Are you the one? Are you the setup?


Sometimes we will be the one God calls to get something done. Not every time though. Sometimes we will be used as the setup man who gets everything ready and lined up so that the person God is bringing to get it done will have all the resources and instructions they need to get it done.

An example comes out of today’s reading. David had a call to become king for Israel and to lead them. However, because of all the battles David had to fight there was blood on his hands and so God had chosen to use Solomon, David’s son to build the temple of the Lord. God gave David the floor plans and the resources that would be sufficient to build it, however, He chose Solomon to be the one to build it.

It’s ok to be the one! It’s ok to be the setup person! God’s got a plan and a purpose for each of us and we need to be ok with that! He knows our hearts and our minds better than we do and will use us if we will allow Him for even greater good.

Adonai’s Promise to David

1Now it came about when the king lived in his palace and Adonai had granted him rest from all his enemies around him, 2that the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, yet the ark of God remains within curtains.” 3“Go, do all that is in your heart,” Nathan said to the king, “for Adonai is with you.” 4But it came to pass the same night that the word of Adonai came to Nathan saying: 5“Go, tell My servant David: Thus says Adonai: Are you to build Me a house for Me to dwell in? 6Since the day that I brought up the children of Israel from Egypt to this day I have not dwelt in a house, but have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle. 7In all My journeying among all the children of Israel, did I ever speak a word to any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ 8So now, thus you shall say to My servant David: Thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. 9I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make your name as great as the greatest on earth. 10I will also set up a place for My people Israel and will plant them, so they may dwell in their own place and not be disturbed again. Nor will the children of wickedness afflict them anymore as in the past, 11since the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. So I will give you rest from all your enemies. “Moreover, Adonai declares to you that Adonai will make a house for you. 12When your days are done and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your seed, who will come forth from you after you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He will build a house for My Name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. 14I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. If he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and with the strokes from sons of men. 15Yet My lovingkindness will not be withdrawn from him as I withdrew it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16So your house and your kingship will be secure forever before you; your throne will be established forever.” 17Just so Nathan spoke all these words and all this vision to David. 18Then King David went in and sat before Adonai and said, “Who am I, my Lord Adonai, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? 19Yet this was a small thing in Your eyes, my Lord Adonai—for You have spoken also of Your servant’s house for the distant future. This is a revelation for humanity, my Lord Adonai. 20What more can David add in speaking to You? For You already know Your servant, my Lord Adonai. 21For the sake of Your word and according to Your own heart, You have done everything great, revealing this to Your servant. 22Therefore You are great, my Lord Adonai! For there is none like You, and there is no other God besides You, as we all have heard with our ears. 23What one nation on earth is like Your people, like Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a Name, to do for You a great thing and awesome deeds for Your land, before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt—driving out nations and their gods? 24So You established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your very own people forever, and You, Adonai, have become their God. 25“So now, my Lord Adonai, confirm the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house forever, and do as You have promised. 26Let Your Name be magnified forever by saying, ‘Adonai-Tzva’ot is God over Israel!’ May the house of Your servant David be established before You. 27For You, Adonai-Tzva’ot God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found his heart to pray this prayer to You. 28So now, my Lord Adonai, You alone are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised Your servant this good thing. 29So now let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, to continue forever before You. For You, my Lord Adonai, have spoken, and with Your blessing Your servant’s house will be blessed forever.”

–from 2 Samuel 7

God is faithful! God’s Word is something that is firm and we can stand on it! When He says it, you can take that to the bank for He is faithful and will come thru with His promises.

Consider God’s promises! Consider God’s promises to you! Take a hold of it! Be encouraged!

It’s not about rules and regulations, it’s about having a living relationship with God! If you haven’t already started, why not call on Him and ask Him into your heart and start the incredible journey and relationship for the rest of eternity!

Covenant Promise to David

1After David settled in his place, David said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am living in a house of cedar, while the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai is under a tent.” 2Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” 3But that same night the word of God came to Nathan, saying: 4“Go and tell David My servant, thus says Adonai, ‘You are not to build Me a house in which to dwell. 5For I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel out to this day. I have gone from tent to tent, and from one dwelling to another. 6Wherever I went throughout all Israel, did I ever speak a word to any of the judges of Israel whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, “Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?”’ 7“So now, say this to My servant David, ‘Thus says Adonai Tzva’ot, I took you from the pasture and from following the sheep, to be prince over My people Israel. 8I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make your name like the names of the great ones that are in the earth. 9I wil establish a place for My people Israel, and plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and shall tremble no more. Violent people will no longer wear them down, as they did formerly, 10from the days I ordered judges to be over My people Israel. I will subdue all your enemies.’ “‘Moreover, I declare to you that Adonai will build you a house. 11It will be that when your days are fulfilled to go with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12He will build a house for Me and I will establish his throne forever. 13I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me, I will not withdraw My lovingkindness from him, as I withdrew it from the one who ruled before you. 14I will appoint him over My House and My kingdom forever, and his throne will be established forever.’” 15According to all these words and according to all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. 16Then King David went in and sat before Adonai, and said, “Who am I, Adonai Elohim, and what is my family, that You have brought me thus far? 17And this was not enough in Your eyes, O God! You have spoken about the future of Your servant’s household. You have regarded me as the most distinquished of men, Adonai Elohim. 18“What more can David say to You for honoring Your servant? For You know Your servant. 19Adonai, for the sake of Your servant and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to reveal all Your greatness. 20“Adonai, there is none like You and there is no other god besides You, as we have heard with our own ears. 21And who is like Your people Israel—the one nation on earth whom God went out to redeem as a people for Himself and to make a Name for Yourself by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people, whom You redeemed from Egypt? 22You made Your people Israel Your own people forever, and You, Adonai, became their God. 23“Now, Adonai, may the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house be confirmed forever. Do as You have spoken 24so that it might be established and Your Name might be magnified forever, saying, ‘Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God.’ Then the house of David Your servant will be established before You. 25“You, my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build a house for him. So Your servant has found courage to pray before You. 26Now, Adonai, You are God! You have promised this good thing to Your servant. 27Now You are willing to bless the house of Your servant, so that it may continue forever before You, for it is You, Adonai who have blessed, and it is blessed forever!”

