October 2018

The Word: Episode 0618 2 Timothy 1:6-7

“Gibeonite Famine”

October 19, 2018

“Gibeonite Famine”

Blessings folk!

We continue through the account of the life of David in the Word.

This story is especially troubling.

Then consider the questions.

2 Sa 21:1-9

Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year;
and David sought the presence of the LORD.
And the LORD said,
“It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.”

So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites, and the sons of Israel made a covenant with them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah).

Thus David said to the Gibeonites,
“What should I do for you?
And how can I make atonement that you may bless the inheritance of the LORD?”

Then the Gibeonites said to him,
“We have no concern of silver or gold with Saul or his house,
nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel.”
And he said, “I will do for you whatever you say.”

So they said to the king,
“The man who consumed us and who planned to exterminate us from remaining within any border of Israel,

let seven men from his sons be given to us, and we will hang them before the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the LORD.” And the king said, “I will give them.”

But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the oath of the LORD which was between them, between David and Saul’s son Jonathan.

So the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, Armoni and Mephibosheth whom she had borne to Saul, and the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she had borne to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite.

Then he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the mountain before the LORD, so that the seven of them fell together; and they were put to death in the first days of harvest at the beginning of barley harvest.

So many questions.

What initiated this situation?
Famine in the land.

How do we know?
David sought the Presence of the Lord.
The Lord told David point blank.
Saul had put the Gibeonites to death.
Saul did so in zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah.

Why drought?
Why the Gibeonites?
Why the need for atonement?
Why ask the Gibeonites?
Why life for life?
Why specifically named folk?
Why the timing of year?

…to be continued…


The Word: Episode 0617 2 Timothy 1:3-5

“Wise Hebrew Mama…”

October 18, 2018

“Wise Hebrew Mama…”

Blessings folk!

Joab and the forces of David continued to pursue Sheba.

They besieged a city in the pursuit.

Watch what happens.
Watch what the city was known for…
Watch the wisdom and forthrightness of a Hebrew mama…

2 Sa 20:14-26

Now he went through all the tribes of Israel to Abel, even Beth-maacah, and all the Berites;
and they were gathered together and also went after him.

They came and besieged him in Abel Beth-maacah,
and they cast up a siege ramp against the city, and it stood by the rampart;
and all the people who were with Joab were wreaking destruction in order to topple the wall.

Then a wise woman called from the city,
“Hear, hear! Please tell Joab, ‘Come here that I may speak with you.’”

So he approached her, and the woman said,
“Are you Joab?” And he answered, “I am.”
Then she said to him, “Listen to the words of your maidservant.”
And he answered, “I am listening.”

Then she spoke, saying,
“Formerly they used to say, ‘They will surely ask advice at Abel,’
and thus they ended the dispute.

“I am of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel.
You are seeking to destroy a city, even a mother in Israel.
Why would you swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?”

Joab replied, “Far be it, far be it from me that I should swallow up or destroy!

“Such is not the case.
But a man from the hill country of Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, has lifted up his hand against King David. Only hand him over, and I will depart from the city.”
And the woman said to Joab, “Behold, his head will be thrown to you over the wall.”

Then the woman wisely came to all the people.
And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and threw it to Joab.
So he blew the trumpet, and they were dispersed from the city, each to his tent.
Joab also returned to the king at Jerusalem.

Now Joab was over the whole army of Israel, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites;

and Adoram was over the forced labor, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder;

and Sheva was scribe, and Zadok and Abiathar were priests;

and Ira the Jairite was also a priest to David.


There is something to be said for this type of wisdom.

Why should an entire city…populace…people group suffer for the sin of an individual?

The woman presented the situation.
Joab explained.

The woman responded…
- Abel was known for the wisdom found within
- They were peaceable
- They were faithful to Israel
- They were known for settling disputes
The woman offered a solution…”we will toss his head over the wall…”
The woman came before the people.
They agreed.


It is better to deal “with the head of the trouble…”


The Word: Episode 0616 2 Timothy 1:1-2


October 17, 2018


Blessings folk!

