Daily Bible Reading Day 272: 1 Kings 1/ Galatians 5
1 Kings 1
The King then took an oath; “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, I will surely carry out today what I swore to you by the Lord, God of Israel; Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place. 1 Kings 1:29-30
King David was advanced in age. David was ready to anoint the new king of Israel. Usually, the son that was next in line would be the first born and then there after. David first three sons, all died, so Adonijah was next. However, David wanted Solomon to become king.
Adonijiah wanted to take the throne. He tried to seize it without David’s knowledge. His attempts were unsuccessful. Nathan, the prophet, found out about Adonijah’s plot. Nathan told Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother about the plot. Bathsheba brought Nathan to King David to inform him of Adonijah.
King David, anointed Solomon and declared him to be King of Israel. There was a feast and celebration.
Adonijah was fishing and heard about the feast. He was scared and went to the altar to seek forgiveness. He knew he was wrong and then he tried to fix it. We need to do right by God, even if it means we do not get what we want.
King Solomon forgave Adonijah. Solomon could rightfully, have Adonijah killed. But he showed restraint, forgave him, and sent him home. It takes a lot of maturity and wisdom to forgive than seek revenge.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Sin keeps in bondage to Satan. Christ died for us to be free from sin and to free in Him. Paul continually stresses that we are saved by faith, not works. Many tire themselves out serving and doing so much. While that is great, if the intention is not selfless, but selfish, it is wrong.
The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Every decision and action in our lives would serve a better purpose when we allow the fruits of the Spirit to dwell within us.
Daily Bible Reading Day 271: 2 Samuel 24/Galatians 4
2 Samuel 24
And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered and peace offerings. So the Lord responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel. 2 Samuel 24:25
Israel was finally at peace. Out of all of the leaders, King David was able to bring Israel to that point. However, King David was a sinner. God was angry with Israel due to their sin. An angel of the Lord brought a plague upon Israel and 70,000 men died. The cause of sin was not explained. But David asked the angel of God to bring the punishment upon him instead of more men. David built an altar, offered peace offerings, and the plague stopped.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under th law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the spirit of His Son into our hearts crying “Abba! Father!”. So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:4-7
Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. He was human but without sin. We were in bondage by following the law. Jesus came to free us of that bondage. We are saved by our faith, not through works. Through Jesus, we have been welcomed into the family of God.
Daily Bible Reading Day 269: 2 Samuel 22/Galatians 2
2 Samuel 22
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised and I saved from my enemies. 2 Samuel 22:4
King David knew how to worship. He loved praising God and writing hymns and songs for God. God is worthy to be praised. David recounted the times God helped and protected him in times of despair. David glorified our magnificent Father God. When we ask for forgiveness, God doesn’t see our sin anymore. We are purified. Let us try to stay pure and without sin.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
The salvation of God is available to all who want to be forgiven and know the Lord our God. Paul wanted to share the gospel with as many of the Gentiles as possible.
Paul had to have a heart to heart talk with Peter. Peter dealt with fear, especially the fear of what people thought about him. Paul told Peter directly what Peter did wrong. Many times, we talk to people not directly involved with a situation instead of the ones involved directly. This creates gossip and slander.
When Christ was crucified, we were also crucified. Our sins were forgiven and our lives transformed because of Christ’s death. Our faith and acceptance of God is what saves us, not following the law only.