May 31, 2015
Yesterday we heard the touching story of David and Jonathan's deep friendship, and how Jonathan realized at last the secret plot that his father, Saul, had against David. Jonathan seems to have been a prophet, for he realized that he would not succeed his father as king.
Psalm 104 is a companion with Psalm 103. This psalm also starts and ends with the same refrain, the same one as in Psalm 103. This psalm expounds on the majesty of God.
21Then the young lions roar for their prey,
stalking the food provided by [You, O] God.
34May all my thoughts be pleasing to [You, O God//him],
for I rejoice in [in You, O Lord//the LORD].
Paul said something in 7:5 that he felt needed to be explained from verse 7 to the end of chapter 7. (Of course there were no chapters or verses when Paul wrote it.) He said that the Law “aroused evil desires.” How could something good seemingly do something evil? Be sure to always link what Paul was saying before this explanation with what comes after it. Give that priority. Keep in mind that the explanation that Paul makes (a long parenthesis about how evil desires work) is not supposed to be our pattern for living now. Our pattern for living is explained in this chapter!
5Those who are dominated by the sinful nature [just] think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
9But you are not controlled by your sinful nature [any longer]. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)