August 2018

The Word: Episode 0569 John 21:18-25

“I Have Sinned…”

August 31, 2018

“I Have Sinned…”

Blessings folk!

David had received the Word of the Lord via Nathan.

God would forgive.
But enemies would come against David.
Enemies from the Lord.
Enemies from David’s family.

What was David’s response?

2 Sa 12:13
Then David said to Nathan,
“I have sinned against the LORD.”
And Nathan said to David,
“The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.

David repented.
He acknowledged his sin when confronted about it.

Hope for us.

Nathan then declared the Word of the Lord to David.
The Lord had taken David’s sin away.
David would not die.

The Lord had mercy upon David.
According to the Law, David should have been punished by death.
Yet, the Lord had mercy upon David.

But…and this is a big but…the fruit of his sin would echo through his family, beginning immediately.

Listen to this sad word…

2 Sa 12:14
“However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.”

We learn something here.

David’s sin had given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme the Lord.

The same occurs when we sin.
It gives the enemy opportunity.

One more thing was learned.

The child that Uriah’s wife carried would die.
David’s child would die.

Through no fault of his own, the child would die.
Due to David’s sin.

Humm…
A foreshadowing…
A typical picture…
Of that yet to come…

Through no fault of His own a child would die…another child of David…would offer Himself for all of mankind.

In the midst of mercy and misery we see the faint picture of mercy and grace.

Thank you Lord.

Oh yeah…Believers will meet this little son of David in eternity…

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John Part 3 - Lesson 13

John Part 3 - Lesson 13

The Word: Episode 0568 John 21:14-17

“I Will Do This Before All Israel”

August 30, 2018

“I Will Do This Before All Israel”

Blessings folk!

The Lord continues to speak to David through Nathan the prophet.

The Lord has
recounted what He had done for David.

The Lord was not finished.

Now He tells David what was to occur due to this act of evil…this act of despising the Lord.

2Sa 12:10-12

‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house,
because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’

“Thus says the LORD,
‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household;
I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion,
and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.

‘Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.’”

The sword would never depart from David’s house - due to his despising of the Lord by taking the wife of Uriah and the life of Uriah.

The Lord would raise up evil against David.
This would come from the household of David.

The Lord would take his wives before his eyes and give them to David’s “companion”.
He will lie with David’s wives.
We will see this later.

David did what he did in secret.
God will do what He will do before all of Israel.
All under the sun will know.

David had repented.
The Lord forgave him.
But, there is fruit that comes from the acts we do…

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The Word: Episode 0567 John 21:7-14

“I Gave…”

August 29, 2018

“I Gave…”

Blessings folk!

David had been confronted.
Not by Nathan.
By God.

God used Nathan to speak the truth to David.

The first words penetrated to the heart.
“You are the man”
David was the man in the story Nathan had told.

But the Lord was not done.
The Lord tells David what He had done for him.
The Lord tells David that He would have done even more.
Then, the Lord tells David what he had done.

So much in this story.
Give close attention and heed…

2Sa 12:7-9

Nathan then said to David,
“You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel,
‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.

‘I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care,
and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little,
I would have added to you many more things like these!

‘Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight?
You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife,
and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.

God proclaimed bluntly what He had done for David:

  • I have anointed you king over Israel
  • I delivered you from the hand of Saul
  • I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care (likely Saul’s stuff)
  • I gave you the house of Israel and Judah
  • I would have added to you more if all this proved too little

David had been ungrateful.
David had been greedy.
David had sought to satisfy the lust of the flesh through the power of position.
David had despised the word of the Lord.
David had done evil in the sight of God.

God tells David exactly what he had done.
  • You struck down Uriah with the sword…the sword of the sons of Ammon
  • You took his wife to be your wife

David thought he had “got away with it”.
He had not.

Repentance is the only way.

Learn the lesson of David.

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The Word: Episode 0566 John 21:1-6

“You Are the Man!”

August 28, 2018

“You Are the Man!”

Blessings folk!

Remember from yesterday (or go back and
review)….

David had done evil in the sight of the Lord.

Nathan was sent by God to speak a Word from God…

Nathan told a story about a rich man that took the prized possession of a poor man.

David responded in outrage.
He declare the man deserved death.
He stated that the man would bring forth retribution four-fold.

David was correct in his response.

But, then one of the most powerful Words in the Word…

2 Sam 12:7a

7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,..


The Lord declared to David that he was the man.

David was the rich man.
David was the one who stole from the poor.
David was the one who killed the prized possession.
David was the one who deserved death.
David was the one who should pay restitution.

The Lord began with these four words.

“You are the man!”

God would continue on with many more…which we will see later.