Intrigue and murder continued in David’s life.

Remember, Amasa had become commander of Absalom’s army…

2 Sa 17:25
Absalom set Amasa over the army in place of Joab.
Now Amasa was the son of a man whose name was Ithra the Israelite,
who went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab's mother.

David had placed Amasa as commander of his army, replacing Joab.
A move designed to win over the army and Judah.

2 Sa 19:13
“Say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh?
May God do so to me, and more also,
if you will not be commander of the army before me continually in place of Joab.’”

Now…the story continues…

2Sa 20:4-13

Then the king said to Amasa,
“Call out the men of Judah for me within three days, and be present here yourself.”

So Amasa went to call out the men of Judah,
but he delayed longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

And David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom; take your lord’s servants and pursue him, so that he does not find for himself fortified cities and escape from our sight.”

So Joab’s men went out after him, along with the Cherethites and the Pelethites and all the mighty men; and they went out from Jerusalem to pursue Sheba the son of Bichri.

When they were at the large stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them.
Now Joab was dressed in his military attire, and over it was a belt with a sword in its sheath fastened at his waist; and as he went forward, it fell out.

Joab said to Amasa, “Is it well with you, my brother?”
And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.

But Amasa was not on guard against the sword which was in Joab’s hand so he struck him in the belly with it and poured out his inward parts on the ground, and did not strike him again, and he died. Then Joab and Abishai his brother pursued Sheba the son of Bichri.

Now there stood by him one of Joab’s young men, and said,
“Whoever favors Joab and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab.”

But Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the middle of the highway.
And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed Amasa from the highway into the field and threw a garment over him when he saw that everyone who came by him stood still.

As soon as he was removed from the highway,
all the men passed on after Joab to pursue Sheba the son of Bichri.

David gave Amasa a direct order - rally the men in three days.
Amasa did not follow the order in a timely fashion.

David then sent Abishai to pursue Sheba.

Joab’s men and others pursued Sheba.

Amasa met them on the way.

Joab approached Amasa feigning a greeting.
Well, it was a greeting of sort.

Joab’s sword fell out as he went to greet.
Apparently Joab picked up the sword.
Amasa was not on guard.
Joab struck him with the sword.

We have seen Joab do this type of thing.
Taking matters into his own hands.

Joab and Abishai pursued Sheba.
They left a young man by the dying body of Amasa.
The young man rallied the me to join Joab.

Amasa’s body was a distraction in the road.
He was removed.
The men passed on.

Truly the sword would not pass from David and his family.


The Word Episode 0615 1 Timothy 6:17-21

“Sheba the Worthless/Concubines”

October 16, 2018

“Sheba the Worthless/Concubines”

Blessings folk!

David was returning to Kingship.

All was not smooth.

We have seen that there was argument between Israel and Judah as to who David would lead.

The struggle continued.

Then, there were some “messy” situations to address.


2 Sa 20:1-3

Now a worthless fellow happened to be there whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri,
a Benjamite; and he blew the trumpet and said,
“We have no portion in David,
Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse;
Every man to his tents, O Israel!”

So all the men of Israel withdrew from following David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri; but the men of Judah remained steadfast to their king, from the Jordan even to Jerusalem.

Then David came to his house at Jerusalem, and the king took the ten women,
the concubines whom he had left to keep the house, and placed them under guard and provided them with sustenance, but did not go in to them.
So they were shut up until the day of their death, living as widows.

A worthless fellow arose.
Well, there ya go.
A succinct definition.
Sheba the Worthless blew a trumpet.
He declared that…

  • “we have no portion in David”
  • “we have no inheritance in the son of Jesse”
  • “every man to his tents, O Israel!”

The men of Israel foolishly listened to Sheba the Worthless.

The men of Judah remained steadfast to their king, David.

David’s men stood firm in/with him.

David came to his house at Jerusalem and there were his ten concubines.
What to do with them?

All Israel had seen what Absalom had done with them.

David showed grace and mercy.

