Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

25 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:9-10 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 Anointed King of Israel 2Sa 5:1  All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood.  2Sa 5:2  In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.'”  2Sa 5:3  When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.  2Sa 5:4  David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.  2Sa 5:5  In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.  2Sa 5:6  The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.”  2Sa 5:7  Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.  2Sa 5:8  On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”  2Sa 5:9  David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward.  2Sa 5:10  And he became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him.  2Sa 5:11  Now Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David.  2Sa 5:12  Then David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.  2Sa 5:13  After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.  2Sa 5:14  These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,  2Sa 5:15  Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,  2Sa 5:16  Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.  David Defeats the Philistines 2Sa 5:17  When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold.  2Sa 5:18  Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim;  2Sa 5:19  so David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The LORD answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”  2Sa 5:20  So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the LORD has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.  2Sa 5:21  The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.  2Sa 5:22  Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim;  2Sa 5:23  so David inquired of the LORD, and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.  2Sa 5:24  As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the LORD has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.”  2Sa 5:25  So David did as the LORD commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.   The Ark Brought to Jerusalem 2Sa 6:1  David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand.  2Sa 6:2  He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark.  2Sa 6:3  They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart  2Sa 6:4  with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it.  Uzzah and the Ark 2Sa 6:5  David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.  2Sa 6:6  When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled.  2Sa 6:7  The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.  2Sa 6:8  Then David was angry because the LORD’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.  2Sa 6:9  David was afraid of the LORD that day and said, “How can the ark of the LORD ever come to me?”  2Sa 6:10  He was not willing to take the ark of the LORD to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.  2Sa 6:11  The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.  2Sa 6:12  Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.  2Sa 6:13  When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.  2Sa 6:14  Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might,  2Sa 6:15  while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.  David and Michal 2Sa 6:16  As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.  2Sa 6:17  They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the LORD.  2Sa 6:18  After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty.  2Sa 6:19  Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.  2Sa 6:20  When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”  2Sa 6:21  David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD.  2Sa 6:22  I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”  2Sa 6:23  And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



24 September 2018 Verse of the Day

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9-10 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: Abner Joins David 2Sa 3:1  The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.  2Sa 3:2  Sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon the son of Ahinoam of Jezreel;  2Sa 3:3  his second, Kileab the son of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel; the third, Absalom the son of Maakah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;  2Sa 3:4  the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;  2Sa 3:5  and the sixth, Ithream the son of David’s wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron.  2Sa 3:6  During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had been strengthening his own position in the house of Saul.  2Sa 3:7  Now Saul had had a concubine named Rizpah daughter of Aiah. And Ish-Bosheth said to Abner, “Why did you sleep with my father’s concubine?”  2Sa 3:8  Abner was very angry because of what Ish-Bosheth said. So he answered, “Am I a dog’s head—on Judah’s side? This very day I am loyal to the house of your father Saul and to his family and friends. I haven’t handed you over to David. Yet now you accuse me of an offense involving this woman!  2Sa 3:9  May God deal with Abner, be it ever so severely, if I do not do for David what the LORD promised him on oath  2Sa 3:10  and transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish David’s throne over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beersheba.”  2Sa 3:11  Ish-Bosheth did not dare to say another word to Abner, because he was afraid of him.  2Sa 3:12  Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to say to David, “Whose land is it? Make an agreement with me, and I will help you bring all Israel over to you.”  2Sa 3:13  “Good,” said David. “I will make an agreement with you. But I demand one thing of you: Do not come into my presence unless you bring Michal daughter of Saul when you come to see me.”  2Sa 3:14  Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins.”  2Sa 3:15  So Ish-Bosheth gave orders and had her taken away from her husband Paltiel son of Laish.  2Sa 3:16  Her husband, however, went with her, weeping behind her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go back home!” So he went back.  2Sa 3:17  Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king.  2Sa 3:18  Now do it! For the LORD promised David, ‘By my servant David I will rescue my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.'”  2Sa 3:19  Abner also spoke to the Benjamites in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything that Israel and the whole tribe of Benjamin wanted to do.  2Sa 3:20  When Abner, who had twenty men with him, came to David at Hebron, David prepared a feast for him and his men.  2Sa 3:21  Then Abner said to David, “Let me go at once and assemble all Israel for my lord the king, so that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires.” So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.  2Sa 3:22  Just then David’s men and Joab returned from a raid and brought with them a great deal of plunder. But Abner was no longer with David in Hebron, because David had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.  2Sa 3:23  When Joab and all the soldiers with him arrived, he was told that Abner son of Ner had come to the king and that the king had sent him away and that he had gone in peace.  2Sa 3:24  So Joab went to the king and said, “What have you done? Look, Abner came to you. Why did you let him go? Now he is gone!  2Sa 3:25  You know Abner son of Ner; he came to deceive you and observe your movements and find out everything you are doing.”  Joab Murders Abner 2Sa 3:26  Joab then left David and sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern at Sirah. But David did not know it.  2Sa 3:27  Now when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into an inner chamber, as if to speak with him privately. And there, to avenge the blood of his brother Asahel, Joab stabbed him in the stomach, and he died.  2Sa 3:28  Later, when David heard about this, he said, “I and my kingdom are forever innocent before the LORD concerning the blood of Abner son of Ner.  2Sa 3:29  May his blood fall on the head of Joab and on his whole family! May Joab’s family never be without someone who has a running sore or leprosy or who leans on a crutch or who falls by the sword or who lacks food.”  2Sa 3:30  (Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.)  David Mourns Abner 2Sa 3:31  Then David said to Joab and all the people with him, “Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and walk in mourning in front of Abner.” King David himself walked behind the bier.  2Sa 3:32  They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king wept aloud at Abner’s tomb. All the people wept also.  2Sa 3:33  The king sang this lament for Abner: “Should Abner have died as the lawless die?  2Sa 3:34  Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered. You fell as one falls before the wicked.” And all the people wept over him again.  2Sa 3:35  Then they all came and urged David to eat something while it was still day; but David took an oath, saying, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I taste bread or anything else before the sun sets!”  2Sa 3:36  All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them.  2Sa 3:37  So on that day all the people there and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.  2Sa 3:38  Then the king said to his men, “Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day?  2Sa 3:39  And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds!”  Ish-bosheth Murdered 2Sa 4:1  When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.  2Sa 4:2  Now Saul’s son had two men who were leaders of raiding bands. One was named Baanah and the other Rekab; they were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from the tribe of Benjamin—Beeroth is considered part of Benjamin,  2Sa 4:3  because the people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim and have resided there as foreigners to this day.  2Sa 4:4  (Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.)  2Sa 4:5  Now Rekab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out for the house of Ish-Bosheth, and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest.  2Sa 4:6  They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rekab and his brother Baanah slipped away.  2Sa 4:7  They had gone into the house while he was lying on the bed in his bedroom. After they stabbed and killed him, they cut off his head. Taking it with them, they traveled all night by way of the Arabah.  2Sa 4:8  They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to kill you. This day the LORD has avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring.”  2Sa 4:9  David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble,  2Sa 4:10  when someone told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news!  2Sa 4:11  How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!”  2Sa 4:12  So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them. They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-Bosheth and buried it in Abner’s tomb at Hebron.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



