2 Samuel 6:1-23 Bring Back The Ark

Perhaps little demonstrates David’s heart after God’s more than his desire to bring the Ark of God back to the center place of Israel.

A SINCERE HEART FOR GOD CAN MAKE MISTAKES

  1. The value of studying the scriptures
  2. The value of obeying the Word of God
  3. David was not the one who was injured because of this breach.

A SINCERE HEART FOR GOD CAN BE MISUNDERSTOOD

  1. The thing about dancing
  2. Michal misunderstood and despised David in her heart

A SINCERE HEART FOR GOD WILL KEEP AFTER GOD

  • You will be displeased sometimes
  • You will see people hurt sometimes
  • You might even get hurt sometimes

Don’t give up.

 

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2 Corinthians 11:7 Truth over Eloquence

2 Corinthians 11:7 (KJV)
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

There are at least two obvious subjects at issue in this passage:

One is financial
Paul did not insist on financial care. Though he readily admitted that such was ethical and right, in the case of the Corinthians he chose not to either require or accept compensation from them. Any discerning person can tell when money is going to hinder a cause. Paul refused to allow it to do so.

The other is eloquence
Paul’s manner was not one of polish and performance. He used plain speech easily understood by the unlearned. He was quick to point out that this in no way meant he was unlearned but that he chose not to communicate in that style.

Why would either of these be offensive? Why would he possibly be attacked for either of these?

It was because, by choosing the course he did, he set himself in opposition to another cast of “preacher.” His course separates him from those who insisted on being well compensated for their apparent learning. Paul bluntly called them false, deceitful and ministers of Satan.

Now we have a new generation of Christians, often led by younger pastors, who are once again enamored by the seemingly higher educated. They turn to those in the Reformed Theology schools for their doctrine and for their refinement. I suspect it is also so they may receive better compensation for their “work.”

Why must they turn to them? There are, among Baptists, many solid, wise, experienced and powerful men of God from whom they might seek wisdom. The trouble is, those men have chosen to use plainness of speech over enticing words and truth over paychecks.

And those men are not afraid to call the reformers what they are: false, deceitful and ministers of Satan.

 

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2 Corinthians 11:7 Truth over Eloquence

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Acts 13:22 After God’s Heart

Our subject will be King David. What an anomaly he is.

  • Such a key figure in the Bible
  • Such sin coming from a believer and yet
  • Such a desire for God

Let’s consider each of those:

I. SUCH A KEY FIGURE IN THE BIBLE

Acts 13:22-23 (KJV)
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

David is mentioned 59 times in the New Testament:

  • 39 times in the Gospels
  • 11 times in the book of Acts
  • 6 times in the Epistles and
  • 3 times in the book of the Revelation

II. SUCH SIN FROM A BELIEVER

2 Samuel 12:7-9 (KJV)
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; andif that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

David

  • Took multiple wives
  • Refused to discipline his children and
  • Became bitter toward some of his children, refusing to speak with them

 

As great a man as David was, he was not a good father and, in the end, it hurt him to his core[1].

 

III. SUCH A DESIRE FOR GOD

One of the most beautiful passages of Bible anyone has ever know isPsalms 23:1-6 (KJV)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

I’ll tell you one thing. If revival comes it’s going to have to be from God. We’re not going to organize it down, preach it down or maybe even pray it down. It’s just going to have to be God’s choosing.”
(Larry Clayton)

[1]Can you imagine being forced to enter battle against your own son or to choose to defend one son over another?

 

Acts 13:22 After God’s Heart

Psalms 116:9 Walk Before The Lord

Psalms 116:9 (KJV)
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

Because the Psalmist, under the inspiration of God, made this declaration, I take it that this is possible.

It is possible to walk before the Lord
The word “before” means face. He walks aware that God’s face is upon him. The word references the face as that part of the body that turns. God’s face follows and watches us. He knows our moves and the places we have been. He never leaves us or forsakes us.

He also walks with his face turned to God. Wherever life takes him, whatever he is dealing with he has his face on the Lord.

It is possible to do it in this life
This is simply a pie in the sky, when I get to heaven that’s what I’ll do sort of thing. Right now, in the land of the living. Where God is invisible to my eyes and where the issues of life are ever present. Where people press upon me to live as they live.

Right here I can and therefore will walk before the Lord.

