Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 22, 2015

“all things belong to you”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 21.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+21&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest;  and Ahimelech came trembling to meet David and said to him, “Why are you alone and no one with you?”  2 David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, ‘Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you;  and I have directed the young men to a certain place.’  3 Now therefore, what do you have on hand?  Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever can be found.”  4 The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread;  if only the young men have kept themselves from women.”  5 David answered the priest and said to him, “Surely women have been kept from us as previously when I set out and the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was an ordinary journey;  how much more then today will their vessels be holy?”  6 So the priest gave him consecrated bread;  for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence which was removed from before the Lord, in order to put hot bread in its place when it was taken away.

8 David said to Ahimelech, “Now is there not a spear or a sword on hand?  For I brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s matter was urgent.”  9 Then the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod;  if you would take it for yourself, take it.  For there is no other except it here.”  And David said, “There is none like it;  give it to me.”  1 Samuel Chapter 21:  Verses 1-6 and 8-9.

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Today’s Scripture gives us insight into the glorious hope that we have as God’s consecrated people.   

My New American Standard Version Bible defines “Consecration” as “Act by which a person or thing is dedicated or set apart by another for the service of the Lord.”

We see most clearly that the bread was consecrated.  “The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread …”  Verse 4.

We infer that the sword was also consecrated as it was “wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod” in the possession of the priest.  Verse 9.

But, we can also discern from this Scripture and other Scripture that David was also consecrated.  “David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has commissioned me with a matter and has said to me, ‘Let no one know anything about the matter on which I am sending you and with which I have commissioned you …”  Verse 2.

That consecration of David gave David certain privileges, even over other consecrated things;  David could ask for and be given the consecrated bread and sword.  David was not subject to the elementary principles of “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”  Colossians 2:21.

The actions of David gives us hope!

We too are consecrated people. 

“The Lord has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments;  and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor;  and that you shall be a consecrated people to the Lord your God, as He has spoken.”  Deuteronomy 26:18-19.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

” and in Him (Christ) you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;”  Colossians 2:10.

And, as consecrated people, we too have privileges.

“… He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us;  and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come;  but the substance belongs to Christ.  …   If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”  Colossians 2:13-17 and 20-21.

“So then let no one boast in men.  For all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come;  all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ;  and Christ belongs to God.”  1 Corinthians 3:21-23.

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