For today…

We all have been/are the man.

We have sinned.

What will you do?

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The Word: Episode 0565 Mark 16:9-14

“No Pity”

August 27, 2018

“No Pity”

Blessings folk!

David had done evil in the sight of the Lord.

He had taken something that was not his…another man’s wife.
He had killed the man to cover the deed.

God was displeased.
The Lord was about to address the situation.
He did so in an interesting way.
He sent someone with a message, a prophet.
The message was a simple, child-like story.

2 Samuel 12:1-6

1 And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him,
“There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor.

2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds,

3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought.
And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children.
It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms,
and it was like a daughter to him.

4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man,
and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him,
but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

5 Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan,
“As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die,

6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”


There are several things to consider…

  • David’s heart was revealed. He desired justice. David was righteous, yet imperfect as we are seeing.
  • David desired for restitution to be done.
  • The rich man was very rich, yet he did not want to use his resources. Many are the same today.
  • The poor man had little. He cared for what he did have…
    • Brought it up
    • Grew up with him and his children
    • Ate morsels from the table
    • Drank from his cup
    • Laid in his arms.

Very much a beloved “pet”.

Yet, the rich man cared not.

He took the poor man’s animal for the meal for the traveler.

David immediately responded.
Nathan did not even asked for a point of thought, conclusion, etc.

David immediately judged the situation rightly.
The man deserved to die.
The Word does not say that the man did die, just that he deserved death because of this act.

What was the act?
The act that deserved death?
No pity.

The rich had not pity for the poor.
Worse still, the rich abused the poor.

What does this have to do with David?
We will see next time.

For today, we are all richer than 99.99% percent of all mankind has been.
What are you doing with your riches?

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The Word: Episode 0564 Mark 16:9-13

“Evil in the Sight of the Lord”

August 26, 2018

“Evil in the Sight of the Lord”

Blessings folk!

David had eliminated the problem.
Uriah was dead…at the hand and plan of David.

David considered the matter settled.
It was over.
All would be well.

We can glean this from the following passage.
Yet, there was one thing.

What did the Lord God think?

2 Sa 11:26-27

Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead,
she mourned for her husband.

When the time of mourning was over,
David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife;
then she bore him a son.
But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.

Bathsheba, she is never mentioned by name after the initial naming…always referred to as “the wife of Uriah”…even in Jesus’ genealogy… mourned the death of her husband.

When the time of mourning was completed…

David sent for her.
David brought here into his house.
David made her his wife…one of several.
She bore David a son.

But…
What David did was evil in the sight of the Lord.

God knew.
God knows.

Then.
Now.

God would…will…deal with the evil.

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The Word: Episode 0563 Mark 16:1-9

“Uriah Executed…”

August 25, 2018

“Uriah Executed…”

Blessings folk!

David has a serious problem.

One of his might warriors, Uriah, wife is pregnant with David’s child.

David tried to create a scenario whereby some plausible deniability could be considered.

It did not work.

Now, David goes to another plan…

 2 Sa 11:14-25

Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

He had written in the letter, saying, “Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”

So it was as Joab kept watch on the city,
that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men.

The men of the city went out and fought against Joab,
and some of the people among David’s servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.

Then Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war.

He charged the messenger, saying,
“When you have finished telling all the events of the war to the king,

and if it happens that the king’s wrath rises and he says to you,
‘Why did you go so near to the city to fight?
Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?

‘Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’—then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’”

So the messenger departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell.

The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.

“Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall;
so some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.”

Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it’; and so encourage him.”

David murdered Uriah.
David might have thought that he was being coy, but the simple fact is that he had a faithful servant and warrior killed.

David could have simply taken Bathsheba.
He was the king.

Yet, he was more concerned about how “he appeared” than he was with the well-being of Uriah.

David developed the plan.
He executed the plan.
Joab followed the plan through.
Joab knew what was occurring, though he likely did not know why.
He knew that David was ordering the execution of Uriah at the hand of the enemy.

We know this by the defensive detail that Joab gave the servant as to how he should respond if the king’s anger arose.

David calmly told the servant to tell Joab to “not worry about it”.

David wanted Joab encouraged.

The plan worked.

Uriah was dead.

All was well.

What could go wrong?
Again…

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The Word: Episode 0562 Matthew 28:16-20

“Uriah the Hittite”

August 24, 2018

“Uriah the Hittite”

Blessings folk!

David had received word from Bathsheba.

She was pregnant.

The child was his.

What to do now?

David never lacked for a plan…

 2Sa 11:6-13

Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David.

When Uriah came to him,
David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war.

Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.”
And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and a present from the king was sent out after him.

But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord,
and did not go down to his house.

