1 Kings 2:9 (KJV) It’s Wise to Ask for Wisdom

1 Kings 2:9 (KJV)
Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.

David saw wisdom in Solomon before Solomon asked and received wisdom from the Lord. This leads me to two thoughts:

It is wise to ask for wisdom.

No matter how wise you or others believe you to be, we all lack wisdom. We are far from omniscient and could use more wisdom. Especially is this true of wisdom that comes from above.

God had given him wisdom before he asked

God’s plan for Solomon had been known (by David at least) since Solomon was but a baby. God had anointed him to be king, I believe, at conception and, like Jeremiah and others, had already endued him with the gifts of his kingship. I believe the same is true of us all. God has endued us with the gifts of His calling at birth. Those gifts are often misused by those who are lost, but they are there. When we get saved it isn’t so much that God lays new gifts upon us but that we now fine tune and exercise those gifts for the true purpose for which we received them.

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1 Kings 2:9 (KJV) It’s Wise to Ask for Wisdom

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1 Kings 1:49-50 (KJV) Followers Do Not a King Make

1 Kings 1:49-50 (KJV)
And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.
And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.

In this case Solomon is a type of Christ and Adonijah is a type of any antiChrist. Adonijah was not the chosen one to be the king After David but he wanted the role. Without authority of his father and in total arrogance he set himself up as the next man to be followed. His methods were misleading enough that he deceived many into following him.

But followers do not the next king make. David obeyed the will of God and set Solomon as the rightful king. When those who had followed Adonijah heard that, they feared and fled.

Multitudes today are blindly following those who have no authority from God:

  • A religion that is of antiChrist
  • A church that is not Scriptural
  • A leader who has presumed upon the authority of God and stepped outside of the parameters of God’s Word

Those followers and their leader might exhibit the same confidence of Adonijah and his crowd but it won’t last. There is only one rightful king; it is Jesus Christ. In God’s own time Christ will set up His own throne and those like Adonijah and his followers will be forced to flee.

Don’t make their mistake.

  • Trust Christ alone as your Saviour
  • Find and unite with a sound Baptist church
  • Study the Bible and stay within its teachings
  • Don’t be led astray by a smooth talking antiChrist and
  • Stay true to Jesus Christ until He calls for you

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1 Kings 1:49-50 (KJV) Followers Do Not a King Make

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2 Samuel 22:36 (KJV) Where to Find Greatness

2 Samuel 22:36 (KJV)
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.

The only greatness that matters for very long is the greatness that comes from God.

  • It is possible to make yourself great like Nimrod did
  • It is possible for popular opinion to make great as it did for King Saul
  • It is possible that circumstances elevate a person to greatness as it seems happened to Naaman

These sorts of greatness, though they may be impressive, only last a little time. David was made great by God’s gentleness and he is still being talked about three thousand years after the fact.

Find your greatness in God and you will be truly great.

 

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2 Samuel 22:36 (KJV) Where to Find Greatness

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2 Samuel 20:4-6 (KJV) The Right Sort of Follow

2 Samuel 20:4-6 (KJV)
Then said the king to Amasa, Assemble me the men of Judah within three days, and be thou here present.
So Amasa went to assemble the men of Judah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

One of the greatest concerns that President Lincoln faced during the early years of the Civil War was the ineffectiveness of his generals. McClellan was especially guilty of this because he had, at the beginning of the war, a clear and huge advantage over the South in numbers of troops but was too cautious to use them. McClellan’s inactivity, choosing to build and train troops rather than getting them into the field of action, created conflict between he and President Lincoln and probably extended the war by a number of years. It was not until General Grant took charge of the Army that President Lincoln finally had a man who understood and was willing to fight on the level that expected.

David found himself in the same place. Joab had proven himself to be an untrustworthy leader, choosing to do things his own way rather than following the orders of the King. Amasa was put in charge of the army over Joab. But Amasa turned out to be a pour choice for a general in that he tarried longer than he should have, giving the enemy valuable time to mount an effective campaign against King David. Joab, though crude and brash, knew how to get the job done.

Good servanthood is a combination of the two. It is loyal and devoted to the wishes of the leader and, at the same time, active and aggressive in the work.

Christians ought to be solidly for God, not willing to do anything in opposition to the Word of God, even for what we believe to be the good of God’s work. At the same time we need to be aggressive in doing all that the Lord has commanded in His Word.

To my reader:
The combination of aggressive obedience to the Word of God without crossing over into willful presumption is a rare quality indeed. Take a moment to ask God to examine your heart. Are you loyal enough to God to not presume to do the will of God while at the same time fully obeying what you know to be His will? I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below.

 

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2 Samuel 20:4-6 (KJV) The Right Sort of Follow

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2 Samuel 18:4 (KJV) Good Leadership

2 Samuel 18:4 (KJV)
And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.

I understand the principle of servant leadership. David was king for the benefit of the people and not the other way around. But in yet another biblical example of the mistake of bowing to majority rule or popular opinion, the battle between Absalom and David goes in a less than ideal direction because David did what pleased the people rather than owning leadership:

  • Joab ignored David’s clear instructions
  • A foot soldier was placed in the position of having to obey what he knew to be David’s instructions or the wishes of his immediate superior, Joab and
  • Absalom died

All because David did what pleased the people.

