28 Jul Daily reading for week of 28 July – Aug 3rd.
August 3—1 Samuel 17:48—18:9; Acts 27:9-26
1Sam 17–and David didn’t even have a sword!
Acts 27–”Not one of your lives will be lost, though we will lose the ship.”
1 Samuel – David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army.
Acts – But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.
I Sam 17:50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone…
Acts 27:25 “…for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.”
August 2—1 Samuel 17:20-47; Acts 26:24—27:8
1Sam 17–”The Lord, who rescued me from the power of both lions and bears, will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.”
Acts 27–Julius, the centurion, treated Paul kindly
1 Samuel – “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel,
Acts – “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am,
I Sam 17:37 “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Acts: 26: 28 …”Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
August 1—1 Samuel 17:1-19; Acts 26:1-23
1 Samuel 17–and a bronze scimitar hung on his back
Acts 26–”Today I am standing trial because of the hope in the promise God gave our ancestors.”
1 Samuel – 16 For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.
Acts – the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.
I Sam 17:18 “…See how how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.”
Acts 26:18 ‘open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
July 31—1 Samuel 16:1-23; Acts 25:13-27
1Sam 16–”Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.”
Acts 25–”I’ve found that he has done nothing deserving death.”
1 Samuel – The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Acts – found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome.
I Sam 16:7 “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Acts 25:19 “Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.”
July 30—1 Samuel 15:10-35; Acts 24:24—25:12
1 Sam 15–”Listen to this: obeying is better than sacrifice”
Acts 25–”But if there is nothing to their accusations against me, no one has the authority to hand me over to them.”
1 Samuel – “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?
Acts – If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”
I Sam 15 …”Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifice as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
Acts 25:7 …bringing many serious charges against him, which they cold not prove.
July 29—1 Samuel 14:47—15:9; Acts 24:1-23
1Sam 15–Attack the Amalekites; put everything that belongs to them under the ban.
Acts 24–”I do admit this to you, that I am a follower of the Way”
1 Samuel – everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely,
Acts – ‘It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.
I Sam 15:1 “…listen now to the message from the Lord.”
Acts 24:16 “So I strive to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”
July 28—1 Samuel 13:1-18; Acts 23:12-35
1Sam 13–”How stupid of you to have broken the commands the Lord your God gave you!”
Acts 23–”We have solemnly promised to eat nothing until we have killed Paul.”
1 Samuel – But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”
Acts – “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.”
I Sam 13:13 “…You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you…”
Acts 23:29 “…there was no charge against him that deserved death or imprisonment.”