June 2018

The Word: Episode 0500 John 14:12-15

“Covenant Which He Made With Abraham”

June 23, 2018

“Covenant Which He Made With Abraham”

Blessings folk!

In worshipping the Lord, Asaph and his relatives reminded the people of what the Lord had done for them.

1 Ch 16:16-21

The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.

He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,

Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
As the portion of your inheritance.”

When they were only a few in number,
Very few, and strangers in it,

And they wandered about from nation to nation,
And from one kingdom to another people,

He permitted no man to oppress them,
And He reproved kings for their sakes, saying,

“Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

The Lord initiated and made covenant with Abraham.
The Lord continued the covenant by oath through Isaac.
The Lord confirmed the covenant to Jacob as a statute.
The Lord confirmed the covenant to Israel as an everlasting covenant.

Because of the covenant faithfulness of the Lord they could trust and worship Him.

One element of the Covenant related to land.

The Lord gave them the land of Canaan.
It was their inheritance.
It still is.

He gave them this inheritance…

  • When they were few in number
  • When they were strangers in the land
  • When they wandered from nation to nation

The Lord protected them…
  • No man oppressed them
  • He reproved kings for their sakes
  • He would not allow His anointed ones to be touched
  • He commanded His prophets to not be harmed

The Lord continues His covenant today.
Through HIs people.
And through those grafted in.

Much of the Word speaks to this…if we know how to hear.

Have eyes to see…ears to hear.

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The Word: Episode 0499 John 14:6-12

“Seek, Remember”

June 22, 2018

“Seek, Remember”

Blessings folk!

We are looking at the “song of worship” offered to the Lord in 1 Chronicles 16.

It began with…
Thanks
Make known His deeds
Sing praises to Him
Speak of His Wonders

Now…

1 Ch 16:11-16

Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face continually.

Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,

O seed of Israel His servant,
Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!

He is the LORD our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.

Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,

The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.

The song brings forth instructions for the children of Israel…and us.

We are to…

  • Seek the Lord
  • Seek His strength
  • Seek His face…continually

We are to remember…
  • His wonderful deeds
  • His marvels
  • His judgments from His mouth
  • His covenant forever
  • His covenant He made with Abraham…HIs oath to Isaac (confirmation of Abraham covenant)

We are to remember…
  • Israel was/is His servant
  • The Sons of Jacob are His chosen ones

Seek the Lord alone in worship.
Remember all that He had done.

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The Word: Episode 0498 John 14:1-7

“On That Day…”

June 21, 2018

“On That Day…”

Blessings folk!

David had brought the Ark into the tent he had made for it.
David instructed the Levites to worship before the Lord continually.

What did they do?
How did they do it?

The Word gives us some insight.

1 Chronicles 16 has a 30 verse song of praise that was offered to the Lord - on the first day.

Let’s look at it.

You will note similarities with many Psalms.

1Ch 16:7-9

Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the LORD.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.

From the first day they received the assignment from David, Asaph and his relative gave thanks to the Lord.

This is where we begin in all thing.
The giving of thanks to the Lord.

In all things.
In all situations.
Give thanks.

Give thanks to the Lord.
Call upon His name.

“His Name” reveals all that He is.
HIs character.
His nature.
We call upon and rest in His name.

Then, do this…make known His deeds among the peoples.
We are to proclaim the deeds of the Lord to all people.
Start with what He has done in/with/through you.

Sing to Him.
Sing praises to Him.

Speak of His wonders.

So, remember how they began in worshipping the Lord…

Thanks
Make known His deeds
Sing praises to Him
Speak of His Wonders

Do so today…and every day hereafter.

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The Word: Episode 0497 John 14:1-4

“Before the Ark Continually…”

June 20, 2018

“Before the Ark Continually…”

Blessings folk!

The Ark of the Covenant was in the City of David in a tent built by David.

Michal was snarky in her “offense” over her husband David’s behavior.
She would be barren due to her belittling of her husband’s worship.

