Monday, April 12, 2021


Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 14

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In the Armenian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, there is a church with this door built inside an ancient gate. Note the heavy bolts on the left. Security has always been important. King David knew that his security came from God, yet there is no record that he prayed about his decisions concerning Absalom. When big trouble comes (tomorrow’s reading), David turns to God in prayer. Why bolt the door when the enemy is already inside?

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Key Verse: 2 Samuel 14:14

For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.

In this chapter we read of King David’s General Joab, who schemes to create a plan to bring about a reconciliation between David and his son, Absalom. Joab, as a principle counsellor to David, brings a widow before the king to present a fake issue on which David is asked to waive the next of kin’s obligation to avenge his murdered relative. The application to David in Absalom’s murder of Amnon is obvious. Joab wins his point and Absalom returns from exile.
In her appeal, the widow pleads God’s mercy and clemency to guilty sinners. While the case she presented was false, the two instances of God’s mercy were true. Firstly, we see the patience God displays toward those who break His laws. Secondly, God has made provision for the restoration of sinners. We are told in 2 Peter 3:9 that God, “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” We may want to read all of 2 Peter 3 and meditate on “judgment.”


Lord Jesus, Your Apostle Paul tells me that if I judge myself, I will not be judged. I can read that in 1 Corinthians 11:31. In that chapter the “Lord’s Supper” is presented. When I partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, I seek to review my conduct and judge myself. You show me areas of my life where I need to repent. I pray for ongoing grace to live in that attitude of repentance. In Your strong Name I pray, Amen!


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Yours for learning to judge ourselves,


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7 thoughts on “Monday, April 12, 2021

  1. “Why bolt the door when the enemy is already inside,” indeed. Looking within, today and seeking God’s mercy. We grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Thank You Lord, for Your unfailing love for us. May you be blessed beyond measure, today, fellow saints in the Lord. Amen.

    As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
    when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
    Psalm 17:15 ESV

    My favourite version of this wonderful song:
    Demi Lee Moore & Riaan Benadé – There Was Jesus

  2. Father God, may Your Word go out far and wide today, accomplishing Your purposes. Thank You for all Your workers. Bless each one, in Jesus’s great name, amen

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