Where do you turn when you have a need? Where can go you and trust what you hear? Where can you go and not have to worry about what you are giving up or going to lose?
Don’t go to fortune tellers. Don’t go to mediums. Don’t turn to spiritists. Turn to God! Seek Him and you will find Him when you seek Him with all of your heart, mind, and soul! Turn to God when you need wisdom! Turn to God when you need direction! Turn to God when you need instruction! And then listen and obey what the Holy Spirit says to you! Listen and obey to the still quiet voice of God! Don’t miss out because you didn’t want to listen to the still quiet voice of God! Don’t wait to hear the big booming voice, trust me!
So let’s check out how things are continuing with David and Saul as we start today’s reading…
David Settles in Ziklag
1Then David said in his heart, “One day I’ll be swept away by the hand of Saul. There’s nothing better for me than to escape immediately to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me in all the territories of Israel, so I’ll escape from his hand.” 2So David rose and crossed over, he and the 600 men that were with him, to Achish son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3David stayed with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, and David with his two wives—Ahinoam of Jezreel, and Abigail of Carmel, Nabal’s widow. 4So when Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him. 5Then David said to Achish, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, let me be given a place in one of the country towns, so I may live there. Why should your servant stay in the royal city with you?” 6So Achish granted him Ziklag that day. Thus Ziklag came to belong to the kings of Judah to this day. 7The number of days that David stayed in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months. 8Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Gizrites and the Amalekites, for those were inhabitants of the region from ancient times, as you go all the way from Shur and as far as the land of Egypt. 9David attacked the region and was leaving not a man or woman alive, and took away sheep, oxen, donkeys, camels and clothing. When he returned and came to Achish, 10Achish would ask, “Where have you raided today?” So David would reply, “Against the Negev of Judah, against the Negev of the Jerahmeelite and against the Negev of the Kenites.” 11David left no man or woman alive to bring to Gath, thinking, “Unless they should tell about us, saying: ‘So did David.’” So was his practice all the time he stayed in the country of the Philistines. 12Then Achish trusted David, saying, “He has certainly made himself abhorrent to his people Israel; therefore, he will be my vassal forever.”
–from 1 Samuel 27
and with Saul…
Saul Consults a Medium
1At that time, the Philistines gathered their armed forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, “You surely know that you and your men must march out with me in the army.” 2David said to Achish, “Well then, you know what your servant will do.” “Well then, I appoint you my bodyguard for life,” Achish said to David. 3Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had lamented him and buried him in Ramah, his hometown. Saul had removed from the land those who were mediums and spiritists. 4So the Philistines mustered and came and camped in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together and they camped at Gilboa. 5Now when Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6When Saul inquired of Adonai, Adonai did not answer, neither by dreams nor by Urim or prophets. 7Then Saul said to his courtiers, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go to her and inquire through her.” So his courtiers said to him, “Behold, there is a woman that is a medium at En-dor.” 8So Saul disguised himself, put on other clothes, and went with two other men, and they reached the woman by night. Then he said, “Please conjure up for me a ghost—bring up for me the one I will name to you.” 9“Look, you know what Saul has done,” she said, “how he has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. So why then are you setting a trap for my life to get me killed?” 10Saul vowed to her by Adonai saying, “As Adonai lives, no punishment will come on you for this thing.” 11“Whom will I bring up for you?” the woman asked. “Bring me up Samuel,” he said. 12But when the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud shriek. Then the woman spoke to Saul saying, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!” 13“Don’t be afraid!” the king said to her. “What do you see?” The woman said to Saul, “I see a godlike being coming up from the earth.” 14“What does he look like?” he asked her. “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped with a robe,” she said. Then Saul knew that it was Samuel, so he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. 15Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” “I’m in great distress,” Saul answered. “The Philistines are waging war against me, and God has turned away from me—He doesn’t answer me anymore, whether by prophets or by dreams. So I called you up to tell me what I should do.” 16Samuel said, “So why ask me, since Adonai has turned away from you and become your adversary? 17Now Adonai has done for Himself just as He foretold through me—Adonai has torn the kingship out of your hand and has given it to another fellow, to David. 18Since you did not obey the voice of Adonai and did not execute His fierce wrath on Amalek, so Adonai has done this to you today. 19Moreover, Adonai will also give the Israelites who are with you into the hand of the Philistines. Tomorrow you and your sons will be with me! Yes, Adonai will give the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.” 20Then Saul immediately fell full length upon the ground, and became so terrified because of the words of Samuel that there was absolutely no strength in him, for he had eaten nothing all day and all night. 21Then the woman came to Saul and saw that he was so agitated, so she told him, “Behold, your maidservant obeyed you; I put my life in my hand by listening to your words, which you spoke to me. 22Please you too listen to the voice of your maidservant, and let me set a morsel of bread before you, so you can eat and have strength to go on your way.” 23But he refused and said, “I won’t eat.” But when his courtiers and the woman urged him, he listened to them. So he got up from the ground and sat on the bed. 24The woman had a fatted calf in the house, so she hurried and butchered it, and took flour, kneaded it, and baked unleavened bread from it. 25She brought it before Saul and his courtiers, and they ate. Then they arose and went away that night.
–from 1 Samuel 28
Hear what God is telling you! Listen to what He has to say! Be obedient to His Word, His command, and His instruction! You don’t want to lose what was rightfully yours! You don’t want to miss out on all that God had planned for you and your life! So wait upon the Lord and renew your strength! Ask Him and He will answer! Seek Him and you will find Him! Knock and it will be opened to you or for you!
