April 12

1 Samuel 10-12

Immediately after Saul was made King of Israel the Ammonites gave Saul his first test of leadership. The Ammonites under the leadership of Nahash threatened the town of Jabesh-gilead by making covenant with them and removing everyone’s right eye. The leaders of Jabesh-gilead asked for seven days to see if anyone would come to their aid. When Saul found out about it, the Scripture says the Spirit of God came upon him. Saul rallied Israel and they successfully rescued Jabesh-gilead and defeated the Ammonites. The appreciation of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead to Saul was demonstrated years later when Saul and his sons were killed in battle with the Philistines and their dismembered bodies toured the temples of the Philistines and eventually nailed to the temple of Dagon. The valiant men of Jabesh-gilead  went on a dangerous mission to get the bodies of Saul and his sons and brought them back to Jabesh-gilead (1 Samuel 31:8-13; 1 Chronicles 10:8-12). After this commendable rescue of Jabesh-gilead by Saul, sadly his reign went downhill from there. 

 

Luke 13:22-35

In today’s reading in Luke Jesus laments over Jerusalem because of their rejection of Him. When he said to them that their house would be left unto them desolate, what did he mean? Jesus was saying that soon the presence of God would leave the Temple in Jerusalem permanently. It occurred the moment Jesus died. In Matthew 27:50, 51 the Scripture says, “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the vail of the temple was rent in twain form the top to the bottom…” It was at that moment the presence of God left the Temple and after the resurrection and Jesus was seated at the right hand of God, the Holy Spirit was poured out which enabled man to be born again by the grace of God and God would now dwell in the hearts of men. Glory to God.  

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