He could have executed them.

He did not.

He placed them under guard…for his and their protection.
He provided sustenance for them.
He did not go in to them.
They lived as widows until the day they died.
They were shut up until the day of their death.

Yet loving.


The Word: Episode 0614 1 Timothy 6:13-16

James Lesson 6

James Lesson 6

The Word Episode: 0613: 1 Timothy 6:11-12

“He’s Our King…”

October 14, 2018

“He’s Our King…”

Blessings folk!

The restoration of David’s kingdom continue.

Note what happens next…

2 Sa 19:40-43

Now the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him;
and all the people of Judah and also half the people of Israel accompanied the king.

And behold, all the men of Israel came to the king and said to the king,
“Why had our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away,
and brought the king and his household and all David’s men with him over the Jordan?”

Then all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel,
“Because the king is a close relative to us. Why then are you angry about this matter?
Have we eaten at all at the king’s expense, or has anything been taken for us?”

But the men of Israel answered the men of Judah and said,
“We have ten parts in the king, therefore we also have more claim on David than you.
Why then did you treat us with contempt? Was it not our advice first to bring back our king?” Yet the words of the men of Judah were harsher than the words of the men of Israel.

The men of Israel were jealous.
They thought the men of Judah had stolen David away from them.

The men of Judah responded…”the king is a close relative to us.”
“Why are you angry…?”
They declared that they had not been a burden to the king.

The men of Israel came back with “we have ten parts…”
The men of Israel consisted of ten tribes.
The men of Judah two.

The men of Israel were offended and felt they were being treated with contempt.

Both groups wanted David as king.

What to do?


The Word: Episode 0612 1 Timothy 6:6-10


October 13, 2018


Blessings folk!

Another “supporter” comes before King David…

2 Sa 19:31-39

Now Barzillai the Gileadite had come down from Rogelim;
and he went on to the Jordan with the king to escort him over the Jordan.

Now Barzillai was very old, being eighty years old;
and he had sustained the king while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very great man.

The king said to Barzillai,
“You cross over with me and I will sustain you in Jerusalem with me.”

But Barzillai said to the king,
“How long have I yet to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem?

“I am now eighty years old.
Can I distinguish between good and bad?
Or can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink?
Or can I hear anymore the voice of singing men and women?
Why then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?

“Your servant would merely cross over the Jordan with the king.
Why should the king compensate me with this reward?

“Please let your servant return, that I may die in my own city near the grave of my father and my mother. However, here is your servant Chimham, let him cross over with my lord the king, and do for him what is good in your sight.”

The king answered, “Chimham shall cross over with me, and I will do for him what is good in your sight; and whatever you require of me, I will do for you.”

All the people crossed over the Jordan and the king crossed too.
The king then kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his place.

Barzillai had supplied King David with food/supplies when David fled.

2Sa 17:27-29

Now when David had come to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim,

brought beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched seeds,
honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and for the people who were with him, to eat; for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”

He had sustained the King.
He was a great man.

Now David was returning to Jerusalem as King.
He wanted Barzillai to go with him.
Yet, Barzillai refused.


He did not want to be a burden.
He was old…80.
He had lost much of his sight…discerning good/bad.
He had lost his taste.
He had lost much of his hearing.

All he could do was be with David.

Barzillai offered his servant Chimham.
It looks as if Chimham was a liaison between David and Barzillai.
David told Barzillai that whatever was required he would provide.

David would now help Barzillai?

Barzillai asked for permission to return home.

David granted permission.

All the people now crossed over the Jordan.
David blessed Barzillai.
Barzillai returned home…for the balance of his life.


The Word: Episode 0610 1 Timothy 6:1-6


October 12, 2018


Blessings folk!

David was restored as King.
Shimei had repented of his actions.
The King forgave him.


2 Sa 19:24-30

Then Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king;
and he had neither cared for his feet,
nor trimmed his mustache,
nor washed his clothes,
from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace.

It was when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him,
“Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?”