–from 1 Chronicles 17

God knows who you are! God knows your name! He knows Your every thought! He sees each tear that falls and hears you when you call! He is mindful of you!

Adonai-Ro-eh

1A psalm of David. Adonai is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me: Your rod and Your staff comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows. 6Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of Adonai forever.

— from Psalms 23

So be respectful! Live a life so that you will be honoring to others! As the commandments can be summarized by Love God and Love people, let’s choose to love them every day! Not picking favorites but loving everyone as Jesus loves us!

Giving Honor in the Community

1Never speak harshly to an older man but appeal to him as a father; to younger men as brothers; 2older women as mothers; and younger women as sisters—with complete purity. 3Honor widows who are really widows—4but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to show devotion to their own home and give back to their parents, for this is pleasing before God. 5Now she who is really a widow and has been left alone, has put her hope in God and continues in petitions and prayers night and day. 6But she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7Insist on these things, so that they might be beyond criticism. 8But if anyone does not provide for his own, especially those in his own house, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9Let a widow be listed only if she is at least sixty, was the wife of one husband, 10well known for good deeds, if she raised children, if she showed hospitality, if she washed the feet of the kedoshim, if she helped those in trouble, and if she devoted herself to every good work. 11But refuse younger widows; for when their sensual desires draw them away from the Messiah, they want to get married— 12facing judgment because they have set aside their previous pledge. 13And at the same time, they also learn to be idle, going around from house to house—and not just idle, but also gossipers and busybodies, saying things they should not. 14Therefore, I want the younger widows to get married, have children, manage a household, and give no opportunity to the enemy for slander. 15For some have already gone astray after satan. 16If any woman of faith has widows in need, let her help them and not let the community be burdened, so it may help the real widows. 17The elders who lead well are worthy of honor and honorarium—especially those who work hard in the word and teaching. 18For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and, “The worker is worthy of his wage.” 19Do not accept an accusation against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20Correct those who continue sinning in the presence of everyone, so that the rest also may fear. 21I solemnly charge you—before God and Messiah Yeshua and the chosen angels—to observe these things without taking sides, doing nothing out of favoritism. 22Do not lay hands on anyone hastily or take part in the sins of others—keep yourself pure. 23(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach and for your frequent ailments.) 24The sins of some people are obvious, going before them into judgment; but for others, their sins follow. 25Likewise, good deeds are obvious, and the others cannot stay hidden.

–from 1 Timothy 5

 

 

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Are you ready? Are you prepared?


Have you accepted what is about to happen? Have you got a plan? Have you got something set up and in place? So if today were to be the day, are you ready? If today were to be the day, are you prepared?

Consider David when he went out the second time, this time he had studied up and knew what it was going to take to make it happen. He had set up a tent where the Ark would be able to be put. He had all the supplies necessary for the offerings on the journey back as well as when they returned. He had made enough to bless the people too. He had people ready to watch over the Ark. He had people ready to worship.

Where are you at today? Are you ready? Are you prepared? What about your life? What about your spouse? What about your kids? What about your extended family? What about your neighbors? What about your community? What about your city or town? What about your province or state? What about your country or region? Is the world ready and prepared for what is about to happen?

Today’s reading gets us started on this idea…how will you respond?

Worship in David’s Tent

1They brought the Ark of God and set it in the middle of the tent that David had pitched for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2After David finished offering the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of Adonai. 3He then distributed to everyone in Israel—man and woman alike—to each a loaf of bread, a date cake and a raisin cake. 4He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the Ark of Adonai, to petition, to thank and to praise Adonai, the God of Israel. 5Asaph was the chief and second to him were Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jehiel. They were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6and the kohanim Benaiah and Jahaziel were to blow trumpets continually before the Ark of the Covenant of God. 7On that day David first appointed Asaph and his kinsmen to give thanks to Adonai: 8Give thanks to Adonai, call upon His Name. Make His deeds known among the peoples. 9Sing to Him! Sing praises to Him! Tell of all His wonderful acts. 10Glory in His holy Name! Let the heart of those who seek Adonai rejoice. 11Seek Adonai and His strength. Seek His face always. 12Remember the wonders He has done, His signs and judgments of His mouth, 13O descendants of Israel His servant, O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones! 14He is Adonai our God; His judgments are in all the earth. 15Remember His covenant forever, the word that He commanded for a thousand generations— 16that He made with Abraham, swore to Isaac, 17and confirmed in a decree with Jacob to Israel as an everlasting covenant, 18saying: “To you I give the land of Canaan as your allotted inheritance.” 19When you were but a few in number, very few, and strangers in it, 20and wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another, 21He allowed no one to oppress them, but for their sake He reproved kings: 22“Touch not My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” 23Sing to Adonai, all the earth! Proclaim His salvation from day to day. 24Declare His glory among the nations, His wonderous works among all the peoples. 25For great is Adonai and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared above all gods. 26For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Adonai made the heavens. 27Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His place. 28Ascribe to Adonai, O families of the peoples, ascribe to Adonai glory and strength. 29Ascribe to Adonai the glory due to His Name. Bring an offering and come before Him. Worship Adonai in the splendor of holiness. 30Tremble before Him, all the earth! The world is firmly established— it will not be moved. 31Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! Let them say among the nations: “Adonai reigns!” 32Let the sea roar and all that is in it. Let the field rejoice and all that is in it. 33Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before Adonai, for He comes to judge the earth. 34Give thanks to Adonai for He is good, for His mercy endures forever. 35Declare, “Save us, O God of our salvation! Gather and rescue us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy Name, that we may glory in Your praise.” 36Blessed be Adonai, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said “Amen,” and “Praise Adonai.” 37So David left Asaph and his kinsmen there before the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai, to minister before the Ark continually, according to each day’s requirements, 38including Obed-edom and his 68 kinsmen. Obed-edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were gatekeepers. 39Also he left Zadok the kohen and his fellow kohanim before the Tabernacle of Adonai in the high place that was at Gibeon 40to offer burnt offerings to Adonai on the altar of burnt offering, regularly morning and evening, according to all that is written in the Torah of Adonai that He commanded Israel. 41Along with them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, designated by name to give thanks to Adonai—for His mercy endures forever. 42Heman and Jeduthun had trumpets and cymbals for music and other instruments for praising God. The sons of Jeduthun were to be at the gate. 43Then all the people departed each one to his home, and David returned to bless his household.