23 September 2018 Verse of the Day

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. (Proverbs 10:8 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 Hears of Saul’s Death 2Sa 1:1  After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days.  2Sa 1:2  On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.  2Sa 1:3  “Where have you come from?” David asked him. He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”  2Sa 1:4  “What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.” “The men fled from the battle,” he replied. “Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”  2Sa 1:5  Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”  2Sa 1:6  “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit.  2Sa 1:7  When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’  2Sa 1:8  “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ “‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.  2Sa 1:9  “Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’  2Sa 1:10  “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”  2Sa 1:11  Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them.  2Sa 1:12  They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.  2Sa 1:13  David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?” “I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.  2Sa 1:14  David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”  2Sa 1:15  Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died.  2Sa 1:16  For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.'”  David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan 2Sa 1:17  David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,  2Sa 1:18  and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):  2Sa 1:19  “A gazelle lies slain on your heights, Israel. How the mighty have fallen!  2Sa 1:20  “Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.  2Sa 1:21  “Mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, may no showers fall on your terraced fields. For there the shield of the mighty was despised, the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.  2Sa 1:22  “From the blood of the slain, from the flesh of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.  2Sa 1:23  Saul and Jonathan— in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.  2Sa 1:24  “Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.  2Sa 1:25  “How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights.  2Sa 1:26  I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.  2Sa 1:27  “How the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!”  David Anointed King of Judah 2Sa 2:1  In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The LORD said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the LORD answered.  2Sa 2:2  So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.  2Sa 2:3  David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns.  2Sa 2:4  Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah. When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul,  2Sa 2:5  he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The LORD bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.  2Sa 2:6  May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.  2Sa 2:7  Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them.”  Ish-bosheth Made King of Israel 2Sa 2:8  Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ish-Bosheth son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim.  2Sa 2:9  He made him king over Gilead, Ashuri and Jezreel, and also over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel.  2Sa 2:10  Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David.  2Sa 2:11  The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven years and six months.  The Battle of Gibeon 2Sa 2:12  Abner son of Ner, together with the men of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, left Mahanaim and went to Gibeon.  2Sa 2:13  Joab son of Zeruiah and David’s men went out and met them at the pool of Gibeon. One group sat down on one side of the pool and one group on the other side.  2Sa 2:14  Then Abner said to Joab, “Let’s have some of the young men get up and fight hand to hand in front of us.” “All right, let them do it,” Joab said.  2Sa 2:15  So they stood up and were counted off—twelve men for Benjamin and Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, and twelve for David.  2Sa 2:16  Then each man grabbed his opponent by the head and thrust his dagger into his opponent’s side, and they fell down together. So that place in Gibeon was called Helkath Hazzurim.  2Sa 2:17  The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the Israelites were defeated by David’s men.  2Sa 2:18  The three sons of Zeruiah were there: Joab, Abishai and Asahel. Now Asahel was as fleet-footed as a wild gazelle.  2Sa 2:19  He chased Abner, turning neither to the right nor to the left as he pursued him.  2Sa 2:20  Abner looked behind him and asked, “Is that you, Asahel?” “It is,” he answered.  2Sa 2:21  Then Abner said to him, “Turn aside to the right or to the left; take on one of the young men and strip him of his weapons.” But Asahel would not stop chasing him.  2Sa 2:22  Again Abner warned Asahel, “Stop chasing me! Why should I strike you down? How could I look your brother Joab in the face?”  2Sa 2:23  But Asahel refused to give up the pursuit; so Abner thrust the butt of his spear into Asahel’s stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He fell there and died on the spot. And every man stopped when he came to the place where Asahel had fallen and died.  2Sa 2:24  But Joab and Abishai pursued Abner, and as the sun was setting, they came to the hill of Ammah, near Giah on the way to the wasteland of Gibeon.  2Sa 2:25  Then the men of Benjamin rallied behind Abner. They formed themselves into a group and took their stand on top of a hill.  2Sa 2:26  Abner called out to Joab, “Must the sword devour forever? Don’t you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?”  2Sa 2:27  Joab answered, “As surely as God lives, if you had not spoken, the men would have continued pursuing them until morning.”  2Sa 2:28  So Joab blew the trumpet, and all the troops came to a halt; they no longer pursued Israel, nor did they fight anymore.  2Sa 2:29  All that night Abner and his men marched through the Arabah. They crossed the Jordan, continued through the morning hours and came to Mahanaim.  2Sa 2:30  Then Joab stopped pursuing Abner and assembled the whole army. Besides Asahel, nineteen of David’s men were found missing.  2Sa 2:31  But David’s men had killed three hundred and sixty Benjamites who were with Abner.  2Sa 2:32  They took Asahel and buried him in his father’s tomb at Bethlehem. Then Joab and his men marched all night and arrived at Hebron by daybreak.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



