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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Day 49 - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - 1 Samuel 25 - 28 - The Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day 49 

1 Samuel 25 - 28

Bible Time Period:  Royal Kingdom 
You established a kingdom on your servant David and promised him an eternal throne:  Establish your kingdom in our midst.

Merciful Lord, we thank You for the mercy and compassion that You are constantly pouring out upon the human race.  You ask us to show our gratitude to You by extending our mercy and compassion to our brothers and sisters in the human family without expecting an earthly reward.  David even extended mercy to his enemies because it was more important to please You by living in righteousness than to seek vengeance.  He trusted You to direct the path of his life, and his example sets a standard for all of us who read his story.  Send Your Holy Spirit to guide us in our lesson, Lord, as we study the fine examples of righteousness, mercy, and loyalty demonstrated in the lives of David and Jonathan.  We pray in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Agape Catholic Bible Study, 1 Samuel Lesson 9)

Saul’s failure was not in defeating Israel’s enemies, nor was he deficient in strengthening Israel’s power in establishing an effective central government.  His failure was from his neglect of and disobedience to God’s commands in his decisions that put his will above God’s will in deciding “what was right in his own eyes”  instead of what was “right in God’s eyes.”  Do we want to be like Adam, Eve, Saul and many others in deciding for ourselves what is right or wrong/what is righteous and what is evil, or will we submit to God’s loving and wise sovereignty over our lives by admitting that His view of eternity expressed to us through Sacred Scripture and the Teachings of Mother Church is superior to our earth-bound view?  This temptation to decide for ourselves what is right instead of being obedient to the will of God is the constant struggle that requires continual conversion in the lives of Christians.  (Agape Catholic Bible Study, 1 Samuel 25 - 28, Lesson 9)

Today's Reading
1 Samuel 25 - 28

Discussion Boards Day 49
Agape Catholic Bible Study Commentary 1 Samuel 25 - 27


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