Now when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”

Uriah said to David,
“The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.”

Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go.”
So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.

Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk;
and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord’s servants,
but he did not go down to his house.


David sent for Uriah.

Uriah was a Hittite - not of the line of the Hebrews.

David feigned interest in the welfare of Joab, the soldiers and the state of war.

David then encouraged Uriah to go home.

Uriah refused to do so.

Uriah showed far more integrity than David.

Uriah refused to partake of the pleasures of home while his men were in battle.

Little did he know that the pleasures of his home had been coopted.

But, David had another agenda - plausible deniability.

If he could get Uriah to go home, then it could be said the child was his.

David tried again…plan B.
Made him stay longer.
Got Uriah drunk.

Still, Uriah would not compromise.

Both times Uriah slept on the porch with the servants.

He refused to go home.

This struck fear into David.
This struck anger into David.

David decided a more aggressive approach was required…

Covering sin…rather than repentance…will lead deeper and deeper in the hole….

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The Word: Episode 0561 Matthew 28:11-15

“He Took Her…”

August 23, 2018

“He Took Her…”

Blessings folk!

David had not gone to battle with his army in the spring.
He had remained in Jerusalem.

So?

Watch what happened…

2 Sa 11:2-5

Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing;
and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.

So David sent and inquired about the woman.
And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”

David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her;
and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.

The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “I am pregnant.”

David was not where he should have been.

Rather than leading his men, he was napping in the afternoon.

He arose at evening!

He was walking around the roof of the king’s house…likely the highest point around… when his eyes saw something.

A beautiful woman.
A beautiful woman bathing…(A “sheba” taking a “bath”…ok, a bad pun&hellipWinking

David wanted to know who the woman was.
Not very subtle.

He found that she was the wife of one of his warriors.

David sent messengers…more than one!…and took her.
Not very discrete.

He took her.
He laid with her.
She conceived.
She went home.

She then sent word to David with the news.

Oh the folly of a wandering eye with the luxury of free time…and resources…and power… and position…

Beware!


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John Part 3 Lesson 12

John Part 3 - Lesson 12

The Word: Episode 560 Matthew 28:1-10

“David Stayed”

August 22, 2018

“David Stayed”

Blessings folk!!

A quick word for the day.

We as believers must do what the Lord tells us to do.

We must be where we are suppose to be.

Read this one verse.

It sets the context for a very familiar story.

I do not want us to lose insight due to familiarity.

2 Sa 11:1

Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle,
that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel,
and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah.
But David stayed at Jerusalem.

In the spring good weather appeared.

It was the time for kings to go to battle.
To resume from the previous “season”.

Note, kings normally led forth.

David did not go.
He stayed in Jerusalem.
Joab and David’s servants with all of Israel went forth.
They had been victorious repeatedly.
They could handle it.

All this “makes sense”, yet, still, David was not where he should have been.

He stayed home.

What possibly could go wrong…?

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The Word: Episode 0559 John 20:24-31

“Defeated by Israel…”

August 21, 2018

“Defeated by Israel…”

Blessings folk!

The Arameans had been defeated by Israel.

They were mad.

Read what they did…

2Sa 10:15-19

When the Arameans saw that they had been defeated by Israel,
they gathered themselves together.

And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Arameans who were beyond the River,
and they came to Helam; and Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer led them.

Now when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Arameans arrayed themselves to meet David and fought against him.

But the Arameans fled before Israel, and David killed 700 charioteers of the Arameans and 40,000 horsemen and struck down Shobach the commander of their army, and he died there.

When all the kings, servants of Hadadezer, saw that they were defeated by Israel,
they made peace with Israel and served them.
So the Arameans feared to help the sons of Ammon anymore.

The Arameans gathered themselves together.

David heard.

David gathered Israel and went after the Arameans.

The Arameans “arrayed themselves” to meet David and Israel.

The Arameans fled before them.
They were defeated.
Tens of thousands of the enemy died.
Shobach, their commander, died.

The Arameans learned.
They were defeated.
They made peace with Israel and served Israel.
They feared to help the sons of Ammon anymore.

God was with Israel.
God brought victory.
We, likewise, have victory in Him.

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The Word: Episode 0558 John 20:19-23

“May the Lord Do What Is Good in His Sight”

August 20, 2018

“May the Lord Do What Is Good in His Sight”

Blessings folk!

The battle was set.

Give close attention to what Joab did/said…

2Sa 10:9-14

Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and in the rear,
he selected from all the choice men of Israel, and arrayed them against the Arameans.

But the remainder of the people he placed in the hand of Abishai his brother,
and he arrayed them against the sons of Ammon.

He said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me,
but if the sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you.

“Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight.”

So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Arameans,
and they fled before him.

When the sons of Ammon saw that the Arameans fled,
they also fled before Abishai and entered the city.
Then Joab returned from fighting against the sons of Ammon and came to Jerusalem.

Joab saw that forces were against him from the front and the rear.

He split his forces.
He took select men to go against the Arameans.

The remainder he placed in his brother Abisahi’s hand.

They agreed to protect one another.

Then Joab spoke forth an exhortation…
- Be strong
- Show yourself courageous
- for the sake of the people
- for the sake of the cities of our God

Then this…
May the Lord do what is good in His sight!

May we do likewise.
Walk in courage.
Trust in the Lord to do what is right in His sight…

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The Word: Episode 0557 John 20:11-18

“Odious”

August 19, 2018

“Odious”

Blessings folk!

David’s emissaries had returned half-bearded and half-naked.

David’s response?

Watch what the sons of Ammon knew…

 2Sa 10:6-8

Now when the sons of Ammon saw that they had become odious to David, the sons of Ammon sent and hired the Arameans of Beth-rehob and the Arameans of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob with 12,000 men.

When David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the army, the mighty men.

The sons of Ammon came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the city,
while the Arameans of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field.

The sons of Ammon knew that they had become “odious to David”.
Odious?
It means…
- to stink
- abhor
- an abomination
- wicked
- loathsome.

It was not good for those in Ammon.

So, what did the sons of Ammon do?
They hired mercenaries for protection.
Mercenaries to supplement their forces.

David heard about it.
David sent Joab and all the army, the mighty men.

No mercenaries for David.

The sons of Ammon began to stage a defense.

Wonder what David would do…?

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The Word: Episode 0556 John 20:1-10

“Half A Beard…”

August 18, 2018

“Half A Beard…”

Blessings folk!

Sometimes the good deeds we do are not receive.
Sometimes they are thrown back in our face.
Sometimes they are rejected.
Sometimes suspicion, doubt, fear and defensiveness cloud the thoughts of people.

David experienced of such.

Here is what happened…

2Sa 10:1-5

Now it happened afterwards that the king of the Ammonites died,
and Hanun his son became king in his place.

Then David said,
“I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent some of his servants to console him concerning his father.
But when David’s servants came to the land of the Ammonites,

the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord,
“Do you think that David is honoring your father because he has sent consolers to you?
Has David not sent his servants to you in order to search the city,
to spy it out and overthrow it?”

So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle as far as their hips, and sent them away.

When they told it to David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly humiliated.
And the king said, “Stay at Jericho until your beards grow, and then return.”

We might give Hanun’s princes a bit of leeway.
They had seen what David had done to his enemies.
They knew of his victories.
They knew that Hanun’s father had shown kindness to David, but, they did not believe that David would truly reciprocate.

So, they convinced Hanun to question David’s motives.

Then Hanun went beyond.

He humiliated the servants of David.
He shaved half their beards.
He cut the bottom half of their garments off.
He sent them back.

The men were greatly humiliated.
They were not sent as soldiers to fight.
They were sent as emissaries to communicate.

They had not been received well.

David sent for them.
David comforted them.
David told them to go to a place, Jericho, and wait.
Await the growing of their beards.

Knowing what we have seen about David to this point, I wonder what his response will be?

Know this, much of what true believers say and do in the Kingdom will be received in like fashion…by the world, yes. By religionists, even more.

Fear not.

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The Word: Episode 0555 John 19:38-42

"Restored"

August 17, 2018

“Restored…”

Blessings folk!

David wanted to bless the house of Saul and Jonathan.

What was Mephibosheth’s response?

2Sa 9:8
Again he prostrated himself and said,
“What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?”

He was humbled.
Not humiliated.
Humbled.

Then David restored Mephibosheth’s standing…

2 Sa 9:9-13
Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him,
“All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson.

“You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson may have food;
nevertheless Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall eat at my table regularly.”
Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.

Then Ziba said to the king,
“According to all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do.”
So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons.

Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica.
And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.

So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly.
Now he was lame in both feet.

All the possessions of Saul and his house was restored to Mephibosheth.
The land.
The servants.
The provision.

Mephibosheth and his household were restored.
He ate at the king’s table.

David fulfilled his covenant promise to Jonathan.

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The Word: Episode 0554 John 19:31-39

“Mephibosheth"

August 16, 2018

“Mephibosheth"

Blessings folk!

David’s throne was established.
He was continuing in victory over his enemies.

Yet, there was something on David’s mind.
A promise that he had made…

2Sa 9:1-7

Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul,
that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.”

The king said,
“Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?”
And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.”

So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king,
“Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.”

Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel,
from Lo-debar.

Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!”

David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul;
and you shall eat at my table regularly.”

David desired to show kindness to the house of Saul for Jonathan’s sake.

David had promised Jonathan that when he, David, became king that he would take care of Jonathan’s family.

1Sa 20:15
“You shall not cut off your lovingkindness from my house forever, not even when the LORD cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.”

David determined to honor his promise.

But, the cost had been heavy.
Were there any remaining of the house of Saul and the house of Jonathan?

There was one.
One that David apparently did not know remained.
Mephibosheth.

2Sa 4:4
Now Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the report of Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened that in her hurry to flee, he fell and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

David would take care of the house of Jonathan.

Mephibosheth would have the land of his grandfather Saul restored to him - no small thing.
He would eat at the king’s table regularly.

He no longer had to live in fear of reprisal from the throne.

He would be blessed by the throne.

The same occurs with us.

Before salvation we are under condemnation.

After salvation we receive inheritance and feast at the king’s table.

Rejoice!

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The Word: Episode 0553 John 19:31

“David Reigned: Justice, Righteousness”

August 15, 2018

“David Reigned: Justice, Righteousness”

Blessings folk!

David established his kingdom.
He dealt with his/Israel’s/God’s enemies.

Some enemies he eradicated.
Others became servants.

Read of what he did…
Read of his leadership structure…

 2Sa 8:13-18

So David made a name for himself
when he returned from killing 18,000 Arameans in the Valley of Salt.

He put garrisons in Edom.
In all Edom he put garrisons,
and all the Edomites became servants to David.
And the LORD helped David wherever he went.

So David reigned over all Israel;
and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people.

Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army,
and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder.

Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests,
and Seraiah was secretary.

Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites;
and David’s sons were chief ministers.

David made a name for himself by his victories.
The Lord helped David wherever he went.
The Lord was with David.

Note what David did.
He reigned.
He administered justice.
He administered righteousness.
For all the people.

Such is a true leader.

Too many today seek to “reign”, for the sake of their own advancement and kingdom.
They do not do so for the sake of all the people, much less for the sake of the Kingdom.

True Believers, remember.
The Lord is with us.
May we have His mind and do as He leads.

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The Word: Episode 0552 John 19:31

“Dedicated to the Lord”

August 14, 2018

“Dedicated to the Lord”

Blessings folk!

Remember, David was victorious over the enemies of Israel.

Question.

What do you do with abundance of provision?
What do you do with the gains of victory?

Watch what David did…

2 Samuel 8:9-12

Now when Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer,

Toi sent Joram his son to King David to greet him and bless him,
because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him;
for Hadadezer had been at war with Toi.
And Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.

King David also dedicated these to the LORD,
with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued:

from Aram and Moab and the sons of Ammon and the Philistines and Amalek,
and from the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

David dedicated the silver and gold and bronze to the Lord.

Note there were two groups…

  1. The spoils of war when he subdued the nations
  2. The gifts from those who had benefited from David’s actions

He dedicated both to the Lord.

May we do likewise.
Truly, everything is His…

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The Word: Episode 0551 John 23-30

“Measured With A Line”

August 13, 2018

“Measured With A Line”

Blessings folk!

2 Samuel 8 gives some examples of the the military victories that David had.

The Word - Chronicles and Samuel - gives much insight into David’s subduing of enemies.

I want to back up to one verse we saw yesterday.
It was curious…


2 Samuel 8:2
He defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground;
and he measured two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive.
And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.


David did not exterminate every enemy.

He spared some.
They would then bring tribute to Jerusalem.

In this verse we have an example of how he did it.

David made the soldiers lie on the ground.
He measured them with a line.
This likely refers to measuring their height.
Perhaps to determine the younger versus the old.

Two lines he put to death.
One full line he kept alive to become servant.

He spare a third…likely based on height? Age?

Remember what we saw yesterday.
The Lord helped David everywhere he went.

The Lord does the same today for those who believe…

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John Part 3 - Lesson 11

John Part 3 - Lesson 11

The Word: Episode 0550 John 18:14-22

“The Lord Helped…”

August 12, 2018

“The Lord Helped…”

Blessings folk!

David had received the Word from the Lord.
He would not be able to build a house for the Lord.
The Lord would build David’s house.

The narrative presses on…

2 Sa 8:1-8

Now after this it came about that David defeated the Philistines and subdued them;
and David took control of the chief city from the hand of the Philistines.

He defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground;
and he measured two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive.
And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.

Then David defeated Hadadezer,
the son of Rehob king of Zobah, as he went to restore his rule at the River.

David captured from him 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers;
and David hamstrung the chariot horses, but reserved enough of them for 100 chariots.

