Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

5 October 2018 Verse of the Day

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  (Romans 8:14 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: David in His Old Age 1Ki 1:1  When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him.  1Ki 1:2  So his attendants said to him, “Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm.”  1Ki 1:3  Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.  1Ki 1:4  The woman was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no sexual relations with her.  Adonijah Sets Himself Up as King 1Ki 1:5  Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, “I will be king.” So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him.  1Ki 1:6  (His father had never rebuked him by asking, “Why do you behave as you do?” He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.)  1Ki 1:7  Adonijah conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they gave him their support.  1Ki 1:8  But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei and Rei and David’s special guard did not join Adonijah.  1Ki 1:9  Adonijah then sacrificed sheep, cattle and fattened calves at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel. He invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the royal officials of Judah,  1Ki 1:10  but he did not invite Nathan the prophet or Benaiah or the special guard or his brother Solomon.  Nathan and Bathsheba Before David 1Ki 1:11  Then Nathan asked Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, “Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has become king, and our lord David knows nothing about it?  1Ki 1:12  Now then, let me advise you how you can save your own life and the life of your son Solomon.  1Ki 1:13  Go in to King David and say to him, ‘My lord the king, did you not swear to me your servant: “Surely Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’  1Ki 1:14  While you are still there talking to the king, I will come in and add my word to what you have said.”  1Ki 1:15  So Bathsheba went to see the aged king in his room, where Abishag the Shunammite was attending him.  1Ki 1:16  Bathsheba bowed down, prostrating herself before the king. “What is it you want?” the king asked.  1Ki 1:17  She said to him, “My lord, you yourself swore to me your servant by the LORD your God: ‘Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne.’  1Ki 1:18  But now Adonijah has become king, and you, my lord the king, do not know about it.  1Ki 1:19  He has sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep, and has invited all the king’s sons, Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant.  1Ki 1:20  My lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to learn from you who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.  1Ki 1:21  Otherwise, as soon as my lord the king is laid to rest with his ancestors, I and my son Solomon will be treated as criminals.”  1Ki 1:22  While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet arrived.  1Ki 1:23  And the king was told, “Nathan the prophet is here.” So he went before the king and bowed with his face to the ground.  1Ki 1:24  Nathan said, “Have you, my lord the king, declared that Adonijah shall be king after you, and that he will sit on your throne?  1Ki 1:25  Today he has gone down and sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep. He has invited all the king’s sons, the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest. Right now they are eating and drinking with him and saying, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’  1Ki 1:26  But me your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon he did not invite.  1Ki 1:27  Is this something my lord the king has done without letting his servants know who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”  Solomon Anointed King 1Ki 1:28  Then King David said, “Call in Bathsheba.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before him.  1Ki 1:29  The king then took an oath: “As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble,  1Ki 1:30  I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.”  1Ki 1:31  Then Bathsheba bowed down with her face to the ground, prostrating herself before the king, and said, “May my lord King David live forever!”  1Ki 1:32  King David said, “Call in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came before the king,  1Ki 1:33  he said to them: “Take your lord’s servants with you and have Solomon my son mount my own mule and take him down to Gihon.  1Ki 1:34  There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’  1Ki 1:35  Then you are to go up with him, and he is to come and sit on my throne and reign in my place. I have appointed him ruler over Israel and Judah.”  1Ki 1:36  Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, “Amen! May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, so declare it.  1Ki 1:37  As the LORD was with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon to make his throne even greater than the throne of my lord King David!”  1Ki 1:38  So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon mount King David’s mule, and they escorted him to Gihon.  1Ki 1:39  Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!”  1Ki 1:40  And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.  1Ki 1:41  Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they were finishing their feast. On hearing the sound of the trumpet, Joab asked, “What’s the meaning of all the noise in the city?”  1Ki 1:42  Even as he was speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, “Come in. A worthy man like you must be bringing good news.”  1Ki 1:43  “Not at all!” Jonathan answered. “Our lord King David has made Solomon king.  1Ki 1:44  The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and they have put him on the king’s mule,  1Ki 1:45  and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon. From there they have gone up cheering, and the city resounds with it. That’s the noise you hear.  1Ki 1:46  Moreover, Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne.  1Ki 1:47  Also, the royal officials have come to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s name more famous than yours and his throne greater than yours!’ And the king bowed in worship on his bed  1Ki 1:48  and said, ‘Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.'”  1Ki 1:49  At this, all Adonijah’s guests rose in alarm and dispersed.  1Ki 1:50  But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar.  1Ki 1:51  Then Solomon was told, “Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.'”  1Ki 1:52  Solomon replied, “If he shows himself to be worthy, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die.”  1Ki 1:53  Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, “Go to your home.”   David’s Instructions to Solomon 1Ki 2:1  When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.  1Ki 2:2  “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man,  1Ki 2:3  and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go  1Ki 2:4  and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’  1Ki 2:5  “Now you yourself know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me—what he did to the two commanders of Israel’s armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood he stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet.  1Ki 2:6  Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.  1Ki 2:7  “But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai of Gilead and let them be among those who eat at your table. They stood by me when I fled from your brother Absalom.  1Ki 2:8  “And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD: ‘I will not put you to death by the sword.’  1Ki 2:9  But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave in blood.”  The Death of David 1Ki 2:10  Then David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David.  1Ki 2:11  He had reigned forty years over Israel—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.  1Ki 2:12  So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.  Solomon’s Reign Established 1Ki 2:13  Now Adonijah, the son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother. Bathsheba asked him, “Do you come peacefully?” He answered, “Yes, peacefully.”  1Ki 2:14  Then he added, “I have something to say to you.” “You may say it,” she replied.  1Ki 2:15  “As you know,” he said, “the kingdom was mine. All Israel looked to me as their king. But things changed, and the kingdom has gone to my brother; for it has come to him from the LORD.  1Ki 2:16  Now I have one request to make of you. Do not refuse me.” “You may make it,” she said.  1Ki 2:17  So he continued, “Please ask King Solomon—he will not refuse you—to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife.”  1Ki 2:18  “Very well,” Bathsheba replied, “I will speak to the king for you.”  1Ki 2:19  When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand.  1Ki 2:20  “I have one small request to make of you,” she said. “Do not refuse me.” The king replied, “Make it, my mother; I will not refuse you.”  1Ki 2:21  So she said, “Let Abishag the Shunammite be given in marriage to your brother Adonijah.”  1Ki 2:22  King Solomon answered his mother, “Why do you request Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? You might as well request the kingdom for him—after all, he is my older brother—yes, for him and for Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah!”  1Ki 2:23  Then King Solomon swore by the LORD: “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if Adonijah does not pay with his life for this request!  1Ki 2:24  And now, as surely as the LORD lives—he who has established me securely on the throne of my father David and has founded a dynasty for me as he promised—Adonijah shall be put to death today!”  1Ki 2:25  So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died.  1Ki 2:26  To Abiathar the priest the king said, “Go back to your fields in Anathoth. You deserve to die, but I will not put you to death now, because you carried the ark of the Sovereign LORD before my father David and shared all my father’s hardships.”  1Ki 2:27  So Solomon removed Abiathar from the priesthood of the LORD, fulfilling the word the LORD had spoken at Shiloh about the house of Eli.  1Ki 2:28  When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the LORD and took hold of the horns of the altar.  1Ki 2:29  King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD and was beside the altar. Then Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada, “Go, strike him down!”  1Ki 2:30  So Benaiah entered the tent of the LORD and said to Joab, “The king says, ‘Come out!'” But he answered, “No, I will die here.” Benaiah reported to the king, “This is how Joab answered me.”  1Ki 2:31  Then the king commanded Benaiah, “Do as he says. Strike him down and bury him, and so clear me and my whole family of the guilt of the innocent blood that Joab shed.  1Ki 2:32  The LORD will repay him for the blood he shed, because without my father David knowing it he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them—Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel’s army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah’s army—were better men and more upright than he.  1Ki 2:33  May the guilt of their blood rest on the head of Joab and his descendants forever. But on David and his descendants, his house and his throne, may there be the LORD’s peace forever.”  1Ki 2:34  So Benaiah son of Jehoiada went up and struck down Joab and killed him, and he was buried at his home out in the country.  1Ki 2:35  The king put Benaiah son of Jehoiada over the army in Joab’s position and replaced Abiathar with Zadok the priest.  1Ki 2:36  Then the king sent for Shimei and said to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, but do not go anywhere else.  1Ki 2:37  The day you leave and cross the Kidron Valley, you can be sure you will die; your blood will be on your own head.”  1Ki 2:38  Shimei answered the king, “What you say is good. Your servant will do as my lord the king has said.” And Shimei stayed in Jerusalem for a long time.  1Ki 2:39  But three years later, two of Shimei’s slaves ran off to Achish son of Maakah, king of Gath, and Shimei was told, “Your slaves are in Gath.”  1Ki 2:40  At this, he saddled his donkey and went to Achish at Gath in search of his slaves. So Shimei went away and brought the slaves back from Gath.  1Ki 2:41  When Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had returned,  1Ki 2:42  the king summoned Shimei and said to him, “Did I not make you swear by the LORD and warn you, ‘On the day you leave to go anywhere else, you can be sure you will die’? At that time you said to me, ‘What you say is good. I will obey.’  1Ki 2:43  Why then did you not keep your oath to the LORD and obey the command I gave you?”  1Ki 2:44  The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wrong you did to my father David. Now the LORD will repay you for your wrongdoing.  1Ki 2:45  But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will remain secure before the LORD forever.”  1Ki 2:46  Then the king gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck Shimei down and he died. The kingdom was now established in Solomon’s hands.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



