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Pastor's Notes 
Friday, December 07 2018

2 Samuel 21 & 22: The LORD Is My Rock
Verse of the Day: (22:2) And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

1. Rest (21:1-22)
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night. (21:10)

Though King Saul was dead, yet God still judged his sins - the killing of the Gibeonites that infringed on the peace covenant that Joshua, Israel’s leader, had made with them (Joshua 9:1-21) - by allowing a severe famine to afflict Israel for 3 years. To atone for Saul’s sins, the Gibeonites required 7 of his sons to be hanged. Except for Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, David chose 7 of Saul’s son to be hanged. 2 of the 7 sons were from Rizpah, Saul’s concubine, and she spread a sackcloth for herself on the rock making sure that the birds and the beasts would never rest on her 2 beloved sons’ corpses day and night until God would grant rain to Israel again. David was touched by her deed that he commanded that the bones of Saul and his sons be brought from the men of Jabeshgilead to the grave of Kish, Saul’s father. Finally God gave them rain. David had grown weaker and during the battle with the Philistines he almost lost his life, but Abishai saved him. From that day, his men decided that he shall never lead them to battle. Indeed, God is not mocked, and not only we, but our descendants, shall reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7)
  
2. Rock (22:1-29)
The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. (22:3)

As David no longer go to war, he began to write his song of thanksgiving to his God who was his Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, Shield, Horn of Salvation, High Tower and Saviour, and had not only kept him alive, and commended him as a man after His own heart, but also richly blessed him as the ancestor of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Acts 13:22-24)

3. Run (22:30-51)
For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. (22:30)

David expressed his deep love for God by writing his song of thanksgiving to Him acknowledging that it was God’s mighty hand that helped him ran through troops, leaped over high walls, and overcame all his enemies including King Saul who wanted his life. (Psalms 18). David fondly recalled God giving him his first victory over Goliath, the Philistines’ champion, and his final battle again with the Philistines. Indeed, let us fully trust God, our Rock, and if God is truly for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31-39)

Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You are my Rock who strengthen me when I am weak.

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