2 Samuel 5:1-16 He Took The Strongholds

So long as you do as the Word says you will find that, though you still have struggles, you have answers and help through those struggles.

If, whether it is through rebellionstubbornness or, as in the case of David and those kings who followed him, pride what you will discover is that those struggles that are natural in this world, become calamities with supernatural consequences; mostly for your children.

THE CONQUEST OF JERUSALEM
2 Samuel 5:6-9 (KJV)
And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.
Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind,that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward.
One of the first actions of David, once he was king of the whole of Israel, was to take the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites.

THE CREATION OF A FRIENDSHIP
2 Samuel 5:11 (KJV)
And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house

THE CONCEPTION OF GOD’S BLESSING
2 Samuel 5:10 (KJV)
And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.

2 Samuel 5:12 (KJV)
And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.

THE CONCUBINES AND CHILDREN
2 Samuel 5:13-16 (KJV)
And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.
And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,
Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.

 

2 Samuel 5:1-16 He Took The Strongholds

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 Escaping Destruction

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 (KJV)
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

The day of which Paul spoke will come as a thief in the night and those of the world will not escape it. But the Apostle says that these believers would escape.

  • They were not in darkness.
  • They were not asleep to the danger.
  • They would not be hurt by it.

The manner in which the believer escapes this sudden destruction is provided in the context immediately previous to this,
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The rapture of the believers, as described in 1 Thessalonians 4, takes place immediately before the sudden destruction.

Pre-Tribulational Rapture of all believers is the doctrine of the Bible.

 

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 Escaping Destruction

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2 Samuel 1:1-4 How Went the Matter?

Don’t you sometimes wish life could be linear? Don’t you sometimes wish you could just deal with one thing and then another and after that the next, perhaps with some breaks in between?

Life isn’t that way. Every one of us live in multiple layers of responsibility and interest.

With God’s help and direction you can do this.

  • Be confident
  • Be decisive and

Don’t become bitter or mean spirited.

That’s a heart after God’s

 

Please note with me first of all,
THE HEART OF DAVID

2 Samuel 1:4 (KJV)
And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.

THE HARDNESS OF DAVID

2 Samuel 1:13-17 (KJV)
And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.
And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD’S anointed?
And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.
And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD’S anointed.
And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

THE HEAD OF DAVID

2 Samuel 2:1-4 (KJV)
And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal’s wife the Carmelite.
And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.

 

 

2 Samuel 1:1-4 How Went the Matter?

 

Proverbs 15:10-12 A Way Of Correction

Proverbs 15:10-12 (KJV)
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

A person who has forsaken the way of the Lord:

  • Is grieved by
  • Hates
  • Avoids

correction. When one is away from God the reproofs of life are so contrary to their course that they cannot help but be hurt by those reproofs.

It occurred to me that there is another consideration in the text. When one is grieved by correction then that one has forsaken the way.

God’s way is a way of correction. His purpose is to mold us, to reshape is unto the image of Jesus Christ. If ever the child of God chooses to no longer submit to that molding process he has, at that moment, forsaken the way God planned for him to travel.

 

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Proverbs 15:10-12 A Way Of Correction

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Proverbs 13:3 Pray For Your Preacher

Proverbs 13:3 (KJV)
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

I want to couple this passage with James 3:1-2
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

The preacher, in surrendering to his call from God, accepts the consequences of his call. The one who remains quiet is, generally speaking, the one who is the less judged. The Bible teaches us to be sparing with our words. But there are exceptions. Every Christian should freely witness the Word of God and especially the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There will be a price to pay for that. The world will not appreciate the witness and, as they did to Peter and John, insist that we cease on pain of punishment. Like Peter and John our answer must be, “We cannot but speak…”[1]

But what is true of the believer is doubly true of the preacher. His call to teach and preach the Word of God places him in full conflict. Furthermore this conflict is with those within and without the local church. He faces the wrath of the lost world, who hates Christ. He often also faces the criticism of Christians whose flesh is opposed to the meatier applications of the Bible.

Pray for your preacher and be a blessing to him.

