2 Samuel 2:6 Kindness and Truth

2 Samuel 2:6 (KJV)
And now the LORD shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

David asked that God bestow upon the people of Jabeshgilead both kindness and truth for their care of the bodies of Saul and his sons. Though their bodies had been mistreated by the enemies, it was an act of kindness, and I think some heroism, to recover them and properly bury them.

David had been unwilling to “touch the Lord’s anointed” so long as Saul was alive. This demonstrates that his loyalty was sincere. Even after Saul was dead and the threat essentially quenched, David desired not retribution but opportunity to express kindness.

But not just kindness. Kindness and truth.

Kindness
In the sense of showing respect, favor and mercy. It is an effort to reach out and show the other good.

Truth
This word comes from the concept of “blood continues”. I am thinking of Genesis one where each thing brought forth after his kind. Truth is that thing that continues. It does not change. It does not develop over time. It is the thing that remains constant from one generation to another.

To pray for God’s favor and goodness upon a person is a thoughtful thing indeed. But it is not a complete gift unless, along with that goodness, comes the eternal.

Truth will assure God’s kindness from one generation after the other eternally.

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2 Samuel 2:6 Kindness and Truth

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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