September 2018

The Word: Episode 0589 1 Timothy 3:1-7

“Fear and Flee…”

September 20, 2018

“Fear and Flee…”

Blessings folk!

Absalom was executing his plan.

The word came to David…

2 Sa 15:13-18

Then a messenger came to David, saying,
“The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.”

David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem,
“Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us will escape from Absalom.
Go in haste, or he will overtake us quickly and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

Then the king’s servants said to the king,
“Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses.”

So the king went out and all his household with him.
But the king left ten concubines to keep the house.

The king went out and all the people with him, and they stopped at the last house.

Now all his servants passed on beside him, all the Cherethites, all the Pelethites and all the Gittites, six hundred men who had come with him from Gath, passed on before the king.

What was David’s response?
He prepared and fled.
He ran.

The great David.
The great Warrior.
The Victor over Goliath.
The Victor over the enemies of Israel.

This David, now ran in advance of his own son.

David feared.
He feared that Absalom would not allow any of them to escape.
They would die.

David feared that Absalom would quickly over take them and bring calamity upon the city.
He would strike the city with the edge of the sword.

Where are David’s mighty men?
Where is the army?
Where is David’s trust in the Lord?
Where is David’s seeking of the Lord?

David packed up all his household, even the 600 men that had done great things with him, and they left.

David only left ten concubines behind.
This would be an interesting thing soon…

David was scared.
He fled.
Unusual…

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The Word: Episode 0588 1 Timothy 3d:1-3

“Vow”

September 19, 2018

“Vow”

Blessings folk!

Absalom had stolen the people’s heart…
  • By listening to them…ok.
  • By apparently always agreeing with them…humm…
  • By undermining his father, the King…uh oh

Absalom now initiated the plan…

2 Sa 15:7-12

Now it came about at the end of forty years that Absalom said to the king,
“Please let me go and pay my vow which I have vowed to the LORD, in Hebron.

“For your servant vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying,
‘If the LORD shall indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.’”

The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron.

But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying,
“As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say,
‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’”

Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were invited and went innocently, and they did not know anything.

And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh,
while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong,
for the people increased continually with Absalom.

After a period of time…some translations say “forty years”, some say “four”, likely “four”… Absalom made his move.

He went before Daddy the king and feigned the need to go pay a vow before God.
A lie to father.
A before Father.

The king agreed and sent him in peace.

Abasalom then sent his spies throughout the tribes of Israel.
Sleeper cells.
When they heard the sound of the trumpet they were to shout “Absalom is king in Hebron”.

Two hundred men, innocent of knowledge of Absalom’s plan, went with him.

Absalom then sent for one of David’s counselors.

The conspiracy was unfolding.
It was growing in strength.

More and more people sided with Absalom.

King David was in trouble…

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The Word: Episode 0587 1 Timothy 3:1-2

“Stolen Hearts”

September 18, 2018

“Stolen Hearts”

Blessings folk!

Absalom was somewhat restored before the king/throne.

Watch what he does now…

2 Sa 15:1-6

Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him.

Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate;
and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment,
Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?”
And he would say, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.”

Then Absalom would say to him,
“See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.”

Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.”

And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him,
he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him.

In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment;
so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.

Remember, Absalom was extremely handsome.
He was winsome.
He was also very shrewd.

You saw what he did.
He stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.
Stolen from who?
King David.

How did he do this?

He provided for himself an entourage of chariot, horses and men runners.
Quite the spectacle and display.

He worked hard at his subterfuge.

He arose early.
He stood by the city gate…meeting place.

When someone had a problem that they wanted to present to the king, then Absalom would jump in and offer to help.

He would agree with the complainants claim.
He would offer to mediate with the king.

Absalom would eagerly receive the adoration and thanks of the people.

He did this with all who came to the king for judgment.

He stole the peoples hearts.

To what purpose?
The kingdom of course.
He desired to be king.
He did not want to wait and see.
He wanted the throne now.

This will get ugly.

It always does when we seek to do things in our own flesh and volition.

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James - Lesson 2

James - Lesson 2

The Word: Episode 0586 1Timothy 2:9-15

“Field-A-Fire…”

September 17, 2018

“Field-A-Fire…”

Blessings folk!