[1]Acts 4:20 (KJV)
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

 

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Proverbs 8:35-36 The Heavenly or the Earthly

Proverbs 8:35-36 (KJV)
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

There is this duel effect that is found so often in the Christian Faith:

  • Its heavenly effect
  • Its earthly effect

Very often people get the two out of sorts. We either become so fed up with the earthly that we retreat into our own little monasteries, or else we become so focused on the earth that we forget all about eternity.

I notice this duel effect in the passage before us.

Concerning wisdom God said that if we find it we obtain favor with the Lord.
Finding wisdom is more about pleasing God than benefiting ourselves. Yes, there are benefits. Life and favor are benefits. But more importantly is that God is pleased. The reason to grow as a Christian is to glorify God. It is not about what we get as it is about making the Lord manifest.

On the other hand, to turn from wisdom is to wrong our own soul.
We do not hurt God or the cause of Christ when we reject the lessons of God’s Word. We do, however damage self.

 

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Proverbs 8:35-36 The Heavenly or the Earthly

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1 Thessalonians 1:4 Their Place In God’s Plan

1 Thessalonians 1:4 KJV
Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

The commentators are want to call this an election unto salvation. I think that is a preconceived notion. Protestant theology, both Calvinist and Arminian, view election as relating to salvation. The context, I believe, points otherwise. There are two key words Paul says motivates his prayers for them:

Remembering
This appears to be concerning their salvation.

  • The work of faith that had been wrought in them
  • The labor of love that God has accomplished in them and
  • Their patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ

Salvation is a work all of God and in the sight of God the Father.

Knowing
He knew of the election of God to:

  • Be followers of Paul’s afflictions
  • Be examples to others in Macedonia and Achaea and abroad

The election was not one to salvation. That had happened the moment they hoped in Christ. The election concerned their place in the plan of God to make known the gospel.

(I wrote another blog on this subject here.)

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1 Thessalonians 1:4 Their Place In God’s Plan

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Proverbs 4:10-12 Hear, My Son

Proverbs 4:10-12 (KJV)
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

I am reminded of the first commandment with promise. Notice here that the son’s life is not lengthened because He obeys his father but because he receives his father’s instruction. To honor our father is not necessarily to obey him. It is however always to hear him.

I notice a number of benefits to receiving the father’s instructions:
Longer life
It isn’t always God’s will we live a long life. Just ask King Josiah. It is almost certain that, if a young man heeds the things his father teaches, he will be less likely to die of foolish behavior. Certainly this is true of heeding God the Father’s instructions.

Life will be less stressed
The word straitened means narrow, difficult, or stressful. Life has stress. A father’s instructions might ease those stresses immeasurably. God the Father leads us on a strait path. It is not often easy but He walks it with us to make the load light.

Our steps will bear more confidence
The unstable man is the man who is unsure of his convictions. While I do not believe our earthly father can impart conviction he can provide the foundation upon which conviction is based. God the Father’s instructions are the very members of which conviction is built.

 

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Proverbs 4:10-12 Hear, My Son

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Colossians 3:3-5 He Is Our Life, But…

Colossians 3:3-5 (KJV)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Note the conflict of the text.
Theologically we are hidden in Christ
He is our life.

Practically we are to mortify our members
The death with Christ enables us to mortify sin but does not itself mortify the sin. This is a choice the believer makes for himself. And he makes it on a daily basis.[1]

[1]1 Corinthians 15:31 (KJV)
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

 

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John 8:36 For Real? Free Indeed

 

What constitutes disciples indeed

John 8:31 (KJV)
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

This world is filled with people who profess to be Christians but who fall short of the Biblical definition of the disciple of Jesus Christ.

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM BASED ON TRUTH AND NOT RELIGION

People:

  • Join churches
  • Do religious deeds
  • Sacrifice time and resources and
  • Keep the Ten Commandments

All in hopes that doing these things will get them a place in eternal life with the Lord.

 

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM THAT CHANGES SERVICE

No Christian has to serve sin.

 

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM THAT LASTS FOREVER

If you belong to Jesus Christ – if He has made you free – you will never perish.

Not ever.

For no reason.

 

John 8:36 For Real? Free Indeed

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