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Reading 1 - 2Sa 13
David's great sin, although especially forgiven, led to many
severe trials during all his remaining years -- trials involving his son Amnon
(in the matter of Tamar his sister), his son his son Absalom (guilty of murder
and rebellion), Adonijah (the same), and his chief counselor Ahithophel
It seems quite evident that David, with his many wives and
many sons, does not personally teach his children as he should have -- their
characters sometimes bearing witness to this shortcoming. See specifically 1Ki
1:6: "His [Adonijah's] father [David, of course] had never interfered with him
by asking, 'Why do you behave as you do?' "
Reading 2 - Jer 17:9
"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who
can understand it?" (Jer 17:9).
"When we are consciously and deliberately doing God's will, we
are happy. When we are not, we are not. In the nature of things it has to be
that way. And in the reality of things, it is that way. Analyze it through, and
you will find it so. Any other 'pleasure' has to be, and is, self-deception: an
ignorant or deliberate self-blinding, a shutting out of reality and consequence,
a desperate, warped, juvenile submersion in the present to drown the pain of
natural life's meaninglessness and emptiness, to briefly dim the final,
inescapable, staring face of eternal death" (GV Growcott).
Reading 3 - Mat 28:19,20
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you
always, to the very end of the age" (Mat 28:19,20).
"Unto the End":
"I am with you unto the end": Mat 28:20.
"He loved them unto the end": John 13:1.
"Who shall confirm you unto the end": 1Co 1:8.
"The rejoicing of hope firm unto the end": Heb 3:6.
"Beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end": Heb
"Full assurance of hope unto the end": Heb 6:11.
"Keepeth my works unto the end": Rev 2:26.