Vain is the Salvation of Politicians

Daily Scripture readings for October, set #15:

2 Samuel, chapters 3-4
Psalm 108
Mark 14:1-11
– 2 Corinthians 12:11-21

It’s noteworthy to me that David takes so seriously the official chain of command in Israel. Instead of prioritizing his own battles and accomplishments, he first acknowledges and honors the Lord’s allocation of power in Israel. Both Saul and Ishbosheth came before David, in his eyes.

“Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!” (Ps 108:12). I think I’m going to make this my rallying cry for this upcoming election season. Vain is the salvation of ________.

Mark 14 is paralleled in John 12, and we know from John’s account that the woman with the alabaster flask is mary, and the person complaining about her “misuse” of expensive ointment was Judas. Yesterday, in summarizing this story, John Piper tweeted this: “Leave her alone, Judas. Mary loves me, but you just love money.” Ouch.

2 Corinthians 12, verse 14: “And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you.” I think this is Paul’s version of the concept that we should love people and use things, rather than use people and love things.

Daily Scripture readings for October, set #16:

2 Samuel, chapters 5-7
Psalm 109
Mark 14:12-31
2 Corinthians 13

2 Samuel 5:12 shows David’s heart amidst all the blessing on his life: “And David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” This response from David reminds me of Moses’s warning to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 6.

David’s rant against his enemies in Psalm 109 is definitely not a heart-warming text. Harsh. For discussion’s sake, I’d love feedback on how this Psalm should intersect with Matthew 5:44 or Romans 12:14.

I know this is a somewhat superficial question, but I’m really interested to know what hymn Jesus and his disciples sang in Mark 14:26. What hymns were around at that time? What were they like? Was Jesus a great singer? Did he always go for the high harmony like Michael Scott?

 “Aim for restoration, comfort one another” (2 Cor 13:11). A pretty good motto. Also noteworthy from earlier in this chapter: “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (vs 5).

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