David did not care.
He would worship before the Lord and his people.

A little more detailed mentioned earlier…

1 Ch 16:1-6

And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.

When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings,
he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.

He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman,
to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.

He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD,
even to celebrate and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:

Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, with musical instruments, harps, lyres;
also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals,

and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

David appointed the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord.
They were to celebrate.
They were to give thanks and praise to the Lord God of Israel.
They were to do so with musical instruments…loud ones!
They are to do so continually.

1 Ch 16:37

So he left Asaph and his relatives there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required;

It was their daily work to continually worship before the Lord.

But what of the The Tabernacle - the one God told Moses and the people to build?

1Ch 16:39-40

He left Zadok the priest and his relatives the priests before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place which was at Gibeon,

to offer burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening, even according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which He commanded Israel.

The Tabernacle of the Lord was in another place.
In Gibeon.
Zadok and the priests offered burnt offering on the altar of burn offerings.
They did so continually, according to the written law of the Lord.

So, you have the Law still being adhered to without the Ark.
Without the Presence of God.
The Tabernacle of Moses.

And you have David and the Levites worshipping before the Ark/Lord continually…not just one day a year…without the sacrificial system.
The Tabernacle of David.

Amazing.

A vivid picture of the church today.

Most go about the rote religious assignments and offerings of religion.
Fewer continually worship before the Lord.

I know where I want to be.

You?


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The Word: Episode 0496 John 13:30-38

“The Tent Which David Had Pitched…”

June 19, 2018

“The Tent Which David Had Pitched…”

Blessings folk!

The Ark of the Covenant had arrived.

I have been intrigued through the years over a couple of things related to this.

David did not take the Ark to the Mosaic Tabernacle where it had been for centuries.

David took it to a tent that he had made.

1 Ch 16:1

And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.

They/David offered burnt offerings and peace offering before the Lord.

This is strictly a priestly function, but we see David doing it.

2 Sa 6:17

So they brought in the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

We will see later that David came/went before the Lord and His Ark when he desired.

How?
Why?

Apparently the Lord instructed/commanded/allowed David to do so.

We have no account of this in the Word…as far as I know.
But do see David’s actions and deeds.

When David had finished his offerings he blessed the people…

2 Sa 6:18-19

When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering,
he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

Further, he distributed to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, both to men and women,
a cake of bread and one of dates and one of raisins to each one.
Then all the people departed each to his house.

1 Ch 16:2-3

When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings,
he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.

He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman,
to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.

He did not bless them in word only.
He blessed in deed.
He gave to each man/woman…

  • A loaf of bread
  • A portion of meat
  • A raisin cake…desert!!

There is a vivid picture for us.
There was a time when the Mosaic tabernacle and sacrifices were carrying on without the Ark.
Without the Presence of God.
All the rituals according to the instruction of the Lord, yet without Him.

The Presence of God was with David in the tent that he had built.

Such is today.

Most “churches” carry on in the rituals of their religion without the Power and Presence of the Lord.

But, in other often unseen places, the Power and Presence of God is poured forth.

Where do you want to be?

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The Word: Episode 0495 John 13:21-31

“Despised”

June 18, 2018

“Despised”

Blessings folk!

The Ark of the Covenant was brought into the City of David.
All were rejoicing.
Well, nearly all…

2 Sa 6:16

Then it happened as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

1 Ch 15:29

It happened when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David,
that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and celebrating; and she despised him in her heart.

Why would Michal be upset over David behaving this way?

Let her own words tell us…

2 Sa 6:20-23

But when David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!”

So David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel;
therefore I will celebrate before the LORD.

“I will be more lightly esteemed than this and will be humble in my own eyes,
but with the maids of whom you have spoken, with them I will be distinguished.”

Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

MIchal did not like how David humbled himself before the Lord…and before the people.
She did not think is was “kingly”.

A couple of things.
Why was she not with the gathering rejoicing at the Ark’s return?
Why was she viewing from the “high-tower” window?

