April 14

1 Samuel 15, 16

In our reading today we have the Samuel anointing David to be king of Israel. The Scripture says in 1 Samuel 16:13 that when Samuel poured the anointing oil upon David it says “the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.”  The phrase “came upon” is the Hebrew word “tsaleach”, Strongs number 6743. According to Strong’s it means “to push forward, in various senses (literally or figuratively), to break out, come mightily, go over, be profitable, (cause to, effect, make to) prosper, (to go on well, to succeed, to make successful, to accomplish prosperously, to finish well].” The AMG Ministries, Complete Word Study Dictionary of the Old Testament, Baker & Carpenter, says this: A verb meaning to rush, to break forth, to come mightily. It describes the Holy Spirit’s effect on persons, making them powerful, Judges 14:6; 1 Samuel 16:13.] This Hebrew word is also found in Joshua when the LORD is commanding Joshua and us to meditate God’s word. Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” It is also used in another passage that commands us to meditate God’s word (Psalm 1:1-3). We as believers should highly value the Spirit of the LORD coming upon us and empowering us to obey the word of God and grow spiritually. A positive step in that direction would be to begin meditating the word of God. Whom God calls he equips! 

 

Luke 14:25-35

In our reading today Jesus is addressing the cost of discipleship. In the passage Jesus says something so strange we think it would be impossible for Jesus to say it. In Luke 14:26 he says: “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” What??? Jesus says that to be his disciple I have to hate my family? No, not even close. God created the family and the love that family members have for one another is unique and created by God. In another passage where Jesus was speaking about believers and their family relationships, Jesus said this: Matthew 10:34-38 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” In these passages, Jesus is not telling us to hate our family members, but he is alerting us to the stresses that believers will experience with family members who are not believers. In the end we as believers must choose Christ over any family member. There is a saying that says blood is thicker than water, well we might add to that saying, spirit is thicker than blood. 

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