Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th August 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th August 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th August 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24 August 2022 Written BY Dr. BY RYAN COOK (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: ABSALOM’S MONUMENT

SCRIPTURE:  2 Samuel 17:24–18:18

KEY VERSE: Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. EXODUS 20:12

MESSAGE

Presidents carefully consider what they want their legacy to be. Often one of the first things a former president does upon leaving office is publish a memoir. They want to be remembered for the good, not the bad, things they’ve done.

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Absalom craved to be remembered and celebrated for generations. He knew he would not have children to carry on his legacy or memory (v. 18). It seems that his three sons had died in childhood (2 Sam. 14:27). So, he erected a monument to himself in Jerusalem (18:18). He thought future generations could come to the monument and remember his greatness.

Absalom’s decision to delay pursuing David until he had mustered a large army was exactly what David needed. David took this time to organize his army under his top three commanders (18:1–2). He took the advice of his generals and stayed home. He was beyond the age of fighting with the army (vv. 2–4). Yet, he left his army with one piece of advice, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake” (v. 5). His compassion to Absalom stands in contrast to Saul who was enraged when Jonathan supported David (1 Sam. 20:30–34).

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th August 2022

 

Absalom’s army was quickly routed. As Absalom fled on his mule, his hair was caught in the branches of a tree (v. 9). His hair, a symbol of his pride and vanity, became his undoing. In this helpless situation, Joab pierced him three times with javelins. Then ten of Joab’s men finished him off (v. 15). They cast his body in the forest and piled stones on top of it. There was no state funeral for Absalom. No burial in a family tomb. Absalom would leave a legacy, but it was not how he wanted to be remembered.

>> What legacy will you leave? What life story are you writing today that others will read and remember? Each day your choice to serve and follow God will shape that legacy.

Pray with Us

Lord, we don’t know when You will come today or in a thousand years. Teach us to live with our descendants in mind. Help us establish godly patterns in our lives which will lead to godly patterns in our families.

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Dr. Ryan Cook has taught at Moody Bible Institute since 2012. He earned his bachelor of arts in Bible and Theology from Moody and his master of arts in Old Testament from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has worked in Christian education and served as a pastor in Michigan for seven years. During his time as a professor at Moody, he earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary. He now lives with his wife, Ashley, and their three children in the Chicagoland area.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th August 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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