She was embarrassed of her husband.
He was worshipping with abandon.
He had set aside the trapping of power and position (clothing, etc.) and worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth.

Her reaction?
She despised him…remember how she had loved him?
She belittled him…”how the king distinguished himself today”
She called him an uncovered, shameless fool.

David’s reaction?
He said it was before the Lord that he behaved in this manner.
He reminded her that the Lord has chosen him…not her family’s line.
He reminded her the Lord had appointed him as ruler over Israel.
He declared that he would celebrate before the Lord.
He declared that he would be even more humble than this.
He declared that such raises his esteem in the eyes of the maids.

The outcome?
Hear this…

Michal was childless.

Belittling how someone worships the Lord will bring barrenness in your life.

Do not do it.

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The Word: Episode 0494 John 13:16-24

“All of Israel Shouting…”

June 17, 2018

“All of Israel Shouting…”

Blessings folk!

David was returning the Ark.
They had now read the instructions.

1 Ch 15:25-28

So it was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, who went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with joy.

Because God was helping the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers.
David also wore an ephod of linen.

Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres.

God was now helping the Levites.

Want God to help?
Do it His way.

Sacrifices were made.

David was dressed in a robe of fine linen.

There were Levites.
There were singers of praise.
There was a leader of singing.

David wore an ephod of linen.

Interesting, a priestly garment.

The Lord allowed David to do something really interesting with the Ark.
Something not found in the Law.
David brought the Ark into a tent that he had made.
We will see more soon.

For now, all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
They did so with…

  • Shouting
  • Sound of the Horn
  • Sound of trumpets
  • Loud-sounding cymbals
  • Sound of harps
  • Sound of lyres

The sound of exuberance before the Lord…rarely heard today.

All were rejoicing…or were they?

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The Word: Episode 0493 John 13:12-16

“According to His Ordinance”

June 16, 2018

“According to His Ordinance”

Blessing folk!

2 Sa 6:12-15

Now it was told King David, saying, “The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God.” David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.

And so it was, that when the bearers of the ark of the LORD had gone six paces,
he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.

And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might,
and David was wearing a linen ephod.

So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD
with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.

The Lord blessed the house of Obed-edom on account of the presence of the Ark.
The Presence of God.
David was told.

David sought to retrieve the Ark again.
What had changed?

We go to 1 Chronicles to see.
They read the instructions.

1 Ch 15:11-15

Then David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites,
for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab,

and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites;
consecrate yourselves both you and your relatives, that you may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel to the place that I have prepared for it.

“Because you did not carry it at the first, the LORD our God made an outburst on us,
for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance.”

So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves
to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel.

The sons of the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon,
as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.


They did not seek the ordinance of the Lord the first time.
They did this time.

They transported the Ark as per the instruction of the Lord.

  • Levites only
  • Poles, not a cart

Seek the Lord.
Seek HIs ordinance.
Seek His way.

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The Word: Episode 0492 John 13:1-11

“The Oxen Nearly Upset It…”

June 15, 2018

“The Oxen Nearly Upset It…”

Blessings folk!

David and 30,000 chosen men of Israel were fetching the Ark.

They had it on a cart.
All was well.
Until…

2 Sa 6:6-11

But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon,
Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it.

And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah,
and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.

David became angry because of the LORD’S outburst against Uzzah,
and that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day.

So David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said,
“How can the ark of the LORD come to me?”

And David was unwilling to move the ark of the LORD into the city of David with him;
but David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

Thus the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months,
and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

The oxen pulling the cart with the Ark stumbled.
Uzzah, apparently spontaneously “without thinking”, reached out and touch the Ark to stabilize it.

The anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah.
The Lord struck Uzzah down for the irreverence.
Uzzah died.

David was then angry.
Angry with Who?
God!
He was angry with the outburst of God!
They actually named the place based upon this event Perez-uzzzah (breakthrough of Uzzah).