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  



3 October 2018 Verse of the Day

O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their strength every morning, Our salvation also in the time of distress.  (Isaiah 33:2 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: David Avenges the Gibeonites 2Sa 21:1  During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”  2Sa 21:2  The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.)  2Sa 21:3  David asked the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? How shall I make atonement so that you will bless the LORD’s inheritance?”  2Sa 21:4  The Gibeonites answered him, “We have no right to demand silver or gold from Saul or his family, nor do we have the right to put anyone in Israel to death.” “What do you want me to do for you?” David asked.  2Sa 21:5  They answered the king, “As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel,  2Sa 21:6  let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and their bodies exposed before the LORD at Gibeah of Saul—the LORD’s chosen one.” So the king said, “I will give them to you.”  2Sa 21:7  The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath before the LORD between David and Jonathan son of Saul.  2Sa 21:8  But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah’s daughter Rizpah, whom she had borne to Saul, together with the five sons of Saul’s daughter Merab, whom she had borne to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite.  2Sa 21:9  He handed them over to the Gibeonites, who killed them and exposed their bodies on a hill before the LORD. All seven of them fell together; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning.  2Sa 21:10  Rizpah daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest till the rain poured down from the heavens on the bodies, she did not let the birds touch them by day or the wild animals by night.  2Sa 21:11  When David was told what Aiah’s daughter Rizpah, Saul’s concubine, had done,  2Sa 21:12  he went and took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead. (They had stolen their bodies from the public square at Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them after they struck Saul down on Gilboa.)  2Sa 21:13  David brought the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from there, and the bones of those who had been killed and exposed were gathered up.  2Sa 21:14  They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul’s father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land.  War with the Philistines 2Sa 21:15  Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted.  2Sa 21:16  And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David.  2Sa 21:17  But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”  2Sa 21:18  In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.  2Sa 21:19  In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.  2Sa 21:20  In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha.  2Sa 21:21  When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him.  2Sa 21:22  These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.  David’s Song of Deliverance 2Sa 22:1  David sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  2Sa 22:2  He said: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;  2Sa 22:3  my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.  2Sa 22:4  “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.  2Sa 22:5  The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.  2Sa 22:6  The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.  2Sa 22:7  “In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.  2Sa 22:8  The earth trembled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens shook; they trembled because he was angry.  2Sa 22:9  Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.  2Sa 22:10  He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.  2Sa 22:11  He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind.  2Sa 22:12  He made darkness his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky.  2Sa 22:13  Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning blazed forth.  2Sa 22:14  The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.  2Sa 22:15  He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.  2Sa 22:16  The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of breath from his nostrils.  2Sa 22:17  “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.  2Sa 22:18  He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.  2Sa 22:19  They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.  2Sa 22:20  He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.  2Sa 22:21  “The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.  2Sa 22:22  For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I am not guilty of turning from my God.  2Sa 22:23  All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees.  2Sa 22:24  I have been blameless before him and have kept myself from sin.  2Sa 22:25  The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.  2Sa 22:26  “To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,  2Sa 22:27  to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.  2Sa 22:28  You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.  2Sa 22:29  You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.  2Sa 22:30  With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.  2Sa 22:31  “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.  2Sa 22:32  For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?  2Sa 22:33  It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.  2Sa 22:34  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.  2Sa 22:35  He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  2Sa 22:36  You make your saving help my shield; your help has made me great.  2Sa 22:37  You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.  2Sa 22:38  “I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.  2Sa 22:39  I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.  2Sa 22:40  You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.  2Sa 22:41  You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.  2Sa 22:42  They cried for help, but there was no one to save them— to the LORD, but he did not answer.  2Sa 22:43  I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth; I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.  2Sa 22:44  “You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples; you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,  2Sa 22:45  foreigners cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.  2Sa 22:46  They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.  2Sa 22:47  “The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!  2Sa 22:48  He is the God who avenges me, who puts the nations under me,  2Sa 22:49  who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.  2Sa 22:50  Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.  2Sa 22:51  “He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



