45 從午正到申初，遍地都黑暗了。 46 約在申初，耶穌大聲喊著說：「以利！以利！拉馬撒巴各大尼？」就是說：「我的神！我的神！為什麼離棄我？」 47 站在那裡的人，有的聽見就說：「這個人呼叫以利亞呢！」 48 內中有一個人趕緊跑去，拿海絨蘸滿了醋，綁在葦子上，送給他喝。 49 其餘的人說：「且等著，看以利亞來救他不來。」 50 耶穌又大聲喊叫，氣就斷了。
Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 20:1-8. Let’s go!
1 Chronicles 20:1-3 (NIV)
1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and left it in ruins.
2 David took the crown from the head of their king–its weight was found to be a talent of gold, and it was set with precious stones–and it was placed on David’s head. He took a great quantity of plunder from the city
3 and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes. David did this to all the Ammonite towns. Then David and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.
On verse 1-3: Here we see a longtime enemy of Israel, the Ammonites, fighting against King David and his army. Under the leadership of David’s commander in chief Joab, the armies of Israel defeat the Ammonites soundly and consign them to labor. In a similar way, the Bible says that for a long time we were enemies of God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:21), constantly fighting against its king – Jesus Christ — until the day we surrendered to Him and allowed Him to take over our lives. When the kingdom of God took over our lives, we went from being his enemies to becoming his servants.