MONDAY 8 August, 2016
My Flesh and Bone
You are my brethren, you are my bone and my flesh. Why then are you the last to bring back the king?’ And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if you are not commander of the army before me continually in place of Joab.’” - 2 Samuel 19:12-13
David was from the tribe of Judah, the linage of the Messiah (Revelation 5:5). Through this important phrase, ‘you are my bone and my flesh’ the elders of Judah were reminded of a covenant they had made with him:
Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh … and the LORD said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.’” Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD. And they anointed David king over Israel (1 Samuel 5:1-4).
Furthermore, Amas, David’s nephew through Abigal, sister to Zeriah, Joab’s mother, would replace Joab as captain over the king’s armies––who could no longer be trusted. Perhaps this strategic move would unite the two opposing armies to once again bring about a unified nation.
Interestingly, this phrase used by David is very similar to the one Adam spoke when he saw Eve for the first time. And Adam said: This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:23).
Most couples begin their married life in love and in unity. A marriage fails when disunity enters the relationship through sin such as: adultery, selfishness or unkindness. Often a reminder of the love they once shared and the vows they have said to one another will help unify their marriage.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times —
always with the same person.
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