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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Master of Breakthrough

"So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, "As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me" (2 Samuel 5:20; 1 Chronicles 14:11).

The name "Baal Perazim" captures symbolically what God does to the Philistines whose gods are powerless against the Living God. Like the raging waters of a broken dam the Philistines are literally washed away in the wake of God's intervention on Israel's behalf. Just as nothing remains standing in the path of a major dam break so the Philistines are unable to stand in the way of the God. He is the God of Breakthrough.

Baal Perazim literally means “the lord of breaking forth.” David’s troops broke through the Philistine offensive as raging waters might break through a dam. In answer to David's prayer for guidance and help against the Philistines the Lord answers him and says, "Go, I will hand them over to you." And hand them over He did!

What seemingly impossible barrier are you facing today? Finances, difficult marriage, rebellious child, illness, etc.? This story teaches us that first we must inquire of the Lord in order to discover His mind in the situation. Should He answer "Go, I will hand them over to you", then we can face whatever obstacle with the sure knowledge that God is the "Master of Breakthrough". He will break through our barriers/enemies just as He did for David and Israel against the Philistines.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Psalm 16
  • Describe how David views himself in his new role of serving God as Israel's king.
  • Describe David's focus or reliance as he begins ruling Israel.
2 Samuel 5:6-10;1 Chronicles 11:4-9
  • Why were the Jebusites so confident of their position in Jerusalem?
  • What does this tell you about Jerusalem?
  • What does David do to create or establish his leadership team?
2 Samuel 5:17-21; 1 Chronicles 14:8-12
  • Describe the main difference between Saul and David's reign (Review 1 Chron. 10:13-14)
2 Samuel 23:13-17; 1 Chronicles 11:15-19
  • What does this scene tell you about David's relationship with his mighty men?
2 Samuel 5:22-25; 14:13-17
  • What characterizes David's leadership?
  • What does this do for his followers?
  • What does this teach you about leadership?
2 Samuel 5:11-12; 1 Chronicles 14:1-2
  • What do neighboring rulers understand about David?
  • What does David recognize about the events occurring all around him?
1 Chronicles 13:1-14; 2 Samuel 6:1-11
  • What does this event teach Israel about God and about spiritual life under King Saul's rule?
Psalm 101
  • What does this Psalm tell you about David's walk with the Lord and the foundation of his reign?
Turning truth into prayer:
Ask the Lord to make you aware of how often you make decisions without seeking His guidance. Thank Him that He is the Master of Breakthroughs--that there are no barriers through which He cannot break.