–1 Chronicles 16

Remember what God has already done! Remember what He has promised! Celebrate and testify of His great love! Testify that others may come to know the hope that is within you! Testify that others may choose to pursue God too!

Tell His Wonders for Israel

1Praise Adonai, call upon His Name. Make known His deeds among the peoples. 2Sing to Him, sing praises to Him— tell about all His wonders! 3Glory in His holy Name. Let the heart of those who seek Adonai rejoice. 4Seek Adonai and His strength, seek His face always. 5Remember His wonders that He has done, His miracles and the judgments of His mouth, 6O seed of Abraham, His servant, O children of Jacob, His chosen ones. 7He is Adonai our God. His judgments are in all the earth. 8He remembers His covenant forever— the word He commanded for a thousand generations— 9which He made with Abraham, and swore to Isaac, 10and confirmed to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, 11saying, “To you I give the land of Canaan, the portion of your inheritance.” 12When they were but few in number, few indeed, and foreigners in it, 13wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, 14He allowed no one to oppress them— for their sake He rebuked kings: 15“Touch not My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” 16He called down a famine on the land. He broke the whole supply of bread. 17He sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave. 18They hurt His feet with shackles, he was put in irons— 19till the time that his word came true— the word of Adonai proved him true! 20The king sent and released him. The ruler of the peoples set him free. 21He made him lord of his house, ruler over all his possessions, 22to discipline his princes at his will, and teach his elders wisdom. 23Then Israel came into Egypt, Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. 24He made His people very fruitful, and made them more numerous than their foes. 25He turned their hearts to hate His people, to deal shrewdly with His servants. 26He sent Moses His servant, and Aaron, whom He had chosen. 27They performed His signs among them —miracles in the land of Ham. 28He sent darkness, and it was dark, so they did not rebel against His words. 29He turned their waters into blood, causing their fish to die. 30Their land swarmed with frogs, even in their royal chambers. 31He spoke, and a swarm of gnats came within all their borders. 32He gave them a rain of hail, flames of fire throughout their land. 33He struck their vines and their fig trees and shattered the trees of their country. 34He spoke, and the locust came —young locusts without number— 35to eat up every green thing in their land and eat up the fruit of their ground. 36Then He struck all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their vigor. 37Then He brought them out with silver and gold, and no one among His tribes faltered. 38Egypt was glad when they left— for dread of them had fallen on them. 39He spread a cloud as a covering and fire to give light at night. 40They asked, and He brought quail, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. 41He opened a rock, and waters gushed out, flowed as a river in dry places. 42For He remembered His holy word to Abraham His servant. 43So He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones with singing. 44He gave them the lands of the nations, so they inherited the labor of the peoples 45so that they might keep His statutes and observe His laws. Halleluyah!

–from Psalms 105

Share that the next generation will be ready! Share that the next generation will be prepared! Share that the next generation will know the love of God! Share the truth and hope that comes through godliness! Persevere!

Advice to a Young Leader

1Now the Ruach clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, following deceitful spirits and teachings of demons 2through the hypocrisy of false speakers—whose own conscience has been seared. 3They forbid people to marry; they command people to abstain from foods that God created for the faithful to share with thanksgiving, having come to know the truth. 4For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving; 5for it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer. 6In pointing out these things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Messiah Yeshua, nourished in the words of the faith and the sound teaching that you have been following. 7But avoid godless myths and old wives’ tales; instead, train yourself in godliness. 8For physical exercise has some benefit; but godliness is beneficial for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the one to come. 9Trustworthy is the saying and deserving of complete acceptance 10(for to this end we work hard and strive): “We have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially those who trust.” 11Insist on these things and teach them. 12Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but become an example of the faithful—in speech, in conduct, in love, in faithfulness, and in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to encouragement, and to teaching. 14Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands of the elders. 15Practice these things—be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be clear to all. 16Give attention to yourself and your teaching. Persevere in these things, for in doing so you will save yourself and those who hear you.

–from 1 Timothy 4

 

 

 

There is a right way and a wrong way!


Ever tried to get something done but there seemed to be something missing? Ever tried a modified way and it didn’t turn out right? Ever though you could do it your way and then discovered it doesn’t work that way? Did you ever research the instructions or directions on how to do it right? Ever found the instructions or manuals that gave you the specifics on what to do and how to get it done and then realized how much better and easier it was when you followed them?

There is such thing as a right way and a wrong way! So let’s turn to the one who knows and make sure to get the directions or instructions before we start so that we can avoid the consequences of doing it wrong. Would you rather look good in God’s eyes and a little off in the eyes of people or look good in people’s eyes and not so good in God’s? Let’s live in a way that will bring God all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!

Today’s reading starts with David getting it done right…after having dealt with the consequences of failing the first time…

