How would you like to read through God's Love Letter—His Word, the Bible, with a group of like-minded, Christian girlfriends? We're doing that over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group. Did you know you don't have to start a Bible reading plan on January 1? You can begin today! This simple plan, and an accountability partner, will help you succeed. Who will be your accountability partner? Share this post with them and invite them to the private Facebook group.
Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
2 Samuel 13-15: The Banished One is No Longer Outcast
“We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and He devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast.” (2 Samuel 14:14)
There are so many beautiful pictures of redemption scattered throughout the Old Testament. This verse is just one of them.
When I read that verse today, it spoke to my soul. Here, this wise woman was speaking words to King David that have relevance to our lives thousands of years later. We will all die. We will be spilled out on the ground like water that cannot be gathered up again. God does not hold back from us the opportunity for eternal life—that choice is clearly in our hands. And the best part of that verse is that He has made a means “so that the banished one will not remain an outcast!” I am that banished one. You are that banished one, friend. And a way of salvation has been made so that we will not remain an outcast. The banished one is no longer outcast!!! Let’s praise the Lord for that today!
Besides Calvary, of course, what is your favorite picture of redemption recorded in the Bible?
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Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
4/12/2022 09:19:44 am
The twists and turns of David 's complicated life are so instructive and redemptive!
4/12/2022 09:32:22 am
I'm so glad, Michele, that even though the Bible records that David was a man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22), it also records those twists and turns—the ups and downs—the times when he wholeheartedly followed God, and the times when he did not. There is hope found for all of us there! :)
4/12/2022 09:22:14 am
There are so many beautiful pictures of redemption in Scripture--the lost sheep, the prodigal son. One of my favorites is in Ezekiel 16 where God described Israel as an abandoned child that He took in, cleaned up, and raised as His own.
4/12/2022 09:43:38 am
I love reading this little glimpse of redemption today, Barbara, especially during this week between Palm Sunday and Easter. How appropriate!!
4/12/2022 12:05:57 pm
Yes, Donna! And I love that we're reading about this the week between Palm Sunday and Easter <— the most beautiful picture of redemption!!
4/12/2022 10:57:13 am
Ah, David. My dear brother!!!
4/12/2022 12:06:36 pm
My most favorite biblical character to study! :)
4/12/2022 03:27:13 pm
I love the stories of women in the bible. I just finished studying Esther and never realized how many things point to Jesus. The story of Ruth is also one of my favorite pictures of redemption.
4/12/2022 03:37:42 pm
I love both of these stories, Lauren! Ruth, especially, is a beautiful picture of redemption, and she's in the genealogical line of Jesus!!
4/12/2022 05:12:29 pm
Wow! Even though I've read the book of 2 Samuel before, I had not noticed the second part of 14:14. He makes a way for outcasts! How amazing is that?
4/12/2022 07:22:49 pm
Jerralea, I just LOVE how I can read God's Word over and over and over again, yet every time it is fresh and new to me! I see and read things I've never seen or read before. It truly is the Living Word of God!
4/12/2022 10:15:49 pm
Patsy, beautiful encouragement and hope. "A way of salvation has been made so that we will not remain an outcast." Amen.
4/13/2022 08:18:08 am
Such a great Hope, Joanne!!
4/13/2022 10:29:50 pm
I appreciate this blessed message today. I’m thinking about the woman at the well & the adulterous woman, when Jesus says, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. With every spring comes an abundance of new life. May you experience the joy, happiness, and beauty of this Holy season. Happy Easter. Blessings.
4/14/2022 02:27:31 pm
I love the story of the Samaritan woman—the woman at the well, Paula!! I was that woman! Jesus pursued me in so many ways. He would not let me go, and by some miracle, here I am today. It's absolutely humbling!
4/18/2022 03:06:02 pm
Ah, God's Word is so incredibly rich and there is always some delectable morsel to be found for our nourishment! 🤗
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