David was then afraid.
First angry.
Now afraid.
He questioned how he was to take the Ark unto himself?

David then was unwilling to move the ark.
They took it to the house of Obed0edom the Gittite.
Ostensibly until they decided what to do.

The ark remained there three months.
The Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

Wonder what the blessing was?

What was David doing in the meanwhile?

We will see.

A hint.
It always helps to read the instructions.

Do you?

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The Word: Episode 0491 John 13:1-5

“David Fetches the Ark”

June 14, 2018

“David Fetches the Ark”

Blessings folk!

David now had a task.

2 Sa 6:1-5

Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah,
to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name,
the very name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim.

They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart.

So they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab,
which was on the hill; and Ahio was walking ahead of the ark.

Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.

David took 30,000 chosen men of Israel to fetch the Ark of the Covenant, the ark of God which is called by the Name…a designation of God.

The very Name and Presence of God is enthroned above the cherubim on the Ark.

They placed the ark of God on a new cart.
They were celebrating before the Lord…
- with all kinds of wood instruments
- with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, cymbals.

Great detail is provided as to who was around the Ark on the cart.

Things are going well.
Except for one thing.

No one had read the instructions…


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The Word: Episode 0490 John 12:47-50

“The Lord Will Go Before You…”

June 13, 2018

“The Lord Will Go Before You…”

Blessings folk!

The war against the Philistines continued.

Note the strategy.

2 Sa 5:22-25

Now the Philistines came up once again and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.

When David inquired of the LORD, He said, “You shall not go directly up;
circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees.

“It shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees,
then you shall act promptly, for then the LORD will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.”

Then David did so, just as the LORD had commanded him,
and struck down the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.

The enemy gathered against Israel again.

What did David do?

He inquired of the Lord.

Why do we not do this?

The organizational church simply does not inquire of the Lord.

We talk about “praying about it”, yet we do not pray together over a matter.
We talk about “seeking God’s will”, yet we do not do so together.

We must inquire of the Lord.

What happened when David inquired?
God answered.
God gave precise strategy.
God told what would happen.

They were not to attack directly.
They were to circle around behind the enemy.
God even told them exactly where to be…in front of the balsam trees.

They were then to wait.
They were to wait until they “hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees.”
Wow!!

They were to wait until they heard the movement of the Lord.

Then, they were to act promptly.
Why?
Because then the Lord was going forth before them.
The Lord would strike the army.

David did as he was commanded.

They were victorious.

Here are the principles for us.
We must inquire of the Lord.
We must listen to the Lord.
We must do as the Lord instructs/commands.
We must wait upon the Lord.
We must move when He moves.
We must allow the Lord to move before us…to lead. (To often we go forth calling for the Lord to “catch up” with us&hellipWinking

Let’s do it.

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The Word: Episode 0489 John 12:42-46

“Breakthrough of Waters"

June 12, 2018

“Breakthrough of Waters"

Blessings folk!

David was now king of all Israel.
His enemies heard.
Especially the Philistines.

Watch what happened…

 2 Sa 5:17-21

When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heard of it, he went down to the stronghold.

Now the Philistines came and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim.

Then David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines?
Will You give them into my hand?”
And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”

So David came to Baal-perazim and defeated them there; and he said,
“The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore he named that place Baal-perazim.

They abandoned their idols there, so David and his men carried them away.

The Philistines heard David was king.
They went to seek him out.
Sounds innocent…at first…until you read the balance of the account! LOL

The Philistines came and spread themselves out in the valley fo Rephaim - the valley of Giants.
The Rephaim were a clan/group of giants. LIterally. Some fifteen to twenty feet tall.
Yes!
They were real.

David did what we should do.
He inquired of the Lord.
Should he go against the Philistines?
Will God give them into his hands?

The Lord said “go”.