2 October 2018 Verse of the Day

“And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God. (Ezekiel 11:19-20 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:  Joab Rebukes David 2Sa 19:1  Joab was told, “The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.”  2Sa 19:2  And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, “The king is grieving for his son.”  2Sa 19:3  The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle.  2Sa 19:4  The king covered his face and cried aloud, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!”  2Sa 19:5  Then Joab went into the house to the king and said, “Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines.  2Sa 19:6  You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead.  2Sa 19:7  Now go out and encourage your men. I swear by the LORD that if you don’t go out, not a man will be left with you by nightfall. This will be worse for you than all the calamities that have come on you from your youth till now.”  David Returns to Jerusalem 2Sa 19:8  So the king got up and took his seat in the gateway. When the men were told, “The king is sitting in the gateway,” they all came before him. Meanwhile, the Israelites had fled to their homes.  2Sa 19:9  Throughout the tribes of Israel, all the people were arguing among themselves, saying, “The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies; he is the one who rescued us from the hand of the Philistines. But now he has fled the country to escape from Absalom;  2Sa 19:10  and Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, has died in battle. So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?”  2Sa 19:11  King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests: “Ask the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his palace, since what is being said throughout Israel has reached the king at his quarters?  2Sa 19:12  You are my relatives, my own flesh and blood. So why should you be the last to bring back the king?’  2Sa 19:13  And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my own flesh and blood? May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you are not the commander of my army for life in place of Joab.'”  2Sa 19:14  He won over the hearts of the men of Judah so that they were all of one mind. They sent word to the king, “Return, you and all your men.”  2Sa 19:15  Then the king returned and went as far as the Jordan. Now the men of Judah had come to Gilgal to go out and meet the king and bring him across the Jordan.  David Pardons His Enemies 2Sa 19:16  Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, hurried down with the men of Judah to meet King David.  2Sa 19:17  With him were a thousand Benjamites, along with Ziba, the steward of Saul’s household, and his fifteen sons and twenty servants. They rushed to the Jordan, where the king was.  2Sa 19:18  They crossed at the ford to take the king’s household over and to do whatever he wished. When Shimei son of Gera crossed the Jordan, he fell prostrate before the king  2Sa 19:19  and said to him, “May my lord not hold me guilty. Do not remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind.  2Sa 19:20  For I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first from the tribes of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king.”  2Sa 19:21  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, “Shouldn’t Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed the LORD’s anointed.”  2Sa 19:22  David replied, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? What right do you have to interfere? Should anyone be put to death in Israel today? Don’t I know that today I am king over Israel?”  2Sa 19:23  So the king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king promised him on oath.  2Sa 19:24  Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his mustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely.  2Sa 19:25  When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, “Why didn’t you go with me, Mephibosheth?”  2Sa 19:26  He said, “My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, ‘I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.’ But Ziba my servant betrayed me.  2Sa 19:27  And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish.  2Sa 19:28  All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?”  2Sa 19:29  The king said to him, “Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the land.”  2Sa 19:30  Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has returned home safely.”  2Sa 19:31  Barzillai the Gileadite also came down from Rogelim to cross the Jordan with the king and to send him on his way from there.  2Sa 19:32  Now Barzillai was very old, eighty years of age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man.  2Sa 19:33  The king said to Barzillai, “Cross over with me and stay with me in Jerusalem, and I will provide for you.”  2Sa 19:34  But Barzillai answered the king, “How many more years will I live, that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king?  2Sa 19:35  I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the difference between what is enjoyable and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?  2Sa 19:36  Your servant will cross over the Jordan with the king for a short distance, but why should the king reward me in this way?  2Sa 19:37  Let your servant return, that I may die in my own town near the tomb of my father and mother. But here is your servant Kimham. Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do for him whatever you wish.”  2Sa 19:38  The king said, “Kimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him whatever you wish. And anything you desire from me I will do for you.”  2Sa 19:39  So all the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king kissed Barzillai and bid him farewell, and Barzillai returned to his home.  2Sa 19:40  When the king crossed over to Gilgal, Kimham crossed with him. All the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel had taken the king over.  2Sa 19:41  Soon all the men of Israel were coming to the king and saying to him, “Why did our brothers, the men of Judah, steal the king away and bring him and his household across the Jordan, together with all his men?”  2Sa 19:42  All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, “We did this because the king is closely related to us. Why are you angry about it? Have we eaten any of the king’s provisions? Have we taken anything for ourselves?”  2Sa 19:43  Then the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, “We have ten shares in the king; so we have a greater claim on David than you have. Why then do you treat us with contempt? Weren’t we the first to speak of bringing back our king?” But the men of Judah pressed their claims even more forcefully than the men of Israel.  The Rebellion of Sheba 2Sa 20:1  Now a troublemaker named Sheba son of Bikri, a Benjamite, happened to be there. He sounded the trumpet and shouted, “We have no share in David, no part in Jesse’s son! Every man to his tent, Israel!”  2Sa 20:2  So all the men of Israel deserted David to follow Sheba son of Bikri. But the men of Judah stayed by their king all the way from the Jordan to Jerusalem.  2Sa 20:3  When David returned to his palace in Jerusalem, he took the ten concubines he had left to take care of the palace and put them in a house under guard. He provided for them but had no sexual relations with them. They were kept in confinement till the day of their death, living as widows.  2Sa 20:4  Then the king said to Amasa, “Summon the men of Judah to come to me within three days, and be here yourself.”  2Sa 20:5  But when Amasa went to summon Judah, he took longer than the time the king had set for him.  2Sa 20:6  David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba son of Bikri will do us more harm than Absalom did. Take your master’s men and pursue him, or he will find fortified cities and escape from us.”  2Sa 20:7  So Joab’s men and the Kerethites and Pelethites and all the mighty warriors went out under the command of Abishai. They marched out from Jerusalem to pursue Sheba son of Bikri.  2Sa 20:8  While they were at the great rock in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Joab was wearing his military tunic, and strapped over it at his waist was a belt with a dagger in its sheath. As he stepped forward, it dropped out of its sheath.  2Sa 20:9  Joab said to Amasa, “How are you, my brother?” Then Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.  2Sa 20:10  Amasa was not on his guard against the dagger in Joab’s hand, and Joab plunged it into his belly, and his intestines spilled out on the ground. Without being stabbed again, Amasa died. Then Joab and his brother Abishai pursued Sheba son of Bikri.  2Sa 20:11  One of Joab’s men stood beside Amasa and said, “Whoever favors Joab, and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab!”  2Sa 20:12  Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the middle of the road, and the man saw that all the troops came to a halt there. When he realized that everyone who came up to Amasa stopped, he dragged him from the road into a field and threw a garment over him.  2Sa 20:13  After Amasa had been removed from the road, everyone went on with Joab to pursue Sheba son of Bikri.  2Sa 20:14  Sheba passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel Beth Maakah and through the entire region of the Bikrites, who gathered together and followed him.  2Sa 20:15  All the troops with Joab came and besieged Sheba in Abel Beth Maakah. They built a siege ramp up to the city, and it stood against the outer fortifications. While they were battering the wall to bring it down,  2Sa 20:16  a wise woman called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him.”  2Sa 20:17  He went toward her, and she asked, “Are you Joab?” “I am,” he answered. She said, “Listen to what your servant has to say.” “I’m listening,” he said.  2Sa 20:18  She continued, “Long ago they used to say, ‘Get your answer at Abel,’ and that settled it.  2Sa 20:19  We are the peaceful and faithful in Israel. You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why do you want to swallow up the LORD’s inheritance?”  2Sa 20:20  “Far be it from me!” Joab replied, “Far be it from me to swallow up or destroy!  2Sa 20:21  That is not the case. A man named Sheba son of Bikri, from the hill country of Ephraim, has lifted up his hand against the king, against David. Hand over this one man, and I’ll withdraw from the city.” The woman said to Joab, “His head will be thrown to you from the wall.”  2Sa 20:22  Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bikri and threw it to Joab. So he sounded the trumpet, and his men dispersed from the city, each returning to his home. And Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem.  2Sa 20:23  Joab was over Israel’s entire army; Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites;  2Sa 20:24  Adoniram was in charge of forced labor; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;  2Sa 20:25  Sheva was secretary; Zadok and Abiathar were priests;  2Sa 20:26  and Ira the Jairite was David’s priest.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



