The Word: Episode 0472 John 11:29-38

“I Will Also Show This Goodness to You…”

May 26, 2018

“I Will Also Show This Goodness to You…”

Blessings folk!

David and his men are now living in the cities of Hebron.

The following shows two things…
  1. David is anointed king of Judah…
  2. David’s continued outpouring of love and support for Saul and his family…even in their death. He truly honored the anointed of the Lord…in word and deed.

2 Sam 2:4-7
Then the men of Judah came and there anointed David king over the house of Judah.
And they told David, saying, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul.”

David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them,
“May you be blessed of the LORD because you have shown this kindness to Saul your lord,
and have buried him.

“Now may the LORD show lovingkindness and truth to you;
and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.

“Now therefore, let your hands be strong and be valiant; for Saul your lord is dead,
and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”

The men of Jabesh-gilead had shown kindness to Saul by burying him.
David spoke blessings of the Lord over them for this act.
David called for the Lord to show lovingkindness and truth to them.

But David did not stop there.
He not only spoke blessing.
He blessed.
He would show goodness to them for what they had done.
He would be the vessel by which the Lord would bless.

How often we call upon the Lord to “bless”, yet we refuse to be the vehicle of the blessing.

David called for them to be strong and valiant.
He was now king.
They had nothing to fear from him.

Again, David typifying what we as believers have in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Be strong in the Lord and the power of this might.
Fear not!
It is gonna get worse…

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The Word: Episode 0471 John 11:25-29

“Shall I Go Up…”

May 25, 2018

“Shall I Go Up…”

Blessings folk!

Saul and his sons were dead.
David and his men grieved.
David wrote a lament and required Judah to learn it.

The threat to David and his men was gone.
What were they to do next?

David knew.
He was to inquired of the Lord…

2Sa 2:1-3
Then it came about afterwards that David inquired of the LORD, saying,
“Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up.”
So David said, “Where shall I go up?” And He said, “To Hebron.”

So David went up there, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.

And David brought up his men who were with him, each with his household;
and they lived in the cities of Hebron.

We learn some things in this incident about discerning the mind of the Lord.

Apparently David had been thinking about going to one of the cities of Judah.
So, he asked the Lord about it.
The Lord told him to “go up” to one of the cities.

The Lord did not delineate which city.

David inquired/asked which city.
The Lord said “Hebron”.

What do we learn?

The Lord may be the source of the thought in our mind.
We are to inquire of the Lord…in all things.
We are to inquire with faith and expectation that the Lord will speak and lead.

David did as the Lord lead.
David, his wives and his men and their households lived in the cities of Hebron.
Note the plural…”cities”… “in the cities of the region of Hebron”.
May we continually inquire of the Lord.


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The Word: Episode 0470 John 11:17-24

“More Wonderful Than the Love of Women”

May 24, 2018

“More Wonderful Than the Love of Women”

Blessings folk!

One more look at the lament David voiced for Saul and Jonathan.

David described them as…
- Israel’s beauty
- Mighty
- Beloved
- Pleasant in their life (yes, even Saul who sought to kill David!)
- Swifter than eagles
- Stronger than lions
- Warriors, fallen in battle
- Weapons of war

David’s response?

He was distressed, especially over Jonathan.
He described his feeling for Jonathan as…
- very pleasant to me
- love more wonderful than the love of women.

You can easily imagine how this has been perverted in today’s society.
Some describe David’s relationship with Jonathan as homosexual in nature.
Nope. Just a lie of the enemy.

David wanted his people to remember the great ones who had gone before them.
He did not want them forgotten.

2 Sa 1:17-27

Then David chanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son,

and he told them to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow;
behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.

“Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places!
How have the mighty fallen!

“Tell it not in Gath,
Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
Or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice,
The daughters of the uncircumcised will exult.

“O mountains of Gilboa,
Let not dew or rain be on you, nor fields of offerings;
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

“From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty,
The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty.

“Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life,
And in their death they were not parted;
They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions.

“O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet,
Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

“How have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan is slain on your high places.

“I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been very pleasant to me.
Your love to me was more wonderful
Than the love of women.