22 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:7-8 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’s Wives Are Captured 1Sa 30:1  David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it,  1Sa 30:2  and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.  1Sa 30:3  When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive.  1Sa 30:4  So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.  1Sa 30:5  David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.  1Sa 30:6  David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.  1Sa 30:7  Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him,  1Sa 30:8  and David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”  1Sa 30:9  David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind.  1Sa 30:10  Two hundred of them were too exhausted to cross the valley, but David and the other four hundred continued the pursuit.  1Sa 30:11  They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat—  1Sa 30:12  part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.  1Sa 30:13  David asked him, “Who do you belong to? Where do you come from?” He said, “I am an Egyptian, the slave of an Amalekite. My master abandoned me when I became ill three days ago.  1Sa 30:14  We raided the Negev of the Kerethites, some territory belonging to Judah and the Negev of Caleb. And we burned Ziklag.”  1Sa 30:15  David asked him, “Can you lead me down to this raiding party?” He answered, “Swear to me before God that you will not kill me or hand me over to my master, and I will take you down to them.”  David Defeats the Amalekites 1Sa 30:16  He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah.  1Sa 30:17  David fought them from dusk until the evening of the next day, and none of them got away, except four hundred young men who rode off on camels and fled.  1Sa 30:18  David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives.  1Sa 30:19  Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back.  1Sa 30:20  He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, “This is David’s plunder.”  1Sa 30:21  Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Valley. They came out to meet David and the men with him. As David and his men approached, he asked them how they were.  1Sa 30:22  But all the evil men and troublemakers among David’s followers said, “Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go.”  1Sa 30:23  David replied, “No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the LORD has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us.  1Sa 30:24  Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.”  1Sa 30:25  David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.  1Sa 30:26  When David reached Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, “Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the LORD’s enemies.”  1Sa 30:27  David sent it to those who were in Bethel, Ramoth Negev and Jattir;  1Sa 30:28  to those in Aroer, Siphmoth, Eshtemoa  1Sa 30:29  and Rakal; to those in the towns of the Jerahmeelites and the Kenites;  1Sa 30:30  to those in Hormah, Bor Ashan, Athak  1Sa 30:31  and Hebron; and to those in all the other places where he and his men had roamed.  The Death of Saul 1Sa 31:1  Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa.  1Sa 31:2  The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua.  1Sa 31:3  The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically.  1Sa 31:4  Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.  1Sa 31:5  When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.  1Sa 31:6  So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day.  1Sa 31:7  When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.  1Sa 31:8  The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.  1Sa 31:9  They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among their people.  1Sa 31:10  They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.  1Sa 31:11  When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,  1Sa 31:12  all their valiant men marched through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned them.  1Sa 31:13  Then they took their bones and buried them under a tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