1 October 2018 Verse of the Day

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.  (Psalms 119:133 NIV) 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:  Hushai Saves David 2Sa 17:1  Ahithophel said to Absalom, “I would choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.  2Sa 17:2  I would attack him while he is weary and weak. I would strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would strike down only the king  2Sa 17:3  and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed.”  2Sa 17:4  This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.  2Sa 17:5  But Absalom said, “Summon also Hushai the Arkite, so we can hear what he has to say as well.”  2Sa 17:6  When Hushai came to him, Absalom said, “Ahithophel has given this advice. Should we do what he says? If not, give us your opinion.”  2Sa 17:7  Hushai replied to Absalom, “The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.  2Sa 17:8  You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops.  2Sa 17:9  Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place. If he should attack your troops first, whoever hears about it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.’  2Sa 17:10  Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.  2Sa 17:11  “So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba—as numerous as the sand on the seashore—be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle.  2Sa 17:12  Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive.  2Sa 17:13  If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley until not so much as a pebble is left.”  2Sa 17:14  Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.  2Sa 17:15  Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, “Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.  2Sa 17:16  Now send a message at once and tell David, ‘Do not spend the night at the fords in the wilderness; cross over without fail, or the king and all the people with him will be swallowed up.'”  2Sa 17:17  Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel. A female servant was to go and inform them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they could not risk being seen entering the city.  2Sa 17:18  But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So the two of them left at once and went to the house of a man in Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it.  2Sa 17:19  His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.  2Sa 17:20  When Absalom’s men came to the woman at the house, they asked, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” The woman answered them, “They crossed over the brook.” The men searched but found no one, so they returned to Jerusalem.  2Sa 17:21  After they had gone, the two climbed out of the well and went to inform King David. They said to him, “Set out and cross the river at once; Ahithophel has advised such and such against you.”  2Sa 17:22  So David and all the people with him set out and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, no one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.  2Sa 17:23  When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.  2Sa 17:24  David went to Mahanaim, and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.  2Sa 17:25  Absalom had appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of Jether, an Ishmaelite who had married Abigal, the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.  2Sa 17:26  The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.  2Sa 17:27  When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim  2Sa 17:28  brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,  2Sa 17:29  honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”  Absalom Killed 2Sa 18:1  David mustered the men who were with him and appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.  2Sa 18:2  David sent out his troops, a third under the command of Joab, a third under Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under Ittai the Gittite. The king told the troops, “I myself will surely march out with you.”  2Sa 18:3  But the men said, “You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won’t care about us. Even if half of us die, they won’t care; but you are worth ten thousand of us. It would be better now for you to give us support from the city.”  2Sa 18:4  The king answered, “I will do whatever seems best to you.” So the king stood beside the gate while all his men marched out in units of hundreds and of thousands.  2Sa 18:5  The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.” And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders.  2Sa 18:6  David’s army marched out of the city to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim.  2Sa 18:7  There Israel’s troops were routed by David’s men, and the casualties that day were great—twenty thousand men.  2Sa 18:8  The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword.  2Sa 18:9  Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.  2Sa 18:10  When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, “I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.”  2Sa 18:11  Joab said to the man who had told him this, “What! You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels of silver and a warrior’s belt.”  2Sa 18:12  But the man replied, “Even if a thousand shekels were weighed out into my hands, I would not lay a hand on the king’s son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.’  2Sa 18:13  And if I had put my life in jeopardy—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.”  2Sa 18:14  Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree.  2Sa 18:15  And ten of Joab’s armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.  2Sa 18:16  Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them.  2Sa 18:17  They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.  2Sa 18:18  During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.  David Hears of Absalom’s Death 2Sa 18:19  Now Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, “Let me run and take the news to the king that the LORD has vindicated him by delivering him from the hand of his enemies.”  2Sa 18:20  “You are not the one to take the news today,” Joab told him. “You may take the news another time, but you must not do so today, because the king’s son is dead.”  2Sa 18:21  Then Joab said to a Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.” The Cushite bowed down before Joab and ran off.  2Sa 18:22  Ahimaaz son of Zadok again said to Joab, “Come what may, please let me run behind the Cushite.” But Joab replied, “My son, why do you want to go? You don’t have any news that will bring you a reward.”  2Sa 18:23  He said, “Come what may, I want to run.” So Joab said, “Run!” Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain and outran the Cushite.  2Sa 18:24  While David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, the watchman went up to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked out, he saw a man running alone.  2Sa 18:25  The watchman called out to the king and reported it. The king said, “If he is alone, he must have good news.” And the runner came closer and closer.  2Sa 18:26  Then the watchman saw another runner, and he called down to the gatekeeper, “Look, another man running alone!” The king said, “He must be bringing good news, too.”  2Sa 18:27  The watchman said, “It seems to me that the first one runs like Ahimaaz son of Zadok.” “He’s a good man,” the king said. “He comes with good news.”  2Sa 18:28  Then Ahimaaz called out to the king, “All is well!” He bowed down before the king with his face to the ground and said, “Praise be to the LORD your God! He has delivered up those who lifted their hands against my lord the king.”  2Sa 18:29  The king asked, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” Ahimaaz answered, “I saw great confusion just as Joab was about to send the king’s servant and me, your servant, but I don’t know what it was.”  2Sa 18:30  The king said, “Stand aside and wait here.” So he stepped aside and stood there.  David’s Grief 2Sa 18:31  Then the Cushite arrived and said, “My lord the king, hear the good news! The LORD has vindicated you today by delivering you from the hand of all who rose up against you.”  2Sa 18:32  The king asked the Cushite, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” The Cushite replied, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man.”  2Sa 18:33  The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!” (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