Ark Comes Into Jerusalem

1Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, 30,000. 2Then David and all the people who were with him arose and set out from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the very Name of Adonai-Tzva’ot who is enthroned between the cheruvim. 3So they loaded the ark of God on a new cart and carried it out of the house of Abinadab that was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, drove the new cart 4as they brought it from the house of Abinadab (which was on the hill) with the ark of God, and Ahio was walking in front of the ark. 5Meanwhile David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating before Adonai with all kinds of instruments made of cypress wood, with harps, lyres, tambourines, three-stringed instruments and cymbals. 6But when they reached the threshing floor of Nahon, Uzzah reached out to the ark of God and grasped it, for the oxen had stumbled. 7Then the anger of Adonai was kindled against Uzzah. God struck him down there for his irreverence, so that he died there beside the ark of God. 8David was upset because of Adonai’s outburst against Uzzah. That place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. 9So David was frightened of Adonai that day. Then he said, “How can the ark of Adonai come to me?” 10David was unwilling to move the ark of Adonai to him, to the City of David; instead, David diverted it to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11So the ark of Adonai remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months; meanwhile Adonai blessed Obed-edom and his entire household. 12Then it was reported to King David saying, “Adonai has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought the ark of God up from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with joy. 13Now when the bearers of the ark of Adonai had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14Meanwhile, David was dancing before Adonai with all his might while he was wearing a linen ephod. 15So David and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of Adonai with shouting and with the sound of the shofar. 16But as the ark of Adonai entered the city of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before Adonai, so she despised him in her heart. 17They brought in the ark of Adonai and set it in its place in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before Adonai. 18When David had finished offering the burnt offering and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of Adonai-Tzva’ot. 19Then he distributed to all the people—to the whole multitude of Israel, men and women alike—to everyone a loaf of bread, a cake made in a pan and a raisin cake. Then all the people departed, each to his home. 20David returned to bless his own household. But Saul’s daughter Michal came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel distinguished himself today, when he uncovered himself today in the eyes of the slave girls of his subjects, as any vulgar fellow would shamelessly uncover himself!” 21“It was before Adonai,” David said to Michal, “who chose me instead of your father and all his household, appointing me ruler over the people of Adonai, over Israel! So I danced Before Adonai, 22and will dishonor myself even more than this, and will be low in my own eyes. Yet in the eyes of the slave girls whom you mentioned, I will be honored.” 23So Saul’s daughter Michal had no children to the day of her death.

–from 2 Samuel 6

Everyone needs to be ready! They have to be prepared! They need to do it God’s way for it to go well!

Ark Enters Jerusalem

1David built houses made for himself in the City of David; he then prepared a place for the Ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2Then David said, “No one should carry the Ark of God except the Levites, for Adonai has chosen them to carry the Ark of Adonai and to serve Him forever.” 3David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring the Ark of Adonai up to its place that he had prepared for it. 4David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: 5from the sons of Kohath: Uriel the leader and 120 of his kinsmen; 6from the sons of Merari: Asaiah the leader and 220 0f his kinsmen; 7from the sons of Gershom: Joel the leader with 130 of his kinsmen; 8from the sons of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the leader with 200 of his kinsmen; 9from the sons of Hebron: Eliel the leader with 80 of his kinsmen; 10from the sons of Uzziel: Amminadab the leader and 112 of his kinsmen. 11David summoned Zadok and Abiathar the kohanim, along with the Levites, Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab. 12He told them, “You are the heads of the Levitical families. Sanctify yourselves, you and your kinsmen, so that you may bring up the Ark of Adonai, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. 13Because you were not there the first time, Adonai our God burst out upon us, for we did not seek Him regarding the prescribed way.” 14So the kohanim and the Levites sanctified themselves in order to bring up the Ark of Adonai, the God of Israel. 15The Levites carried the Ark of God on their shoulders with poles, just as Moses commanded according to the word of Adonai. 16David ordered the leaders of the Levites to appoint their kinsmen, the singers, with musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals, to joyfully make their voices heard. 17So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel; from his brothers, Asaph son of Berechiah; from their brothers the descendants of Merari, Ethan son of Kushaiah; 18and with them their relatives second in rank: Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphalehu and Mikneiahu, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. 19The singers Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals; 20Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoh, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah were to play harps according to alamoth , 21but Mattitiah, Eliphalehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jehiel and Azaziah were to lead with lyres, according to the sheminith . 22Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, was to direct the music because he was a master. 23Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the Ark. 24The kohanim Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezez were to blow the trumpets before the Ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were gatekeepers for the Ark. 25So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of the thousands went to bring up the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai out of the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. 26Because God helped the Levites who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the Ark, and as were the singers and Henaniah the leader of the songs of the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. 28Thus all Israel brought up the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai with shouting, with the sound of the shofar, trumpets and cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps. 29As the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai came to the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked out the window. When she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

–from 1 Chronicles 15

We are the living temples of God when we invite Jesus into our lives and allow the Holy Spirit to move into our hearts! So I pray God’s peace that goes beyond all understanding to fill you up! God’s Word is written on our hearts and in our minds! We are His people and He is our God!

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

1A Song of Ascents. Of David. I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the House of Adonai.” 2Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem—3Jerusalem, built as a city joined together. 4There the tribes go up, the tribes of Adonai —as a testimony to Israel— to praise the Name of Adonai. 5For there thrones for judgment are set up, the thrones of the house of David. 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem— “May those who love you be at peace! 7May there be shalom within your walls— quietness within your palaces.” 8For the sake of my brothers and friends, I now say: “Shalom be within you.” 9For the sake of the House of Adonai our God, I will seek your good.

–from Psalms 122

What will you do to be able to live in godliness and respectfulness? What is it going to take for you to be able to live in peace? How will you share the love of God and His truth in order that others may turn to Jesus and be saved?

Godliness in Prayer and Worship

1Therefore, first of all I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made on behalf of all people— 2for kings and all who are in authority—so we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and respectfulness. 3This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior. 4He desires all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and there is one Mediator between God and men—a human, Messiah Yeshua, 6who gave Himself as a ransom for all—the testimony at the proper time. 7For this I was appointed a herald and an emissary (I am telling the truth; I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faithfulness and truth. 8So I desire all men to pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without anger and argument. 9Likewise, women are to adorn themselves in appropriate clothing with modesty and sound judgment—not in seductive hairstyles and gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10but what is suitable for women claiming godliness, through good deeds. 11Let a woman receive training in a quiet demeanor with complete respect for order. 12But I do not allow a woman to train or dictate to a man, but to be in a quiet demeanor. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14Also Adam was not deceived but the woman—being deceived, she fell into transgression. 15Nevertheless, she will be sustained through childbearing—if they continue in faithfulness and love and holiness, with sound judgment.

–from 1 Timothy 2

What is the desire of your heart? What instruction is it that you want to follow? What is leading you and your steps? How will you share that it does make a difference?