Good leadership always takes into account the pleasure of the people because leadership is there for the benefit of the people. However good leadership looks beyond the immediate pleasure of the people to find the long term good.

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2 Samuel 18:4 (KJV) Good Leadership

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2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV) Hope for Grace

2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV)
And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.

There are few things more terrible for a father than the rebellion of a child. We love them so desperately when they are growing up. We ache when they begin their own lives. We grieve if we are not able to see them often. But we are broken if they turn against us.

In this case David’s pain is of his own making and he knows it.

  • His disobedience in multiple wives
  • His lack of discipline and direction for his children and especially
  • His sin with Bathsheba

Had brought this on. God had told him it would be so.

David demonstrated humility with Shimei because he knew this was all of God. But I notice that he also held out hope for grace. We need never to live in the pit of despair. Humility is not pessimism. Humility is honesty concerning ourselves and hopefulness concerning God.

 

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2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV) Hope for Grace

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2 Samuel 15:37 (KJV) A Friend Like This

2 Samuel 15:37 (KJV)
So Hushai David’s friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

Hushai was a good friend to David. He had had before:

  • a number of supporters,
  • many constituents and
  • thousands of citizens

but a friend like Hushai is one in a thousand.

  • He wanted to be with the king
  • He instead did as the king requested
  • He placed himself in harm’s way
  • He remained loyal to David in the midst of those who had turned against David
  • He succeeded in both averting enemy plans and getting word to David
  • He was not, before this time, one of those people we heard was around the king

Few of us find ourselves in that place David was so few of us have friends that must prove themselves so dramatically. All of us, however, do well if we have a friend like this.

He doesn’t have to be the one everyone knows about. He is just the one we know we can count on.

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2 Samuel 15:37 (KJV) A Friend Like This

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2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV) David’s Love/Hate Relationship with God

2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV)
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

I know David to be a man after God’s own heart. That David loved God there can be no question. But in this instance the actions of King David caused God himself to say to David, “thou hast despised me“.

If God could say that to David is there any one of us who couldn’t be guilty of the same? We love God and show it in many ways. At the same time we despise God and demonstrate that too.

David reduced himself to this lowest of places:

  • By taking it easy when he should have been engaged in the work of Warfare
  • By acting on temptation
  • By attempting to cover up his sin
  • By failing to immediately confess his sin

Though there were terrible consequences the fix for all of this was Psalm fifty-one; confession pouring from a broken and contrite heart.

 

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2 Samuel 12:10 (KJV) David’s Love/Hate Relationship with God

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2 Samuel 10:15-17 (KJV) Where to Find Blessings

2 Samuel 10:15-17 (KJV)
And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gathered themselves together.
And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond the river: and they came to Helam; and Shobach the captain of the host of Hadarezer went before them.
And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.

I spoke with a young couple who has been going through a lot of late. They recently were able to get one very heavy weight off their shoulders only to be loaded down again with terrible burdens. The wife remarked to me, “I thought once the first weight was lifted we would watch God pour out wonderful blessings upon us. It hurt even more when this burden came because I so much expected blessing.”

From this passage we see that one victory does not necessarily mean we will have no more battles. David’s men defeated the Ammonites only to have them try that much harder to defeat David. When David defeated them the second time a different enemy came upon them (see chapter 11). The fact is that David had battles his entire life. Israel has battles to this very day.

  • Battles,
  • Burdens and
  • Hard struggles

are a part of life in general and Christian life in particular. But that doesn’t mean there are no blessings. It just means we have to find the blessings in something other than rest.

  • Find blessings in our relationship with loved ones.
  • Find blessings in purpose of life.
  • Find blessings in liberty to do right. Most of all
  • Find blessings in your walk with almighty God.

 

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2 Samuel 10:15-17 (KJV) Where to Find Blessings

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2 Samuel 8:15 (KJV) Judgment and Justice

2 Samuel 8:15 (KJV)
And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.

King David was a man of rare ability, such as could only have been given if God.

He cared for the spiritual welfare of his nation, seeing to the arrangement and order of their worship

He cared for the defensive and offensive exploits of their military. He was an exceptional soldier

He cared for the social and civil life of his nation, seeing that in it were executed both judgment and justice.

Judgment is the legal end of this two-part execution. It is putting into place means to enforce laws as instituted by the Word of God and their own good government. Justice is the legislative end of this same execution. It is the establishment of laws that express right and represses wrong. It is the deliberation upon moral issues and the forming of convictions based, in David’s case, upon what he had learned fro God.

Godly men and women think on these things. They come to sound and Scriptural convictions about right and wrong and then they take measures to promote the right and prevent the wrong.

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2 Samuel 8:15 (KJV) Judgment and Justice

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