30 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.  (1 Timothy 4:12 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: Absalom’s Conspiracy 2Sa 15:1  In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him.  2Sa 15:2  He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.”  2Sa 15:3  Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.”  2Sa 15:4  And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.”  2Sa 15:5  Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him.  2Sa 15:6  Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.  2Sa 15:7  At the end of four years, Absalom said to the king, “Let me go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the LORD.  2Sa 15:8  While your servant was living at Geshur in Aram, I made this vow: ‘If the LORD takes me back to Jerusalem, I will worship the LORD in Hebron.'”  2Sa 15:9  The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he went to Hebron.  2Sa 15:10  Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.'”  2Sa 15:11  Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter.  2Sa 15:12  While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing.  David Flees Jerusalem 2Sa 15:13  A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”  2Sa 15:14  Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”  2Sa 15:15  The king’s officials answered him, “Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses.”  2Sa 15:16  The king set out, with his entire household following him; but he left ten concubines to take care of the palace.  2Sa 15:17  So the king set out, with all the people following him, and they halted at the edge of the city.  2Sa 15:18  All his men marched past him, along with all the Kerethites and Pelethites; and all the six hundred Gittites who had accompanied him from Gath marched before the king.  2Sa 15:19  The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland.  2Sa 15:20  You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your people with you. May the LORD show you kindness and faithfulness.”  2Sa 15:21  But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”  2Sa 15:22  David said to Ittai, “Go ahead, march on.” So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.  2Sa 15:23  The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.  2Sa 15:24  Zadok was there, too, and all the Levites who were with him were carrying the ark of the covenant of God. They set down the ark of God, and Abiathar offered sacrifices until all the people had finished leaving the city.  2Sa 15:25  Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the LORD’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.  2Sa 15:26  But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.”  2Sa 15:27  The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Do you understand? Go back to the city with my blessing. Take your son Ahimaaz with you, and also Abiathar’s son Jonathan. You and Abiathar return with your two sons.  2Sa 15:28  I will wait at the fords in the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me.”  2Sa 15:29  So Zadok and Abiathar took the ark of God back to Jerusalem and stayed there.  2Sa 15:30  But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.  2Sa 15:31  Now David had been told, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “LORD, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”  2Sa 15:32  When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.  2Sa 15:33  David said to him, “If you go with me, you will be a burden to me.  2Sa 15:34  But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘Your Majesty, I will be your servant; I was your father’s servant in the past, but now I will be your servant,’ then you can help me by frustrating Ahithophel’s advice.  2Sa 15:35  Won’t the priests Zadok and Abiathar be there with you? Tell them anything you hear in the king’s palace.  2Sa 15:36  Their two sons, Ahimaaz son of Zadok and Jonathan son of Abiathar, are there with them. Send them to me with anything you hear.”  2Sa 15:37  So Hushai, David’s confidant, arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom was entering the city.  David and Ziba 2Sa 16:1  When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting to meet him. He had a string of donkeys saddled and loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred cakes of figs and a skin of wine.  2Sa 16:2  The king asked Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh those who become exhausted in the wilderness.”  2Sa 16:3  The king then asked, “Where is your master’s grandson?” Ziba said to him, “He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, ‘Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather’s kingdom.'”  2Sa 16:4  Then the king said to Ziba, “All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” “I humbly bow,” Ziba said. “May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king.”  Shimei Curses David 2Sa 16:5  As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out.  2Sa 16:6  He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left.  2Sa 16:7  As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel!  2Sa 16:8  The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”  2Sa 16:9  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”  2Sa 16:10  But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?'”  2Sa 16:11  David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.  2Sa 16:12  It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”  2Sa 16:13  So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.  2Sa 16:14  The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.  Absalom Enters Jerusalem 2Sa 16:15  Meanwhile, Absalom and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him.  2Sa 16:16  Then Hushai the Arkite, David’s confidant, went to Absalom and said to him, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”  2Sa 16:17  Absalom said to Hushai, “So this is the love you show your friend? If he’s your friend, why didn’t you go with him?”  2Sa 16:18  Hushai said to Absalom, “No, the one chosen by the LORD, by these people, and by all the men of Israel—his I will be, and I will remain with him.  2Sa 16:19  Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve the son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you.”  2Sa 16:20  Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give us your advice. What should we do?”  2Sa 16:21  Ahithophel answered, “Sleep with your father’s concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute.”  2Sa 16:22  So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.  2Sa 16:23  Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel’s advice.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



