Pondering for Thursday, June 17, 2021

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 6: Year 1

 Morning, Psalm 34; Evening, Psalms  85 and 86;
1st  Samuel 2:27-36Acts 2:22-36Luke 20:41-21:4

“For David himself says in the book of Psalms, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’ ”  (Luke20: 42 and 43); and;  “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’ ” (Acts 2: 32 and 35)

It should not be surprising that the same words are found in both Luke and Acts given that it is the same writer.  However we can also find the same quote of Psalm 110, verse 1, in Matthew 22: 43 and 44; and Mark 12: 36.  The point that Jesus is making is that the followers of David should realize that even David was aware of the coming of our Lord Jesus. The people loved David but they must have only read the Book of Chronicles regarding David where he comes out looking pretty good.

We must remember that there is a dark chapter in the life of King David.  It is 2nd Samuel, chapter 11.  David commits adultery with the wife of his military officer and then has him put in harm’s way in order that he would be killed. I loved the story of David and Goliath, it was a childhood favorite of mine.  The truth is that all of us have at least one dark chapter in our lives.  Some of us may have more than one. But we have a merciful Savior who will forgive us as He did for David.

Every biblical hero has hiccups in their past but God takes them, blesses them, brakes them and gives them to us in ways that blesses us.  Thank Your Lord Jesus; take me, bless me, brake me and give me. Amen.

Let us live in order that we might love, rather than just live to live, listening to what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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