We continue with the Absalom account…

2 Sa 14:28-33

Now Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, and did not see the king’s face.

Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him.
So he sent again a second time, but he would not come.

Therefore he said to his servants,
“See, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there;
go and set it on fire.”
So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.

Then Joab arose, came to Absalom at his house and said to him,
“Why have your servants set my field on fire?”

Absalom answered Joab,
“Behold, I sent for you, saying, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say,
“Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me still to be there.”’
Now therefore, let me see the king’s face, and if there is iniquity in me, let him put me to death.”

So when Joab came to the king and told him, he called for Absalom. Thus he came to the king and prostrated himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.

Absalom was home in Jerusalem, yet the king refused to see him.
The king, David, refused to see his own son…for two years.

Absalom sent for Joab.
He desired to send Joab before the king to inquire as to the situation.

Joab refused to come to Absalom.
Twice.

Absalom decided to force Joab’s hand.
Absalom set fire to Joab’s barley field!
Happy
That did it.

Joab came to ask why he had done so.
Absalom told him.

So Joab told the king.
The king called for Absalom.
Absalom approached the king…prostrating himself on his face.
The king kissed Absalom.

Ah…all is well…
Or is it?


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The Word: Episode 0585 1 Timothy 2:9-15

“Handsome…”

September 16, 2018

“Handsome…”

Blessings folk!

Absalom was home in Jerusalem.
He was home in his house.
Yet, King David, his father, would not see him.

Then, the Word gives some curious, interesting personal detail about Absalom…

2 Sa 14:25-27

Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised;
from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him.

When he cut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut it, for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king’s weight.

To Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar;
she was a woman of beautiful appearance.

Absalom was more handsome than anyone else in Israel.
He was praised for his appearance.
Handsome from head to foot.
There was no physical defect in him.

His hair was the talk of people.
He cut it once a year…at the end of the year.
He cut it for it was heavy, apparently five pounds!

Absalom had a family.
Three unnamed sons.
One daughter named Tamar, after Absalom’s sister?
Tamar was beautiful.

Why all the detail?

Some will be important to the account of David’s family as we continue.

Other points just emphasize that their family was as families are today.

A beautiful family.
The King’s son…heir?
Handsome.
A house.

What more could one want?
To see the King?
To be the King?

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The Word: Episode 0584 1 Timothy 2:9-15

“Let Him Not See My Face”

September 15, 2018

“Let Him Not See My Face”

Blessings folk!

Absalom was allowed to return, with a caveat.

2 Sa 14:23-24

So Joab arose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

However the king said, “Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face.”
So Absalom turned to his own house and did not see the king’s face.

David longed to see Absalom.

David wanted Absalom “back home”.
He now was.

Yet, David refused to see him face-to-face.
Wonder why?

I suspect it has to do with continued punishment.

Absalom had usurped the king’s authority in have Amnon killed.
Any other man would have likely be executed by the command of the King.

David was “putting Absalom in his place”.
Lovingly?
Irritated?

Such needs to be handled judiciously…problems could arise.

They will soon.

Be certain that all that we do is the desire and mind of the Lord.

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The Word: Episode 0583 1 Timothy 2:9-10

“Bring Back the Young Man”

September 14, 2018

“Bring Back the Young Man”

Blessings folk!

A long account today.
Read it all…can be done quickly.
It tells a story.

David longed for Absalom.
Absalom had fled after he had Amnon killed.
Absalom had apparently been “banned”.

Joab knew that David longed for Absalom.
So, Joab conceived a plan for restoration.
Give close heed to how Joab communicated with the king.
Sometimes we have to be subtle…

2 Sa 14:1-23

Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s heart was inclined toward Absalom.

So Joab sent to Tekoa and brought a wise woman from there and said to her,
“Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments now, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but be like a woman who has been mourning for the dead many days;

then go to the king and speak to him in this manner.” So Joab put the words in her mouth.

Now when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king,
she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself and said, “Help, O king.”

The king said to her, “What is your trouble?”
And she answered, “Truly I am a widow, for my husband is dead.