Qualifications for Oversight and Service

1Trustworthy is the saying: “If any man aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a good work.” 2An overseer, then, must be beyond criticism—the husband of one wife, clear-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not addicted to wine, not violent but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money, 4managing his own household well, keeping his children under control with all respectfulness. 5(But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s community?) 6He must not be a new believer, or he may become puffed up and fall into the same judgment as the devil. 7Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with those outside, so that he will not fall into disgrace and the devil’s trap. 8Servant-leaders likewise must be dignified, not double-speaking, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9They must keep hold of the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10Also let them first be tested—then let those who are blameless serve as servant-leaders. 11Women likewise must be dignified, not backbiting; clear-minded, trustworthy in every respect. 12Let servant-leaders be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13For those who have served well as servant-leaders gain for themselves a good standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Messiah Yeshua. 14These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly. 15But if I delay, I write so you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God—which is the community of the living God, a pillar and foundation of truth. 16Now beyond question, great is the mystery of godliness: He was revealed in the flesh, Vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Trusted throughout the world, Taken up in glory.

–from 1 Timothy 3

 

 

 

 

Leadership…to serve, to lead, to care for, to protect…


Have you been called into leadership? Have you accepted it? Have you resisted it? Have you been serving others? Have you be leading others? Have you been caring for others? Have you been protecting others?

We are to be servant leaders! We are to accept and receive the calling of God and step up and step into all that God has created you to be!

Don’t doubt or fear! Take the calling and trust that since God called you to it, He will get you through it! His timing is perfect and He has a purpose for it. Be it a call to step up and lead your community! Be it a call to help others at work! Be it a call to forgive! Be it a call to serve! God will help you all the way through it!

Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you! Allow Him to encourage and comfort you! Allow Him to direct your step! Ask Jesus into your heart! Follow God’s instruction and direction in order to complete the work He has called you to do! It’s not about us, it’s about bringing Him all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name! Jesus did all the work, so let’s receive it and walk in it today!

We see as today’s reading how David was put into the situation of being King over all of Israel…

All Israel Anoints David King

1Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke saying, “Here we are, your own flesh and blood. 2Even before, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led Israel out and back. Also Adonai said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel and be ruler over Israel.’” 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David cut a covenant with them at Hebron before Adonai. Then they anointed David king over Israel. 4David was 30 years old when he began to reign and he reigned 40 years. 5In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned 33 years over all Israel and Judah.

Securing Jerusalem

6Now the king and his soldiers marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the region. But they said to David, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and the lame could ward you off,” thinking, “David can’t get in here.” 7Nevertheless, David did capture the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). 8On that day David said, “Whoever would conquer the Jebusites must strike through the water shaft to those ‘lame and blind’ whom David’s soul despises.” That is why they used to say, “The blind or lame couldn’t get into the house.” 9So David ­occupied the stronghold and renamed it the City of David. Then David fortified it all round from the Millo inward. 10David continued to grow stronger, for Adonai Elohim-Tzva’ot was with him. 11Then King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David with cedar logs, carpenters and masons; and they built a palace for David. 12David then realized that Adonai had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel. 13Then David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14Now these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

Master of Breakthroughs

17Now when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines marched up searching for David. When David heard about it, he went down to the stronghold. 18The Philistines came and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 19Then David inquired of Adonai saying, “Should I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them over into my hand?” Adonai answered David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines over into your hand.” 20So David came to Baal-perazim and David struck them down there. So he said, “Adonai has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters!” That is why he named that place Baal-perazim. 21They abandoned their idols there, so David and his men removed them. 22But the Philistines marched up and spread out in the valley of Rephaim again. 23When David inquired of Adonai, He said, “Do not go up; instead circle around behind them and attack them in front of the balsam trees. 24Now it will be when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you must act, for then Adonai will have gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines. 25David did just as Adonai had commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.

–2 Samuel 5

If He calls you then answer! If He sends you then go! Make sure you are prepared! Make sure you are ready! God’s plans are perfect! He has a plan, which means we need to understand the instructions and do it His way! Trying to do it our own way has the risk that we will miss the mark and so we need to take hold of God’s love, God’s grace, God’s hope, God’s wisdom, God’s blessings and walk it out His way! So walk with Him and talk with Him so that you won’t be wondering in your own strength!

Ark Retrieved from Kiriath-jearim

1Then David consulted with the officers of the thousands and of the hundreds, with every leader. 2David said to the entire assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and is from Adonai Eloheinu, let us spread the word to our kinsmen who remain in all the regions of Israel, along with the kohanim and Levites in their towns and pasturelands to come and join us. 3Let us bring the Ark of our God back to us—for we did not inquire of it in the days of Saul.” 4The entire assembly agreed to do so, for the proposal seemed right in the eyes of all the people. 5So David assembled all Israel from the Shihor of Egypt to the entrance of Hamat, to bring the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6David and all Israel went up to Baalah, to Kiriath-jearim, that was in Judah to bring up from there the Ark of God, Adonai who sits enthroned above the cheruvim, which is called by His Name. 7They transported the Ark of God upon a new cart from the house of Abinadab. Uzza and Ahio guided the cart 8while David and all Israel celebrated before God with all their might, with songs, lyres, harps, timbrels, cymbals and trumpets. 9But when they came to the threshing-floor of Hidon, Uzza reached out his hand to hold the Ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10The anger of Adonai burned against Uzza, and He struck him down, because he reached out his hand and touched the Ark. He died there before God. 11David was angry because Adonai had burst out against Uzza. So he called that place Perez-uzza as it is to this day. 12David feared God that day, saying, “How can I ever bring the Ark of God to me?” 13So David did not take the Ark with him to the City of David, but left it in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14So the Ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months; Adonai blessed the house of Obed-edom and everything that he had.

–from 1 Chronicles 13

Don’t assume because of how it worked in the past you should do it that way! Ask Jesus how you should go! Allow God to give you the instructions for today!

1Now King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, as well as cedar logs, stonemasons and carpenters, to build a palace for him. 2Then David knew that Adonai had established him king over Israel, for his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of His people Israel. 3David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters. 4These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.