David did.
He was victorious.
The Lord broke through the enemy like a breakthrough of waters!
He defeated the Philistines.
He defeated them at Baal-perazim - “lord of the breaks”.
The Lord broke the idols of the Pharisees…David and his men carried the idols away.

Oh that we would live likewise.
Inquiring of the Lord.
Doing as He leads.
Abandoning idols.
Destroying idols.
Living in the victory of the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0488 John 12:33-41

“David Realized…”

June 11, 2018

“David Realized…”

Blessings folk!

David was now King over Israel and Judah.
He grew in might and power.
Why?
Because the Lord was with him.

2 Sa 5:10
David became greater and greater, for the LORD God of hosts was with him.

There is more.

Other nations recognized David as King.

2 Sa 5:11-12

Then Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David with cedar trees and carpenters and stonemasons; and they built a house for David.

And David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel,
and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.

Hiram built at house for David.
He sent supplies.
He sent the crew.
Cool gift.

David understood that the Lord established him.
He understood that the Lord was exalting his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel, not just for the sake of David.

One more thing.

David’s family expanded.

2 Sa 5:13-16

Meanwhile David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David.

Now these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem:
Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,

Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,

Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.

These were in addition to the wives and children he had in Hebron.
Looks like a big, peaceful group…?

We will see…

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The Word: Episode 0487 John 12:29-33

“Jebus”

June 10, 2018

“Jebus”

Blessings folk!

David became king over all Israel while he lived in Hebron.

Now, he wanted another place…

2 Sa 5:6-10

Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, “You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away”; thinking, “David cannot enter here.”

Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David.

David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him reach the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul, through the water tunnel.”
Therefore they say, “The blind or the lame shall not come into the house.”

So David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David.
And David built all around from the Millo and inward.

David became greater and greater, for the LORD God of hosts was with him.

Jerusalem, earlier called Jebus, caught David’s eye.
The inhabitants mocked David.
The declared that their blind and lame would defeat David and his army.

They were seriously wrong.

David captured the city…returning their mocking…

Note the names…

  • Jebus
  • Jerusalem
  • Stronghold of Zion
  • City of David

David lived in the city.
David expanded the city.
David became greater…and greater.

Why?

Because the Lord of Hosts was with him.

The last verse, 10, begins a short summary of David’s reign.

It begins with God being with Him.

As believers, the Lord is with us.


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The Word: Episode 0486 John 12:22-29

“David, King of Israel”

June 9, 2018

“David, King of Israel”

Blessings folk!

The day had come.
The kingdom would be unified under David.

2Sa 5:1-5

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said,
“Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.

“Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the LORD said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.’”

So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them before the LORD at Hebron; then they anointed David king over Israel.

David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.

At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months,
and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.

The tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron.
They acknowledged that Saul had been king over them.
They acknowledged David was the one who led Israel…in battle.
They acknowledged that the Lord had proclaimed that David would shepherd HIs people Israel.

David would be ruler.

Therefore, the elders of Israel came to David.
King David made a covenant with them.
This is significant.
David initiated.
(In the Scripture we see that God always initiated covenant&hellipWinking
They anointed David king.

David was to rule for forty years.

We shall see…

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The Word: Episode 0485 John 12:18-25

“Baanah and Rechab”

June 8, 2018

“Baanah and Rechab”

Blessings folk!

Abner died, murdered.
The King of Israel, Ish-bosheth, upon hearing of the death, lost courage.
All Israel was disturbed.

Watch what happens.
This is an example - graphic, gory and sickening - of what happens when men try to ingratiate themselves to “the powers that be”, when men seek revenge on their own or on behalf of another.

As you will see, David had nothing to do with it.
He punished such…

2 Sa 4:1-12

Now when Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, heard that Abner had died in Hebron,
he lost courage, and all Israel was disturbed.

Saul’s son had two men who were commanders of bands:
the name of the one was Baanah and the name of the other Rechab, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, of the sons of Benjamin (for Beeroth is also considered part of Benjamin,

and the Beerothites fled to Gittaim and have been aliens there until this day).

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.