29 September 2018 Verse of the Day

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;  (1 Peter 3:15 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: Amnon and Tamar 2Sa 13:1  In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.  2Sa 13:2  Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.  2Sa 13:3  Now Amnon had an adviser named Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man.  2Sa 13:4  He asked Amnon, “Why do you, the king’s son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won’t you tell me?” Amnon said to him, “I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”  2Sa 13:5  “Go to bed and pretend to be ill,” Jonadab said. “When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food in my sight so I may watch her and then eat it from her hand.'”  2Sa 13:6  So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, “I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand.”  2Sa 13:7  David sent word to Tamar at the palace: “Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare some food for him.”  2Sa 13:8  So Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon, who was lying down. She took some dough, kneaded it, made the bread in his sight and baked it.  2Sa 13:9  Then she took the pan and served him the bread, but he refused to eat. “Send everyone out of here,” Amnon said. So everyone left him.  2Sa 13:10  Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food here into my bedroom so I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom.  2Sa 13:11  But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me, my sister.”  2Sa 13:12  “No, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing.  2Sa 13:13  What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you.”  2Sa 13:14  But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.  2Sa 13:15  Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!”  2Sa 13:16  “No!” she said to him. “Sending me away would be a greater wrong than what you have already done to me.” But he refused to listen to her.  2Sa 13:17  He called his personal servant and said, “Get this woman out of my sight and bolt the door after her.”  2Sa 13:18  So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing an ornate robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.  2Sa 13:19  Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.  2Sa 13:20  Her brother Absalom said to her, “Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don’t take this thing to heart.” And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.  2Sa 13:21  When King David heard all this, he was furious.  2Sa 13:22  And Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad; he hated Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar.  Absalom Murders Amnon 2Sa 13:23  Two years later, when Absalom’s sheepshearers were at Baal Hazor near the border of Ephraim, he invited all the king’s sons to come there.  2Sa 13:24  Absalom went to the king and said, “Your servant has had shearers come. Will the king and his attendants please join me?”  2Sa 13:25  “No, my son,” the king replied. “All of us should not go; we would only be a burden to you.” Although Absalom urged him, he still refused to go but gave him his blessing.  2Sa 13:26  Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon come with us.” The king asked him, “Why should he go with you?”  2Sa 13:27  But Absalom urged him, so he sent with him Amnon and the rest of the king’s sons.  2Sa 13:28  Absalom ordered his men, “Listen! When Amnon is in high spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Haven’t I given you this order? Be strong and brave.”  2Sa 13:29  So Absalom’s men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered. Then all the king’s sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.  2Sa 13:30  While they were on their way, the report came to David: “Absalom has struck down all the king’s sons; not one of them is left.”  2Sa 13:31  The king stood up, tore his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn.  2Sa 13:32  But Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother, said, “My lord should not think that they killed all the princes; only Amnon is dead. This has been Absalom’s express intention ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar.  2Sa 13:33  My lord the king should not be concerned about the report that all the king’s sons are dead. Only Amnon is dead.”  Absalom Flees to Geshur 2Sa 13:34  Meanwhile, Absalom had fled. Now the man standing watch looked up and saw many people on the road west of him, coming down the side of the hill. The watchman went and told the king, “I see men in the direction of Horonaim, on the side of the hill.”  2Sa 13:35  Jonadab said to the king, “See, the king’s sons have come; it has happened just as your servant said.”  2Sa 13:36  As he finished speaking, the king’s sons came in, wailing loudly. The king, too, and all his attendants wept very bitterly.  2Sa 13:37  Absalom fled and went to Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. But King David mourned many days for his son.  2Sa 13:38  After Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years.  2Sa 13:39  And King David longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon’s death.  Absalom Returns to Jerusalem 2Sa 14:1  Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart longed for Absalom.  2Sa 14:2  So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her, “Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don’t use any cosmetic lotions. Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead.  2Sa 14:3  Then go to the king and speak these words to him.” And Joab put the words in her mouth.  2Sa 14:4  When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, “Help me, Your Majesty!”  2Sa 14:5  The king asked her, “What is troubling you?” She said, “I am a widow; my husband is dead.  2Sa 14:6  I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field, and no one was there to separate them. One struck the other and killed him.  2Sa 14:7  Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed; then we will get rid of the heir as well.’ They would put out the only burning coal I have left, leaving my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth.”  2Sa 14:8  The king said to the woman, “Go home, and I will issue an order in your behalf.”  2Sa 14:9  But the woman from Tekoa said to him, “Let my lord the king pardon me and my family, and let the king and his throne be without guilt.”  2Sa 14:10  The king replied, “If anyone says anything to you, bring them to me, and they will not bother you again.”  2Sa 14:11  She said, “Then let the king invoke the LORD his God to prevent the avenger of blood from adding to the destruction, so that my son will not be destroyed.” “As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “not one hair of your son’s head will fall to the ground.”  2Sa 14:12  Then the woman said, “Let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.” “Speak,” he replied.  2Sa 14:13  The woman said, “Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son?  2Sa 14:14  Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.  2Sa 14:15  “And now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. Your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king; perhaps he will grant his servant’s request.  2Sa 14:16  Perhaps the king will agree to deliver his servant from the hand of the man who is trying to cut off both me and my son from God’s inheritance.’  