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Today’s Journey Through Scripture Passages: 2 Samuel 3-5; Luke 14:25-35

10 David grew increasingly powerful, and the Lord of heavenly forces was with him. 11 Tyre’s King Hiram sent messengers to David with cedar logs, bricklayers, and carpenters to build David a palace. 12 Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingship was held in great honor for the sake of his people Israel. (2 Samuel 5:10-12, Common English Bible)

If you have ever watched HGTV you can quickly see person after person wanting their dream home. For some, that means buying an old house and completely renovating it. For others it means building something new, from scratch.

As you watch you also see many different kinds of people. For some it is a large house with all the amenities. For others something more modest is the plan. For some it is a single family home and for others a townhouse or condo (for me it is the condo).  There people with large families and people with no family, at least no family living with them. There are people who insist on a green footprint while others are nowhere near as concerned about the world environment as they are about their personal living environment.

As David got ready to build the King’s palace, he would have quickly found, had it not been for the generosity (and probably wanting to curry favor with the new King of Israel who at this point was a world super-power) of Hiram, King of Tyre. David was building his dream home, or at least that is what we might guess.

Make no mistake, David earned this. He had defeated Goliath. He had a hand in defeating many of Israel’s worst enemies. For his trouble, the jealous Saul kept him either on the run or out of the country in hiding. With all David had done for Israel, he then was unable to even see his family without taking his life into his own hands.

In today’s journey through Scripture readings, we read of David going through bitter conflict with Saul’s family. For them, it didn’t matter that David was God’s choice. For those who crave and covet power it never matters if there is sufficient reason for walking away from the source of power. They want to take control of all that is around them. Saul’s family was no exception.

Even once David is able to bring resolution to the conflict with Saul’s family, things still weren’t peaceful around him. David had to deal once again with the Philistines. Some enemies, it would seem, just will not go away. The Philistines were just such an enemy for David. He had dealth with them as a boy, he dealth with them during the time he served Saul, he dealt with them at this point and he would deal with them once again.

But, once David defeated them on this occasion, at least for a time, Israel enjoyed peace from her enemies. That meant it was time for “House Hunters” Israel. David, with the help of Hiram, built his dream home, a palace built for a king. That would only make sense. Finally, David, after close to 20 years, was King of Israel and a king deserves a palace.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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