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2021
Jan 05
2 Samuel 24:24
But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing."

So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.

Gillian M.
Gillian M. from Edinburgh, United Kingdom said:
David had to pay a cost, it was not acceptable to do it without that,
2020
Dec 27
2 Samuel 15:30
But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.
Mils V.
Mils V. from United Kingdom said:
Why David was so weak and crying ? Has he forgotten about the mercy of the Lord ?! What does it mean to me? - to rely on God and not weep for matters created by humans
2020
Dec 11
1 Samuel 30:23
David replied, "No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us.
Daniel O.
Daniel O. from Bedford, United Kingdom said:
No one is not worthy of the blessings of God, in our raids against sin God protects us and our scores are to the Glory of God so therefore share
2020
Dec 10
1 Samuel 29:8
"But what have I done?" asked David. "What have you found against your servant from the day I came to you until now? Why can't I go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?"

Lizz W.
Lizz W. from United Kingdom said:
I often wish that I could fight more for God but then I buckle and don't say anything
2020
Nov 17
1 Samuel 2:35
I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.
Alan M.
Alan M. from Beckenham, Kent, United Kingdom said:
Although this speaks of Samuel in the near future it is also a prophesy of the coming of Jesus and his new priesthood in which we all share. The doom of the brothers resulting from their sinfulness is a warning to us, but the prophecy is an encouragement for us as well. Hannah's song of praise also prefigures Mary's Magnificat at the coming of Jesus. Likewise with the sequence of events that happened with Samuel. All these insights are interesting, but above all they fill me with joy at the love, power and truth of the Lord. Praise and thank you Lord !
2020
Nov 12
1 Samuel 1:18
She said, "May your servant find favor in your eyes." Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

Alan M.
Alan M. from Beckenham, Kent, United Kingdom said:
Hannah had been thought to be drunk, but after she told Eli, the priest that she wasn't but was earnestly praying for a son, he accepted this and blessed her, praying that her prayers would be answered. Hannah was now at rest that the Lord had heard her prayers. This is how we must be, after having asked for the Lord's help, answering our needs, we can rest knowing that he will have heard us and will answer our prayers in due course. In Hannah's situation her prayers were asked after a while and she gave birth to Samuel. Like her, sooner or later out prayers will be answered and we will rejoice and give thanks to the Lord for this.
2020
Nov 06
Judges 19:2
But she was unfaithful to him. She left him and went back to her parents' home in Bethlehem, Judah. After she had been there four months,
Gillian M.
Gillian M. from Edinburgh, United Kingdom said:
I have nothing to say.
Alan M.
Alan M. from Beckenham, Kent, United Kingdom said:
I also found it too hard to draw any conclusion to this passage, as it was, just on its own. I think this is because one really needed to have understood the context from the previous parts of the story, unless otherwise read or remembered.
2020
Nov 04
Judges 18:1
In those days Israel had no king.

And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking a place of their own where they might settle, because they had not yet come into an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

Gillian M.
Gillian M. from Edinburgh, United Kingdom said:
They were waiting for their inheritance. They had everything but felt they had nothing
2020
Oct 31
Judges 10:16
Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel's misery no longer.

Gillian M.
Gillian M. from Edinburgh, United Kingdom said:
God had mercy on those who don't deserve it. He does see misery. He could bear it no longer. That is quite a phrase
2020
Oct 26
Judges 9:7
When Jotham was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them, "Listen to me, citizens of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.
Gillian M.
Gillian M. from Edinburgh, United Kingdom said:
He spoke up but from a safe distance. It seems wise