21 September 2018 Verse of the Day

For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. (1 Timothy 6:7-8 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: Saul and the Medium of En-dor 1Sa 28:1  In those days the Philistines gathered their forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, “You must understand that you and your men will accompany me in the army.”  1Sa 28:2  David said, “Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do.” Achish replied, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”  1Sa 28:3  Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land.  1Sa 28:4  The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa.  1Sa 28:5  When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart.  1Sa 28:6  He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.  1Sa 28:7  Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.” “There is one in Endor,” they said.  1Sa 28:8  So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. “Consult a spirit for me,” he said, “and bring up for me the one I name.”  1Sa 28:9  But the woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?”  1Sa 28:10  Saul swore to her by the LORD, “As surely as the LORD lives, you will not be punished for this.”  1Sa 28:11  Then the woman asked, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” “Bring up Samuel,” he said.  1Sa 28:12  When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!”  1Sa 28:13  The king said to her, “Don’t be afraid. What do you see?” The woman said, “I see a ghostly figure coming up out of the earth.”  1Sa 28:14  “What does he look like?” he asked. “An old man wearing a robe is coming up,” she said. Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.  1Sa 28:15  Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” “I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.”  1Sa 28:16  Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy?  1Sa 28:17  The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David.  1Sa 28:18  Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you today.  1Sa 28:19  The LORD will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”  1Sa 28:20  Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.  1Sa 28:21  When the woman came to Saul and saw that he was greatly shaken, she said, “Look, your servant has obeyed you. I took my life in my hands and did what you told me to do.  1Sa 28:22  Now please listen to your servant and let me give you some food so you may eat and have the strength to go on your way.”  1Sa 28:23  He refused and said, “I will not eat.” But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch.  1Sa 28:24  The woman had a fattened calf at the house, which she butchered at once. She took some flour, kneaded it and baked bread without yeast.  1Sa 28:25  Then she set it before Saul and his men, and they ate. That same night they got up and left.  The Philistines Reject David 1Sa 29:1  The Philistines gathered all their forces at Aphek, and Israel camped by the spring in Jezreel.  1Sa 29:2  As the Philistine rulers marched with their units of hundreds and thousands, David and his men were marching at the rear with Achish.  1Sa 29:3  The commanders of the Philistines asked, “What about these Hebrews?” Achish replied, “Is this not David, who was an officer of Saul king of Israel? He has already been with me for over a year, and from the day he left Saul until now, I have found no fault in him.”  1Sa 29:4  But the Philistine commanders were angry with Achish and said, “Send the man back, that he may return to the place you assigned him. He must not go with us into battle, or he will turn against us during the fighting. How better could he regain his master’s favor than by taking the heads of our own men?  1Sa 29:5  Isn’t this the David they sang about in their dances: “‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?”  1Sa 29:6  So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the LORD lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, but the rulers don’t approve of you.  1Sa 29:7  Now turn back and go in peace; do nothing to displease the Philistine rulers.”  1Sa 29:8  “But what have I done?” asked David. “What have you found against your servant from the day I came to you until now? Why can’t I go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”  1Sa 29:9  Achish answered, “I know that you have been as pleasing in my eyes as an angel of God; nevertheless, the Philistine commanders have said, ‘He must not go up with us into battle.’  1Sa 29:10  Now get up early, along with your master’s servants who have come with you, and leave in the morning as soon as it is light.”  1Sa 29:11  So David and his men got up early in the morning to go back to the land of the Philistines, and the Philistines went up to Jezreel.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



