1 Chronicles 11:6 Who Will Do This?

1 Chronicles 11:6 (KJV)
And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.

These days I tend to side with David on just about everything. He was not a perfect man and God plainly gives to us an account of his worst failures. But many of those things David is often criticized for have no basis in Biblical fact. The Bible does not call David a poor father. The Bible does not fault David for his faithfulness to Saul, etc. I believe we would be wisest to do the same.

That said, there is something in this passage I think a person can learn from. David’s open offer to give the top spot in the army to the one who first took Jerusalem left him vulnerable to whoever got the job done. Joab won the prize and David honored his promise for the rest of his life. But it cost him dearly. Joab’s skills in leadership and combat served David well. But his lack of true submission brought:

  • Pain to David’s family,
  • Risk to David’s throne and eventually
  • Death to Joab personally

It would surely have been better to promote a man of his own choosing to do the job.

 

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1 Chronicles 3:1 Children Should Be

1 Chronicles 3:1 (KJV)
Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; the firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess:

We have such hopes for our children when they are born. (Or perhaps some have no hopes but only think of themselves in the moment). I doubt many parents look at that sweet baby and contemplate the difficulties that child is almost surely to experience.

Job 14:1
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

Just these two verses listing only part of David’s children includes:

A rapist
Amnon forced his half sister and was then murdered by his half brother Absalom.

A rebel
After murdering Amnon for forcing his sister, Absalom grew bitter toward his father and eventually led a rebellion against him. Absalom was killed in a pathetic manner, hanging by his hair in a tree and slain, against his father’s pleading by Joab.

A renegade
Adonijah has never been refused anything so, when his father was near to death, without asking, he presumed to set himself as king. God and David had different plans. Solomon was crowned and when Adonijah contrived a plot to steal the crown from him Solomon, his brother, ordered his execution.

The greatest joy I have had in this life has been raising my children. They continue to this day to bless the soul of their mom and me. But it doesn’t happen by accident and we can’t guarantee them a pain free life (nor have they experienced one.) Children should be:

  • Conceived in a loving home
  • Nurtured in a Christian environment and
  • Taught to give God their victories and their defeats

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2 Kings 25:8-10 Almost Every Judgment Boils Down To This

2 Kings 25:8-10 (KJV)
And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire.
And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

It is sobering to think that Jeremiah was in the city all this time leading up to this and had preached to them that, if they would surrender, God would be merciful.

We read this and blame Babylon. We blame Nebuchadnezzar. We blame the armies, the soldiers who wouldn’t just defeat the city but had to destroy it too. But none of this was really their fault. This was Judah’s fault. This was the king’s fault. This was the result of:

  • National pride
  • Spiritual unbelief and a
  • Rebellious heart

We too face our own circumstances of destruction:

  • Emotional destruction
  • Marital destruction
  • Familial destruction

Destruction of:

  • Character
  • Reputation and
  • Health

It’s difficult to pinpoint sometimes exactly why things happen but we almost always blame them on the ones who seem to execute to pain and not on what gave them a way into our lives.

In the deepest sense almost every period of judgment boils down to:

  • Not believing the Word of God
  • Not following the counsel of godly men and
  • Not obeying the lessons of the Bible

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2 Kings 13:5 A Promise To Come

2 Kings 13:5 (KJV)
(And the LORD gave Israel a saviour, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as beforetime.

What evidence of the grace of God is noted here! These are wicked men who have:

  • Rebelled against the authority God had ordained for them
  • Rebelled against the house God had given for their worship and
  • Rebelled against God Himself in worshiping idols

Still the Lord gave Israel a Saviour. This of course is not referring to a spiritual salvation but deliverance from an even more wicked kingdom. This salvation was such that the people were free to dwell where they pleased and at peace enough to dwell there in tents rather than fortifications.

Is there some application we may find concerning Spiritual salvation in the passage?

  • Salvation restores us to the original relationship between God and Adam
  • Salvation is available to the most rebellious among us if we will but ask for it
  • Salvation is a liberating work
  • Salvation is a peace bringing work

It’s not a perfect picture, that is certain, but it does provide hints of a promise to come.

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2 Kings 8:19 A Light After My Lifetime

2 Kings 8:19 (KJV)
Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his servant’s sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his children.

David was obviously not alive to see how Jehoram turned out. But he would have been broken hearted had he been.

Jehoram would have been David’s great, great, great grandson – distant enough that he would have little personal connection to him but not so distant (especially in David’s case) to have no connection with his heritage. David was a king after God’s own heart. How could his own kin be anything else?

Perhaps it was because of his wife. Jehoram married the daughter of wicked king Ahab, a woman he undoubtedly met through his own father’s willingness to fellowship with Ahab. Jehoshaphat was a good king with this one exception, he refused to separate from those doing wrong.

What I am interested in is the influence David still carried all these generations latter. He was still a light that God honored and that generations later could be guided by. My interest has always been to be able to influence my family for God at least through the fourth generation.

  • If I can help my kids to love God and
  • If I can help their kids, my grandchildren to love God then perhaps
  • I can be a light for my great grandkids, whom I likely will not see in my lifetime

But what if that doesn’t work out exactly as I wish it would? As much influence as I might try to have, there are other influences at play in their lives. Even if it doesn’t work out as I wish, it’s still right for me to love God and live for him with all my heart so that I might be a light many generations down the road. There are a number of pastors who have rejoiced to discover that two hundred years ago or more there were preachers in their family. I have found a few of them myself. (None were Baptist to my knowledge.)

