Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 19-20
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Key Verse: 1 Chronicles 19:4
Therefore, Hanun took David’s servants, shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away.
King David’s first choice for Ammon was kindness and peace. However, when these were refused, war was practically inevitable. Even today, the war option should be absolutely the last resort. War should be avoided almost always. The shame inflicted on David’s ambassadors of kindness was too much for Israel to bear. It was war!
The key verse makes the point that shame is often considered in some cultures to be much worse than an honourable death in battle. David’s instructions to his ambassadors was for them to come half way to Jerusalem (Jericho) and wait there for further instructions. In 19:19, as we saw in an earlier reading, David brought about peace through strength. This was President Reagan’s approach to end the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
When we recognize that Almighty God is all-powerful and that all we have is human strength, we should make an intelligent choice and say to God, “I surrender.” Oh yes, we can persist in our own will. We are made in His image and likeness, and we have the right to say “no” to God. We must not blame God when we bear the consequences of our own decisions. God, Himself, comes to us with offers of kindness and peace.
We may want to read from the New Covenant Colossians 1:19-22. Like David with the King of Ammon, God took the initiative in sending to us ambassadors of kindness and peace, Jesus and the Apostles.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I know that in rebelling against You, I will bring disastrous consequences upon myself and others. Therefore, I pray that in all things I will be Your subject, a citizen of Your eternal Kingdom. You are my forever King! Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Here’s a “loss of face” story. In the orient, “loss of face” is particularly offensive. A TV crew from America arrived in Seoul, Korea. They were met by a delegation on behalf of Pastor David Yonggi Cho and driven to their hotel. When they asked about their TV production equipment they were told, “We’re looking after that for you.” Later that evening they met Pastor Cho and they asked about their cameras and TV gear. The pastor said, “As you leave Korea, your equipment will be restored to you. It’s locked up safely in a room at the airport. I will not allow you to use our Korean church to raise money for yourselves in America.”
About two years earlier, Cho had been a guest on that particular American show, where the host had raised a great deal of money to build a TV studio for Cho in Korea. Cho had gone home and told everyone what this generous U.S. TV host had offered. However, not a cent was ever sent to Korea. About a year after the American TV crew was sent home, Cho was a guest on 100 Huntley Street in Toronto. The entire telecast was on the theme of forgiveness. The moment we were off the air, Cho said, “God has just given me the grace to forgive ______.” He headed straight for the airport, changed his flight to one flying to the city where the promise had been made to him, and asked the forgiveness of ______. Cho did what God required of him. Cho had lost face with his Korean people and felt deeply shamed, a most serious issue. I wondered how I would have reacted in a similar circumstance…and still wonder. Cho, in my opinion, is one of the truly great Christian leaders of our time. Since that time, God has blessed Cho in an unprecedented way. His church building now seats about 40,000 people and is located on Yeouido Island, next to the South Korean Parliament. He has several services every Sunday in order to accommodate their massive congregation. It was called “The Full Gospel Central Assembly” and in the 1990’s was renamed, “Yoido Full Gospel Church” (click here).
Yours for learning to avoid causing anyone to be shamed or to lose face,
This blog continues to inspire me, and teach me much through the extensive pictorial evidence of the ancient Biblical world! I love taking tangents from the reading and beginning my morning study. I always find something new for which to give God Glory . Thank you!
Impressive photos, with today’s reading and message. I have missed you saints; will only be on the blog 1-2 times a week over the summer as I am at Wesley Acres. Praying for you, this morning, dearest David. Thank you for the signed book, Journey Into Joy, which I received, yesterday! I eagerly await reading it! Bless you, fellow saints in the Lord! All for Your glory and honour, Christ Jesus!
All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God…..Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me. Psalm 86 9-10, 17 ESV
O Come To The Altar – Elevation Worship with lyrics
Please remember me in prayers today. Such a difficult situation to face today
Lord I ask that You will lift Charlene up into Your arms and give her all the energy she needs to deal with this difficult situation; give her any other strengths that she may need; please giver her discernment; giver her peace at the end of the day! Thank you Lord for helping her and for helping all of us who need YOU daily to lean on. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY AMEN
Amazing story of Pastor Cho. May God’s greatest blessings and protection continue to draw people to The Truth. Have a wonderful day, all.
Thank you and you too!
Great photos! Agreed in prayer with you Pastor David.
In 1972 had the privilege to attend the 10th Pentecostal Conference in Pastor Cho’s church, together with Pastor George Smith and some members of his congregation from Central Pentecostal Church, Edmonton, AB.
They had two services prior to ours, which started at 10:00 a.m.
God bless Pastor Cho!