So the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, departed and came to the house of Ish-bosheth in the heat of the day while he was taking his midday rest.

They came to the middle of the house as if to get wheat, and they struck him in the belly;
and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

Now when they came into the house, as he was lying on his bed in his bedroom,
they struck him and killed him and beheaded him.
And they took his head and traveled by way of the Arabah all night.

Then they brought the head of Ish-bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king,
“Behold, the head of Ish-bosheth the son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life;
thus the LORD has given my lord the king vengeance this day on Saul and his descendants.”

David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, “As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress,

when one told me, saying, ‘Behold, Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news,
I seized him and killed him in Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news.

“How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood from your hand and destroy you from the earth?”

Then David commanded the young men, and they killed them and cut off their hands and feet and hung them up beside the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-bosheth and buried it in the grave of Abner in Hebron.

Rehab and Baanah had killed a righteous man.
Perhaps they felt they were doing right.
More than likely they saw an opportunity to build themselves up in the eyes of the King.
David declared them wicked.

They knew not this King.
It cost them dearly.

Remember what you learn of Mephibosheth.
We will see him later…

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The Word: Episode 0484 Luke 19:29-44

“King David Wept”

June 7, 2018

“King David Wept”

Blessings folk!

The previous verses could make David look rather callous related to Abner’s death.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

Read.
Watch who we see in the balance of the account.
Watch how David reacts.

2Sa 3:31-39

Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him,
“Tear your clothes and gird on sackcloth and lament before Abner.”
And King David walked behind the bier.

Thus they buried Abner in Hebron;
and the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept.

The king chanted a lament for Abner and said,
“Should Abner die as a fool dies?

“Your hands were not bound, nor your feet put in fetters;
As one falls before the wicked, you have fallen.”
And all the people wept again over him.

Then all the people came to persuade David to eat bread while it was still day;
but David vowed, saying, “May God do so to me, and more also,
if I taste bread or anything else before the sun goes down.”

Now all the people took note of it, and it pleased them,
just as everything the king did pleased all the people.

So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the will of the king to put Abner the son of Ner to death.

Then the king said to his servants,
“Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?

“I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil.”

David commanded that all the people…

  • tear your clothes
  • gird on sackcloth
  • lament before Abner

He called for the people to lament Abner.
This included Joab - the one who killed Abner!

David walked in the funeral procession.
He lifted up his voice.
He wept
He chanted a lament for Abner.
He states that Abner had fallen “as one falls before the wicked”.
David called Abner wicked in front of all.

The people were worried about David.
They sought to persuade him to eat.
He refused.
He would not eat until the sun went down…the day ended.

Then the people…all of Israel…understood that it was not the will of David that Abner die.

David declared that Abner was a prince, a great man.

David then acknowledged that he was “weak” (refusing nourishment) that day because of these men…the sons of Zeruiah…they were being very difficult…Joab, Abishai, Asahel.

The plot and political intrigues continue…

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The Word: Episode 0483 Matt 21:1-17

“Joab Kills Abner”

June 6, 2018

“Joab Kills Abner”

Blessings folk!

Joab was upset that David had allowed Abner to leave.

Watch what happens.
Watch what Joab does.
Watch what Abner does.
Watch what happen to Abner.
Watch what David does.
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2Sa 3:26-30

When Joab came out from David, he sent messengers after Abner,
and they brought him back from the well of Sirah; but David did not know it.

So when Abner returned to Hebron,
Joab took him aside into the middle of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the belly so that he died on account of the blood of Asahel his brother.

Afterward when David heard it, he said, “I and my kingdom are innocent before the LORD forever of the blood of Abner the son of Ner.

“May it fall on the head of Joab and on all his father’s house; and may there not fail from the house of Joab one who has a discharge, or who is a leper, or who takes hold of a distaff, or who falls by the sword, or who lacks bread.”

So Joab and Abishai his brother killed Abner because he had put their brother Asahel to death in the battle at Gibeon.