If I am a light in my lifetime, I have hope that I might still be a light even for my great, great, great grandchildren.

 

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2 Kings 5:11 They Thought, They Thought, They Thought

2 Kings 5:11 (KJV)
But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

Naaman here demonstrates what is perhaps the chief cause of disputes between God and the world. Naaman thought he knew what God, through the prophet, would do. Perhaps he thought God was not in the equation at all.

I read it in newspaper opinion pages, and more often now in social media; people are offended at Christians because they think a Christian should behave or even believe differently than he or she does.

  • They thought love outweighs judgment.
  • They thought such sins as abortion and homosexuality ought to be legitimized by Christians
  • They thought Christians must be opposed to the right to keep and bear arms

They thought
They thought
They thought

The same happens in local churches. People get offended because they thought things would be different than in fact that they turned out to be.

  • They thought the Pastor would not discover their besetting sin
  • They thought the church would overlook doctrinal differences
  • They thought those things they left the last church over would not exist in this new church
  • They thought they could lead a ministry they are not qualified to lead

They thought
They thought
They thought

There is nothing wrong with thinking. We ought to do more of it. But the thinking we do needs to be shaped with the truth of Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

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2 Kings 3:7 If Something Is Of The Lord

2 Kings 3:7 (KJV)
And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.

None of the commentaries I possess make any mention of this play on words, “he went and sent.” It’s likely because the play exists only in the English language. The commentaries all purposely attempt something deeper through the studies of the original languages. Nevertheless, the translators deemed this to be the most accurate manner in which to render this phrase. I cannot help but think it must have occurred to them that someone would catch the poetry. It has value if, for no other reason, to cause us to pause a moment.

This is an active phrase.

He went
It means, “to walk” and by extension, to:

  • Travel,
  • Go forward,
  • Exercise,
  • Grow

This is motion, action, progress.

He sent
This means, “ to send away” as in to send away for. It can also mean “to cast away.”

The king actively sent for Jehoshaphat. This was no casual request. This wasn’t wishfully hoping the king of Judah would take up his side. He pursued an alliance.

I might not use the king of Israel as an example except that he was successful in the purpose of his alliance with Judah and because, in this case, he insisted that he hear from the living God and not one of the idols.

If something is of the Lord, if He is leading us in doing it, we ought to do more than wish we could be successful. We ought to actively engage in making it a success.

 

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2 Kings 2:10 Ask For Hard Things

2 Kings 2:10 (KJV)
And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

Elisha asked of Elijah “a hard thing.” I am confident that the lesson of the passage is that we ought to do the same. We ought to ask for big, challenging, hard things from God.

  • We shouldn’t ask for them out of selfish motivation
  • We should not seek the hard to consume on our own lists but
  • We ought to ask God for hard things.

I notice two important provisions for the answer to the hard thing;
I notice that Elisha clung tenaciously close to Elijah
Before Elijah offered the request to Elisha he had proven himself faithful and loyal. The one who may expect big things from God has been proven. There will be tests. Expect to have your faithfulness tried.

The condition for answer was to keep his eye on his master
No one ever succeeds as a believer who believes he is a master of himself. The greatest leaders are always greater followers. Humility always precedes promotion. Submission is always the price of elevation.

Go ahead and ask the hard thing. But remember that the answer only comes through faithfulness and humility.

 

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1 Kings 21:27-29 The Power of Humility

1 Kings 21:27-29 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

Note the power of humility.

Ahab may be the most evil king in Israel’s history. He certainly ranks among the most notorious. I dare say even the Kingdom’s original leader, Jeroboam, hasn’t the reputation of Ahab.

And here we see him in the midst of one of his most despicable acts. His coveting of another man’s property is so strong that he closes his eyes as his wicked wife, Jezebel, plots the false witness and assassination of the property’s God given owner. So terrible is this wickedness that the prophet pronounces upon him immediate judgment from God.

But then Ahab humbles Himself. Perhaps even he knew his wife went too far in this evil deed.

Notice:

  • He did not repent
  • He did not turn from evil

(We will see him once again to wickedly.) but

  • He did humble himself

And for that humility God granted a respite from the judgment.

I recommend repentance. I recommend a person trust Christ for salvation, turn from their wicked ways and dedicate themselves to faithful obedience to the Word of God.

But even when a sinner falls short of these minimum expectations of the faith they might see a small reprieve from the judgment of God if only they behave humbly.

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1 Kings 17:1 Preacher Training

1 Kings 17:1 (KJV)
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

There are challenges to viewing Elijah as a young prophet here, but this is the first time we have heard of him in the Word of God. It happens that this chapter covers a period of approximately 3 1/2 years. This seems to be the “standard” length of training for preachers in the Bible.

In this chapter Elijah learned:
The message of God can be a painful one.
He was not personally immune to the effects of his own message.

Though he was impacted he was also protected.
A stay in the wilderness was likely not in his personal plans, but God did take care of him

God has resources the world could never understand.
Who would have ever thought the ravens would bring food to a man?

We May expect that God’s people will provide for us.
They may have little of their own, but God blesses his preachers through their gifts and God blesses them for blessing us

Tragedies happen even while serving the Lord.

A man of prayer can help in the time of tragedy.
Elijah went on from this to accomplish one of the most powerful of all Biblical miracles. He was not a perfect man, and these years of training had not perfected him.

But he was a man used of the Lord.

 

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