20 September 2018 Verse of the Day

And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 5:18-20 HCSB) 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 Spares Saul Again 1Sa 26:1  The Ziphites went to Saul at Gibeah and said, “Is not David hiding on the hill of Hakilah, which faces Jeshimon?”  1Sa 26:2  So Saul went down to the Desert of Ziph, with his three thousand select Israelite troops, to search there for David.  1Sa 26:3  Saul made his camp beside the road on the hill of Hakilah facing Jeshimon, but David stayed in the wilderness. When he saw that Saul had followed him there,  1Sa 26:4  he sent out scouts and learned that Saul had definitely arrived.  1Sa 26:5  Then David set out and went to the place where Saul had camped. He saw where Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of the army, had lain down. Saul was lying inside the camp, with the army encamped around him.  1Sa 26:6  David then asked Ahimelek the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, “Who will go down into the camp with me to Saul?” “I’ll go with you,” said Abishai.  1Sa 26:7  So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.  1Sa 26:8  Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.”  1Sa 26:9  But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless?  1Sa 26:10  As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “the LORD himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.  1Sa 26:11  But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”  1Sa 26:12  So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the LORD had put them into a deep sleep.  1Sa 26:13  Then David crossed over to the other side and stood on top of the hill some distance away; there was a wide space between them.  1Sa 26:14  He called out to the army and to Abner son of Ner, “Aren’t you going to answer me, Abner?” Abner replied, “Who are you who calls to the king?”  1Sa 26:15  David said, “You’re a man, aren’t you? And who is like you in Israel? Why didn’t you guard your lord the king? Someone came to destroy your lord the king.  1Sa 26:16  What you have done is not good. As surely as the LORD lives, you and your men must die, because you did not guard your master, the LORD’s anointed. Look around you. Where are the king’s spear and water jug that were near his head?”  1Sa 26:17  Saul recognized David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice, David my son?” David replied, “Yes it is, my lord the king.”  1Sa 26:18  And he added, “Why is my lord pursuing his servant? What have I done, and what wrong am I guilty of?  1Sa 26:19  Now let my lord the king listen to his servant’s words. If the LORD has incited you against me, then may he accept an offering. If, however, people have done it, may they be cursed before the LORD! They have driven me today from my share in the LORD’s inheritance and have said, ‘Go, serve other gods.’  1Sa 26:20  Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the LORD. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea—as one hunts a partridge in the mountains.”  1Sa 26:21  Then Saul said, “I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.”  1Sa 26:22  “Here is the king’s spear,” David answered. “Let one of your young men come over and get it.  1Sa 26:23  The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed.  1Sa 26:24  As surely as I valued your life today, so may the LORD value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”  1Sa 26:25  Then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.” So David went on his way, and Saul returned home.  David Flees to the Philistines 1Sa 27:1  But David thought to himself, “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand.”  1Sa 27:2  So David and the six hundred men with him left and went over to Achish son of Maok king of Gath.  1Sa 27:3  David and his men settled in Gath with Achish. Each man had his family with him, and David had his two wives: Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal.  1Sa 27:4  When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.  1Sa 27:5  Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be assigned to me in one of the country towns, that I may live there. Why should your servant live in the royal city with you?”  1Sa 27:6  So on that day Achish gave him Ziklag, and it has belonged to the kings of Judah ever since.  1Sa 27:7  David lived in Philistine territory a year and four months.  1Sa 27:8  Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. (From ancient times these peoples had lived in the land extending to Shur and Egypt.)  1Sa 27:9  Whenever David attacked an area, he did not leave a man or woman alive, but took sheep and cattle, donkeys and camels, and clothes. Then he returned to Achish.  1Sa 27:10  When Achish asked, “Where did you go raiding today?” David would say, “Against the Negev of Judah” or “Against the Negev of Jerahmeel” or “Against the Negev of the Kenites.”  1Sa 27:11  He did not leave a man or woman alive to be brought to Gath, for he thought, “They might inform on us and say, ‘This is what David did.'” And such was his practice as long as he lived in Philistine territory.  1Sa 27:12  Achish trusted David and said to himself, “He has become so obnoxious to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant for life.”  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



19 September 2018 Verse of the Day

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. (Ephesians 5:11-12 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: David Spares Saul’s Life 1Sa 24:1  After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.”  1Sa 24:2  So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.  1Sa 24:3  He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave.  1Sa 24:4  The men said, “This is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.'” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.  1Sa 24:5  Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.  1Sa 24:6  He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.”  1Sa 24:7  With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.  1Sa 24:8  Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.  1Sa 24:9  He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’?  1Sa 24:10  This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the LORD’s anointed.’  1Sa 24:11  See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life.  1Sa 24:12  May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you.  1Sa 24:13  As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you.  1Sa 24:14  “Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?  1Sa 24:15  May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”  1Sa 24:16  When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud.  1Sa 24:17  “You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly.  1Sa 24:18  You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the LORD delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me.  1Sa 24:19  When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the LORD reward you well for the way you treated me today.  1Sa 24:20  I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.  1Sa 24:21  Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”  1Sa 24:22  So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.  The Death of Samuel 1Sa 25:1  Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David moved down into the Desert of Paran.  1Sa 25:2  A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel.  1Sa 25:3  His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was surly and mean in his dealings—he was a Calebite.  1Sa 25:4  While David was in the wilderness, he heard that Nabal was shearing sheep.  1Sa 25:5  So he sent ten young men and said to them, “Go up to Nabal at Carmel and greet him in my name.  1Sa 25:6  Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!  1Sa 25:7  “‘Now I hear that it is sheep-shearing time. When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing.  1Sa 25:8  Ask your own servants and they will tell you. Therefore be favorable toward my men, since we come at a festive time. Please give your servants and your son David whatever you can find for them.'”  1Sa 25:9  When David’s men arrived, they gave Nabal this message in David’s name. Then they waited.  1Sa 25:10  Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days.  1Sa 25:11  Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?”  1Sa 25:12  David’s men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word.  1Sa 25:13  David said to his men, “Each of you strap on your sword!” So they did, and David strapped his on as well. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.  1Sa 25:14  One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them.  1Sa 25:15  Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing.  1Sa 25:16  Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.  1Sa 25:17  Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him.”  1Sa 25:18  Abigail acted quickly. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.  1Sa 25:19  Then she told her servants, “Go on ahead; I’ll follow you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.  1Sa 25:20  As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them.  1Sa 25:21  David had just said, “It’s been useless—all my watching over this fellow’s property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good.  1Sa 25:22  May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!”  1Sa 25:23  When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.  1Sa 25:24  She fell at his feet and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.  1Sa 25:25  Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent.  1Sa 25:26  And now, my lord, as surely as the LORD your God lives and as you live, since the LORD has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.  1Sa 25:27  And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.  1Sa 25:28  “Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The LORD your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the LORD’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live.  1Sa 25:29  Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the LORD your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling.  1Sa 25:30  When the LORD has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel,  1Sa 25:31  my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the LORD your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.”  1Sa 25:32  David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.  1Sa 25:33  May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.  1Sa 25:34  Otherwise, as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.”  1Sa 25:35  Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.”  1Sa 25:36  When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak.  1Sa 25:37  Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him and he became like a stone.  1Sa 25:38  About ten days later, the LORD struck Nabal and he died.  1Sa 25:39  When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Praise be to the LORD, who has upheld my cause against Nabal for treating me with contempt. He has kept his servant from doing wrong and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife.  1Sa 25:40  His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, “David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife.”  1Sa 25:41  She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, “I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord’s servants.”  1Sa 25:42  Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five female servants, went with David’s messengers and became his wife.  1Sa 25:43  David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives.  1Sa 25:44  But Saul had given his daughter Michal, David’s wife, to Paltiel son of Laish, who was from Gallim.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



