Matthew 11—Counsel. •Instructing of John’s disciples: the prompting of the instructing (from prison John had sent some of his disciples to ask if Jesus was really the Christ); the particulars of the instruction (the miracles and messages were the proof given John); the praise after the instruction (Christ praised the steadfastness, self-denial, and superiority of John). •Indicting of cities: the cities (Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum); the charge (they did not take advantage of the great spiritual privileges given them in Christ’s ministry); the curse (they would be judged worse than the notorious wicked cities of Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom). •Invitation to help: the commands in the invitation (“come” for salvation, “take my yoke” for service); the crowd given the invitation (laboring and ladened); the compensations in the invitation (learning and rest). –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading
Young David was obeying his father’s command to bring supplies to his brothers and check up on their well being (1 Samuel 17). So he left the flock with a keeper (v20) and soon found himself asking about Goliath’s blasphemies. That is when he was attacked…by his own brother. “Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.”” (1 Samuel 17:28, NASB95) More than family dynamics is going on here, David had already been chosen by God (1 Samuel 16:12-13). Eliab’s jealousy (1 Samuel 16:6-7) was probably in play. “Next” seldom comes without conflict. Father, as we seek you for what is next, we also seek for peace with you. Do not let difficulty dissuade us from the task you set before us. Amen.
“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”” (1 Samuel 1:10–11, ESV) Hannah serves as the example of a woman who gave her child completely into God’s hand. In the midst of her misery she prayed, pouring out her soul before the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15). Indeed in just a short time she had a son (1 Samuel 1:20) and named him Samuel, and when he had grown but only a little she took him to the tabernacle and gave him completely over to God. “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.” (1 Samuel 1:27–28, ESV) Will you do that with your soul burden? Will you completely give it to God […]