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

 

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?

 

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.

 

For more resources click  Bible Baptist Church, Puyallup

 

 

2 Samuel 23:37 Not Joab

2 Samuel 23:37 (KJV)
Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

Joab, the general, who seems so prominent in David’s reign, is only mentioned, in the list of David’s mighty men, as a point of reference. Both of his brother’s are listed, including the one who was killed by Abner. Even Joab’s armor bearer is listed as a mighty man.

Not Joab.

  • Perhaps he is stricken from the list because of his disloyalty
  • Perhaps Joab was never personally a great warrior.

Ability to lead does not always translate into ability to do. The only records of Joab actually taking a life was always cold blooded, pre-conceived murder and always involved some sort of deceit.. He may not have been a daring and skilled soldier at all!

Position and title doesn’t make one mighty. Neither does getting your name written down. Joab was always in the middle of things but he was never the one doing things.

In the end, he died like a coward.

 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
My author spotlight at Lulu.com:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie

My author Page for Kindle/Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

2 Samuel 23:37 Not Joab

Please consider helping our church’s teen department by signing up for cash back shopping at http://www.dubli.com/M04VB. This program has three levels of participation, the first being completely free.

2 Samuel 20:11 The Price Of Disloyalty

2 Samuel 20:11 (KJV)
And one of Joab’s men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Joab, and he that is for David, let him go after Joab.

Joab, I think, was loyal to David’s kingdom but not to David. He used David’s obvious blessing as a means to gain his own status and power. Never as great as David, still Joab wielded a mighty sword; one he would swing, from time to time, in opposition to David’s will.

I have often said that a person is never truly loyal unless they are loyal when they do not agree.

  • A wife to her husband
  • A soldier to his officer
  • An employee to his employer
  • A church member to his pastor

This is not to say loyalty is always compliance. Our first loyalty is always to the Lord. We must obey God rather than men, even when that man is a superior. However:

  • Loyalty would never do harm to a leader
  • Loyalty would yield unless it is impossible to do so
  • Loyalty would forever seek the good of those we are loyal to

Joab’s disloyalty to David would eventually cost his life. There is always a price for such behavior as his.

 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
My author spotlight at Lulu.com:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie

My author Page for Kindle/Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

2 Samuel 20:11 The Price Of Disloyalty

Please consider helping our church’s teen department by signing up for cash back shopping at http://www.dubli.com/M04VB. This program has three levels of participation, the first being completely free.

2 Samuel 16:1-2 What Motivates Your Giving?

2 Samuel 16:1-2 (KJV)
And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

On the one hand is Ziba, who brought these gifts to David for personal gain and subterfuge (to reverse the fortunes of his crippled master). On the other are the gifts of Shobi, Machir and Barzillai, who gave purely out of loyalty and concern for the king and his men,

2 Samuel 17:27-29 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,
Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,
And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

Though both gifts were, at the time they were offered, gratefully received, the eventual and long term reward was much different for each. At least one lesson has to do with the motivations for our gifts and offerings to God.

Are we concerned for personal gain in our giving?
Such gifts will almost certainly be received, and with apparent reward. It is in the realm of the eternal that the loss will be felt.

Are we merely interested in blessing the Lord and those who serve Him?
These gifts and offerings will reap benefits both now, as they are appreciated by those who receive them, and in eternity as they are recorded in the accounts of heaven.

 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
My author spotlight at Lulu.com:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie

My author Page for Kindle/Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

2 Samuel 16:1-2 What Motivates Your Giving?

Please consider helping our church’s teen department by signing up for cash back shopping at http://www.dubli.com/M04VB. This program has three levels of participation, the first being completely free.

2 Samuel 15:30 Good Advice For Us All

2 Samuel 15:30 (KJV)
And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.

David left Jerusalem, fleeing from Absalom, up Mount Olivet:

  • Weeping
  • Head covered and
  • Barefoot

He was fleeing from his son but to that place where Jesus would pray and promised He would one day return.

Weeping
There are so many disappointments in this life. Though David knew victories and was much blessed of God, still his life, as is true of us all, was harsh. This was especially difficult because his own son caused it.

Head covered
A symbol of submission. David was king but was still submissive to God. If this was the will of God, God’s will be done!

Barefoot
A sign of humility? I think it has to do with being grounded. He is but dust. He must keep his wits about him. Though this was a crisis, it was no time to panic and make hot headed judgments.

We find, in this chapter, that David acted wisely even when under intense pain and difficulty. Good advice for us all.

 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
My author spotlight at Lulu.com:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie

My author Page for Kindle/Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

2 Samuel 15:30 Good Advice For Us All

Please consider helping our church’s teen department by signing up for cash back shopping at http://www.dubli.com/M04VB. This program has three levels of participation, the first being completely free.

2 Samuel 11:2-4 Give No Place

2 Samuel 11:2-4 (KJV)
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

Something in David clicked right here. This is a man dedicated to the things of God. He had devoted himself to:

  • Serving God in leadership
  • Worshipping God in heart and
  • Honoring God through his songs and psalms

And yet here we find all of that swept aside in fleshly desire and carnal action.

If David is capable of this, so are we all. The first lesson of this passage is that we must not allow our passions a place to surface.

  • We can’t rein them in
  • We can’t keep them in check
  • We can’t indulge them in moderation

We can but mortify them.

Any other action will result in the equivalent of David.

 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
My author spotlight at Lulu.com:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie

My author Page for Kindle/Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

2 Samuel 11:2-4 Give No Place

Please consider helping our church’s teen department by signing up for cash back shopping at http://www.dubli.com/M04VB. This program has three levels of participation, the first being completely free.

2 Samuel 8:6 Harmony in the Middle East

2 Samuel 8:6 (KJV)
Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

I never see the city of Damascus, whether in Biblical references or modern ones, without going in my mind to the conversion of Saul on the road to that city. Christianity did not begin there, but it sure took one giant step forward that day on the road to Damascus.

David didn’t conquer the Syrians as in enveloping their part of the world into Israel. He did what America does so often; he put troops there. The presence of those soldiers gave Israel strategic power over other threats. It also reminded the Syrians of their “relationship” with Israel. I doubt that it was friendly, but it was certainly cooperative.

Syria has always been one of the most ever present thorns in Israel’s side. Spiritually, philosophically and politically they are and always have been as different as two bodies of people could be.

But in Paul’s day these differences were muted by the mutual oversight of the Romans.

The only way there will ever be true harmony in the Middle East is for God to rule it all through Jesus Christ.

 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
My author spotlight at Lulu.com:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie

My author Page for Kindle/Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

2 Samuel 8:6 Harmony in the Middle East

Please consider helping our church’s teen department by signing up for cash back shopping at http://www.dubli.com/M04VB. This program has three levels of participation, the first being completely free.

2 Samuel 5:6-8 So Are The Lost

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.

 

To my readers:
First of all, thank you! It is a great joy to me to know you read the thoughts and lessons God has given me in His word. Secondly, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments.

For this and more than 4100 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006.

If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others.

For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com.

My books are available at:
My author spotlight at Lulu.com:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie

My author Page for Kindle/Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

2 Samuel 5:6-8 So Are The Lost

Please consider helping our church’s teen department by signing up for cash back shopping at http://www.dubli.com/M04VB. This program has three levels of participation, the first being completely free.