So he answered, “O my lord, the king, my servant deceived me; for your servant said,
‘I will saddle a donkey for myself that I may ride on it and go with the king,’
because your servant is lame.

“Moreover, he has slandered your servant to my lord the king;
but my lord the king is like the angel of God, therefore do what is good in your sight.

“For all my father’s household was nothing but dead men before my lord the king;
yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table.
What right do I have yet that I should complain anymore to the king?”

So the king said to him, “Why do you still speak of your affairs?
I have decided, ‘You and Ziba shall divide the land.’”

Mephibosheth said to the king,
“Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house.”

Another account of explanation and restoration.

Remember the details.

Mephibosheth was lame due to being dropped as a child…on the day that Saul and Jonathan, Mephibosheth’s father, were killed.

This passage says that Mephibosheth was Saul’s son.
He was his grandson.
This is not a mistake.
We consider “son” to consist of only one generation.
Most of the world does not.
A grandson is a son, etc.

Mephibosheth came to meet the king.
Note the physical description given.
He had not cared for his feet, mustache, clothes.
It was a sign of his mourning David.

Mephibosheth’s servant had deceived him.
The servant lied about Mephibosheth.
The servant had slandered…

2 Sa 16:3
Then the king said, “And where is your master's son?”
And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said,
‘Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.'”

The servant had gone with David and left Mephibosheth his master behind.
David was then deceived and gave the servant, Ziba, all of Mephibosheth’s possessions.

Mephibosheth was truly grieved and mourned what was happening to David.
He expressed this through fasting from body/physical care.

Mephibosheth placed his faith, trust and future in the hand of the king.
- the King is like the angel of God
- do what is right in your eyes

Mephibosheth knew that he was as good as dead before David’s kingship.
David exalted him.
David sustained him.
He would rest in David.
He would not complain regardless of outcome.

Some principles here for us.
David is a type of the Lord Jesus…a foreshadowing of what we have in Him.

David told Mephibosheth to chill and quit talking about it.
Mephibosheth and Ziba would split all the land of Saul.

Mephibosheth declared that he cared not about the stuff, as long as David was alive and well.

He had the correct focus.

Do we?


The Word: Episode 0610 1 Timothy 6:1-6

“Please, Do Not Take It To Heart…”

October 11, 2018

“Please, Do Not Take It To Heart…”

Blessings folk!

David was returning as King.

We can imagine the varied emotions of all the people.

Remember Shimei?

He was the one who cursed and threw rocks at David.

2 Sa 16:5,7

When King David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera;
he came out cursing continually as he came.

Thus Shimei said when he cursed,
“Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow!

Now watch Shimei…

2 Sa 19:16

Then Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite who was from Bahurim,
hurried and came down with the men of Judah to meet King David.

There were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, with Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him;
and they rushed to the Jordan before the king.

Then they kept crossing the ford to bring over the king’s household,
and to do what was good in his sight.
And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king as he was about to cross the Jordan.

So he said to the king, “Let not my lord consider me guilty, nor remember what your servant did wrong on the day when my lord the king came out from Jerusalem,
so that the king would take it to heart.

“For your servant knows that I have sinned; therefore behold, I have come today,
the first of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.”

But Abishai the son of Zeruiah said,
“Should not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD’S anointed?”

David then said, “What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be an adversary to me? Should any man be put to death in Israel today?
For do I not know that I am king over Israel today?”

The king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” Thus the king swore to him.

Shimei hurriedly came as one of the first to bow before David.
He ask David…

  • To not consider me guilty
  • Nor remember what your servant did wrong on the day…
  • Do not take it to heart

Shimei acknowledged he had sinned.
He came first in humility.
He came first in repentance.
He came first in asking for forgiveness.
(This gives us insight into whether his cursing was from himself, the adversary or God.)

Abishai was having nothing to do with it.
He wanted Shimei to die because he had cursed the Lord’s anointed.

David’s response?
No man would be put to death that day.
Grace, forgiveness and mercy would reign.

David forgave Shimei.

Was Shimei guilty?

Did Shimei deserve punishment?