18 September 2018 Verse of the Day

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  (Genesis 50:20 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 at the Cave of Adullam 1Sa 22:1  David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there.  1Sa 22:2  All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.  1Sa 22:3  From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?”  1Sa 22:4  So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.  1Sa 22:5  But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.  Saul Kills the Priests at Nob 1Sa 22:6  Now Saul heard that David and his men had been discovered. And Saul was seated, spear in hand, under the tamarisk tree on the hill at Gibeah, with all his officials standing at his side.  1Sa 22:7  He said to them, “Listen, men of Benjamin! Will the son of Jesse give all of you fields and vineyards? Will he make all of you commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds?  1Sa 22:8  Is that why you have all conspired against me? No one tells me when my son makes a covenant with the son of Jesse. None of you is concerned about me or tells me that my son has incited my servant to lie in wait for me, as he does today.”  1Sa 22:9  But Doeg the Edomite, who was standing with Saul’s officials, said, “I saw the son of Jesse come to Ahimelek son of Ahitub at Nob.  1Sa 22:10  Ahimelek inquired of the LORD for him; he also gave him provisions and the sword of Goliath the Philistine.”  1Sa 22:11  Then the king sent for the priest Ahimelek son of Ahitub and all the men of his family, who were the priests at Nob, and they all came to the king.  1Sa 22:12  Saul said, “Listen now, son of Ahitub.” “Yes, my lord,” he answered.  1Sa 22:13  Saul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, giving him bread and a sword and inquiring of God for him, so that he has rebelled against me and lies in wait for me, as he does today?”  1Sa 22:14  Ahimelek answered the king, “Who of all your servants is as loyal as David, the king’s son-in-law, captain of your bodyguard and highly respected in your household?  1Sa 22:15  Was that day the first time I inquired of God for him? Of course not! Let not the king accuse your servant or any of his father’s family, for your servant knows nothing at all about this whole affair.”  1Sa 22:16  But the king said, “You will surely die, Ahimelek, you and your whole family.”  1Sa 22:17  Then the king ordered the guards at his side: “Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because they too have sided with David. They knew he was fleeing, yet they did not tell me.” But the king’s officials were unwilling to raise a hand to strike the priests of the LORD.  1Sa 22:18  The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.  1Sa 22:19  He also put to the sword Nob, the town of the priests, with its men and women, its children and infants, and its cattle, donkeys and sheep.  1Sa 22:20  But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David.  1Sa 22:21  He told David that Saul had killed the priests of the LORD.  1Sa 22:22  Then David said to Abiathar, “That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your whole family.  1Sa 22:23  Stay with me; don’t be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be safe with me.”  David Saves the City of Keilah 1Sa 23:1  When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,”  1Sa 23:2  he inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The LORD answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”  1Sa 23:3  But David’s men said to him, “Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!”  1Sa 23:4  Once again David inquired of the LORD, and the LORD answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”  1Sa 23:5  So David and his men went to Keilah, fought the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah.  1Sa 23:6  (Now Abiathar son of Ahimelek had brought the ephod down with him when he fled to David at Keilah.)  1Sa 23:7  Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah, and he said, “God has delivered him into my hands, for David has imprisoned himself by entering a town with gates and bars.”  1Sa 23:8  And Saul called up all his forces for battle, to go down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.  1Sa 23:9  When David learned that Saul was plotting against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod.”  1Sa 23:10  David said, “LORD, God of Israel, your servant has heard definitely that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me.  1Sa 23:11  Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? LORD, God of Israel, tell your servant.” And the LORD said, “He will.”  1Sa 23:12  Again David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?” And the LORD said, “They will.”  1Sa 23:13  So David and his men, about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he did not go there.  1Sa 23:14  David stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.  Saul Pursues David 1Sa 23:15  While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life.  1Sa 23:16  And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.  1Sa 23:17  “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.”  1Sa 23:18  The two of them made a covenant before the LORD. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh.  1Sa 23:19  The Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hakilah, south of Jeshimon?  1Sa 23:20  Now, Your Majesty, come down whenever it pleases you to do so, and we will be responsible for giving him into your hands.”  1Sa 23:21  Saul replied, “The LORD bless you for your concern for me.  1Sa 23:22  Go and get more information. Find out where David usually goes and who has seen him there. They tell me he is very crafty.  1Sa 23:23  Find out about all the hiding places he uses and come back to me with definite information. Then I will go with you; if he is in the area, I will track him down among all the clans of Judah.”  1Sa 23:24  So they set out and went to Ziph ahead of Saul. Now David and his men were in the Desert of Maon, in the Arabah south of Jeshimon.  1Sa 23:25  Saul and his men began the search, and when David was told about it, he went down to the rock and stayed in the Desert of Maon. When Saul heard this, he went into the Desert of Maon in pursuit of David.  1Sa 23:26  Saul was going along one side of the mountain, and David and his men were on the other side, hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them,  1Sa 23:27  a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Come quickly! The Philistines are raiding the land.”  1Sa 23:28  Then Saul broke off his pursuit of David and went to meet the Philistines. That is why they call this place Sela Hammahlekoth.  1Sa 23:29  And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of En Gedi.  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



