2 Samuel 5:6-8 (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.
The passage is not at all difficult to understand, neither is it derisive towards the handicapped (at least not on David’s part).
When David approached to conquer Jerusalem from the Jebusites, their retort was that even their blind and lame would defeat him. David’s response was to view all the Jebusites as blind and lame, incapable of standing in opposition to the will of God.
So are the lost today. They are: handicapped, crippled, even dead in trespasses and sin.
- They cannot see the truth written plainly in God’s Word
- They cannot hear God’s voice, calling His own to follow
- They cannot sense the conviction of the Holy Spirit
- They are incapable of knowing, doing or resisting God’s plan
And except that God quicken them, they will remain in this condition.
A doctor does not hate the patient dying of a dreadful disease but he does hate the disease that is killing the patient. He fights with every resource possible to slay the disease. The same could be said of the Christian. We do not hate anyone. We do, however, hate the condition that renders them helpless.
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2 Samuel 5:6-8 So Are The Lost
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