Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sheba

In the book of 2 Samuel, chapter 20, it starts out with a man named Sheba.  Sheba is described as a worthless person, someone who is a scoundrel.

Sheba leads a number of Israelites away from David, but there are still those deeply loyal to David.

The king of Israel then sends a man named Amasa and Abishai, who then warns them about Sheba.  Then they met Joab, who was captain of David's loyal bodyguards.  Joab stabbed Amasa, as he is careless with his weapons, and then they march on to Sheba.

This is, perhaps, where the tales turns to the weird.  Sheba hides out in a city of his clan, but when Joab and his men arrive and are about to besiege the city, a wise woman asks them about their business.  When Joab informs her they are there to capture Sheba, something unknown happens and Sheba is beheaded--his head is thrown over the wall to Joab as proof of his death.

Joab then returns to the king and David.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A forgiving David

In the book of 2 Samuel, chapter 19, David mourns the death of his son.

But his men witness this, and Joab tells him that his men feel unworthy of David's love and speculate David would rather they die than his son.

King David then goes to many, forgiving them and blessing them as he makes his way back to Jerusalem.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A helping Lord

In Psalms 28, the speaker calls out to the Lord for help, anpleads that if He does not answer the speaker will go down to the world of the dead.

He asks that he not be condemned with the wicked, men who are hateful in thought and deed.

He asks that the Lord help and protect him, all who trust in Him.

The Lord is like a sheperd, taking care of His flock forever.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The news of Absalom's Death

In the book of 2 Samuel, chapter 18, David sent three groups of soldiers out to fight Absalom's Israelites soldiers.  This was an awkward time, for these were brothers fighting against brothers, Israelites against Israelites.

David stayed behind, on orders from one of his commanders.  This was mainly done for his own safety, for he was worth thousands what the soldiers were worth, as he was the king.

Prior to departing, David told them not to harm his son Abasalom.

The fighting was a disaster.  Even though David's men were victorious, tens of thousands of men on both sides were killed.

In the aftermath, Absalom succumbed to an accident, where he head was caught in the branches of a tree.  David's men saw this and killed him.  Joab ordered them not to, but no one would listen to him.  Two men, a slave and a ranking soldier, were sent to give news to King David regarding his son Absalom.

King David wept heavily for his son's death.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Living under the Lord's roof

Children are protected when they live under their parents' roof.  Children abide by their parents' rule and obey, learning to be productive members of society.

In Psalms 27, the speaker has one request, and that is the live under the Lord's roof, in His own house.

The speaker trusts in the Lord, even if an army of enemies surrounds him.  He asks that, even though others may abandon him, the Lord does not.

Have trust in the Lord, to teach you what He wants you to do.  He will never abandon you.

He will be with you forever.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Misleading Absalom

In the book of 2 Samuel, chapter 17, Absalom takes advice on what to do next from two men: Ahithophel and Hushai.  He wanted to know how he should proceed in defeating King David.

Ahithophel went first.  He advised to gather a large army and storm the caves, for he was certain that was where David would be.

Hushai, on the other hand, on the strong will of God, said that Ahithophel's advice was not very good and advised to bring together all of the men of Israel and lead them personally into battle.

Absalom went with Hushai's advice.

Then, Hushai went a servant to give King David a message on what was being planned.

King David escaped by crossing the Jordan before Absalom could cross it.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I am innocent, O Lord

Psalms 26 is known as the prayer of the innocent man.  Or of the good man.

The speaker prays to God for guidance, but also asks God to test and examine him.

"I am innocent, O Lord," he says.

He stays away from evil people and hypocrites, loving the house of the Lord and all of His glory.  He knows he is safe, for he is innocent from the influence of evil and completely trusts in the Lord.