2Sa 14:17  “And now your servant says, ‘May the word of my lord the king secure my inheritance, for my lord the king is like an angel of God in discerning good and evil. May the LORD your God be with you.'”  2Sa 14:18  Then the king said to the woman, “Don’t keep from me the answer to what I am going to ask you.” “Let my lord the king speak,” the woman said.  2Sa 14:19  The king asked, “Isn’t the hand of Joab with you in all this?” The woman answered, “As surely as you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything my lord the king says. Yes, it was your servant Joab who instructed me to do this and who put all these words into the mouth of your servant.  2Sa 14:20  Your servant Joab did this to change the present situation. My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God—he knows everything that happens in the land.”  2Sa 14:21  The king said to Joab, “Very well, I will do it. Go, bring back the young man Absalom.”  2Sa 14:22  Joab fell with his face to the ground to pay him honor, and he blessed the king. Joab said, “Today your servant knows that he has found favor in your eyes, my lord the king, because the king has granted his servant’s request.”  2Sa 14:23  Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem.  2Sa 14:24  But the king said, “He must go to his own house; he must not see my face.” So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king.  2Sa 14:25  In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him.  2Sa 14:26  Whenever he cut the hair of his head—he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him—he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels by the royal standard.  2Sa 14:27  Three sons and a daughter were born to Absalom. His daughter’s name was Tamar, and she became a beautiful woman.  2Sa 14:28  Absalom lived two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king’s face.  2Sa 14:29  Then Absalom sent for Joab in order to send him to the king, but Joab refused to come to him. So he sent a second time, but he refused to come.  2Sa 14:30  Then he said to his servants, “Look, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there. Go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.  2Sa 14:31  Then Joab did go to Absalom’s house, and he said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?”  2Sa 14:32  Absalom said to Joab, “Look, I sent word to you and said, ‘Come here so I can send you to the king to ask, “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there!”‘ Now then, I want to see the king’s face, and if I am guilty of anything, let him put me to death.”  2Sa 14:33  So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



28 September 2018 Verse of the Day

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:5-6 NIV) 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: David and Bathsheba 2Sa 11:1  In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.  2Sa 11:2  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,  2Sa 11:3  and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”  2Sa 11:4  Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.  2Sa 11:5  The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”  2Sa 11:6  So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David.  2Sa 11:7  When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.  2Sa 11:8  Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.  2Sa 11:9  But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.  2Sa 11:10  David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?”  2Sa 11:11  Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”  2Sa 11:12  Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.  2Sa 11:13  At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.  2Sa 11:14  In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.  2Sa 11:15  In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”  2Sa 11:16  So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were.  2Sa 11:17  When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.  2Sa 11:18  Joab sent David a full account of the battle.  2Sa 11:19  He instructed the messenger: “When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle,  2Sa 11:20  the king’s anger may flare up, and he may ask you, ‘Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you know they would shoot arrows from the wall?  2Sa 11:21  Who killed Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn’t a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?’ If he asks you this, then say to him, ‘Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.'”  2Sa 11:22  The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.  2Sa 11:23  The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate.  2Sa 11:24  Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king’s men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.”  2Sa 11:25  David told the messenger, “Say this to Joab: ‘Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.’ Say this to encourage Joab.”  2Sa 11:26  When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.  2Sa 11:27  After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD.  Nathan Rebukes David 2Sa 12:1  The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.  2Sa 12:2  The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,  2Sa 12:3  but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.  2Sa 12:4  “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”  2Sa 12:5  David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die!  2Sa 12:6  He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”  2Sa 12:7  Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.  2Sa 12:8  I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.  2Sa 12:9  Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.  2Sa 12:10  Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’  2Sa 12:11  “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.  2Sa 12:12  You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.'”  2Sa 12:13  Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.  2Sa 12:14  But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.”  David’s Child Dies 2Sa 12:15  After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill.  2Sa 12:16  David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.  2Sa 12:17  The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.  2Sa 12:18  On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”  2Sa 12:19  David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”  2Sa 12:20  Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.  2Sa 12:21  His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”  2Sa 12:22  He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’  2Sa 12:23  But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”  Solomon’s Birth 2Sa 12:24  Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him;  2Sa 12:25  and because the LORD loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him JedidiahRabbah Is Captured 2Sa 12:26  Meanwhile Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal citadel.  2Sa 12:27  Joab then sent messengers to David, saying, “I have fought against Rabbah and taken its water supply.  2Sa 12:28  Now muster the rest of the troops and besiege the city and capture it. Otherwise I will take the city, and it will be named after me.”  2Sa 12:29  So David mustered the entire army and went to Rabbah, and attacked and captured it.  2Sa 12:30  David took the crown from their king’s head, and it was placed on his own head. It weighed a talent of gold, and it was set with precious stones. David took a great quantity of plunder from the city  2Sa 12:31  and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes, and he made them work at brickmaking. David did this to all the Ammonite towns. Then he and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