What did David give?

Thus the Most High does for those who believe, receive and come before Him.


The Word: Episode 0609 1 Timothy 6:1

“The King Returns…”

October 10, 2018

“The King Returns…”

Blessings folk!

How did David respond to Joab’s bold, cutting rebuke?

2 Sa 19:8-15

So the king arose and sat in the gate.
When they told all the people, saying,
“Behold, the king is sitting in the gate,” then all the people came before the king.
Now Israel had fled, each to his tent.

All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying,
“The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of the Philistines, but now he has fled out of the land from Absalom.

“However, Absalom, whom we anointed over us, has died in battle.
Now then, why are you silent about bringing the king back?”

Then King David sent to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, saying,
“Speak to the elders of Judah, saying, ‘Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the word of all Israel has come to the king, even to his house?

‘You are my brothers; you are my bone and my flesh.
Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?’

“Say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? May God do so to me, and more also, if you will not be commander of the army before me continually in place of Joab.’”

Thus he turned the hearts of all the men of Judah as one man, so that they sent word to the king, saying, “Return, you and all your servants.”

The king then returned and came as far as the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal in order to go to meet the king, to bring the king across the Jordan.

King David arose and sat at the gate.
He was before the people.
The people had fled to their tents.
They were hiding.
They were fear-filled.
They were quarreling among themselves.


Because of David.
The great King David who had defeated the Philistines and enemies had now fled before his own son.
Should they return to David now?

David sent to the priests Zadok and Abiathar asking them to speak to the elders of Judah.
Would the elders receive the king back?

David provided the argument.
They were brothers.
Bone and flesh.

He also told them to tell Amasa, bone and flesh of David, that he would now be commander of the army replacing Joab.


Joab seems to have a problem.

The hearts of the people were thus turned to David.

David returned as King.

Grieving over Absalom?
Of course.

But as King, he must lead the people, not grieve over a son turned enemy.

As the Lord had said to him…the sword would not depart from his family…


The Word: Episode 0608 1 Timothy 5:24-25

“Covering the Face of the Servants…”

October 9, 2018

“Covering the Face of the Servants…”

Blessings folk!

David was mourning and crying aloud due to Absalom’s death.
Absalom who sought to kill David.

The people heard.
The people mourned.
They should have been rejoicing in victory.

Joab had heard of the king’s state.

Watch what Joab does…

2 Sa 19:5-7

Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines,

by loving those who hate you, and by hating those who love you. For you have shown today that princes and servants are nothing to you; for I know this day that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased.

“Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, surely not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”


This is a bold, “in-your-face”, chewing-out of a king.

Joab told it as it was.

David have brought shame upon the servants.

The servants had…
- saved David’s life
- saved the lives of…
- his sons
- his daughters
- his wives
- his concubines

David had loved those who hated him…Absalom.
David effectively was hating those who loved him.

Joab revealed that the people believed that they were nothing to David.

Then this zinger…if we were all dead and Absalom was alive, you would be glad…

This was bold.
This was dangerous.

Joab doubled-down.

He told David what to do.
Go out!
Speak kindly to your servants!
If you do not…I swear by the Lord…no man will be standing with you by tonight.
It will be worse than anything that has occurred to you.

Did Joab just threaten David?
Or, was he speaking the truth of the state of affairs?

Wonder what David will do…


James Lesson 5

James Lesson 5

The Word: Episode 0607 1 Timothy 5:22-23

“Victory to Mourning”

October 8, 2018

“Victory to Mourning”

Blessings folk!

David and the people of Israel were victorious.
Absalom’s rebellion was quashed.

Yet, David was crushed.
Absalom had been killed.

As we saw in our last time together, David was weeping, mourning and crying out for Absalom.

He loved him.

Read what happened next…

2 Sa 19:1-4

Then it was told Joab, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourns for Absalom.”

The victory that day was turned to mourning for all the people,
for the people heard it said that day, “The king is grieved for his son.”

So the people went by stealth into the city that day,
as people who are humiliated steal away when they flee in battle.

