There Is a Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother

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1 CHRONICLES 9:1-10:14 | ACTS 27:21-44 | PSALM 8:1-9 | PROVERBS 18:23-24

The genealogy continues with dozens and dozens of names of the tribes of Israel.  Saul was the first king appointed for the people of Israel, and there is special mention of his line.  Saul was from the tribe of Benjamin, and it most likely would have continued in that way had it not been for the fact that Saul lost his way somewhere down the road. 

There is a brief summary of this in these verses:  13 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse. 

David was from the tribe of Judah, and this line continues for many generations, despite its highs and lows.

Turning now to our story of Paul, we find that Paul has been shipped off to Rome to plead his case before Caesar, but along the way, there is a big storm and he finds himself in a shipwreck.  It is to be seen how they regroup and get back on track.

Next, we have our psalm for the day, and here are some of the most profound verses written by David:

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

The answer, of course, in case you’re wondering, is that mankind is so very insignificant compared to the heavens and all the celestial objects within it that it is actually absurd that God, the omnipotent one, is mindful of mortal beings such as us. 

But the fact is that God is mindful of man.  David goes on to explain just how much:

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

And because of that, there is only one emotion that is a worthy reaction to the Lord of this universe, viz. praise.  David says this:

9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Finally, a beautiful verse from the book of Proverbs on the value of friendship, and the reference to God himself who is one who “sticks closer than a brother”.  What a beautiful concept that is, wouldn’t you agree?  

This is not a God who is content to sit up in the heavens and review his handiwork.  Nay, this is a God who wishes to have a personal relationship with his creation to the point of sticking closer than a brother! 

Solomon, wise king of Israel puts it like this:

4 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
   but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.

3 thoughts on “There Is a Friend Who Sticks Closer Than a Brother

  1. This is such a unique part of Acts. It’s almost like one of those 19th century adventure novels, like The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s fascinating to read and to admire Paul’s resolute trust and determination no what matter what happens to him.

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