“Your maidservant had two sons, but the two of them struggled together in the field, and there was no [fn]one to separate them, so one struck the other and killed him.

“Now behold, the whole family has risen against your maidservant, and they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed, and destroy the heir also.’ Thus they will extinguish my coal which is left, so as to leave my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.”

Then the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you.”

The woman of Tekoa said to the king, “O my lord, the king, the iniquity is on me and my father’s house, but the king and his throne are guiltless.”

So the king said,
“Whoever speaks to you, bring him to me, and he will not touch you anymore.”

Then she said, “Please let the king remember the LORD your God, so that the avenger of blood will not continue to destroy, otherwise they will destroy my son.” And he said, “As the LORD lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”

Then the woman said, “Please let your maidservant speak a word to my lord the king.”
And he said, “Speak.”

The woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God?
For in speaking this word the king is as one who is guilty,
in that the king does not bring back his banished one.

“For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.

“Now the reason I have come to speak this word to my lord the king is that the people have made me afraid; so your maidservant said, ‘Let me now speak to the king, perhaps the king will perform the request of his maidservant.

‘For the king will hear and deliver his maidservant from the hand of the man who would destroy both me and my son from the inheritance of God.’

“Then your maidservant said,
‘Please let the word of my lord the king be comforting, for as the angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil. And may the LORD your God be with you.’”

Then the king answered and said to the woman, “Please do not hide anything from me that I am about to ask you.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king please speak.”

So the king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?” And the woman replied, “As your soul lives, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything that my lord the king has spoken. Indeed, it was your servant Joab who commanded me, and it was he who put all these words in the mouth of your maidservant;

in order to change the appearance of things your servant Joab has done this thing. But my lord is wise, like the wisdom of the angel of God, to know all that is in the earth.”

Then the king said to Joab,
“Behold now, I will surely do this thing; go therefore, bring back the young man Absalom.”

Joab fell on his face to the ground, prostrated himself and blessed the king; then Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, O my lord, the king, in that the king has performed the request of his servant.”

So Joab arose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

Absalom returned.
He was restored…well sorta…not quite…nearly as we will see.

Do not be surprised if the Lord speaks to you through varied ways…often through the “back door”

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James - Lesson 1

James - Lesson 1

The Word: Episode 0582 1 Timothy 2:8

“Longing Heart…”

September 13, 2018

“Longing Heart…”

Blessings folk!

Truly the sword would not depart from the house of David.

Absalom had Amnon killed.

Watch David’s response…

2 Sa 13:34-39

Now Absalom had fled. And the young man who was the watchman raised his eyes and looked, and behold, many people were coming from the road behind him by the side of the mountain.

Jonadab said to the king,
“Behold, the king’s sons have come; according to your servant’s word, so it happened.”

As soon as he had finished speaking, behold, the king’s sons came and lifted their voices and wept; and also the king and all his servants wept very bitterly.

Now Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur.
And David mourned for his son every day.

So Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur, and was there three years.

The heart of King David longed to go out to Absalom;
for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.

Absalom fled.
He knew he was trouble.
Murder will do that.

The king’s other sons returned.

They all wept together.
They wept bitterly.
At the loss of one of their own by one of their own.

Absalom sought refuge with Talmia in Geshur.

David mourned his son every day.
Which son?

Absalom.

David was comforted concerning Amnon because Amnon was dead.
Amnon deserved judgment.
Apparently David considered the execution just.
But, David longed for Absalom.
His heart longed for his son.

The heart of the father for a rebellious son…

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The Word; Episode 0581 1 Timothy 2:7

“King’s Sons”

September 12, 2018

“King’s Sons”

Blessings folk!

What the Lord spoke through the prophet began to occur.
The sword would not depart from the house of David.
Amnon was dead by the plan of Absalom.

After the murder, the sons of the king that were with Absalom fled on mules.

2 Sa 13:30-32

Now it was while they were on the way that the report came to David, saying,
“Absalom has struck down all the king’s sons, and not one of them is left.”

Then the king arose, tore his clothes and lay on the ground;
and all his servants were standing by with clothes torn.

Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, responded,
“Do not let my lord suppose they have put to death all the young men, the king’s sons,
for Amnon alone is dead; because by the intent of Absalom this has been determined since the day that he violated his sister Tamar.

