Santa Paula Church
276 W Santa Paula Street
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Santa Paula Church of Christ (SPCC)
David and the Wise Woman of [SP]
“Long ago they used to say, ‘Get your answer at Abel,’ ... 19 We are the peaceful & faithful in Israel. You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel” (2 Sam. 20:18-19).
In 2 Samuel 20 Sheba ben Bichri, a Benjaminite, flees to Abel Beth Maakah, seeking refuge from David’s wingman, Joab. As Joab and his army build a siege ramp against the city wall, they are interrupted by the “wise woman of Abel” who admonishes, “They used to say in the old days, ‘Let them inquire at Abel’; and so they would settle a matter. I am one of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel; you seek to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel; why will you swallow up the heritage of the Lord?” It is clear from her remarks that Abel has an Israelite history and lore that precedes Joab’s time and is otherwise unknown to him. Whereas Joab is a threat to Abel, Sheba legitimately seeks refuge there. In the pro-David, Judahite perspective of the text in its final form, the city’s allegiance goes with Joab and David, with Sheba’s head handed down to Joab from Abel’s ramparts – hardly what one expects from the “peaceful” inIsrael(takenfromhttps://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/abel-beth-maacah-in-the-bible).
The wise woman’s speech 1) “Long ago they used to say, ‘Get your answer at Abel,” and that settled it;” 2) “We are the peaceful and faithful is Israel; and 3) “You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother is Israel. Why do you want to swallow up the Lord’s inheritance? “This speech saves the day. Joab listens to her and ...
“22 ... the woman went to all the people with her wise advice, and they cut off the head of Sheba son of Bikri and threw it to Joab. So, he sounded the trumpet, and his men dispersed from the city, each returning to his home. And Joab went back to the king in Jerusalem.”
Lord, help us to be like the wise woman of “Abel Beth Maakah.”
Join us at our worship service. Our Sunday services begin at 9:00 a.m. in Spanish and 10:45 a.m. in English. We are located at 276 W. Santa Paula Street (across from the cemetery).
Dr. Robert Perez
March 1, 2020
Communion for March…… Peggy & Doris
March 1st …. Freda & Gloria
Order of Worship
Worship Leader: Mike Marlow
Songs: How Great Thou Art (#76)
His Grace Reaches Me (#113)
Opening Prayer: Rey Jimenez Sr.
Song: Amazing Grace (#129)
Lords Supper: Ramon Castillo/Ray Blaskey
Songs: Be with Me Lord (#778)
Nothing but the Blood (#902)
Sermon: Robert Perez- David and the Wise Woman of [SP] “Long ago they used to say, ‘Get your answer at Abel,’ ... 19 We are the peaceful & faithful in Israel. You are trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel” (2 Sam. 20:18-19).
Song of Invitation: Sweet Hour of Prayer (#827)
Announcements/ Closing Prayer:
Rey Jimenez Jr.
Weekend to Remember coming in March, Ventura Beach Marriott March 20-22 Hotel Rooms are still available but filling up fast. The deadline is 3/6. After that we lose our special rate. Registration space is still available. We have room for 70 couples. -use code; Perezgroup.
There will be a home Bible Study today Sunday March 1st at the home of the Perez family at 5:00 p.m.
No Senior Saints/Potluck for the month of March.
There will be a business meeting on Sunday March 8th after service.
There will be a Surf Camp meeting on Sunday March 22nd after service.
We are having Joined Service & Potluck on Sunday March 29th. Service starts at 10:30 a.m. There is a potluck after service.
There will be a Men’s Leadership meeting on Sunday March 29th after the potluck.
SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP
Bible Study and Fellowship
Sunday Morning Spanish
Spanish Worship- 9:00 a.m.
Spanish Bible Study-10:45 a.m.
Coffee & Donuts 9:00 a.m-9:30 a.m.
English Bible Class: 9:45 a.m.
Worship in English: 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible study:
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
English and Spanish
Santa Paula Church of Christ
276 W. Santa Paula St.
Santa Paula, CA 93060
Office: (805)525-3645 Fax: (805)525-7195
English Minister: Robert Perez
Spanish Minister Virgilio Garcia
Secretary: Stacy Salazar