Without David’s knowledge, Joab sent to have Abner return.
Abner did.

Joab took Abner aside privately…to speak to him.
Joab then killed Abner.
He did so to revenge Abner’s killing of Joab’s brother, Asahel.

David heard of the murder.
His response?
The blood is not upon me and my kingdom.
We are innocent.
The blood would be upon Joab…forever.
- upon the head of Joab
- upon all his father’s house
- there would never fail to be…
- a discharge
- a leper
- those who take hold of a distaff
- those who fall by the sword
- those who lack bread.

Joab’s house would have those who were unclean, lame, hungry, in poverty.

Joab and Abishai had executed revenge rather than waiting upon the Lord.

Never a good thing to do…

Do not do so.

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The Word: Episode 0482 Mark 11:1-11

“Abner Comes/Goes”

June 5, 2018

“Abner Comes/Goes”

Blessings folk!

Abner continues the negotiations.

He goes to David…

2Sa 3:20-25

Then Abner and twenty men with him came to David at Hebron.
And David made a feast for Abner and the men who were with him.

Abner said to David, “Let me arise and go and gather all Israel to my lord the king, that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may be king over all that your soul desires.”
So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.

And behold, the servants of David and Joab came from a raid and brought much spoil with them; but Abner was not with David in Hebron, for he had sent him away,
and he had gone in peace.

When Joab and all the army that was with him arrived, they told Joab, saying, “Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he has sent him away, and he has gone in peace.”

Then Joab came to the king and said, “What have you done? Behold, Abner came to you;
why then have you sent him away and he is already gone?

“You know Abner the son of Ner, that he came to deceive you and to learn of your going out and coming in and to find out all that you are doing.”

Abner explained to David the plan.
He wanted to gather Israel to David.
David agreed.
Abner left in peace to return to expedite.

Shortly after Abner’s departure, Joab and the army of David returned.
He learned of Abner’s visit and departure.

Joab was not happy.

He confronted King David.
“What have you done?”
“Why did you send Abner away?”

Joab accused Abner of deceit and trickery in the plan.
Joab accused him of being a spy…spying out the situation for an attack.

The “palace” intrigue continues.
In Israel.
In Judah.
And today.

The same thing happens daily in the professing/organizational church.
Plotting.
Protection of position.
Defensiveness.
Arrogance.
Hubris.
Fear.

How many time have I heard “I am the…”?

Be forewarned of this time of chicanery.
Be aware it is a strategy of the evil one.

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The Word: Episode 0481 John 12:12-19

“The Lord Has Spoken of David…”

June 4, 2018

“The Lord Has Spoken of David…”

Blessings folk!

Abner continues to lay the ground work for the kingdom to be unified under David as King.

Abner knew things.

We see so here…

2Sa 3:17-18

Now Abner had consultation with the elders of Israel, saying,
“In times past you were seeking for David to be king over you.

“Now then, do it! For the LORD has spoken of David, saying,
‘By the hand of My servant David I will save My people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.’”

Abner also spoke in the hearing of Benjamin;
and in addition Abner went to speak in the hearing of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel and to the whole house of Benjamin.

Abner met with the elders of Israel.
He reminded them of how, in times past, they had sought David as king.

He now tells them to “do it”!

He reminds them of how the Lord had spoken to the issue.
The Lord had said…

  • by the hand of My servant David
  • I will save My people Israel from the hand of the Philistines/enemies.

Abner spoke the same to the Benjaminites.

Abner then went to David in Hebron and told them “all that seemed good to Israel and to the whole house of Benjamin”.

Things were moving toward unity.

Looks good.

What could possibly happen?

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The Word: Episode 0480 John 12:12-13

“Give Me My Wife…”

June 3, 2018

“Give Me My Wife…”

Blessings folk!

Abner began to do what he said he would do…arrange for the kingdom of Israel to be unified with Judah under King David.