David received a report of what had occurred.

The initial report was either mis-reported or mis-interpreted.

David thought all his sons had been killed at the hand of Absalom.
(This mistake becomes even more important later on…in understanding how David handled Absalom.)

David responded to the false report with great grief.
He arose.
He tore his clothes.
He laid on the ground.

His servants did likewise.

Then, David’s nephew Shimeah brought forth a true report.
But, not only a true report.
He brought an explanation.

Only Amnon was dead.
He was dead due to the intent of Absalom.
It was due to Amnon’s violation of Absalom’s sister Tamar.
Absalom had planned the revenge since the day of the event.

Shimeah then told David to “not take it to heart”.


2 Sa 13:33

“Now therefore, do not let my lord the king take the report to heart, namely,
‘all the king’s sons are dead,’ for only Amnon is dead.”

The situation was bad.
But, not as bad as David had first heard.

Still, the events in David’s family had only begun…

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The Word: Episode 0580 1 Timothy 2:1-6

“Put Him to Death”

September 11, 2018

“Put Him to Death”

Blessings folk!!

The Amnon/Tamar story continues…

2 Sa 13:23-29

Now it came about after two full years that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor,
which is near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king’s sons.

Absalom came to the king and said, “Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers;
please let the king and his servants go with your servant.”
 
But the king said to Absalom,
“No, my son, we should not all go, for we will be burdensome to you.”
Although he urged him, he would not go, but blessed him.

Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us.”
And the king said to him, “Why should he go with you?”

But when Absalom urged him, he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him.

Absalom commanded his servants, saying,
“See now, when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon,’ then put him to death. Do not fear; have not I myself commanded you?
Be courageous and be valiant.”

The servants of Absalom did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded.
Then all the king’s sons arose and each mounted his mule and fled.

Absalom was furious over what Amnon did to Tamar.

Absalom bided his time.

After two full years…the Word is very precise…a plan was executed.

It was sheep-shearing time.
Absalom invited all the king and all his sons to go.

The king feared that all these attending would be a burden to Absalom.
The king blessed Absalom.

Absalom asked for Amnon to go with him.
Granted.
The king’s sons were also given permission to go.

King David stayed.

Absalom commanded his servants…

  • Wait until Amnon is drunk
  • Strike him
  • Kill him

Absalom told them…
  • Do not fear
  • I have commanded you
  • Be courageous
  • Be valiant

They did so.
Amnon was dead.
His sin found him.

The sons of the king then mounted their rides and took off…
They fled.

Justice was done.

Or was it?

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The Word: Episode 0579 1 Timothy 2:1-2

“Anger, Hate”

September 10, 2018

“Anger, Hate”

Blessings folk!

Tamar was devastated.
She was living with her brother Absalom.

Why does Absalom appear to be so unconcerned?

Remember what he told Tamar…

2 Sa 13:20

Then Absalom her brother said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you?
But now keep silent, my sister, he is your brother; do not take this matter to heart.”
So Tamar remained and was desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.

Be silent.
Do not take this matter to heart.
Stay with me.

Why was he reacting this way.

What about King David?
Tamar’s father.

Does he know?
What is his reaction?

The Word tells us…

2 Sa 13:21-22

Now when King David heard of all these matters, he was very angry.

But Absalom did not speak to Amnon either good or bad;
for Absalom hated Amnon because he had violated his sister Tamar.

David heard.
David knew.
David was very angry.
David did nothing…apparently.

Absalom did not speak to Amnon, either good or bad.
Absalom hated Amnon because of what he had done.

Anger.
Seething, quiet hatred.

Nothing was done…at the moment…the next verse tells us “two years later”…hummm.
Remember, we as believers are not to seethe in anger.

Such only brings forth evil…

Eph 4:26-27

BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

and do not give the devil an opportunity.

Do not give the devil opportunity.

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The Word: Episode 0578 1 Timothy 1:17-20

“Desolate…”

September 9, 2018

“Desolate…”

Blessings folk!

Tamar was devastated by what occurred to her.

She did not try to hide it.