The king covered his face and cried out with a loud voice,
“O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Joab was told that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom.

The people knew.

They had been victorious.
Now the day was turned to mourning because the king was grieving.

The people quietly returned to the city.
In mourning.
Not in rejoicing of victory.
They entered as if defeated.

The king continued to mourn Absalom.

We see this principle in the organizational church.

Leaders profess to know and honor the Word of God, yet it is obvious they do not.
They speak not the Word.
They know not the Word.
They have not been transformed by the Word.
They are not people of their word.
Leaders profess to be “led by the Spirit”.
They are led by a spirit, but not the Holy Spirit.
Again, it is obvious.
There is no transformation.
There is no power.
There is no manifestation of the Spirit via His gifts.

Therefore, the people lack knowledge and are powerless.

As the leaders go, so the people will go.

David mourned.
The people will mourn.

Leaders, you desire change in the people?
Begin in the mirror.


The Word: Episode 0606 1 Timothy 5:21

“Absalom, Absalom”

October 7, 2018

“Absalom, Absalom”

Blessings folk!

David learns of Absalom’s fate.
Note how he learned.
Note how he reacted.

2 Sa 18:19-33

Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, “Please let me run and bring the king news that the LORD has freed him from the hand of his enemies.”

But Joab said to him, “You are not the man to carry news this day, but you shall carry news another day; however, you shall carry no news today because the king’s son is dead.”

Then Joab said to the Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.”
So the Cushite bowed to Joab and ran.

Now Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said once more to Joab,
“But whatever happens, please let me also run after the Cushite.”
And Joab said, “Why would you run, my son, since you will have no reward for going?”

“But whatever happens,” he said, “I will run.” So he said to him, “Run.”
Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain and passed up the Cushite.

Now David was sitting between the two gates; and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate by the wall, and raised his eyes and looked, and behold, a man running by himself.

The watchman called and told the king.
And the king said, “If he is by himself there is good news in his mouth.”
And he came nearer and nearer.

Then the watchman saw another man running;
and the watchman called to the gatekeeper and said,
“Behold, another man running by himself.”
And the king said, “This one also is bringing good news.”

The watchman said, “I think the running of the first one is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok.” And the king said, “This is a good man and comes with good news.”

Ahimaaz called and said to the king, “All is well.” And he prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground. And he said, “Blessed is the LORD your God, who has delivered up the men who lifted their hands against my lord the king.”

The king said, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And Ahimaaz answered, “When Joab sent the king’s servant, and your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I did not know what it was.”

Then the king said, “Turn aside and stand here.” So he turned aside and stood still.

Behold, the Cushite arrived, and the Cushite said, “Let my lord the king receive good news, for the LORD has freed you this day from the hand of all those who rose up against you.”

Then the king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?”
And the Cushite answered, “Let the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you for evil, be as that young man!”

The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

Two runners reported.

One, Ahimaaz son of Zadok, had insisted on reporting to David.
Remember, Ahimaaz was a spy for David against Absalom.
Ahimaaz told David that victory had been attained.
David was free of the enemies.
When David inquired as to Absalom, Ahimaaz demured…lied… claiming that he saw a tumult but did not now what occurred.
Joab had told him that Absalom was dead!

Joab sent a Cushite, a foreigner, to inform David.
The Cushite reported Absalom’s demise.

David’s reaction?
Deeply moved.
Went to his chamber over the gate and wept.
Crying out Absalom, Absalom.

Over the gate?

The people heard…


The Word: Episode 0605 1 Timothy 5:17-20

“A Pillar to Preserve”

October 6, 2018

“A Pillar to Preserve”

Blessings folk!

Absalom had been killed.
At the hand of Joab and his armor bearers.
Defying the overt command of King David.

Absalom’s rebellion was no more.

Watch what Joab and the people did.

2 Sa 18:16-18

Then Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing Israel,
or Joab restrained the people.

They took Absalom and cast him into a deep pit in the forest and erected over him a very great heap of stones. And all Israel fled, each to his tent.

Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself a pillar which is in the King’s Valley, for he said, “I have no son to preserve my name.”
So he named the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.

Joab blew the trumpet.
He restrained the people.
The battle was over.

They took Absalom’s body and threw it into a deep pit.
They covered him with a very great heap of stones.
Then all Israel fled to their own tent.

They fled?


They knew that killing Absalom was wrong.
They knew that guilt was upon someone.

Someone would pay.

Absalom is a sad account.
He had no son.
He wanted a legacy.
He wanted his name to be preserved.

His name was preserved by two piles of rocks.
One over his dead body.
The other a self-constructed pillar called Absalom’s monument.

Yet think…

Most people do the same today…even believers.

They spend their entire lives pursuing “monuments of stones”.
These become their legacy.
Monuments that will decay.
Monuments that will erode.
Monuments that are lifeless.

What legacy are you building?


“Thrice Speared"

October 5, 2018

“Thrice Speared"

Blessings folk!

Twenty-thousand men died in the battle that day.
The forest killed more than died by the hand of man.

It was sad, serious bloodshed.

Remember David’s commandment
Read what happened to Absalom.

2 Sa 18:9-15

Now Absalom happened to meet the servants of David.
For Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. And his head caught fast in the oak, so he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him kept going.

When a certain man saw it, he told Joab and said, “Behold, I saw Absalom hanging in an oak.”

Then Joab said to the man who had told him, “Now behold, you saw him! Why then did you not strike him there to the ground? And I would have given you ten pieces of silver and a belt.”

The man said to Joab, “Even if I should receive a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I would not put out my hand against the king’s son; for in our hearing the king charged you and Abishai and Ittai, saying, ‘Protect for me the young man Absalom!’

“Otherwise, if I had dealt treacherously against his life
(and there is nothing hidden from the king), then you yourself would have stood aloof.”

Then Joab said, “I will not waste time here with you.” So he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through the heart of Absalom while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

And ten young men who carried Joab’s armor gathered around
and struck Absalom and killed him.

Absalom encountered the servants of David.
He encountered the battle.
Apparently he fled.
We see who was in charge - the mule.
The mule fled into the woods.
Absalom’s pride cost him his life - his hair.

2 Sa 14:25-26

Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.

And when he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it;
when it was heavy on him, he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head,
two hundred shekels by the king’s weight.

His thick, strong hair was suspending him from an oak.

You saw what happened.

A man saw Absalom.
He reported to Joab.
Joab berated the man for not killing Absalom.
The man boldly stood his ground on the truth.
David had requested that they be careful with Absalom - not kill him.
The commanders heard it.
The people heard it.
The man refused to harm the son of the King…by the word of the King.
The man also knew…and said…that if he had harmed Absalom, Joab would have left the man hanging…stood aloof.

The man was more righteous than Joab.

Joab took care of the matter.
He speared Absalom three times.
Then the ten men who carried Joab’s armor…really?…lot’s of armor…the ten men mutilated Absalom.

All against the direct word of the King.

Wonder how this will go…


The Word: Episode 0603 1 Timothy 5:3-16

“The Forest Devoured”

October 4, 2018

“The Forest Devoured”

Blessings folk!

The forces of Absalom were moving.
The forces/people of David were assembled, prepared and moving.


2 Sa 18:6-8

Then the people went out into the field against Israel,
and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim.

The people of Israel were defeated there before the servants of David,
and the slaughter there that day was great, 20,000 men.

For the battle there was spread over the whole countryside,
and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

A sad, sad day.

The people of the Lord fighting against each other.
Can you imagine…?

Some sided with David - the true king.
Note how they are called the “servants of David”.

Others sided with Absalom - the usurper who would not await “his turn”.
Note how they are called “the people of Israel”.

A great slaughter occurred…20,000 men.
The battle spread over the whole countryside,

Did you see the curious phrase?
“The forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured”.

We will see an example of that tomorrow, but what does it mean?

We are not told point-blank how the forest killed more men than the servants of David.

