Daily Encouragement

May 22 – Different Types of Hearers

May 22
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
John 12:20-50
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 15:27-28

2 Samuel 1:8 – Did the Amalekite kill Saul or did Saul kill Saul? From GotQuestions:

The clear answer from the biblical text is that Saul killed himself and that the Amalekite’s story was a fabrication. The biblical text records the story the Amalekite gave but does not affirm it as true….

This would be the correct order of events: Saul is wounded in battle and then kills himself by falling on his own sword. An Amalekite comes across his dead body and takes his crown and armlet. The next day, the Philistines find Saul’s body, behead him, strip him of his armor, send the report, and fasten his body to the wall of Beth Shan (1 Samuel 31:10).

2 Samuel 2:1 – Good things happen after a king “enquires of the LORD.”

640px-Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Gentiles_Ask_to_See_Jesus_(Les_gentils_demandent_à_voir_Jésus)_-_James_Tissot
Brooklyn Museum – The Gentiles Ask to See Jesus (Les gentils demandent à voir Jésus) – James Tissot

John 12:24-26 – Listening to Jesus must have been difficult. Fruit comes from dying. Loving life loses it. Hating life keeps it. Servants are honoured. The Eternal will die (John 12:34). The God who opened the eyes of the blind (Matthew 9:30). But He blinded the eyes of the seeing (John 12:40).

John 12:37 – Notice the different groups. The uncircumcised outsider Greeks wanting to learn (John 12:21). The Hebrew crowd who saw miracles but didn’t believe (John 12:37). The chief rulers who believed but didn’t confess (John 12:42-43). Very few fall into the category of a vocal believer.

Psalm 118:24Bob Jones Academy performed the song based on this verse:

 

Psalm 118:28 – A great blend of the immanence of God and the transcendence of God.

Psalm 15:28 – Interesting parallel to Proverbs 10:19.

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