SUNDAY, September 12
Scripture: 2 Samuel 23:1-3
The first three verses of 2 Samuel 23 states, “Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel: “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.” The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.” When our rulers are unjust, we have a right to demand God cut them off – are we? How can we get away from the fact that the very last words of David declared; “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me and His Word was on my tongue.” The Holy Spirit gave him Psalms demanding covenant justice like Psalm 55:15, “Let death seize them; Let them go down alive into hell, for wickedness is in their dwelling and among them.” Can we accept this as God’s will for the wicked? David reveals God’s heart for justice expressed in prayers like this. In Revelation, Jesus comes from the seed of David. The Messiah that you and I claim to know and represent is much more like David than anyone else in the Bible. The question is, are we like the Jesus of the Gospels more than the Jesus of Revelation? If so we are unbalanced. Who are we like? The whole church has an image of Jesus that comes from the Gospels. In the book of Revelation Jesus is much more like David. Will we ever choose to accept the Jesus that is from the seed of David? If we do, there will be a transformation first in the church and then in the nation!