Day 63 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 16 to 19
🍇 Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation.
2 Samuel:16:20 "Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, give counsel among you what we shall do"
Absalom as the new and inexperienced leader, wanted to have as many advisers as possible. This gave room for Ahithophel to
become and aide to Absalom. More over, he was keeping a grudge to David because of his illegal relationship with Bathsheba,
his grand daughter. But David was aware that God is still on the throne. So he prayed," O Lord, turn Ahithophel's counsel in to
foolishness" ( 2 Sam:15:31)
⚡ Let us learn from David the means to wriggle out of such dangerous moments and reach safe haven. - Prayer-anytime.
⚡ God heard David's prayer. Ahithophel's good advice was thwarted out by that of Hushai.So he had a sad end. There was no other option for him than to end his life. He was convinced that Absalom's rebellion against his father would surely fail and that he
would be punished for his role in the conspiracy.
⚡ In the past God had used people like Jonathan and Abimelek the priest to help David while he was fleeing from Saul. God comes to our rescue as he is our helper. Also, he always wants us to act on his behalf to help someone in need.
🔥 Always remember: God is still on the throne; He will remember his own. The trials may press us and burdens distress us. He never will leave us alone. His promise is true, He will not forget you. Rejoice, as our Lord is still on the throne.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
2 Sam 16:12 And perhaps the lord will see that I am wronged and will bless me because of these curses today
David was running from Absalom ,shimei (a relative of Saul)was throwing stones and cursing David .His curses were unjustified because David had no part in Saul's death.
David recognized the armed rebellion as a consequence for his own actions,part of God's punishment for his sin against Uriah and Bethseba.(prophecy in 2 Sam 12;10 is fulfilled.The sword will never depart from your house).He saw that affliction as God's means to keep him humble.
Shimei might curse or speak evil of his ruler ,but accepted everything is from God. Abishai wanted to kill shimei for his insults to the king but David refused to listen to any offer that would cause bloodshed.
David was mindful of the cursing of shimei but he was determined never to avenge it.in his lifetime.because God had permitted it.
David believed God might reward his righteous suffering just as He rewarded for his persecution in the hands of Saul.Even more God had made a covenant with David .2Sam 7:16 Your throne will be secure forever David trusted God to be faithful .
God often allow things to happen, that on the surface appear to harm us but ultimately it is for our good.David knew God would turn his affliction for good.
He knew God to be the judge and avenger of His people .whatever he saw fit ,whether cursing or blessing or good or evil.the will of God will be done .
Barzillai, the iron heart
We first come across this person in 2 Sam 17:27. David is fleeing from his treacherous son, Absalom. He is tired and depressed. At that moment, all know that his son's army is stronger. Helping David is dangerous as everything points to Absalom's future victory. But Barzillai, with others come to provide for David and his retenu at Mahanaim.
The character of Barzillai is fascinating.
- He is 80 years old (2 Sam 19:32) and lives in Rogelim, quite far from Mahanaim but that didn't stop him from getting up and travelling to provide for the King in person.
- He was a wealthy man but didn't mind providing and staying with David as long as he was in Mahanaim.
- He wasn't looking for personal gain. He just wanted to serve the King and refused to return with David to a life of importance in the palace (2 Sam 19:34-36).
- He allowed his son, Chimham to go in his place and David never forgot him (1 Kings 2:7).
- Chimham's inheritance, becomes an important inn or place of refuge in later years (Jer 41:17).
So much to learn from Barzillai. We don't even know his proper name, as Bar means son. He was the son of Zillai.
This iron hearted man, ignored his age and security, riding out to serve his King. He dedicated his son to the same service. And today, we still remember them for providing refuge to the persecuted in faith.
Are we serving the King of kings in spirit and in truth? Or are we thinking of silly excuses to look after ourselves and our family? Who are we providing refuge for, these days? Let us pray that whenever opportunity strikes, we use it to work, serve and worship the Lord. Stay blessed.