She tore her long-sleeve garment, the sign of a virgin.
She placed ashes on her head.
She put her hands on her head and depart.
She cried as she went.

Then…

2 Sa 13:20

Then Absalom her brother said to her,
“Has Amnon your brother been with you?
But now keep silent, my sister, he is your brother; do not take this matter to heart.”
So Tamar remained and was desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.

Absalom, her brother, learned of the situation.
He inquired of Tamar.
She acknowledged.

Abasalom told her…

  • Keep silent…due to the fact that Amnon was her brother…familial things…
  • Do not take the matter to heart…do not let it bother you

Sounds cold.
Sounds callous.

But, as we will see, Absalom was beginning to work out a plan.

Tamar remained with Absalom.
She was desolate in her brother’s house.
She had somewhere to live.
She had shelter.
She had food.

She had no fellowship, much less relationship.

Oh, it get’s worse…

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The Word: Episode 0577 1 Timothy 1:12-17

“Ashes, Crying, Torn”

September 8, 2018

“Ashes, Crying, Torn”

Blessings folk!

Amnon had his way with the woman he “loved” (lusted for), Tamar.

He then immediately hated her.
He hated her with a hatred beyond his love.

The truth is he hated himself for what he had done.

She begged him not to do this thing to her.
He ignored her.

He then demanded that she go.
He sent her away.

Now, watch what happened…

2Sa 13:15-19

Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up, go away!”

But she said to him,
“No, because this wrong in sending me away is greater than the other that you have done to me!” Yet he would not listen to her.

Then he called his young man who attended him and said,
“Now throw this woman out of my presence, and lock the door behind her.”

Now she had on a long-sleeved garment; for in this manner the virgin daughters of the king dressed themselves in robes. Then his attendant took her out and locked the door behind her.

Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her long-sleeved garment which was on her; and she put her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.

Tamar considered the sending away to be worse than the physical violation.

Still, Amnon would not listen.

He dismissed her.

She responded in “sackcloth and ashes”…mourning.

She tore her long-sleeved garment - the sign of the virgin.
She put ashes on her head.
She covered her head with her hands.
She cried aloud as she went.

Others would see.
Others would know.

This is not over…

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The Word: Episode 0576 1 Timothy 1:12-14

“He Hated Her”

September 7, 2018

“He Hated Her”

Blessings folk!

We continue with the horrific account of Amnon and Tamar.

Such things happen in abundance today.
Nothing is new.

Remember, Amnon had orchestrated/entrapped Tamar.
He then violated her.
He had what he wanted.
He had/did what he had long dreamed and anticipated.

What now?

It gets uglier…

2 Sa 13:15

Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred;
for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up, go away!”

Often, upon initial reading of this verse, people are confused.

How could such happen?
How could he now feel this way?
How could love turn to hatred?

Live long enough and you know the answer.

We all have had…to use a flippant colloquialism of the day… “buyers remorse”.

We just have to have something.
We get it.
We wonder the next day why we did it.

Amnon confused fleshly lust with love.
In the lust of his flesh he desired her.
In the lust of his flesh he conquered her.
In the lust of his flesh he hated her.

There was no love involved.
There was now intense hatred.

The problem with Amnon lied not in his ability to have Tamar.
His problem was much more than that.

Fleshly desire.
Sin.
Focus upon desires of the flesh rather than desiring the Lord.

These brought out the evil within.

John gives us some insight to these types of situation…beginning with the Garden of Eden rebellion and going forward…

1 Jo 2:15-17

Do not love the world nor the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life,
is not from the Father, but is from the world.

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

Where do you stand?

Are you driven/motivated by the lusts of the flesh and eyes and the boastful pride of life?

These are not from Father.

Do the will of God.

Live forever.

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The Word: Episode 0575 1 Timothy 1:9-11

“A Fool of Israel”

September 6, 2018

“A Fool of Israel”

Blessings folk!

We continue the story.

Amnon was feigning sickness before the king so as to procure Tamar’s culinary skills…
Yeh…
Sure…

 2 Sa 13:7-14

Then David sent to the house for Tamar, saying,
“Go now to your brother Amnon’s house, and prepare food for him.”

So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house, and he was lying down.
And she took dough, kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes.

