OYB May 12

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: I Samuel 12-13
NT: John 7:1-30
Ps: Psalm 108
Pr: Proverbs 15:4

Today´s notable verses:

But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

I Samuel 12:24 (NIV)

Still good advice today!

13 "You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."

I Samuel 13:13-14 (NIV)

We see here some of Jacob's prophecy in Genesis 49 being fulfilled: Jacob prophesied that Benjamin would "devour prey" and "divide plunder" - and what are the Benjamite Saul's first acts as king, but acts of war against the Ammonites and Philistines? Jacob also prophesied that the rulership of Israel would be Judah's, and that the scepter would never leave Judah until the coming of the Messiah - and here Samuel alludes to God's Chosen, David, of the tribe of Judah: a man after God's own heart, who would become Israel's first and greatest king, aside from Messiah Himself.

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:4 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Verse 23 is intriguing when Samuel says - "As for me, I will certainly not sin against the LORD by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right." It sounds like if Samuel stopped his prayers for the Israelites, he would be sinning. Interesting. What about us today? Does God call us at times to pray for others? And if we do not respond to this call and do not pray for others, are we sinning?

Well:

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

James 4:17 (NIV)