July 07: 1Sa 19 | Isaiah 63 | Matthew 8

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

Reading 1 - 1Sa 19

"But when the men [sent by Saul] entered [looking to arrest David while he lay in his sickbed]"...


...they found he was escaped from their grasp...


"there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats' hair" (1Sa 19:16).


Here is an easy echo of the familiar New Testament incident: "They came to the place where he lay" -- this time the New Testament "David", or "Beloved", or "Anointed" -- but THEY FOUND NO BODY!" (Mat 28:6; John 20:2,6-8)


Reading 2 - Isa 63:4

"They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted" (Isa 62:12).

"For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come" (Isa 63:4).


"Redemption" is the Hebrew "gaal". A "gaal" or "kinsman-redeemer" was responsible for protecting the extended family's interests, often by redeeming property that had been sold outside the family. However, his responsibilities extended beyond financial concerns. He was also responsible for avenging the shed blood of a family member (see Num 35:19-27; Deu 19:6-12). In this verse, where vengeance is a prominent theme (note the previous line), it is probably this function of the family protector that is in view. The LORD pictures himself as a blood avenger who waits for the day of vengeance to arrive and then springs into action on behalf of his "kinsman"!


Reading 3 - Mat 8:14,15

"When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him" (Mat 8:14,15).

"It is no light thing to take a man from his home and wife and family and livelihood to become a... preacher... This healing of Peter's mother-in-law guaranteed enthusiastic support. From this day forward, Peter need never look over his shoulder wondering how his wandering life... was regarded by the folks at home" (Harry Whittaker, "Studies in the Gospels" 123).


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"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Mat 7:24).


"Success is simply a matter of pleasing God: happiness is simply a matter of God manifesting His pleasure in our hearts. All else is illusion and delusion: all else is vanity, and -- finally -- sorrow and death. Life can be all deep, quiet, trustful pleasure, even in its pain. Life can be all empty tragedy and failure, even with its glitter and 'success.' Don't build anything on anything but solid rock. If there is no eternal foundation beneath it, then the better we build and the harder we labor, the greater the ultimate loss and remorse. God is the Rock: the only Rock. Build everything you do on Him. It will then stand firm to all eternity" (GV Growcott).


"The 'house' we are building is the temple of God. It must be built with a strong foundation to withstand winds and storms of trials, persecution and judgment. But it must also be a place of holiness, righteousness, and truth; for God will dwell in no other" (EW Banta).

 

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