She took the pan and dished them out before him, but he refused to eat.
And Amnon said, “Have everyone go out from me.” So everyone went out from him.

Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand.” So Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them into the bedroom to her brother Amnon.

When she brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her,
“Come, lie with me, my sister.”

But she answered him,
“No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel;
do not do this disgraceful thing!

“As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach?
And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel.
Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.”

However, he would not listen to her;
since he was stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her.

Amnon’s motivation is revealed.
Pure lust.

All this plan was done so that he could have his way with his sister Tamar, so he could violate her.

He watched her as she cooked.
He dismissed the other people.
He moved them into the bedroom.
He forced himself upon her.
He overpowered her.

There was no reason, save for the pure lust of desire for the moment.
A lust that he had been developing for a period of time.

She offered herself to him, but in the proper way.
She told him to “speak to the king”…ask daddy…and the king would not have withheld her from him.

He could have had her.
In marriage.

He did not want that.

He did not care about the violation.
He did not care about the disgraceful nature of such a thing.
He did not care that such a thing was done in Israel.

He only wanted what he wanted then.

He was a fool of Israel.

Be not a fool.

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The Word: Episode 0574 1 Timothy 1:3-11

“Amnon”

September 5, 2018

“Amnon”

Blessings folk!

Remember what the Lord said to David about the outcome of his sin?
Remember what would happen to his family?
The sword would never depart…?

2Sa 12:10

‘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.’

So it begins.
Give close attention to the relationships of the individuals.
Watch who they are close to…

2Sa 13:1-6

Now it was after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David loved her.

Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill,
for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her.

But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very shrewd man.

He said to him,
“O son of the king, why are you so depressed morning after morning?
Will you not tell me?” Then Amnon said to him,
“I am in love with Tamar, the sister of my brother Absalom.”

Jonadab then said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill; when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me some food to eat, and let her prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat from her hand.’”

So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; when the king came to see him,
Amnon said to the king,
“Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of cakes in my sight,
that I may eat from her hand.”

Many a book, story, movie and the like have been written around such intrigue.

Family dynamics.

Amnon loved his sister Tamar - this would be a half sister, David had several wives by this time, some which we have already encountered.

Amnon made himself sick with his “love” for Tamar.
In his eyes she was “unattainable”.
As we will see, it was not love.
It was lust.

HIs self-inflicted “depression” was noticed by his friend Jonadab.
Jonadab was a friend and a cousin, enhancing the familial story line.

Jonadab suggested subterfuge, deception - a lie.

“Pretend to be ill” so as to deceived King David, Amnon’s father.
Present the situation and solution…let Tamar cook before you and feed you.
Let her be in your presence.

Amnon agreed and executed the plan.

What could go wrong?

He was lying to the King.
He was lying to his father.
He was seeking to manipulate the situation for some unstated purpose and goal…though we can imagine the intent.

We will see later.

For now, beware of the “Jonadabs” in our lives.
Beware of the lust of the eyes and flesh that literally have physiological fruit.

Keep your eyes upon the Lord, not upon the things of this world.

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The Word: Episode 0573 1 Timothy 1:3-7

“David Defeats Rabbah”

September 4, 2018

“David Defeats Rabbah”

Blessings folk!

God continues to bless David with military victories.

Even though David had sinned, the Lord forgave and gave victory.

David defeated the Ammonites…

2Sa 12:26-31

Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city.

Joab sent messengers to David and said,
“I have fought against Rabbah, I have even captured the city of waters.

“Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me.”

So David gathered all the people and went to Rabbah, fought against it and captured it.

Then he took the crown of their king from his head;
and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone;
and it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city in great amounts.

He also brought out the people who were in it, and set them under saws, sharp iron instruments, and iron axes, and made them pass through the brick kiln. And thus he did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

Joab had captured the royal city of the sons of Ammon.
Joab sent word to David to inform and request.

Joab informed David of the imminent fall of the city.
Joab then requested that David come quickly with the rest of the people.

He did so that David could complete the capture of the city, thereby having the victory.
If David did not, Joab would receive the glory and have the city named after him.