When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, king of Zobah,
David killed 22,000 Arameans.

Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus,
and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute.
And the LORD helped David wherever he went.

David took the shields of gold which were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.

From Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer,
King David took a very large amount of bronze.

Some quick thoughts.

(1) David was doing what the Lord had commanded the people to do hundreds of years before.
He was purging the land as directed by the Lord.

(2) David was victorious, powerfully so.
He defeated the Philistines, the Moabites, Hadadezer and the Arameans.
David restored some of what had been taken from Jerusalem.
Tribute was brought to Jerusalem.
Why should we be surprised?
If we do what the Lord tells us to do, we will walk in His victory.
We will walk in His success.

(3) The Lord helped David wherever he went.

The Lord does the same…and more…for His Body.
If we allow.
If we abide in Him.
If we walk in Him.
If we trust in Him.

Let us do so…

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The Word: Episode 0549 John 18:9-15

“Found Courage”

August 11, 2018

“Found Courage”

Blessings folk!

David finishes his prayer…

2Sa 7:27-29
“For You, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You.

“Now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth,
and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.

“Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord GOD, have spoken; and with Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”

The Lord had told David that He would build his house…meaning his progeny.
David found courage to pray to the Lord due to this.

David prayed boldly affirmed what the Lord had told him.

Look at what David declared about the Lord God…

  • He is Lord
  • He is God
  • His word are truth
  • He promised good things to David, his servant

Because of all this David states “therefore”…

  • May it please the Lord to bless the house of David
  • May David’s house continue forever
  • May David’s house be blessed forever

David boldly and courageously requested of the Lord based upon the Word of the Lord.

May we do likewise…

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The Word: Episode 0548 John 19:1-8

“Confirm Your Word Forever”

August 10, 2018

“Confirm Your Word Forever”

Blessing folk!

David continued his prayer…

2 Sa 7:25-26
“Now therefore, O LORD God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken,

that Your name may be magnified forever, by saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You.

David told the Lord to do as He said.

God did not need David’s approval.

That is not what was being said.

David was saying that he agreed.

God! Do as You have spoken concerning me…
God! Do as You have spoken concerning my home…
God! Confirm Your Word…forever.
God! Do as You have spoken!

David had a purpose.
So that the Lord’s name would be magnified forever.

Two things were to occur.
It would be proclaimed…

  1. The Lord of host is God over Israel
  2. The house of David, the servant of the Lord, would be established before God

May this also be our desire.


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The Word: Episode 0547 John 18:32-40

“God Spoke/David Prayed…”

August 9, 2018

“God Spoke/David Prayed…”

Blessings folk!

Well, that took awhile longer than anticipated.

Remember, we were looking at a few prayers offered to the Most High on behalf of a people and nation.
Daniel 9
Ezra 9
Nehemiah 9

We would do well to keep these before us as the days press on.

Let us return to examining the Life of David (which is also a side-bar…remember? We were looking at the Gospel of Mark…to which we will eventually return! Happy )

So, let us be reminded of the context where we were.

David was at peace in his kingdom.
He wanted to build a house for God.
Nathan the prophet approved…until God told him otherwise.
Nathan told David.
David prayed to the Lord.
Here is the first portion of the prayer…

2 Sa 7:1-24

Now it came about when the king lived in his house,
and the LORD had given him rest on every side from all his enemies,

that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar,
but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains.”

Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your mind, for the LORD is with you.”

But in the same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying,

“Go and say to My servant David,
‘Thus says the LORD, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?

“For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle.

“Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying,
‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”’

“Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel.

“I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth.

“I will also appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them, that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed again, nor will the wicked afflict them any more as formerly,

even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. The LORD also declares to you that the LORD will make a house for you.

“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom.

“He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

“I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity,
I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men,

but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him,
as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.

“Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever;
your throne shall be established forever.”’”

In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said,
“Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?

“And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord GOD, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O Lord GOD.

“Again what more can David say to You? For You know Your servant, O Lord GOD!

“For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart,
You have done all this greatness to let Your servant know.

“For this reason You are great, O Lord GOD; for there is none like You,
and there is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

“And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods?

“For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, O LORD, have become their God.
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“We Will Not Neglect…”

August 8, 2018

“We Will Not Neglect…”

Blessings folk!

The people of the Lord bring their prayer/declaration to the Lord to an end.

We saw yesterday how they determined to give of the first fruits.
They continue.

Neh 10:37-39
We will also bring the first of our dough, our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the new wine and the oil to the priests at the chambers of the house of our God, and the tithe of our ground to the Levites, for the Levites are they who receive the tithes in all the rural towns.

The priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes, and the Levites shall bring up the tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse.

For the sons of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the contribution of the grain, the new wine and the oil to the chambers; there are the utensils of the sanctuary, the priests who are ministering, the gatekeepers and the singers. Thus we will not neglect the house of our God.

All these first fruit offerings were to done according to the Law the Lord had given.

They had not been faithful in the past.
Now they would be.

What was the purpose?

Taking care of the house of God.
Not neglecting the house of God.

This speaks beyond physical edifices.

The “house of God” today is the Body of Christ, the organism of the church.
The church is not buildings and organizational structures.
Such are the power centers of man.

We must do as the children of Israel did.

Confess before the Lord.
Repent before the Lord.
Do as the Lord instructs and commands.

To His praise, honor and glory.

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The Word: Episode 0545 John 18:28

“First Fruit - As It Is Written in the Law”

August 7, 2018

“First Fruit - As It Is Written in the Law”

Blessings folk!

The people of the Lord continued their prayer and petition before the Lord.

They were declaring their agreement…

Neh 10:34-36

Likewise we cast lots for the supply of wood among the priests, the Levites and the people so that they might bring it to the house of our God, according to our fathers’ households, at fixed times annually, to burn on the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law;

and that they might bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits of all the fruit of every tree to the house of the LORD annually,

and bring to the house of our God the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks as it is written in the law, for the priests who are ministering in the house of our God.

Note a couple of key phrases…

“As it is written in the Law…”

All that they were agreeing to was that which the Lord had given in His Law.
They decided to quit rebelling.
They were determining to adhere to the Law.

They would supply wood for the priests and Levites.

They would…the next key phrase…”bring the first fruits”…

The first fruits would be offered first to the Lord, thereby the name.
The first fruits of the ground.
The first fruits of every tree.
The firstborn of the sons.
The first fruits of the cattle.
The first fruits of the herds.
The first fruits of the flocks.

All the first fruits were to be brought to the house of God for the priests who ministered.
As it is written in the Law.

The people had decided/determined/agreed to “do it God’s way”.

How refreshing.

Oh that the Body of Christ would do likewise.
We must “do the Kingdom God’s way”.

Anything else is the idolatry of the kingdom of man.

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John Part 3 - Lesson 10

John Part 3 - Lesson 10

The Word: Episode 0544 John 18:17-27

“We Place Ourselves…”

August 6, 2018

“We Place Ourselves…”

Blessings folk!

The people continue their declaration unto the Lord.
Their leadership had signed a written agreement.

Neh 10:31-33

As for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or a holy day; and we will forego the crops the seventh year and the exaction of every debt.

We also placed ourselves under obligation to contribute yearly one third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God:

for the showbread, for the continual grain offering, for the continual burnt offering, the sabbaths, the new moon, for the appointed times, for the holy things and for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God.

Note what they were agreeing to do:

  • Not buy from the peoples of the land on the sabbath or holy day
  • To forego the crops of the land on the seventh year, honor the Sabbath rest of the land
  • Forego the exaction of every debt when appropriate - year of Jubilee
  • To give the yearly tithe…there were actually three tithes in the Law. Two every year. Another every three years. For the theocracy of Israel. Effective “tax-rate” of 23%…
  • To meet the needs of the house of the Lord and the work of God

It would actually be “sorta-cute” if it were not so serious.

They “placed ourselves under obligation”…as if it was their idea…their sacrifice.

These were all things that the Lord commanded in the Law.

They had been disobedient.

Now, they sought to repent.
Good.

Just don’t act like it was your idea… LOL

They were moving the correct direction.
They were seeking to adhere to the Word of the Lord.

May we do likewise…

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The Word: Episode 0543 John 18:12-16

“Separated”

August 5, 2018

“Separated”

Blessings folk!

The people declared that they were in great distress because of what the king had done to them…because of the disobedience of all.

Neh 9:37-38
“Its abundant produce is for the kings
Whom You have set over us because of our sins;
They also rule over our bodies
And over our cattle as they please,
So we are in great distress.

“Now because of all this
We are making an agreement in writing;
And on the sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.”

The people made an agreement in writing.
Agreement with Who?
The Most High.
One another.

The agreement was signed by their leaders, Levites and priests.

The first part of Leviticus 10 names these people.

Then, we see this…

Neh 10:28-30

Now the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, all those who had knowledge and understanding,

are joining with their kinsmen, their nobles, and are taking on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law, which was given through Moses, God’s servant, and to keep and to observe all the commandments of GOD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes;

and that we will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land
or take their daughters for our sons.

