1 Chronicles 14:11 (KJV) They Were Not the Doers

1 Chronicles 14:11 (KJV)
So they came up to Baalperazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they called the name of that place Baalperazim.

Acts 3:12 (KJV)
And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

Peter didn’t quote King David but expressed the same sentiment that, though they were instruments God used, they were not the doers of the blessings.

Here is a difficult balance to keep hold of; God uses men, but the men have themselves done nothing. Perhaps it is why David wrote a lyric about it and Peter so insistently spoke these words. They needed not only to remind the audience (those who, to this day, observe their actions through God’s Word) but also themselves, God did this. Their hands were involved but their result was of God.

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John 10:41 (KJV) True Greatness

John 10:41 (KJV)
And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

Jesus said that John was the greatest born of woman and yet John the Baptist performed no miracles. His greatness is found in this, “…all things that John spake of this man were true.”

True greatness is not to be found in doing:

  • Great things
  • Impressive things or
  • Notable things

True greatness is speaking truth about Jesus Christ.

Notice, concerning John the Baptist, that it was Jesus, not the people, who called Him great. The people’s only comment about John the Baptist dealt with what he said about Jesus.  If this be the case of us we do well.

Let God ascribe whatever greatness He pleases upon us. Let men say only that whatever we say about Jesus is true.

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2 Kings 25:12 (KJV) The Last King in Judah

2 Kings 25:12 (KJV)
But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

Here then is the record of the last King in Judah.  After this will be an appointed governor. Later, when we get to the time of Christ, we will find the half Jew Herod on the throne, put there by Rome. Zedekiah is captured, along with every other person of influence. Only the poor of the land are left.

I am reminded that Jesus said, “the meek shall inherit the earth.” It will not be the movers and shakers that receive the kingdom of Christ. The kings and the rich and all those who trust in and follow them will be destroyed at the battle of Armageddon. It will be the poor, the meek; those who refuse to accept the mark of the beast (and who suffer because of it) that remain to enter into Christ’s reign.

It is similar today. Those who get saved, those who enter into Christ’s promise are those who are humble enough to release the rule of their own lives.

  • Rather than being world influencers they are happy to come under the influence of Christ.
  • Rather than making a name for themselves they are content to lift up the name of Christ.
  • Rather than forging a way in the wilderness they find pleasure walking in the path Christ forged. 

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2 Kings 18:5 (KJV) Never Think Much of Self

2 Kings 18:5 (KJV)
He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

Few people in the Bible serve to me as a warning more than does Hezekiah. The Biblical account of him is so positive at the first that it is difficult for me to comprehend his end. How does a man with his testimony end up being thankful that his mistakes won’t harm him but his children’s children instead?

Hezekiah reigned in a very difficult time. Though he led the nation to greater obedience than any king since David, he faced the most powerful enemy in his nation’s history. He watched as the northern kingdom of Israel was defeat and decimated by Assyria. Hezekiah faced tough choices as Assyria fixed her attention on Judah. He tried to appease them but that never really works. All that was left was to either surrender to them or resist them. He chose resistance. Pressure mounted as the Assyrians laid siege on Jerusalem. But then God intervened and Assyria was destroyed without Judah having to fight a battle. Hezekiah was overjoyed!

Then came the situation of his health. God told him he was about to die but Hezekiah prayed and God gave him fifteen more years.

I think Hezekiah got puffed up. With such victories in times of such overwhelming circumstances he got his eyes off God and began to think too highly of himself.

That’s the warning. Never think much of self. Even great victories are always about God and not the victor. Keep God as our focus and our perspective of others will stay clear.

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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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