Ought not the Christ to Suffer? (1 Samuel 23:1-14)
Many Psalms teach us that it is better to trust in God than in Princes – but it will cost ignominy and a cross. Still, as David is now awakened from his fearful flight he does draw our attention to the reality that “it is always better to have the provision of God’s Word than the worldly accouterments”, as Richard Philipps says. Saul had human power, David had divine assistance.
Common Good (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
We confess One God IN three persons. Wonderfully, those persons are always deferring to each other – ever exemplifying selflessness. The World, the Flesh, and the Devil despise this kind of unity. Satan has always pushed for selfishness, from the garden to the betrayal of Judas. The World pushes for unity without diversity. A global conformity. The flesh is desperate for those who would unite with it (see
4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; (ESV)
) in debauchery, but ever selfish in all it touches. If we hear Paul correctly in these verses we see that when we use God’s gifts to build up Christ’s Bride the goodness of the Triune God shines!
What Antichrist Looks Like (1 Samuel 22:6-23)
with the witch of Endor – these will be how the first king of Israel is remembered. “Saul is the prototypical apostate” – Saul is Antichrist before Jesus was the Christ, David was the anointed – the Christ of God and Sauls whole existences becomes bent on opposing him. “Saul pictures in concentrated form the destiny awaiting everyone who hardens their heart toward the Lord.” As Richard Philipps says, “Saul has sown evil, and he has reaped the living hell of a warped soul!” We learn from this text what it looks like to be antichrist.
What it Means to be Spiritual (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)
Generally, there is not much danger in buying knock-off products these days. Sure they might not work as good – but they look similar enough and cost way less. Thrifty people are sure to recognize the value in such imitations of less value! – But when it comes to “Spiritual things”, can we be so thrifty? Is “imitation” spirituality good enough? Paul in these opening verses gives a very helpful bedrock to keep us from being led astray – it is very simple, true Spiritual wisdom is submission to the Lordship of Christ!
Discerning the Body (1 Corinthians 11:27-34)
You can’t see how the Lord’s Supper is a most special mark of Christ tender love in sharing Himself, when you are not duly prepared to meet with Christ in worship, or when you are oblivious to the corporate aspect of worship.
Sharing Christ (1 Corinthians 11:17-26)
The Letter of 1 Corinthians was probably written around 54 AD which was well before the writing of any of the canonical Gospels, and if that is the case, these are the first words of the LORD that were ever written down to be recorded in the Bible! And what are these first words recorded but, “this is my body… which is for you”. To be honest, if we can be absolutely straightforward about it… these are the most loving words, born from the darkest time, that strike at the very heart of the Gospel. The thrust of our passage is communion, it is sharing and it reminds us of the reflection that we are to be of Christ – who gave us His Supper as the ultimate picture of communion. We should observe that the Lord’s Supper is a most special mark of Christ’s tender love in sharing Himself!
Nadir to Apex (1 Samuel 21:10-15)
– not because he pictures Christ but because Christ is really and truly with him even in the depth of David’s fall.
Uncovered (1 Corinthians 11:2-16)
, dealing with the issue of male/female role relationships and how that is reflected in the worship of the church in Corinth (more precisely the issue is submission). The Corinthians had taken the view of “over-realized eschatology” they had wanted to remove the decorum of life this side of the resurrection and especially of submission and humility. So what we really need to grasp as we enter this text how Christ himself models both sacrificial headship and complete submission and by doing both and having male and female gender roles tied to Him in His work of redemption, Paul is admonishing us to see those gender roles are important because Christ ties them to the gospel!
What David Did (1 Samuel 21:1-9)
we saw how Jonathan outshined David in covenant faith and faithfulness. Now in 21 we continue to see David fearful and fleeing. This was the man whom the Spirit rushed upon and did not depart. A man anointed as the king after Gods own heart. And, lest we forget, a man who defeated the greatest physical enemy of Israel and easily doubled the bride price for Michael, bringing back 200 Philistine foreskins! – of all men, we want David to be deserving of grace… but he is not. “While we were yet sinners” applies to all. And this is what makes this text so important. God shows his favor and his presence to the undeserving, and reminds us of the true need that we have for a savior that is the LORD and yet can sympathize with us in our weakness! And of course the testimony of all Scripture and Davids life is that the Lord is a Loving and compassionate Savior you can trust in.