of a hindrance.
These are the times, I know I need to reach for my bible and read. I know if I am open to the Holy Spirit, I will read what I need to know.  It might not be the exact answer, I thought I needed but I do know it is exactly what God wanted for me to read.
Thus the next time you feel like a Martha read Psalm 56:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never sever the righteous to be moved.   
Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word.  Mary was totally engaged in taking every word, syllabub, sound, vowel and letter and letting them seep into her ears, head, heart and soul; she was tranquil and full of love for Jesus.  When was the last time you allowed Jesus to seep into your soul?
In today’s world, we need Marthas to serve and Marys to listen but in order to serve Jesus Christ faithfully and with a joyful heart we need to be a Mary and listen and take in all that Jesus has to teach us.
My prayer for you today:  May you be a Mary and have opened your heart to the love of Jesus Christ.  Do you know Jesus as your personal Saviour and Lord?
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have a life through his name.
Do you believe?

 

My Summer Findings of 2014

Hello my fellow bloggers:

It’s been awhile since I have blogged but this is not to say I have not been continuing my study in the Word of our Almighty Lord. I have three different areas I would like to blog about over the next few weeks:

Living as a Mary or a Martha Life
Hope in Today’s World
Patience is Lacking in Our Lives

I want to start with: Living as a Mary or a Martha LifeMarthaAndMary172x250