David had not yet been crowned king when he heard the news that both King Saul and his dearly beloved friend Jonathan had been killed in battle.
How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
2 Samuel 1:27
David had not yet been crowned king when he heard the news that both King Saul and his dearly beloved friend Jonathan had been killed in battle. This news caught David totally by surprise and literally broke his heart. David had great respect and devotion for King Saul and was hoping that one day they would move past their difference and come together and serve the Lord in the spirit of unity. And his heart longed for the rich, godly fellowship he had experienced with Jonathan as iron sharpening iron. It’s no doubt that David loved Jonathan like a brother, and hearing of his death brought a very real and deeply felt grief to David’s heart. His friend was truly gone too soon.
My hope and prayers are that you are not experiencing the deep sorrow and pain that comes from the loss of a love one, but if you are hurting due to the loss of someone you love, please know that you are not alone in your sorrow. Isaiah 53:3 tells us that Jesus, our Savior and Lord “….was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” If we take a close look at 2 Samuel 1:22-26, we will see how David handled his grief, and in turn, learn a few things about how we should handle ours. The text says:
From the blood of the slain, From the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty. 23 “Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives, And in their death they were not divided; They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions. 24 “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury; who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. 25 “How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan was slain in your high places. II Samuel 1: 22-26
David did four things to help put his broken heart back together again:
- He cried. In 2 Samuel 1:11 we are simply told that David mourned and wept. David’s eyes became a faucet for him to release soul-cleansing tears. Tears ran down his checks, dropped off his chin and fell to the earth. The same earth that Saul and Jonathan have now returned.
- He honored them. In verse 17, we find that David poured out his heart before the people with a song of lament that spoke about their beauty and their courage. Find ways that uniquely celebrate the memory of your love one and write it down as a memorial to them.
- He trusted in the Will of God. Three times in this passage (verses 19,25, and 27) David calls Saul and Jonathan ‘mighty’. David recognized that, though both men were uniquely flawed, they were loved and anointed by God. David turned his thoughts to the truth that God saw something wonderful in both these men and offered to them the leadership over His people.
- He took comfort that they were finally at rest. In verse 27, we can almost feel a sigh of relief that Saul and Jonathan’s days of battle are now over. David rested in the knowledge that God had called them off the battlefield, never to study war again.
Our loved ones may have gone on before us, but let us remember that we, too, are soldiers in the army of the Lord. Let us keep marching on toward victory until the day we hear our Commander in Chief say, “Come up here, servant of God, well done!”
Published on Jan 31 @ 3:17 AM EDT
Author: J.D. Walt
“When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’.”
Today we find ourselves in the somewhat remote village of Cana in Galilee. We have been invited to a wedding with Jesus. (See what I just did there?) Who knew at the time it would be the most famous wedding in the history of weddings? And we can't even remember the names of the bride and groom—because we never knew them in the first place. We are left remembering only Jesus from this occasion. And that's fitting for the Lord of marriage, isn't it?
Think of it this way: The world began with a wedding in the venue of all venues—the garden of Eden and the wedding of Adam and Eve.
The world will end with a wedding on the occasion of all occasions—the return of Jesus Christ to receive his bride the Church. Is it any wonder the first miracle of Jesus happens at the wedding in Cana of Galilee?
Each of these occasions is an opportunity to behold the miracle of transformation. In Eden the two are for the first time transformed into one. At the wedding of the Lamb at the end of the age, the bride of Christ, the church, will be transformed to be like him—in the twinkling of an eye, according to Scripture.
He gives us a first glimpse of his transformative power on this day in Cana at a wedding—at the behest of his mother, no less. Whether it was the whisper of his word or the wave of his hand we know not. What we know is he transformed ordinary water into vintage wine. Watch this:
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” (John 2:6–8)
Now, behold the awe on the face of the master of the feast as he tastes this libation:
“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10)
This is a picture not only of comprehensive transformation but of supernatural abundance. Did you pick up how much wine we are dealing with here? Picture the sprawling wine section in your local grocery store. That's a glimpse of the amount of wine Jesus rolled out at the wedding in Cana. (180 gallons of wine equals 456 bottles of wine).
This is Jesus. It's who he is. It's what he does. That blessing in the waters of his baptism is now being poured to overflowing in the cups of everyone there. That's what he's doing for us, and in us, and through us to others. And though we are personally and intimately involved in it all, it is Jesus who is glorified and remembered.
There was a great billboard campaign a few years back called "Messages from God." They were black billboards with simple white lettering. My favorite message in the campaign:
"Loved the wedding. Invite me to the marriage." —God
That's how a wedding becomes a Christian marriage. It doesn't just happen. It takes a kingdom.
We are told, almost in passing, this wedding took place on the third day. It is a divine wink here at the first sign of the glory of the last sign. "And on the third day . . ." you take it from here.
Our Father, I am praying that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in order that we may know you better, that I might become truly humble; which is to awaken to the person you imagined when you fashioned my inmost being and that I might rise up into the real life for which you created me. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
An excerpt from the book: "Wake-Up Call Devotional"
Published on Jan 24 @ 12:33 AM EDT
Thank you for the first wedding in the Garden of Eden and for the first miracle being at a wedding when you turned water to wine.
Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2023 @ 2:07 AM CST
Amazing. Thank you!
Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2023 @ 11:43 PM CST