17 September 2018 Verse of the Day

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.  (Mark 11:25 NKJV) 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: Jonathan Warns David 1Sa 20:1  Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?”  1Sa 20:2  “Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!”  1Sa 20:3  But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the LORD lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”  1Sa 20:4  Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.”  1Sa 20:5  So David said, “Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.  1Sa 20:6  If your father misses me at all, tell him, ‘David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem, his hometown, because an annual sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.’  1Sa 20:7  If he says, ‘Very well,’ then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me.  1Sa 20:8  As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the LORD. If I am guilty, then kill me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?”  1Sa 20:9  “Never!” Jonathan said. “If I had the least inkling that my father was determined to harm you, wouldn’t I tell you?”  1Sa 20:10  David asked, “Who will tell me if your father answers you harshly?”  1Sa 20:11  “Come,” Jonathan said, “let’s go out into the field.” So they went there together.  1Sa 20:12  Then Jonathan said to David, “I swear by the LORD, the God of Israel, that I will surely sound out my father by this time the day after tomorrow! If he is favorably disposed toward you, will I not send you word and let you know?  1Sa 20:13  But if my father intends to harm you, may the LORD deal with Jonathan, be it ever so severely, if I do not let you know and send you away in peace. May the LORD be with you as he has been with my father.  1Sa 20:14  But show me unfailing kindness like the LORD’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,  1Sa 20:15  and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family—not even when the LORD has cut off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth.”  1Sa 20:16  So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD call David’s enemies to account.”  1Sa 20:17  And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.  1Sa 20:18  Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon feast. You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.  1Sa 20:19  The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel.  1Sa 20:20  I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target.  1Sa 20:21  Then I will send a boy and say, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I say to him, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,’ then come, because, as surely as the LORD lives, you are safe; there is no danger.  1Sa 20:22  But if I say to the boy, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond you,’ then you must go, because the LORD has sent you away.  1Sa 20:23  And about the matter you and I discussed—remember, the LORD is witness between you and me forever.”  1Sa 20:24  So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat.  1Sa 20:25  He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David’s place was empty.  1Sa 20:26  Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, “Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean—surely he is unclean.”  1Sa 20:27  But the next day, the second day of the month, David’s place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, “Why hasn’t the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?”  1Sa 20:28  Jonathan answered, “David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem.  1Sa 20:29  He said, ‘Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers.’ That is why he has not come to the king’s table.”  1Sa 20:30  Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?  1Sa 20:31  As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send someone to bring him to me, for he must die!”  1Sa 20:32  “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father.  1Sa 20:33  But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David.  1Sa 20:34  Jonathan got up from the table in fierce anger; on that second day of the feast he did not eat, because he was grieved at his father’s shameful treatment of David.  1Sa 20:35  In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him,  1Sa 20:36  and he said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him.  1Sa 20:37  When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?”  1Sa 20:38  Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master.  1Sa 20:39  (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.)  1Sa 20:40  Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.”  1Sa 20:41  After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.  1Sa 20:42  Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.  David and the Holy Bread 1Sa 21:1  David went to Nob, to Ahimelek the priest. Ahimelek trembled when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?”  1Sa 21:2  David answered Ahimelek the priest, “The king sent me on a mission and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about the mission I am sending you on.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.  1Sa 21:3  Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find.”  1Sa 21:4  But the priest answered David, “I don’t have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here—provided the men have kept themselves from women.”  1Sa 21:5  David replied, “Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men’s bodies are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!”  1Sa 21:6  So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the LORD and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away.  1Sa 21:7  Now one of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the LORD; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s chief shepherd.  1Sa 21:8  David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”  1Sa 21:9  The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.” David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”  David Flees to Gath 1Sa 21:10  That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.  1Sa 21:11  But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: “‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?”  1Sa 21:12  David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.  1Sa 21:13  So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.  1Sa 21:14  Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me?  1Sa 21:15  Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard



16 September 2018 Verse of the Day

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.  (1 Corinthians 2:14 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 and Jonathan’s Friendship 1Sa 18:1  After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.  1Sa 18:2  From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family.  1Sa 18:3  And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.  1Sa 18:4  Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.  1Sa 18:5  Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.  Saul’s Jealousy of David 1Sa 18:6  When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres.  1Sa 18:7  As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”  1Sa 18:8  Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?”  1Sa 18:9  And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.  1Sa 18:10  The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand  1Sa 18:11  and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.  1Sa 18:12  Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had departed from Saul.  1Sa 18:13  So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns.  1Sa 18:14  In everything he did he had great success, because the LORD was with him.  1Sa 18:15  When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him.  1Sa 18:16  But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.  David Marries Michal 1Sa 18:17  Saul said to David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I will give her to you in marriage; only serve me bravely and fight the battles of the LORD.” For Saul said to himself, “I will not raise a hand against him. Let the Philistines do that!”  1Sa 18:18  But David said to Saul, “Who am I, and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?”  1Sa 18:19  So when the time came for Merab, Saul’s daughter, to be given to David, she was given in marriage to Adriel of Meholah.  1Sa 18:20  Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased.  1Sa 18:21  “I will give her to him,” he thought, “so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” So Saul said to David, “Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law.”  1Sa 18:22  Then Saul ordered his attendants: “Speak to David privately and say, ‘Look, the king likes you, and his attendants all love you; now become his son-in-law.'”  1Sa 18:23  They repeated these words to David. But David said, “Do you think it is a small matter to become the king’s son-in-law? I’m only a poor man and little known.”  1Sa 18:24  When Saul’s servants told him what David had said,  1Sa 18:25  Saul replied, “Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.'” Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.  1Sa 18:26  When the attendants told David these things, he was pleased to become the king’s son-in-law. So before the allotted time elapsed,  1Sa 18:27  David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.  1Sa 18:28  When Saul realized that the LORD was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David,  1Sa 18:29  Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days.  1Sa 18:30  The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known.  Saul Tries to Kill David 1Sa 19:1  Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David  1Sa 19:2  and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there.  1Sa 19:3  I will go out and stand with my father in the field where you are. I’ll speak to him about you and will tell you what I find out.”  1Sa 19:4  Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly.  1Sa 19:5  He took his life in his hands when he killed the Philistine. The LORD won a great victory for all Israel, and you saw it and were glad. Why then would you do wrong to an innocent man like David by killing him for no reason?”  1Sa 19:6  Saul listened to Jonathan and took this oath: “As surely as the LORD lives, David will not be put to death.”  1Sa 19:7  So Jonathan called David and told him the whole conversation. He brought him to Saul, and David was with Saul as before.  1Sa 19:8  Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him.  1Sa 19:9  But an evil spirit from the LORD came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre,  1Sa 19:10  Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.  1Sa 19:11  Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.”  1Sa 19:12  So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped.  1Sa 19:13  Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats’ hair at the head.  1Sa 19:14  When Saul sent the men to capture David, Michal said, “He is ill.”  1Sa 19:15  Then Saul sent the men back to see David and told them, “Bring him up to me in his bed so that I may kill him.”  1Sa 19:16  But when the men entered, there was the idol in the bed, and at the head was some goats’ hair.  1Sa 19:17  Saul said to Michal, “Why did you deceive me like this and send my enemy away so that he escaped?” Michal told him, “He said to me, ‘Let me get away. Why should I kill you?'”  1Sa 19:18  When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there.  1Sa 19:19  Word came to Saul: “David is in Naioth at Ramah”;  1Sa 19:20  so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on Saul’s men, and they also prophesied.  1Sa 19:21  Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied.  1Sa 19:22  Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Seku. And he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?” “Over in Naioth at Ramah,” they said.  1Sa 19:23  So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth.  1Sa 19:24  He stripped off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is why people say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”  (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard




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