“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?” John 3:10 (NIV) Nicodemus had the Old Testament Scriptures, not the New. The words “born again” do not occur in the Old Testament. But Jesus makes it clear that a person with the Old Testament should be...
David answered Rechab and Baanah… “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity…” 2 Samuel 4:9
These words were the story of David’s life (1 Kings 1:29). He is saying, “God lives! And as I look back over my life, I can see that though I have faced one adversity after another, God has been faithful to me, and he has brought me through them all.”
If God be for us, who can be against us? If God has exalted Jesus, his anointed king to the highest place, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, then at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow!
Then David said to Rechab and Baanah: “When one told me, ‘Behold, Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him at Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news” (4:10). The reference here is to an event recorded in 2 Samuel 1 when an enemy falsely claimed that he had killed Saul. He assumed, of course, that David would rejoice at the death of Saul. But he found out, to his own cost, that David grieved over the death of the man who had hated him so intensely. From the beginning, David points us to the king of grace.
If Baanah and Rechab had realized that David was a king of grace, they would not have done what they did. The story of Baanah and Rechab is a record of the kind of thing that some men may do when they do not know the king of grace.
Can you see today how David’s words could be the story of your life too?