David Breaks Through at Baal-perazim

8When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David, but David heard of it and went out before them. 9Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim. 10So David inquired of God, asking, “Should I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them over into my hand?” Then Adonai said to him, “Go up! I will give them over into your hand.” 11So they came up to Baal-perazim, where David defeated them. David said, “God burst out against my enemies by my hand, like waters burst out!” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim . 12They abandoned their gods there, so David ordered and they were burned with fire. 13But the Philistines again raided the valley. 14So David again inquired of God, and God said to him, “Do not go up after them, but circle around behind them and come against them in front of the baca trees . 15As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the baca trees, then go out to battle. For God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 16David did just as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. 17So the fame of David spread throughout every land, and Adonai brought the fear of him upon all nations.

–from 1 Chronicles 14

Don’t let the tests or trials of the past hold you back from the future God has planned for you! Let’s allow the joy of the Lord be our strength! Let’s live our of lives with the joy of the Lord starting our day!

Joy Comes in the Morning

1A psalm, a song for the dedication of the Temple, of David. 2I will exalt You, Adonai, for You have lifted me up, and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 3Adonai my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. 4Adonai, You brought my soul up from Sheol. You kept me alive, so I would not go down to the Pit. 5Sing praise to Adonai, His faithful ones, and praise His holy name. 6For His anger lasts for only a moment, His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. 7When I felt secure, I said: “I will never be shaken.” 8Adonai, in Your favor You made my mountain stand strong. When You hid Your face, I was terrified. 9To You, Adonai, I called, and to my Lord I made my plea: 10“What gain is there in my blood, in my going down to the Pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? 11Hear, Adonai, and be gracious to me. Adonai, be my help.” 12You turned my mourning into dancing. You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. 13So my glory will sing to You and not be silent. Adonai my God, I will praise You forever.

–from Psalms 30

Watch out for those who will try to deceive you! Watch out for those who will try to manipulate you! Jesus is the way! Jesus is the answer! Jesus finished it! He didn’t come to abolish the law and the prophets, He came to fulfill them! When He was on the cross and said “it is finished” He was speaking about being the ultimate sacrifice that fulfilled the punishment so that everyone who believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life! He conquered the grave and sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us! So ask Him into your heart! And allow His calling on your life to be fulfilled too!

Finish strong! Don’t give up! Pursue the purposes of God!

Greeting

1Paul, an emissary of Messiah Yeshua by the command of God our Savior and Messiah Yeshua, our hope. 2To Timothy, a true child in faith: Grace, mercy, shalom from God the Father and Messiah Yeshua, our Lord!

Beware of False Teachers

3As I urged you, when I was leaving for Macedonia, stay in Ephesus to direct certain people not to pass on different instruction, 4or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These give rise to useless speculations rather than God’s training which is in faithfulness. 5Now the goal of this command is love from of a pure heart and a clear conscience and a genuine faith. 6Some, having missed the mark, have turned away to fruitless discussion— 7wanting to be teachers of Torah, even though they do not understand what they keep saying or what they so dogmatically assert. 8But we know that the Torah is good if one uses it legitimately, 9knowing that the Torah is not given for a tzaddik but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and worldly, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10the sexually immoral, homosexuals, slave-traders, liars, perjurers, and for anything else that opposes sound teaching— 11in keeping with what was entrusted to me, the glorious Good News of the blessed God.

Mercy to the Worst of Sinners

12I thank Messiah Yeshua our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to service— 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man. Yet I was shown mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed with the faith and love that are in Messiah Yeshua. 15Trustworthy is the saying and deserving of complete acceptance: “Messiah Yeshua came into the world to save sinners”—of whom I am foremost. 16Yet for this reason I was shown mercy—so that in me as the foremost, Messiah Yeshua might demonstrate His complete patience, as an example for those about to put their trust in Him for eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Fight the Good Fight

18This charge I entrust to you, Timothy my son, in keeping with the prophecies once spoken about you, so that by them you fight the good fight, 19holding onto faith and a good conscience. By rejecting these, some have suffered shipwreck regarding their faith. 20Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander—whom I have handed over to satan to be disciplined not to blaspheme.

–from 1 Timothy 1

God can use us all! Each of our roles! Each of our perspectives! So that we can speak the truth in love to those around us in a way that they can hear it and receive it and embrace it and be transformed into everything God has created them and planned for them to be! Let’s be God’s arms extended! Let’s be God’s hands helping! Let’s be God’s feet going! Would you receive it better from a fisherman? Would you receive it better from a moneyman or tax collector? Would you receive it better from a doctor? Each one has a view of what happened and in some cases it resonates better with a person! So don’t exclude yourself and don’t disqualify yourself because you aren’t an evangelist or a pastor because God can you use and the gifts and talents He has given you for greater purposes!

A Doctor Charts the Facts

1Now many have undertaken to organize an account of the events fulfilled among us, 2just as they were handed down to us from the start by the eyewitnesses and reporters of the word. 3Therefore it seemed best to me also, because I have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, to write for you an orderly record, most excellent Theophilus, 4so you may know for sure the truth of the words you have been taught.

Prophecy of Birth to the Barren

5In the days of Herod, King of Judah, there was a kohen named Zechariah from the priestly division of Abijah. Elizabeth, his wife, was from the daughters of Aaron. 6Together they were righteous before Adonai, walking without fault in all His commandments and instructions. 7But they were childless, because Elizabeth was barren and both of them were elderly. 8Now it happened to be Zechariah’s time to serve as kohen before Adonai in the order of his division. 9According to the custom of the priestly office, it became his lot to enter the Holy Place of Adonai to burn incense. 10And the whole crowd of people was praying outside at the hour of incense burning. 11An angel of Adonai appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12Zechariah was in turmoil when he saw the angel, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to your son, and you will name him John. 14And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15He will be great before Adonai; and he should not drink wine and intoxicating beverage, but he will be filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh just out of his mother’s womb. 16Many of Bnei-Yisrael will turn to Adonai their God. 17And he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to the children and the disobedient ones to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready for Adonai a prepared people. 18Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? I’m an old man, and my wife is well-advanced in age.” 19And speaking to him, the angel declared, “I am Gabriel, the one standing in God’s presence. I was commissioned to tell you and proclaim to you this good news. 20So look, you will be silent and powerless to speak until the day these things happen, since you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21The people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering about his long delay in the Holy Place. 22But when he came out, he couldn’t speak to them. Then they realized that he had seen a vision in the Holy Place. He was making signs to them but remained mute. 23When the days of his priestly service had been completed, he went home. 24After these days, his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and hid herself for five months, saying, 25“Adonai has done this for me! In these days He looked upon me, to take away my disgrace among the people.”

