Scripture Union Daily Guide 31st July 2020 – You Will Reap What You Sow
TODAY’S TOPIC: YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW
OPENING PRAYER: Dear Lord, I request that you help me to encounter you as I meditate on your word.
SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 2:26–46, KJV
26 And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord God before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.
27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the Lord; that he might fulfil the word of the Lord, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
29 And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him.
30 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.
31 And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.
32 And the Lord shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the Lord.
34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.
35 And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar.
36 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither.
37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.
38 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.
39 And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.
40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath.
41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.
42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the Lord, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I have charged thee with?
44 The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father: therefore the Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head;
45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord for ever.
46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
TODAY’S OUTLINE: DAILY GUIDE 31ST JULY 2020
Abiatha’s fate was an ancestral curse! He however, had his own part to play in the fulfilment of the evil pronouncement against the house of his ancestor, Eli, (1 Samuel 2:27–36). Today, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). But those who rebel against the ruling King Jesus, God’s beloved Son, shall bring God’s wrath upon themselves (John 3:16–18).
However, Abiathar’s past good deeds spared his life. He only lost the exalted office of being the National Priest for the new king. Sin is evil. Joab (vv.28–35) seemed to know the implications of his action in supporting Adonijah. He voluntarily ran to escape death, but it was too late to repent. His past deeds (see vv.31 & 32) could not be swept under the carpet.
His open support for Adonijah showed clearly, he was still at enmity with the royal family. Had Shimei kept within the limits Solomon set for him, he would not have died. We also will be safe so long as we keep within the boundaries of God’s will for our lives.
⁂ Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
• For meditation: “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished”
• Help me, dear Lord, to remain loyal to you and faithful to my calling.
• Thank God for the huge impact of the Bible on human souls and the power in it to transform lives.
• Offer a prayer of faith in line with 2 Corinthians 10:4
Read the Bible in one Year: Psalms 57–59; Acts 21:18–40
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