✝✝✝ God's Grace in Surviving Grief: 2 Samuel 18:33 to 19:8
21 years ago, this day, this time, a 21-year-old youth in our Church in Bangalore died, and went to be with the Lord! We were all confused and panicky. Praveen was the only child of his parents. He had been preparing to celebrate Christmas in a grand way, and had been organising entertaining Christmas programmes and decorating St. Joseph's College all night, at the same College I studied years before him.
After a sleepless night, he was returning home with other friends on his new bike when they suddenly met with an accident, hitting a roadside pole. 🚑 After a few hours, he died at the famous Manipal Hospital, having suffered internal injuries. It seemed all was lost. It pains to know his parents have never attended our Church Carol programmes ever since and have still not yet fully recovered.
There is no greater loss for parents than the death of a loving child or grandchild in an unnatural way. We read King David is devastated by the death of his son Absalom, despite Absalom's betrayal (2 Samuel 18:33).
There is no easy answer or explanation when someone we love dies suddenly, without even saying a goodbye. How could God allow this? It's too hard to understand. One day we all go to the same place, true! What helps is to allow ourselves to mourn like David and to place ourselves in God's healing hands. Is there anything too hard for Him? However...
...Life continues — in the Bible, and for us today, albeit with pain in our hearts. Commander and nephew Joab challenges David not to forget the people who have served him faithfully and count on his leadership (2 Samuel 19:6-8).
In our grief, we must not forget the family and friends who grieve with us. We need them, and they need us to heal the pain of loss.
To all here who have suffered personal loss, it's a sweet reminder God is still good! God is with us! His purposes for us are better understood by Him. His promises never fail for us! Like David, let's also surrender our lives to Him fully, no matter what goes around us, within us! He came to us. He is with us, Christmas time, and all through our lives! To Him be all glory and honour and praise!
♪♪ David the king was grieved and moved; ♪♪
♪♪ He went to his chamber, his chamber, and wept; ♪♪
♪♪ And as he went, he wept and said, ♪♪
♪♪ O my son! O my son! ♪♪
♪♪ Would to God I had died, ♪♪
♪♪ Would to God I had died, ♪♪
♪♪ For thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! ♪♪
♪♪ Once he was pure as morning dew, ♪♪
♪♪ As he knelt at his mother’s knee; ♪♪
♪♪ No face was as bright, ♪♪
♪♪ no heart more true, ♪♪
♪♪ And none was so sweet as he. ♪♪
Be comforted, at all times!
- Bob, Bangalore.
Moses+David =Jesus Christ
➡The great leader in the Bible is Moses
➡The great king in the Bible is David.
Moses brought the law (Jn1:17)
David was chosen of God as king.
King means anointed.
Jesus is addressed as Son of David.
Why not Son of Jesse, David's father? Or any other name?
The real anointing came from David.
The word of God came from Moses.
And the word became flesh (Jn1:14)
Jesus Christ is the combination of two great saints of the old testament period
David is mentioned 895 times and Moses 783 times in the Bible, the more no.of times than any other name except Jesus.
Jesus started His ministry with the word of God and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
When the devil tempted Him while He was fasting, He rebuked him by the word of God.
When He took water baptism, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him.
Word of God + anointing of the Holy Spirit = kingdom of God
We all should be transformed like Jesus. Only with the help of the word of God and anointing of the Holy Spirit we can be transformed like unto Jesus.
Moses-the word of God will help us to lead and David-the anointing will help us to rule.
These chapters cover some of the most painful biblical stories that we could ever read! They tell us about the fall of a man whom God himself called, 'a man after God's own heart'! Sad to note, that some of the sins that plagued David were lying, adultery and murder. These chapters honestly describe some of these sins. In order to cover up his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, Uriah's wife, David arranged for Joab to see to it that he was deliberately killed in the battle, because Uriah refused to go home to his wife, while the ark of the covenant and the people of God were on the battlefield, even though David gave him the freedom to do so! What David did, displeased God immensely! Surprisingly, David himself seemed to be ignorant of his evil deeds, and it was only after God sent Nathan the prophet to rebuke David for the same, did he realise that he had indeed sinned!