Descendants of Reuben
1The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel—he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel—so he is not reckoned as the firstborn in the genealogical record. 2Though Judah was the strongest among his brothers, and a ruler came from him, the birthright belonged to Joseph. 3The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Enoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. 4The descendants of Joel: his son Shemaiah, his son Gog, his son Shimei, 5his son Micah, his son Reaiah, his son Baal 6and his son Beerah whom Tillegath-pilneser king of Assyria carried into exile. He was the leader of the Reubenites. 7His kinsmen by their families, as listed in their genealogical records: the leader Jeiel, Zechariah, 8and Bela son of Azaz, son of Shema, son of Joel. They settled in Aroer as far as Nebo and Baal-meon, 9while in the east they settled as far as the entrance of the wilderness from this side of the river Euphrates, because their cattle had multiplied in the land of Gilead. 10Now in the days of Saul they had made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand. So they lived in their encampments in the entire eastern area of Gilead. 11Now the sons of Gad lived opposite them in the land of Bashan as far as Salcah: 12Joel the leader, Shapham second, then Janai and Shaphat in Bashan. 13Their kinsmen according to their ancestral families: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia and Eber—seven in all. 14These were the sons of Abihail son of Huri, son of Jaroah, son of Gilead, son of Michael, son of Jehishai, son of Jahdo, son of Buz. 15Ahi son of Abdiel, son of Guni was leader of their ancestral families. 16They lived in Gilead, in Bashan and its surrounding villages, and in all the pasturelands of Sharon, up to their borders. 17All these were recorded by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel. 18The sons of Reuben and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 warriors ready for war—men who carried shield and sword and drew the bow, and were skilled in battle. 19So they made war with the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab. 20They received help against them, so that the Hagrites and all who were with them were delivered into their hand, for they cried out to God during the battle. He answered their supplications, because they put their trust in Him. 21They took away their livestock: 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys, as well as 100,000 people. 22For many fell slain, because the war was of God. So they dwelt in their place until the exile.
Manesseh East of Jordan
23Now the children of the half-tribe of Manasseh settled in the land from Bashan to Baal-hermon, Senir and Mount Hermon. They were numerous. 24These were the heads of their clans: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, Jahdiel. They were mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their clans. 25But they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land whom God had destroyed before them. 26So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of King Pul of Assyria—the spirit of Tillegath-pilneser king of Assyria—and he carried away the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara and to the river of Gozan, to this day.
Descendants of Levi
27The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 28The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. 29The children of Amram: Aaron, Moses and Miriam. The sons of Aaron: Nadav and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 30Eleazar fathered Phinehas and Phinehas fathered Abishua. 31Abishua fathered Bukki, and Bukki fathered Uzzi. 32Uzzi fathered Zerahiah and Zerahiah fathered Meraioth. 33Meraioth fathered Amariah and Amariah fathered Ahitub. 34Ahitub fathered Zadok and Zadok fathered Ahimaaz. 35Ahimaaz fathered Azariah and Azariah fathered Johanan. 36Johanan fathered Azariah, who served as kohen in the House that Solomon built in Jerusalem. 37Azariah fathered Amariah, and Amariah fathered Ahitub. 38Ahitub fathered Zadok, and Zadok fathered Shallum. 39Shallum fathered Hilkiah, and Hilkiah fathered Azariah, 40and Azariah fathered Seraiah, and Seraiah fathered Jehozadak. 41Jehozadak went into captivity when Adonai exiled Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.
–from 1 Chronicles 5
So let’s live faithful lives to God! God is always faithful to His Word! So we can always put our hope and our trust in Him! Let’s live our lives in alignment to God! Let’s live our lives in a way that will give Him all the praise, the honor, and the glory! Let’s live our lives building our character to become more and more like God so that He will be glorified! Let’s keep our eyes on the prize of getting to spend eternity with God! Let’s live with that goal in mind! Let’s live servant lives! Let’s lead by serving others! Let’s live that others may see us and glorify our Father in Heaven! Let’s live that others will be first! Show them they are important to you and important to God!
Marriage and Covenant Faithfulness
1Now when Yeshua had finished these words, He moved on from the Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there. 3Pharisees came up to Yeshua, testing Him and saying, “Is it permitted for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4“Haven’t you read?” He answered. “He who created them from the beginning ‘made them male and female’ 5and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.” 7They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to ‘give her a certificate of divorce and put her away?’” 8Yeshua said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9Now I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10The disciples said to Him, “If that’s the case for a man and his wife, it’s better not to marry!” 11But He said to them, “Not everyone can accept this saying—only those to whom it has been given. 12For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made that way by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who can accept this, let him accept it.”
Receiving the Kingdom of Heaven
13Then little children were brought to Yeshua so that He might lay hands upon them and pray. Then the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14But Yeshua said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15After laying His hands upon them, He went on from there. 16Now behold, one came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good shall I do to have eternal life?” 17“Why do you ask Me about what is good?” Yeshua said to him. “There is only One who is good; but if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18“Which ones?” he said. Yeshua said, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” 20“All these I’ve kept,” the young man said to Him. “What do I still lack?” 21Yeshua said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you own, and give to the poor; and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” 22But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving, for he had much property. 23Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “Amen, I tell you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26And looking, Yeshua said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27Then Peter said to Him, “Look, we’ve left everything to follow You! So what will we have?” 28And Yeshua said to them, “Amen, I tell you, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne in the new world, you who have followed Me shall also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for My name’s sake, will receive a hundred times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
–from Matthew 19