The bottom line is this.
Yahweh gave David and his people the victory.
Yahweh used the forest…be it cliffs, thorns, rocks, animals…whatever.

Perhaps an oak grabbed someone by the hair?
We will see that tomorrow.

Know this.
The Lord is on the side of His people.


The Word: Episode 0602 1 Timothy 5:3-6

“Deal Gently…”

October 3, 2018

“Deal Gently…”

Blessings folk!

David had escaped.
He now organized and planned for an offensive attack

2Sa 18:1-5

Then David numbered the people who were with him and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.

David sent the people out,
one third under the command of Joab,
one third under the command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother,
and one third under the command of Ittai the Gittite.
And the king said to the people, “I myself will surely go out with you also.”

But the people said,
“You should not go out; for if we indeed flee, they will not care about us;
even if half of us die, they will not care about us.
But you are worth ten thousand of us;
therefore now it is better that you be ready to help us from the city.”

Then the king said to them, “Whatever seems best to you I will do.”
So the king stood beside the gate, and all the people went out by hundreds and thousands.

The king charged Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying,
“Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.”
And all the people heard when the king charged all the commanders concerning Absalom.

David sent the people out.
He desired to go with them, but the people were aware of the situation.
They nor David could afford for the king to be killed or captured.

So, King David stood by the gate as the people went out…many people.

David gave one last charge.
A charge that was the beginning of something that would cause pain.
He told the commanders to “deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom…”

All the people heard.
What were they hearing?
The concern of a father for this son?
Yes. No doubt.
David was heart-broken over what was occurring.
But, they also heard the charge of concern over an enemy…one that they were laying their lives before.
Was David more concern for his traitorous son then he was for his people?


The Word: Episode 0601 1 Timothy 5;1-4

“Hungry, Thirsty, Weary in the Wilderness”

October 2, 2018

“Hungry, Thirsty, Weary in the Wilderness”

Blessings folk!

David was fleeing.
Absalom was pursuing.

The following Scripture shows a couple of things…

Family relations.
Provision for David and his people.

2 Sa 17:24-29

Then David came to Mahanaim.
And Absalom crossed the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.

Absalom set Amasa over the army in place of Joab.
Now Amasa was the son of a man whose name was Ithra the Israelite,
who went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother.

And Israel and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.

Now when David had come to Mahanaim, Shobi the son of Nahash from Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, Machir the son of Ammiel from Lo-debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim,

brought beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched seeds,

honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and for the people who were with him, to eat; for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”

Absalom appointed a family member, Amasa, over the army.

Mahanaim, Machir and Barzillai brought provision and supplies for David and the people.

The Lord provided.

He still does…


James Lesson 4

James Lesson 4

The Word: Episode 0600 1 Timothy 4:11-16

“Ahithophel’s End”

October 1, 2018

“Ahithophel’s End”

Blessings folk!

We last saw that two men were hiding in a covered well…helped by a woman.

The story continues…

2Sa 17:21-22

It came about after they had departed that they came up out of the well and went and told King David; and they said to David, “Arise and cross over the water quickly for thus Ahithophel has counseled against you.”

Then David and all the people who were with him arose and crossed the Jordan;
and by dawn not even one remained who had not crossed the Jordan.

Ahimaaz and Jonathan, the two in the well, escaped after those seeking them left.

They went to David and reported with advice.
Cross the water quickly!
Ahithophel has counseled against you!

Apparently they did not know what Absalom would do.

David did as advised.
He and all the people arose.
They crossed the Jordan.

But, Absalom did not follow the advice of Ahithophel.
No big deal, correct?


2Sa 17:23

Now when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed,
he saddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to his city,
and set his house in order,
and strangled himself;
thus he died and was buried in the grave of his father.

Talk about “over reacting”?

Ahithophel saw that he had lost influence.
He left the court.
He saddled his donkey.
He arose and went home…to his city.
He set his house in order.
He strangled himself.
He died.

He planned.
He executed meticulously.

The sad ending of one who put his faith in himself rather than the Most High God…