Somehow, life in the palace as king, over a long period of time, resulted in him backsliding in his walk with the Lord, without him knowing it! After repenting, on hearing Nathan's rebuke, God forgives him, and spares his life. However, as time goes on, four of his sons suffer the consequences of his actions and die prematurely as a result! When his eldest son Amnon rapes his half sister, who happens to be, David's son, Absalom's sister, Absalom is enraged and on finding that his father David, does not deal with the matter justly, he eventually takes matters in his own hand and gets Amnon murdered! Next, Absalom flees the country and is brought back by the king, after 3 long years! However, the king gives Absalom the cold shoulder and doesn't meet him even once for 2 whole years. This instigates Absalom to coerce Joab to arrange for a meeting between him and his father David which finally takes place.
Nevertheless, the reconciliation is only superficial and is never settled by means of appropriate communication and the much needed repentance and restitution! Eventually, Absalom on harbouring a grudge against his father for the same, subtly, gets a major portion of the Israelites to join forces with him and oust David from the throne. The battle that ensues between the forces that join David or Absalom, results in David's men winning and Joab eventually killing Absalom! On looking back, we find that David's failure as a father which led him to deal foolishly with his sons and fail to give them wise counsel, as well as, sternly reprove and discipline those of them who did wrong, stemmed from the sins that he himself committed and was unable to make restitution for. Further, because his sons took advantage of their father's inconsistencies, as well as, failed to refrain from following in the footsteps of their father where he was wrong, or confronting him about the same, they too went the path of rebellion against God's laws and subsequently met their own destruction as well!
Let us, therefore, learn from these examples, and make it a point to settle matters with God and man immediately, so that Satan may be unable to take advantage of us, and so, serve to hinder the good plan that God has in store for us, which can be fulfilled only as we walk in repentance and restitution towards both, God and man.
🌸🌸 JM 🌸 🌸 JM 🌸 🌸
Chapter 17: In this chapter, we can see some extraordinary characters.
Also we need to understand, …
👉 …….. how is God going to work out His plan?
👉………………...How is God going to fulfill His purpose?
In the first 14 verses, we can see the counsel of Ahithophel.
📍 AHITHOPHEL was a legend in his own time.
He was the counsel for both David and Absalom.”
In verse 1-3, He says to Absalom that they can have a surprise attack with overwhelming force to David.
Now David has fled the city of Jerusalem and he was disorganized; He has no army; He has no food.
♦Ahithophel's advice was good, sound advice and was a militarily strategic advice, to go after David at his hard and to kill him.
But in verse 5,...
❓…. What does Absalom did?
Absalom calls in Hushai for a second piece of advice.
📍HUSHAI is David's spy.
He criticized the counsel Ahithophel.
Absalom and the elders, they believe Hushai's advice is better.
Why did Absalom believe Hushai and not Ahithophel?
🙏 This is because God at work.
🙏 This is the providence of God.
‼When Ahithophel sees that his counsel has been rejected and that his plans to defeat and destroy David have failed, he returns to his house, puts everything in order and commits suicide!
‼What a tragic end to what had been a good life!
📍Ahithophel did all these evil things because there was a root of bitterness in his life.
👉He hated David and had merely pretended to be his friend all those years.
👉(He was Bathsheba's grandfather and possibly and probably bears ill-will toward David.
♦As that root of bitterness grew in his life, He lost sight of his walk with the Lord.
Let’s ask ourselves often,
❓ "Am I bitter?"
❓Is my mouth out of control?
❓Am I critical, hot-tempered, and rude?
❓Is my marriage marked by bitterness?
❓Are my children bitter because of me?
Bitterness will affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually because the fruit of bitterness is an acid that destroys its container.
❓How do we remove the root of bitterness?
It takes a lot of work.
🌳…. Clean out all the bush that has been in the ground for a long time Then….
🌳….. We have to dig around the plant and then chop the roots in half.
🌳And…… uproot those roots of bitterness.
❤We are to be kind and loving to those who have hurt us,
❤we need to go the extra mile to those who use us,
❤We need to Reveal everything to God;
❤we have to pray for those who are against us.
📍📍📍 Hatefulness and holiness do not dwell in the same heart.
🌸 Jooley Mathew🌸
(Sorry for the late posting I was not feeling well)