May 24

1 Samuel 24:5-7 (NIV) 5Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6He said to his men, "The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD." 7With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

After all that Saul had done to David, trying to kill him with a javelin three times, promising one wife and not delivering, giving away his wife to another, and having David's priestly friends killed, David will not do a thing against him. In fact, just cutting off the corner of his robe caused his conscience to be stricken. He recognized Saul as the one on whom the anointing of God had been placed. Even though the anointing is on David now, he still respects Saul. Perhaps David realizes that what he does to Saul will set an example for others' behavior toward him in the future.

Every one of your brothers and sisters in Christ has been anointed. Do you treat them with as much respect and fear of the LORD as David did with Saul? It is no different. We are given opportunities to slander our brother, even speak the truth that would damage their reputation. Are you convicted to take even a corner from their robe so to speak? Has any of them done even half the wrongs that Saul did toward David? No? Then consider the example of David here. Remember your brother or sister has the anointing just as you do. They may be sidetracked, but that is for God to deal with. They may be in your hand, so to speak, but that is a test for you. Will you come away with a testimony like David's? His action and words were a rebuke to his soldiers.

Consider: Are others convicted by my words and actions of respect for God's children?

May 24

John 1:1-3 (NIV) 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

The Gospel of John was written decades after the other gospels were in circulation. Instead of following the pattern that the other three took, he included many things they had left out. It seems that he was writing to help the Greek mind understand who Jesus is. He begins his gospel describing the eternal existence of Jesus as the logos. The Greeks thought of the logos as the unseen reality behind what is visible. The visible was passing, perishable, but somewhere there is the reality for all we see. It is the fundamental truth that caused things we see to be like they are. It is translated 'Word' in this passage.

He described this Logos as existing in the beginning, being with God, and being God. He was the instrument of creation, and without Him nothing exists. What a way to start this Gospel! John is expressing the eternal existence of Jesus. In verse 14, John will tell us that this Word took human form, what we call the incarnation.

In the first chapter of Genesis we see God speaking creation into existence. The Word was the instrument of creation. The Word was with God. The Word is God. He does not speak anything that is not completely true to His very nature.

It has been said that the first chapter of John is the most intellectual description of God ever written. A fisherman wrote it with no other education than that of the Holy Spirit and from being with Jesus for three years. The Spirit of God is telling the Greek mind that Jesus is the fundamental reality behind all things. Those things may pass away, but He will never change.

Consider: How should that affect our attitude toward the world we see around us? How should it affect our attitude toward the situations we face today?