2Sa 3:12-16

Then Abner sent messengers to David in his place, saying,
“Whose is the land? Make your covenant with me, and behold,
my hand shall be with you to bring all Israel over to you.”

He said, “Good! I will make a covenant with you,
but I demand one thing of you, namely,
you shall not see my face unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter,
when you come to see me.”

So David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying,
“Give me my wife Michal, to whom I was betrothed for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.”

Ish-bosheth sent and took her from her husband, from Paltiel the son of Laish.

But her husband went with her, weeping as he went, and followed her as far as Bahurim.
Then Abner said to him, “Go, return.” So he returned.

Abner sent messengers to initiate a conversation.
Abner wanted a covenant with David.
The purpose was to bring all of Israel under King David.

David agreed.
With one caveat.

David wanted his wife back.
He wanted Michal, Saul’s daughter.
You remember the account.
Of course, one would ask…”who wants her?”
Did David not have enough wives?

David likely wanted her back, but it was a power move above all things.

Saul had “married her off” to someone else.
David wanted her back.
He demanded this of Ish-bosheth the king of Israel.
Ish-bosheth immediately acquiesced.
Micahl’s husband followed her heart broken.
Abner told him to go home.
He did.

The collateral damage of political intrigue is always more than we think.
In governmental politics…be it of man or of “the church”.

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The Word: Episode John 12:1-11

“Rizpah”

June 2, 2018

“Rizpah”

Blessings folk!

The political intrigue continues.
Between the house of Saul and the house of David.
Within the house of Saul.
Within the house of David.

2Sa 3:6-11

It came about while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David that Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul.

Now Saul had a concubine whose name was Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah;
and Ish-bosheth said to Abner, “Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?”

Then Abner was very angry over the words of Ish-bosheth and said, “Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hands of David; and yet today you charge me with a guilt concerning the woman.

“May God do so to Abner, and more also, if as the LORD has sworn to David,
I do not accomplish this for him,

to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and to establish the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba.”

And he could no longer answer Abner a word, because he was afraid of him.

Abner was strengthening himself in the house of Saul.
Remember, Abner was not King.
Ish-bosheth was.

What did Abner do?

He “went in” (the Bible is nothing if not graphic) to the late Saul’s concubine.

So, what is the big deal?

This was a sign of power.
This was a proclamation of position.
This was a usurping of the king.

Ish-bosheth confronted Abner.

Abner’s heart was revealed.
He was angry.
He obviously considered himself greater than the king…without the position.
He proclaimed that it was by his kindness that Ish-bosheth was on the throne.
He declared he had the power to deliver Ish-bosheth into the hands of David.
He was offended that his deed had been questioned.

Abner then played his final card.
He would transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul.
He would establish the throne of David over Israel.
All the land.

Was this just bull and bluster?
Could he do it?
Would he do it?

What was Ish-bosheth’s response?
He said nothing.
He feared Abner.

Well, there you go.
Fear will get you no where…

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The Word: Episode 0478 Joh 12:1-8

“Sons of Hebron”

June 1, 2018

“Sons of Hebron”

Blessings folk!

As we saw, there was a long war between the house of Saul and house of David.
The house of David grew stronger.
The house of Saul grew weaker.

2 Sa 3:1

Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David;
and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually.

The house of David grew in political strength.
The house of David grew in spiritual strength.
The house of David also grew in another way…numerically.
The next verses give detail…

2 Sa 3:2

Sons were born to David at Hebron:
his firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;

and his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite;
and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur;

and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;
and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;

and the sixth, Ithream, by David’s wife Eglah.
These were born to David at Hebron.

David had children born to him - sons and daughters.

Here we have a list of sons that were born to him at Hebron.

Often, when we read the Scripture and encounter geneologies/lists we skim/skip/glaze.
This is to our detriment.

We do well to give close attention and heed.

Six sons were born in Hebron.
Six sons by six women.
David had at least six wives by this time.

Remember the names.
We will see some of them as we continue on through the Word.





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