The balance of the people also did some things…

  • They separated themselves from the peoples of the land to the law of God
  • Joined with kinsmen , et. al. and took on themselves a curse/oath to walk in God’ law, the Mosaic law
  • They determined to keep and observe the commandments/ordinances/statutes of the Lord
  • The specifically stated that they would not give their daughters/sons to the people of the land…the issue that precipitated the prayer…

Oh that believers today would determine to refuse to be given to the world…

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The Word: Episode 0542 John 18:1-12

“We Are In Great Distress”

August 4, 2018

“We Are In Great Distress”

Blessings folk!

The people are drawing near to the end of their petition to the Most High.

Note how they describe their status…

Neh 9:36-37
“Behold, we are slaves today,
And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty,
Behold, we are slaves in it.

“Its abundant produce is for the kings
Whom You have set over us because of our sins;
They also rule over our bodies
And over our cattle as they please,
So we are in great distress.

They were slaves…though the Lord had called them to be free upon the land given to them.

The land was given by God so that they could eat of its fruit and its bounty.

Now, they are slaves.

How were they slaves?

The abundant produce the land was producing was for the kings.
(God had warned them this would happen if they continued to demand a king.)

They had sinned in demanding a king.
God gave them a king.
The prophetic Word of the Lord had come true.

The kings ruled over the land.
The kings ruled over their bodies.
The kings ruled over their cattle.
All as the kings pleased.

They were in great distress.

The same is true today.

The status is the same.

It has been said that “there is no greater slave than he who thinks he is free”.

We are enslaved, politically and religiously, because of the “kings” upon the land.

Only the Lord can truly set us free.
Only the Lord can defeat the great distress.

Seek Him.
Allow Him to do so.

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The Word: Episode 0541 John 18:1-6

“In Their Own Kingdom…”

August 3, 2018

“In Their Own Kingdom…”

Blessings folk!

The Lord had dealt faithfully with His children.
His children had sinned.
His children had repented.
His children had sinned again.
It was a pattern.
They continued in wickedness.

Now, the people continued pray…

Neh 9:33-35

“However, You are just in all that has come upon us;
For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.

“For our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers have not kept Your law
Or paid attention to Your commandments and Your admonitions with which You have admonished them.

“But they, in their own kingdom,
With Your great goodness which You gave them,
With the broad and rich land which You set before them,
Did not serve You or turn from their evil deeds.

Their leadership, political and religious, had not kept the Law of the Lord.
They had not paid attention to the commandments of the Lord.
They had not paid attention to the admonitions of the Lord.
They did evil deeds in their own kingdom.
They did not serve the Lord, even though He granted them great goodness.
The Lord had given them a broad, rich land.

Yet, they did evil.

Nothing has changed.

Generally speaking, political and religious leadership is the same today.

Think.

An example.

Is it really that hard to discern the mind of the Lord related to “human sexuality” - is that not a pitiful phrase?

The Lord is clear in His Word.

Yet portion after portion of the professing church…most of which are organizational and not organism/true believers…are divided over this supposed subject/debate.

The bottom line is this.
If we reject the commandments of the Lord…
If we reject the admonitions of the Lord…
If we reject the Word of the Lord…through the prophets, the apostles, the Spirit…

Then, we will be deceived.
We will go the wrong way.
We will go the path of “man’s wisdom”.

We will not serve the Lord.
We will serve evil.

Wake up supposed christians.
Repent.
Reject religious platitudes and piousness and be truly saved.

Then, rejoice!

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The Word: Episode 0540 Joh 17:22-26

“Therefore…However…”

August 2, 2018

“Therefore…However…”

Blessings folk!

After a long account of the wickedness of their forefathers and the goodness of God,
the people get down to the issue at hand…

Neh 9:32-33

“Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God,
who keeps covenant and lovingkindness,
Do not let all the hardship seem insignificant before You,
Which has come upon us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets,
our fathers and on all Your people,
From the days of the kings of Assyria to this day.

“However, You are just in all that has come upon us;
For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.

Therefore…the people declared the greatness of God…

  • The Great
  • The Mighty
  • The Awesome God
  • Covenant keeping
  • Full of lovingkindness

They make a request…
  • Do not let the hardships that have come upon them seem insignificant before You

They had brought forth the hardships upon themselves.
The Lord had judged them due to their disobediences and great blasphemies.

They acknowledged judgment had come upon them…their kings..their princes…their priests…their prophets…their fathers…on all God’s people.

Therefore…however…

God is just.
In all things.
In all ways.

God dealt faithfully with them.
God deals faithfully with us.

They had acted wickedly and received the due course of this wickedness.
So will we…if we do not follow the Lord.

Follow the Faithful Lord.
Refuse the way of the flesh.





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