2 Samuel 23

August 27, 2015Pastor's Blog

David was probably a little homesick when he thought of the well water there as the very best anywhere. Some of his mighty men overhear what he said and took it seriously. Certainly he had not given any orders to bring him water from that well and we learn that he had not even intended for anyone to be prompted by his words to attempt to get some. But these three brave men broke through the enemy lines, drew water for David, and then marched back twenty five miles or … Read More

David’s Song of Praise

August 26, 2015Pastor's Blog

2 Samuel 22 This rich song of praise is filled with faith for God as deliverer, God as just, and God has provider. Deliverer (v. 4-20) God serves as our shield in the midst of the enemy’s attacks but also in the trials and storms we face. When fear rises up inside of us, Jesus gives us the shield of faith. Just (v. 21-30) The value of making right choices is reflected through the blessings of God to those whom trust in Him. The Lord longs to give us strength … Read More

2 Samuel 21

August 25, 2015Pastor's Blog

“There was a famine in David’s time. It went on year after year after year – three years, David went to God seeking the reason. God said, ‘This is because there is blood on Saul and his house, from the time he massacred the Gibeonites.’” Three years! Surely people were dying as a result of this famine. I imagine the Israelites weren’t singing David’s praises. Did David seek God in the first year? Nope. Year two & still no rain … nope. Three years before David wakes up to the … Read More

When Trouble Makers Show Up

August 24, 2015Pastor's Blog

2 Samuel 20 So, what can we learn from this story? There are good ways to handle offense. In this world we live in, people will get upset. As much as we would like to avoid it, at some time or another it’s going to happen. Either we will get offended or we will offend someone else. I don’t care how careful, caring, loving, open minded, or gentle you might try to be, people will take offense. So what do we do when it happens? Well, Jesus has the answer … Read More

Deliver Us From Picky, Picky, Picky

August 21, 2015Pastor's Blog

In 2 Samuel 19 David is reinstated as king instead of Absalom. The nation should’ve rejoiced and some did but others only cared about the fact that things hadn’t gone exactly their way. In fact, the leaders of Israel and Judah began arguing over who carried David and his household items back to the palace. Picky, picky, picky. The rightful king was on his throne, but instead they sounded like bickering children. I wonder how often we miss the joy of God’s blessings because they didn’t happen exactly when and how … Read More

2 Samuel 18

August 20, 2015Daily Reading

Ahimaaz wanted the honor of carrying the news to the king that the rebellion had been put down. He did not see, as the older general Joab did, that David’s grief over his son’s death would send mixed signals to the nation, causing confusion. This unthinking young man was anxious to deliver what he saw as good news, but instead it angered David so much that he killed the man. Just because we have an open door for some opportunity, we should not necessarily see that as a go-ahead or … Read More

Look at the Larger Context

August 19, 2015Pastor's Blog

2 Samuel 17 This passage serves as a reminder to readers that passages of scripture should always be interpreted in light of the context of all of scripture. No reading of 2 Samuel 17 makes complete sense without understanding 2 Samuel’s larger context. Absalom is in full-fledged rebellion mode against his father David and has taken over the throne of Jerusalem. The fruit of David’s past transgressions (2 Samuel 11) help explain Absalom’s evil intentions to destroy his father. Consider the larger context of 2 Samuel 17 by asking the … Read More

2 Samuel 16

August 18, 2015Pastor's Blog

“David then said to Abishai and all his officials, ‘My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjaminte! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me His covenant blessing instead of His curse today.’” (2 Samuel 16:11-12) Can you see it? David walking down the street with his friends while some crazy old man is antagonizing him, pelting him with rocks … Read More

Displaced

August 17, 2015Pastor's Blog

2 Samuel 15:13-26 David fled Jerusalem, driven from his home by his son Absalom, who had gathered an army of supporters. As he escaped, he instructed Zadok, his priest, to take the ark of God back to Jerusalem and to lead his people in worship there. “If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord,” he mused, “He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place.” But if not, “Here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him” (2 Samuel … Read More

Good Intentions Fall Short

August 14, 2015Pastor's Blog

2 Samuel 14 David’s son Absalom kills his own brother Ammon and flees from King David who initially sought to punish him for this crime. Years pass and eventually David’s general, Joab sends someone to tell the king a fictional story that was supposed to help David see the entire matter in a different light and it worked. David was eventually reconciled to Absalom, but it was only a temporary reconciliation that eventually turned out much worse. Joab’s intentions may have been pure but the end result was even more pain … Read More