David came.
He captured Rabbah.
He took the king’s crown and placed it on his own head…apparently the crown weight 75 lbs!
He captured the spoils of the city - a great amount.

Then this…
He brought the captured people out…
From Rabbah and all the cities of the sons of Ammon…
He set the people under saws, sharp iron instruments and iron axes.

He chopped them to pieces!

Then he passed them through the brick kiln.
He burned their bodies.

David was purging the land of the Ammonites.

We likewise, should purge ourselves of any evil…

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The Word: Episode 0572 1 Timothy 1:3-4

“Jedidiah”

September 3, 2018

“Jedidiah”

Blessings folk!

David’s son had died.

What did he do?

2Sa 12:23-25

“But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again?
I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her;
and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon.

Now the LORD loved him and sent word through Nathan the prophet,
and he named him Jedidiah for the LORD’S sake.

Can you imagine the heartbreak?
The pain?
The guilt?
All the varied ways that the enemy came against David and Bathsheba?

David comforted her.

She conceived again.

David named this son Solomon - the name means “peace”.

Yep.
The Lord brought peace.

But there was more.

The Lord loved this son.
The Lord sent Word through Nathan the prophet.
The boy was to have another name - Jedidiah - the name means “beloved of Jehovah”.

He was to be named Jedidiah for the Lord’s sake.

Solomon…peace…for the sake of David and Bathsheba.
Jedidiah…beloved of Jehovah…for the sake of the Lord.

Do you see the compassion and mercy of the Lord?

He is without measure as to His love for those who love Him.

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The Word: Episode 0571 1 Timothy 1:1-2

“I Will Go To Him…”

September 2, 2018

“I Will Go To Him…”

Blessings folk!

The Lord struck David’s son with sickness.
David went before the Lord to inquire of Him.
David did so all night.

Now, watch what happens…

2 Sa 12:15-23

So Nathan went to his house.
Then the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick.

David therefore inquired of God for the child;
and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground.

The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground,
but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.

Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died.
And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said,
“Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice.
How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!”

But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.”

So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes;
and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped.
Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate.

Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? 
While the child was alive, you fasted and wept;
but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”

He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said,
‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’

“But now he has died; why should I fast?
Can I bring him back again?
I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Wow.

David inquired…fasted for seven days.

His servants were concerned about him.
When the child died, the servants were fearful of telling David due to his behavior.
They were concerned he would harm himself.

What would he do?

When David discerned that the child had died, he asked the servants.
They confirmed.

David than arose.
Washed himself.
Anointed himself.
Changed his clothes.
Went into the house of the Lord.
Worshipped.

David then went into his house and requested a meal.

The servants were confuse.
David’s behavior was basically opposite of they expected.

They finally ask David why.

He responds profoundly.
While the child lived he fasted and wept…who knew? Perhaps the Lord would be merciful.
When the child died, why fast?

David acknowledged that he could not bring the child back.
David then stated that he would go to the child.

David knew that he would eventually die.
David knew that the child was somewhere else…in the hands of God.
David knew that he would also be in the hands of God…someday.

Do we know?

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The Word: Episode 0570 1 Timothy 1:1-2, Acts 16:1-5

“David Inquired of the Lord”

September 1, 2018

“David Inquired of the Lord”

Blessings folk!

David had learned that the Lord forgave him.
He would not die.
But, the sword would not depart from his family.
And his son that the wife of Uriah now carried would die.

David’s response?

2 Sa 12:15-16

So Nathan went to his house.
Then the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick.

David therefore inquired of God for the child;
and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground.

The Lord had finished speaking through Nathan.
Nathan went home.

The Lord then struck the child with sickness.

Job 1:21

And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb,
and naked shall I return thither:
the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD.

David then inquired of the Lord for the child.
David fasted before the Lord for the child.
David laid all night before the Lord for the child.

Why?

The Lord had already told him that the child would die.

Why intercede?
Why fast?
Why inquire of the Lord?

David tells his servants later…

2Sa 12:22

He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said,
‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’

David had experienced the grace and mercy of the Lord.

Perhaps the Lord would do so again.
Perhaps not.

All David knew was that he could come before the Lord and inquire…then rest upon that which the Lord decided.

May we do likewise.

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