Prophecy of Birth to the Virgin

26Then in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by Adonai into a town in the Galilee named Natzeret 27and to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam. 28And coming to her, the angel said, “Shalom, favored one! Adonai is with you.” 29But at the message, she was perplexed and kept wondering what kind of greeting this might be. 30The angel spoke to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God. 31Behold, you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you shall call His name Yeshua. 32He will be great and will be called Ben-Elyon. Adonai Elohim will give Him the throne of David, His father. 33He shall reign over the house of Jacob for all eternity, and His kingdom will be without end.” 34Miriam said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am not intimate with a man?” 35And responding, the angel said to her, “The Ruach ha-Kodesh will come upon you, and the power of Elyon will overshadow you. Therefore, the Holy One being born will be called Ben-Elohim. 36Behold, even your relative Elizabeth has conceived a son in her old age; and the one who was called barren is six months pregnant. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38So Miriam said, “Behold, the servant of Adonai. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel left her.

Elizabeth Greets Miriam with Joy

39Now in those days, Miriam got up and quickly traveled into the hill country, to a town in Judah. 40She entered Zechariah’s home and happily greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Miriam’s greeting, the unborn child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was completely filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh. 42She then cried out with a great shout, saying, “You are blessed among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43Who am I, that the mother of my Master should come to me? 44For even when I just heard the sound of your greeting in my ear, the unborn child leaped with joy in my womb. 45Blessed is she who trusted that there would be a fulfillment of those things spoken to her by Adonai.” 46Then Miriam said, “My soul magnifies Adonai, 47and my spirit greatly rejoices in God, my Savior. 48For He has looked with care upon the humble state of His maidservant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed. 49For the Mighty One has done a great thing for me, and holy is His name. 50And His mercy is from generation to generation to the ones who fear Him. 51He has displayed power with His arm. He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down rulers from thrones and exalted humble ones. 53He has filled the hungry with good things and sent away the rich empty-handed. 54He has helped His servant Israel, remembering His mercy, 55just as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Zechariah Breaks His Silence

56Miriam stayed with her for three months and then returned to her home. 57Upon Elizabeth’s full term to deliver, she gave birth to a son. 58Her neighbors and relatives heard how Adonai had shown her His great mercy, and they began to rejoice with her. 59Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they kept trying to call him by his father’s name, Zechariah. 60But his mother declared, “No, he will be called John.” 61But they said to her, “No one among your relatives is called by this name.” 62So they began making signs to his father, as to what he wanted him named. 63Asking for a small tablet, he wrote, “John is his name.” They were all astonished! 64And his mouth was immediately unlocked as well as his tongue, and he began to speak, praising God. 65Fear came on all those who lived around them, and all these matters were talked about throughout the hill country of Judah. 66Everyone who heard pondered these things in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child become?” For the hand of Adonai was on him.

The Kohen’s Song of Prophecy

67His father Zechariah was filled with the Ruach ha-Kodesh and prophesied, saying, 68“Blessed be Adonai, God of Israel, for He has looked after His people and brought them redemption. 69He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, 70just as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ages past, 71salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us! 72So He shows mercy to our fathers and remembers His holy covenant, 73the vow which He swore to Abraham our father, to grant us— 74rescued fearlessly from the hand of our enemies—to serve Him, 75in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. 76And you, child, will be called a prophet of Elyon. For you will go before Adonai to prepare His ways, 77to give knowledge of salvation to His people through removal of their sins. 78Through our God’s heart of mercy, the Sunrise from on high will come upon us, 79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of shalom.” 80And the child kept growing and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

–from Luke 1

 

Ever been in a tough spot? Ever been surrounded by great people?


Ever been in a situation where you knew you couldn’t do it all on your own? Ever been in a situation where you didn’t know how you would be able to do it or where the support would come from? Ever been in a situation where people just started showing up? Ever been in a situation where you being surrounded by incredible people who wanted to help? Ever seen a miracle where the right people for the right roles and responsibilities just showed up?

Ever prayed and God gave you wisdom and direction and the desires of your heart?