27 September 2018 Verse of the Day

For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. (Lamentations 3:31-32 NIV) 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: David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth 2Sa 9:1  David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”  2Sa 9:2  Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “At your service,” he replied.  2Sa 9:3  The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”  2Sa 9:4  “Where is he?” the king asked. Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”  2Sa 9:5  So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.  2Sa 9:6  When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied.  2Sa 9:7  “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”  2Sa 9:8  Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”  2Sa 9:9  Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.  2Sa 9:10  You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)  2Sa 9:11  Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.  2Sa 9:12  Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth.  2Sa 9:13  And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.  David Defeats Ammon and Syria 2Sa 10:1  In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king.  2Sa 10:2  David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David’s men came to the land of the Ammonites,  2Sa 10:3  the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Hasn’t David sent them to you only to explore the city and spy it out and overthrow it?”  2Sa 10:4  So Hanun seized David’s envoys, shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their garments at the buttocks, and sent them away.  2Sa 10:5  When David was told about this, he sent messengers to meet the men, for they were greatly humiliated. The king said, “Stay at Jericho till your beards have grown, and then come back.”  2Sa 10:6  When the Ammonites realized that they had become obnoxious to David, they hired twenty thousand Aramean foot soldiers from Beth Rehob and Zobah, as well as the king of Maakah with a thousand men, and also twelve thousand men from Tob.  2Sa 10:7  On hearing this, David sent Joab out with the entire army of fighting men.  2Sa 10:8  The Ammonites came out and drew up in battle formation at the entrance of their city gate, while the Arameans of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maakah were by themselves in the open country.  2Sa 10:9  Joab saw that there were battle lines in front of him and behind him; so he selected some of the best troops in Israel and deployed them against the Arameans.  2Sa 10:10  He put the rest of the men under the command of Abishai his brother and deployed them against the Ammonites.  2Sa 10:11  Joab said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you.  2Sa 10:12  Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.”  2Sa 10:13  Then Joab and the troops with him advanced to fight the Arameans, and they fled before him.  2Sa 10:14  When the Ammonites realized that the Arameans were fleeing, they fled before Abishai and went inside the city. So Joab returned from fighting the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem.  2Sa 10:15  After the Arameans saw that they had been routed by Israel, they regrouped.  2Sa 10:16  Hadadezer had Arameans brought from beyond the Euphrates River; they went to Helam, with Shobak the commander of Hadadezer’s army leading them.  2Sa 10:17  When David was told of this, he gathered all Israel, crossed the Jordan and went to Helam. The Arameans formed their battle lines to meet David and fought against him.  2Sa 10:18  But they fled before Israel, and David killed seven hundred of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers. He also struck down Shobak the commander of their army, and he died there.  2Sa 10:19  When all the kings who were vassals of Hadadezer saw that they had been routed by Israel, they made peace with the Israelites and became subject to them. So the Arameans were afraid to help the Ammonites anymore.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



26 September 2018 Verse of the Day

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  (Psalms 84:11 NIV) 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 Lord’s Covenant with David 2Sa 7:1  After the king was settled in his palace and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him,  2Sa 7:2  he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”  2Sa 7:3  Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you.”  2Sa 7:4  But that night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying:  2Sa 7:5  “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?  2Sa 7:6  I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.  2Sa 7:7  Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”‘  2Sa 7:8  “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.  2Sa 7:9  I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.  2Sa 7:10  And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning  2Sa 7:11  and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. “‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you:  2Sa 7:12  When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.  2Sa 7:13  He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  2Sa 7:14  I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.  2Sa 7:15  But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  2Sa 7:16  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.'”  2Sa 7:17  Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation.  David’s Prayer of Gratitude 2Sa 7:18  Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?  2Sa 7:19  And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign LORD, is for a mere human!  2Sa 7:20  “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign LORD.  2Sa 7:21  For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.  2Sa 7:22  “How great you are, Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.  2Sa 7:23  And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?  2Sa 7:24  You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, LORD, have become their God.  2Sa 7:25  “And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised,  2Sa 7:26  so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.  2Sa 7:27  “LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.  2Sa 7:28  Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.  2Sa 7:29  Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”  David’s Victories 2Sa 8:1  In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.  2Sa 8:2  David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought him tribute.  2Sa 8:3  Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when he went to restore his monument at the Euphrates River.  2Sa 8:4  David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses.  2Sa 8:5  When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them.  2Sa 8:6  He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.  2Sa 8:7  David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.  2Sa 8:8  From Tebah and Berothai, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.  2Sa 8:9  When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,  2Sa 8:10  he sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.  2Sa 8:11  King David dedicated these articles to the LORD, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued:  2Sa 8:12  Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek. He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.  2Sa 8:13  And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.  2Sa 8:14  He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.  David’s Officials 2Sa 8:15  David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.  2Sa 8:16  Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder;  2Sa 8:17  Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelek son of Abiathar were priests; Seraiah was secretary;  2Sa 8:18  Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Kerethites and Pelethites; and David’s sons were priests.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard




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