TFOTB | April 14th | Reading 105 of 366 |
MORNING  | HISTORICAL BOOKS

BOOK 09 of 66  | 1 Samuel 21,22

Signpost Words | ‘EMBLEMS OF REMEMBRANCE’

Highlight Verses | 1 Samuel 21:8-9

And David said to Ahimelech, "Is there not here on hand a spear or a sword? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste." So the priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, there it is, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For there is no other except that one here." And David said, "There is none like it; give it to me."  NKJV

Some Observations | 

I keep my battle emblems. Defeat or victory, these emblems speak to me. They remind me of people and of problems to avoid, and some remind me of victories achieved through Christ, for I have had more defeats than victories in my life. However, I keep my battle emblems, I hang them on my walls, victories or defeat, for I always rise again in Christ. David’s visit to Nob for food and weapons, was an utter disaster for the place, for Saul, through Doeg, would lay both the priests and city waste. David would later take responsibility for this disaster, however, the real responsibility lay at the feet of Saul, and the hatred of the Edomite’s for Israel, so manifest in the spiritual genetics of that devil called Doeg, who seemingly was following YAHWEH. Not all Israelites are Israelites. Remember that Christian.

Final Reflections  |

God delivered to David an emblem of past victories which granted him present assurance of future victories as well. “God gave me victory over Goliath, therefore, He shall grant me victory of this lesser giant of Saul.” So, keep your emblems brothers, and hang them on your wall, for future fights await you, and a bloody battle call.

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EVENING | HISTORICAL BOOKS

BOOK 09 of 66  | 1 Samuel 23,24

Signpost Words | ‘THE STRONGHOLDS OF EN GEDI’

Highlight Verses | 1 Samuel 23:24-29

So they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. But David and his men were in the Wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon. When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David. Therefore he went down to the rock, and stayed in the Wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued David in the Wilderness of Maon. Then Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. So David made haste to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were encircling David and his men to take them.  But a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Hurry and come, for the Philistines have invaded the land!" Therefore Saul returned from pursuing David, and went against the Philistines; so they called that place the Rock of Escape. Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi. 

Some Observations | 

I was born in limestone country, and where there are springs and limestone, there are caves, and freshwater to grow food, even corn. Of course, where there are limestone caves, freshwater, and corn, there is also some fine moonshine in the making. (Born in England, I am from Kentucky in my heart.) I digress. Now then look, David’s men prepared their base in terms of water supply, food supply, protective covering, ways of defense and of course, ways of escape. 

Final Reflections  |

Christian communities in the fallen West should do the same. All New Antioch’s need to be places of provision, protection, & escape.   

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