Trust in God! He will provide! Let’s check out how it played out for David…

All Israel Rallies to David

1Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag when he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who assisted him in battle. 2They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left to sling stones and shoot arrows from the bow. They were Saul’s kinsmen from Benjamin. 3Their chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite, Jeziel and Pelet, sons of Azmaveth, and Beracah, Jehu the Anathothite, 4 Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the 30 and leading the 30, 5Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite, 6Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Hariphite, 7Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer and Jashobeam, the Korahites, 8Joelah and Zebadiah, sons of Jeroham from Gedor. 9Some of the Gadites there withdrew to follow David to the stronghold in the wilderness. They were valiant men trained for battle, armed with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains. 10Ezer the chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 11Mishmanna h the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 12Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 13Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 14Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh. 15These were the Gadites, leaders of the army. The least was equal to 100 and the greatest to 1,000. 16These were the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing its banks, routing all those in the valleys to the east and to the west. 17Some of the children of Benjamin and also from Judah came to David at the stronghold. 18David went out to meet them and answered them saying, “If you come to me in peace to support me, then my heart will be united with you. But if it is to betray me to my adversaries, when my hands have done no wrong, then may the God of our fathers take notice and judge.” 19Then a spirit came upon Amasai, leader of the 30, “We are yours, David, on your side, son of Jesse. Shalom, shalom to you, and shalom to him who helps you, for your God supports you!” So David welcomed them and made them leaders of the troops. 20Some from Manasseh went over to David when he went with the Philistines to battle against Saul. But they did not help them because the Philistine rulers after consultation sent him away, saying: “It would cost us our heads if he defected to his master Saul.” 21When he went to Ziklag, these from Manasseh joined him—Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, Zillethai, the leaders of thousands that were from Manasseh. 22They helped David against the raiding bands, for all of them were valiant warriors and they were officers in the army. 23Day by day men came to David to help him until there was a great army like the army of God. 24These are the numbers of the heads of those armed for war who came to David in Hebron to transfer Saul’s kingdom to him, according to the word of Adonai: 25The sons of Judah that bore shield and spear were 6,800, armed for war; 26from the sons of Simeon, 7,100 brave warriors ready for war; 27from the sons of Levi 4,600; 28Jehoiada the leader of the Aaronides and with him 3,700; 29Zadok, a young mighty man of valor, with 22 commanders from his clan; 30from the sons of Benjamin, Saul’s kinsmen, 3,000 for up to that time the majority of them had kept their allegiance to Saul’s house; 31from the sons of Ephraim 20,800 valliant warriors, famous men in their clan; 32from the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000 who were designated by name to come and make David king; 33from the sons of Issachar—men who know how to interpret the signs of the times to determine what Israel should do—200 chiefs with all their kinsmen under their command; 34from Zebulun 50,000 warriors prepared for battle, arrayed with all types of weapons of war and ready to give their undivided loyalty; 35from Naphtali 1,000 officers, along with 37,000 with shield and spear; 36from the Danites, 28,600 equipped for battle; 37from Asher 40,000 experienced warriors arrayed for battle; 38and from beyond the Jordan, from the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh 120,000 armed with every type of weapons of war. 39All these fighting men, prepared for the battle line, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of Israel were also of one heart to make David king. 40So they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their kinsmen had given them provision. 41Moreover those who were near to them, from as far as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There was flour, pressed figs, raisins, wine, oil, cattle, and sheep in abundance—for indeed, there was joy in Israel.

–from 1 Chronicles 12

Did you put your hope and trust in God? Did you praise Him? Did you list Him up? When we pursue after the things God puts into our hearts, He gives us the desire of our heart! Don’t worry about something – give it up to God! Ever worried for days and then when time came it was taken care of and you had worried for nothing?

Inheritance of the Kedoshim

1Of David. Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of them who do wrong. 2For like the grass they soon wither and fade like a green herb. 3Trust in Adonai and do good. Dwell in the land, feed on faithfulness. 4Delight yourself in Adonai, and He will give you the requests of your heart. 5Commit your way to Adonai. Trust in Him, and He will do it. 6He will bring out your vindication as light, and your cause will shine as noonday. 7Be still before Adonai and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret over one prospering in his way, over one carrying out wicked schemes. 8Put away anger and turn from wrath. Do not fret—it only leads to doing evil. 9For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for Adonai— they will inherit the land. 10Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more. Yes, you will look at his place, but he will not be there. 11But the meek will inherit the land, and delight in abundant shalom. 12The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth. 13The Lord laughs at him— for He sees his day is coming. 14The wicked have unsheathed their sword and have bent their bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose conduct is upright. 15Their sword will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. 16Better a little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked. 17For the arms of the wicked will be broken, while Adonai upholds the righteous. 18Adonai knows the days of the blameless— their inheritance endures forever. 19They will not be ashamed in an evil time and in days of famine they will be satisfied. 20For the wicked will perish, and the enemies of Adonai will be like the beauty of the fields— they will vanish—vanish like smoke. 21The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous is a gracious giver. 22For His blessed ones inherit the land. But those He curses will be cut off. 23From Adonai a man’s steps are made firm, when He delights in his way. 24Though he stumble, he will not fall headlong, for Adonai is holding his hand. 25I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous one forsaken, nor his children begging for bread. 26All day long he is gracious and lends. So his offspring will be a blessing. 27Turn from evil and do good, so you may live forever. 28For Adonai loves justice and does not abandon His godly ones. They will be preserved forever, but the seed of the wicked will be cut off. 29The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever. 30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom and his tongue speaks justice. 31The Torah of his God is in his heart. His steps do not slip. 32The wicked lies in wait for the righteous, seeking to slay him. 33But Adonai will not leave him in his hand, or let him be condemned when judged. 34Wait for Adonai and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land. When the wicked are cut off, you will see it. 35I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a leafy tree in native soil. 36But once he passed by, he was no more. Though I looked for him, he could not be found. 37Notice the man of integrity and watch the upright— for the man of shalom has a future. 38But transgressors will be destroyed altogether. The future of the wicked will be cut off. 39Yet the salvation of the righteous is from Adonai. He is their stronghold in time of trouble. 40Adonai helps them and delivers them. He rescues them from the wicked and saves them— because they take refuge in Him.

–from Psalms 37

Do you see what is going on around you? Do you wonder what is going on? Have you turned to God and asked? Have you asked Him to give you wisdom? Have you allowed His peace that goes beyond understanding to cover you? Have you obeyed His instructions? Do you realize it’s not over till He says it is over? Will you go and spread the good news? Will you share the hope that is within you?

The Son Is Risen!

1Now after Shabbat, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, Miriam of Magdala and the other Miriam came to look at the tomb.
2And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of Adonai descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.
3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
4And those keeping watch were shaken for fear of him and became like dead men.
5But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Yeshua who was crucified.
6He is not here; for He is risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.
7Go quickly now and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead. And behold, He’s going before you to the Galilee. There you will see Him. See, I have told you!”
8They quickly left the tomb, with fear yet with great joy, and ran to bring news to His disciples.

The Good News Cannot Be Hidden

9And behold, Yeshua met them. “Shalom!” He said. They drew near, grasped his feet, and worshiped Him.
10“Don’t be afraid,” Yeshua said to them. “Go tell My brothers to head for the Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
11Now while they were going, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the ruling kohanim all that had happened.
12And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of silver to the soldiers,
13saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we were sleeping.’
14And if this is heard by the governor, we’ll appease him and keep you out of trouble.”
15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story was spread among the Judeans to this day.

Authority to Make Disciples Everywhere

16Now the eleven disciples went to the Galilee, to the mountain Yeshua had designated.
17When they saw Him, they worshiped; but some wavered.
18And Yeshua came up to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh,
20teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

–from Matthew 28