Daily Scripture readings for October, set #19:
The account of Amnon and Tamar is another confusing Old Testament narrative, and as I read today verse 13 stood out to me as especially strange. Tamar’s response to Amnon, as he is attempting to rape her, is this: “Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.” What does that mean? Is she saying that David would have given her to Amnon in marriage if he had asked? That seems to undermine the whole plot, no?
Every now and then I encounter someone who seems to not be bothered by a turn for the worse in their life, someone who doesn’t freak out when negativity happens to them. Psalm 112 says that trusting the Lord produces this kind of reaction. “He is not afraid of bad news, his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord” (vs 7). The overall thrust of this Psalm reminds me of Psalm 1.
“And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, ‘Prophesy!’ And the guards received him with blows” (Mark 14:65). God himself. In the form of a human being. Getting punched. That reality is STAGGERING to me.
“So that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles” (Gal 3:14). Salvation is “the blessing of Abraham.” To the Jew first, and then to the Gentile.
Daily Scripture readings for October, set #20:
The conspiracy of Absalom in 2 Samuel 14, like Absalom’s murder of his brother Amnon, is exactly what Nathan prophesied against David in 2 Sam 12:10-11. Which means, all of this hardship for David was the result of his sin with Bathsheba. NOT. WORTH. IT. I think David knows that the Absalom situation is ultimately his fault, which is probably why he says what he does in verse 26: “Let him do to me what seems good to him.” Also noteworthy in today’s 2 Samuel reading are the words of Tekoa in 14:14.
“Who is like the Lord our God?” (Ps 113:5). The statement hits me like a shout of praise, which is how the context conveys it, but it is also a challenge.
The account of Peter’s denial of Christ is so comforting and encouraging. Is it supposed to be? It is. I’ve done all of this… I’ve denied Christ, pretended I never knew him, and wept afterward. How gracious of the Lord to call Peter a “rock” and to build the Church on him, and how gracious to us that God’s word would include this description of Peter’s failure.
The “true child of Abraham” concept, spelled out as clearly as Paul can say it: “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:29).