Thursday, June 29, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 June 29

“And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste. And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me” (1 Samuel 21:8-9).

Today’s Morsel:  No one would have expected David to ask the priest for a spear or sword while in the house of the Lord.  But I believe that David knew that God had delivered him from the hands of Goliath, and that his trophies would be in the house of the Lord.  And so he asked Ahimelech if he had a spear or sword when he saw his enemy, Doeg, in the house of the Lord.  David knew that he, being one of Saul’s loyal men, would report his sighting and whereabouts.  So David knew that he needed a weapon to prepare himself should he need to fight.  Thus he asked for a weapon figuring that if nothing else, the weapon of Goliath would be there in the house of the Lord.  Scripture says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5); “ And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”(Ephesians 6:17); “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  Therefore, we also should take note that the weapons we need to defeat our enemies are found in the house of God.

Sing:  I command you, Satan, in the name of the Lord to pick up your weapons and flee, for God has given me authority to walk all over thee.

Thought For Today:  “You can’t defeat carnality with a carnal weapon” (Parker)

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