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March 31 - Morning

"Whatever mission Saul sent him on,
David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops,
and Saul’s officers as well.

When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. 

As they danced, they sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands,
    and David his tens of thousands."

Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly.

“They have credited David with tens of thousands,”
he thought, “but me with only thousands.
What more can he get but the kingdom?”

And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David."

- First Samuel 18:5-9

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David’s Rise Threatens Saul


David’s success pleased both his peers in the military and the officers. Soon David received a high rank in Saul’s military and received credit for the success of his campaigns. The public responded with overwhelming support and recognition of the young hero, which angered Saul. Saul was jealous and felt threatened.

As is cases in situations like this King Saul put his own interests ahead of the countries. Instead of seeing David as a gift to his administration and the nation, Saul considered David a personal threat and began working on presenting David as a public enemy.

Dancing and music at times of victory and during religious feast in Canaanite cultures and in Philistia at this time is well attested archaeologically.
  Christian Quote from Church History
"One of the greatest signs of hope for a church is when God comes to them and speaks a hard word, because it means that they’re still His people. The most terrifying thing is when the only thing
you hear is good stuff."
- Paul Washer
Something to Ponder??

Laban deceived Jacob by giving him Leah instead of Rachel as his first wife. In their culture and at that time in history there would have been a marriage contract drawn up between the father (Laban) and the groom (Jacob). Laban’s deception could have resulted in legal trouble if he had not quickly counseled Jacob to also take Rachel in exchange for an additional seven years of work. This negotiation may have been necessary to
avoid some form of
legal proceedings.
(Gen. 29:22-28)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Adonai (Hb) – Lord (Eng) – adonai is the Hebrew word that identifies the “master” or the “lord”
over a household, over a servant or over a slave. Adonai can also be used as a courteous and socially acceptable address like we would use “Sir” or “Gentleman.” (Genesis 45:8)
Adonai is also used to refer to YHWH and is written in some modern translations
as “Lord” to contrast the translation of YHWH as “LORD.” This is seen in the NIV
translation of Psalm 8:1 and 8:9:

"LORD, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!"


Greek historians from the days of the Greek empire that followed the Babylonian and the Persian empires record Nabonidus as the last king of Babylon and they make no mention of Belshazzar. This is contrary to Daniel’s account which, not only mentions Belshazzar, but calls Belshazzar “king.” The Greeks were writing history as they received it, but Daniel was writing as an eye witness. In 1854 the ancient inscription known as the Nabonidus Cylinder was found in Babylon identyfing Belshazzar along with Nabonidus his father, the King of Babylon.
(Details here and here.
Image here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I rejoice when God's people succeed?
Am I happy for others when they have reason to rejoice?
Or, do I feel envy or bitterness when someone other than me or my friends are honored by God?
I will thank God for blessing his obedient servants and pray for people I do not like.

  "Surely I am only a brute,
not a man;

    I do not have human understanding.
I have not learned wisdom,
    nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One."
- Proverbs 30:2-3
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Numbers 25:1-26:4 1 Samuel 12 Judges 3-4
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Concern for those that need help

Stand firm in face of opposition and persecution


Central African Republic
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
An ancient olive press located in the first century industrial park in Capernaum. (Image of working press here) (click on image for larger size) Invasions against King Ahaz, king of Judah, in 2 Chronicles 28:17-18. (click on image for larger size)
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