1 SAMUEL 20:1-21:15 | JOHN 9:1-41 | PSALM 113:1-114:8 | PROVERBS 15:15-17
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“Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” These are Jonathan’s words to David as he bids him flee for his life. Because Jonathan’s father Saul, king of Israel, is determined to kill David. But the great love of friendship that Jonathan has for David makes him forewarn David so as to confirm Saul’s evil intentions toward David.
And what a madman Saul has truly become! When he learns that David was excused to take leave, Saul is outraged at Jonathan and throws his spear at him—his very own son! This was one spear-loving king!
We now begin to learn of David’s journey of flight. He goes first to the Temple at Nob and gets something to eat. Being without a weapon, he accepts the sword that the priest gives to him—it is Goliath’s sword that David had used to kill the giant himself. His next stop is Gath, where he intends to most likely petition the king for assistance, but changes his mind when he realizes that everyone recognizes him there. It is to be seen what will come next.
Turning now to our reading in the book of John, we find Jesus engaged in his ministry of teaching, preaching, and healing. There is the story of the blind beggar who is healed. “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” If that’s not a miracle, I don’t know what is!
And the people know it, all of them, including the skeptical Pharisees, but they keep asking the blind man and his parents as to what exactly happened, over and again, when finally exasperated, the blind man says to them, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
There is an obvious tinge of sarcasm to these words, but they may also be taken in the most sincere way—do you want to become his disciple? If you do, pay heed, take note, listen up!
But woe is to the Pharisees who are unable to see despite their good eyesight. And Jesus speaks to the spiritual blindness that has beset them. He says: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
Turning to our reading of the psalms, we find two today: Psalm 113 and 114. While the first one is an unequivocal rendering of praise, the second is a recounting of the great and marvelous history of the children of Israel. David, the psalmist, never tires of doing these two things: singing the praises of the Lord, and recounting the great mercies and blessings received from the hand of the Almighty through the ages. May it be that we also might do the same!
From Psalm 113, here are some verses of praise that would behoove us to also repeat, or at the very least inspire us raise up similar songs of praise. David says this:
2 Let the name of the LORD be praised,
both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the LORD is to be praised.
7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.
Praise the LORD.
Finally, a few verses from the book of Proverbs that may serve as food for thought for the day:
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD
than great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.