 

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Psalms 116:9 Walk Before The Lord

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2 Corinthians 9:12-14 Offerings Supply More Than Need

2 Corinthians 9:12-14 (KJV)
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

I try hard never to take for granted the generosity of the people of the Lord. Though I am convinced that the tithe belongs to God and to keep it for ourselves is to rob God, still, I know that every offering is giving freely and willingly and cannot be coerced. I am so amazed at the generosity of the people of God I am blessed to pastor. Notice Paul says those offerings do more than supply need:

They generate thanksgiving
More important than the things the money buys is the thanksgiving it brings to the heart.

They create glory toward God
Did you see that they glorify God not because their needs are met but because such generosity reveals our subjection to God? Giving demonstrates obedience.

They lead to prayer
Our gifts to the work of God lead others to pray for us. We need to be in prayer for the people of God. When we give generously we may expect that they, in kind, pray for us.

 

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Psalms 112:1 Who Gets The Best Blessings?

Psalms 112:1 (KJV)
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

Praise ye the Lord.

Seems to me that this first phrase stands alone. The Psalmist makes this declaration before beginning his thesis, Praise ye the Lord.

I am struck with those words, “…that delighteth greatly in His commandments.” He doesn’t merely delight in them but he delights greatly in them. The word means wholly, speedily, diligently. It comes from a word meaning vehemence. We could suggest with passion or hotly.

Over the years I have met multitudes of people who claim to be believers but it would be impossible to think of them as passionate, diligent, wholly believers. For them their faith was an “add on”. It was for them a bonus to be Christian so long as Christianity provided for them some perceived benefit and so long as that faith did not become an inconvenience in any way. God’s Word promises no blessings for believers of that sort.

The great blessings in Christianity are reserved for those with the greatest passion for God and His Word.

 

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Psalms 112:1 Who Gets The Best Blessings?

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2 Corinthians 7:2 No Reason To Reject Him

2 Corinthians 7:2 (KJV)
Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

It is in this very chapter where the Apostle writes, 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

He reflects back to his first letter and admits:
That it was confrontational
He knew they would be hurt by it.

That he was concerned about their reaction
He knew they might turn on him because of it.

In spite of this he urges them to receive or accept him and he claims:
We have wronged no man
He has done nothing unjust, immoral or, may I add, unscriptural.

We have corrupted no man
He had done nothing that would defile or ruin a person’s relationship with God or man.

We have defrauded no man
He had done nothing for selfish motives or personal gain.

I can’t imagine a situation where everyone would agree with every position or action a person takes. This is no reason to reject them. So long as they have acted morally, honestly and selflessly, they should be received and welcomed.

 

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2 Corinthians 7:2 No Reason To Reject Him

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Romans 7:18-25 The Source of Our Insecurities

I. THE SOURCE OF OUR INSECURITIES
Traces back to the sin of Adam and Eve.

II. THE CONSEQUENCES OF INSECURITY
Jesus gave this illustration,
Matthew 12:43-45 (KJV)

III. THE BIBLICAL STEPS OF CORRECTION

A. Trust
Acts 9:3-5 (KJV)

B. Surrender
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

C. Contentment
1 Corinthians 15:31 (KJV)

D. Thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)

E. Obedience
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (KJV)

F. Hope
2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)

Romans 7:18-25 The Source of Our Insecurities

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 Listen And Learn

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 (KJV)
O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.

The word straightened means to be hemmed in. Paul said that (though we know he had soundly rebuked them in the previous book) he was not upset with them. He was not hindering their spiritual growth. His desire and his ministry among them had been for their benefit and growth.

They had been straightened, hemmed in, hindered by their own selves. It was their bowels, their emotions and their lack of mercy that had closed them in.

Verse 13, the sense is this, if they would embrace Paul’s ministry, his heart and his Words, they could once again be on a path of spiritual growth.

A preacher may seem from time to time, to be harsh and unwilling to allow for new things to bring growth. Truth is, new things do not bring growth. Biblical ministry does that. Listen, learn and don’t resist the old paths of faithful preachers.

 

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2 Corinthians 6:11-13 Listen And Learn

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2 Corinthians 5:4 Confident of Resurrection Life

2 Corinthians 5:4 (KJV)
For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

This chapter reminds me, in so many ways, of 1 Corinthians 15. If we can say that the earlier chapter is the assurance of the resurrection then we can say that this chapter is the application of the resurrection.

Being confident of resurrection life;

  • We look forward to that resurrection
  • We labor acceptably
  • We acknowledge the judgment seat of Christ
  • We strive to win men to Jesus
  • We view others as immortal souls
  • We work as ambassadors
  • We wish to reconcile men to God

 

 

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