What the people want…

16 Standing up, Paul gestured with his hand and said, “Fellow Israelites and Gentile God-worshippers, please listen to me. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors. God made them a great people while they lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. With his great power, he led them out of that country. 18 For about fortyContinue reading “What the people want…”

A Righteous Branch from David

14The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days JudahContinue reading “A Righteous Branch from David”

Israel, God’s Vineyard

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. HeContinue reading “Israel, God’s Vineyard”

David Speaks to Saul

8Afterwards David also rose up and went out of the cave and called after Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground, and did obeisance. 9David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of those who say, ‘David seeks to do youContinue reading “David Speaks to Saul”

A Psalm of David

1The Lord says to my lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” 2The Lord sends out from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes. 3Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day you lead your forces on the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning, like dew,Continue reading “A Psalm of David”

The Son of David

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42“What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, 44‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my rightContinue reading “The Son of David”

Son of David

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1, NRSV) Why does this matter? Or maybe a better question is how many generations can you trace your lineage back? We need to know that Jesus is of the line of David and of Abraham. ItContinue reading “Son of David”

David’s Heir

12When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (2 Samuel 7:12-13, NRSV)Continue reading “David’s Heir”

Nathan and King David

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof ofContinue reading “Nathan and King David”

King David Abuses His Power

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof ofContinue reading “King David Abuses His Power”