“How have the mighty fallen,
And the weapons of war perished!”


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The Word: Episode 0469 John 11:7-16

“How Have the Mighty Fallen…”

May 23, 2018

“How Have the Mighty Fallen…”

Blessings folk!

Saul and his sons were dead.

David wept and grieved.

We have a lament by David.

For today…
Note how David viewed Saul and Jonathan.
Note how he felt about them.

2Sa 1:17-27

Then David chanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son,

and he told them to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow;
behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.

“Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places!
How have the mighty fallen!

“Tell it not in Gath,
Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
Or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice,
The daughters of the uncircumcised will exult.

“O mountains of Gilboa,
Let not dew or rain be on you, nor fields of offerings;
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

“From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty,
The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty.

“Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life,
And in their death they were not parted;
They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions.

“O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet,
Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

“How have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan is slain on your high places.

“I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been very pleasant to me.
Your love to me was more wonderful
Than the love of women.

“How have the mighty fallen,
And the weapons of war perished!”

David praised and exalted Saul and Jonathan.
He loved them.
He desired for them to be remembered…in a good way.
He commanded the sons of Judah to learn the “song of the bow”…it is written in the book of Jashar.

{Jashar/Jasher is one of several books that are mentioned and/or referenced in the Bible…
- Jashar
- Chronicles of the Kings of Israel
- Book of the Kings of Israel
- Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia
- Jubilees
- Enoch
- Book of the Wars of the Lord
- several others…}

David wanted the mighty King of Israel to be remembered.
David held no aught against Saul.

He came not against the Lord’s anointed…not only in deed but also in thought and word.
Not only in life.
But, also in their death.

He sought to promote the good…

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The Word: Episode 0468 John 11:1-6

“Mourning, Weeping, Fasting”

May 22, 2018

“Mourning, Weeping, Fasting”

Blessings folk!

The biblical book of 1 Samuel ends with Saul and his sons death and burial.

A sad ending to what could have been…

We press on…remembering that we are doing a cursory examination of David.

2 Samuel begins with David receiving the news of what had happened.

Watch how they learned of the outcome of the battle.
Watch David’s reaction.
Watch how David remained faithful to the Lord’s anointed to the end.
Watch what happens when someone seeks to ingratiate themselves to the king.

2Sa 1:1-16

Now it came about after the death of Saul,
when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites,
that David remained two days in Ziklag.

On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul,
with his clothes torn and dust on his head.
And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself.

Then David said to him, “From where do you come?”
And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.”

David said to him, “How did things go? Please tell me.”
And he said, “The people have fled from the battle,
and also many of the people have fallen and are dead;
and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.”

So David said to the young man who told him,
“How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”

The young man who told him said,
“By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and behold, Saul was leaning on his spear.
And behold, the chariots and the horsemen pursued him closely.

“When he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I said, ‘Here I am.’

“He said to me, ‘Who are you?’ And I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’

“Then he said to me, ‘Please stand beside me and kill me,
for agony has seized me because my life still lingers in me.’

“So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown which was on his head and the bracelet which was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”

Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them,
and so also did all the men who were with him.

They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and for the people of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

David said to the young man who told him, “Where are you from?”
And he answered, “I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite.”

Then David said to him,
“How is it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the LORD’S anointed?”

And David called one of the young men and said, “Go, cut him down.”
So he struck him and he died.

David said to him,“Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the LORD’S anointed.’”

David and all his men mourned, wept and fasted because of the death of Saul and Jonathan.
Saul the King.
Saul who had pursued them.
Saul who had sought their death.
Yet, they mourned.

Why?

Because he was the anointed of the Lord.

Why did David kill the messenger?

The messenger’s blood was upon his own head.
He testified that he had killed Saul…though that was a lie.
He thought that he was bringing good new to the new king…he literally brought Saul’s crown and bracelet.
He thought he would be well received as the one who would “crown the king”>
He was wrong.

A couple of things:

  1. Do not touch the anointed of the Lord. Allow the Lord to handle things in His time.
  2. Do not ingratiate yourself…through truth or life. Allow the Lord to raise you up.

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