4 October 2018 Verse of the Day

and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.  (2 Chronicles 20:15 NASB) Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day. Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church: The Last Words of David 2Sa 23:1  These are the last words of David: “The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel’s songs:  2Sa 23:2  “The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.  2Sa 23:3  The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God,  2Sa 23:4  he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’  2Sa 23:5  “If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.  2Sa 23:6  But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand.  2Sa 23:7  Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie.”  David’s Mighty Men 2Sa 23:8  These are the names of David’s mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.  2Sa 23:9  Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty warriors, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the Israelites retreated,  2Sa 23:10  but Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.  2Sa 23:11  Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them.  2Sa 23:12  But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory.  2Sa 23:13  During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.  2Sa 23:14  At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem.  2Sa 23:15  David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”  2Sa 23:16  So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD.  2Sa 23:17  “Far be it from me, LORD, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors.  2Sa 23:18  Abishai the brother of Joab son of Zeruiah was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.  2Sa 23:19  Was he not held in greater honor than the Three? He became their commander, even though he was not included among them.  2Sa 23:20  Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.  2Sa 23:21  And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.  2Sa 23:22  Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors.  2Sa 23:23  He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.  2Sa 23:24  Among the Thirty were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,  2Sa 23:25  Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,  2Sa 23:26  Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa,  2Sa 23:27  Abiezer from Anathoth, Sibbekai the Hushathite,  2Sa 23:28  Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,  2Sa 23:29  Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin,  2Sa 23:30  Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the ravines of Gaash,  2Sa 23:31  Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,  2Sa 23:32  Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan  2Sa 23:33  son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite,  2Sa 23:34  Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maakathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,  2Sa 23:35  Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,  2Sa 23:36  Igal son of Nathan from Zobah, the son of Hagri,  2Sa 23:37  Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,  2Sa 23:38  Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite  2Sa 23:39  and Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.  David’s Census 2Sa 24:1  Again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.”  2Sa 24:2  So the king said to Joab and the army commanders with him, “Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba and enroll the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are.”  2Sa 24:3  But Joab replied to the king, “May the LORD your God multiply the troops a hundred times over, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king want to do such a thing?”  2Sa 24:4  The king’s word, however, overruled Joab and the army commanders; so they left the presence of the king to enroll the fighting men of Israel.  2Sa 24:5  After crossing the Jordan, they camped near Aroer, south of the town in the gorge, and then went through Gad and on to Jazer.  2Sa 24:6  They went to Gilead and the region of Tahtim Hodshi, and on to Dan Jaan and around toward Sidon.  2Sa 24:7  Then they went toward the fortress of Tyre and all the towns of the Hivites and Canaanites. Finally, they went on to Beersheba in the Negev of Judah.  2Sa 24:8  After they had gone through the entire land, they came back to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.  2Sa 24:9  Joab reported the number of the fighting men to the king: In Israel there were eight hundred thousand able-bodied men who could handle a sword, and in Judah five hundred thousand.  The Lord’s Judgment of David’s Sin 2Sa 24:10  David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, LORD, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”  2Sa 24:11  Before David got up the next morning, the word of the LORD had come to Gad the prophet, David’s seer:  2Sa 24:12  “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.'”  2Sa 24:13  So Gad went to David and said to him, “Shall there come on you three years of famine in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me.”  2Sa 24:14  David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”  2Sa 24:15  So the LORD sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of the time designated, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.  2Sa 24:16  When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD relented concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the LORD was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.  2Sa 24:17  When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the LORD, “I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall on me and my family.”  David Builds an Altar 2Sa 24:18  On that day Gad went to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”  2Sa 24:19  So David went up, as the LORD had commanded through Gad.  2Sa 24:20  When Araunah looked and saw the king and his officials coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.  2Sa 24:21  Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” “To buy your threshing floor,” David answered, “so I can build an altar to the LORD, that the plague on the people may be stopped.”  2Sa 24:22  Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take whatever he wishes and offer it up. Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood.  2Sa 24:23  Your Majesty, Araunah gives all this to the king.” Araunah also said to him, “May the LORD your God accept you.”  2Sa 24:24  But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.  2Sa 24:25  David built an altar to the LORD there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the LORD answered his prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard