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?

 

Proverbs 4:10-12 Hear, My Son

Proverbs 4:10-12 (KJV)
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

I am reminded of the first commandment with promise. Notice here that the son’s life is not lengthened because He obeys his father but because he receives his father’s instruction. To honor our father is not necessarily to obey him. It is however always to hear him.

I notice a number of benefits to receiving the father’s instructions:
Longer life
It isn’t always God’s will we live a long life. Just ask King Josiah. It is almost certain that, if a young man heeds the things his father teaches, he will be less likely to die of foolish behavior. Certainly this is true of heeding God the Father’s instructions.

Life will be less stressed
The word straitened means narrow, difficult, or stressful. Life has stress. A father’s instructions might ease those stresses immeasurably. God the Father leads us on a strait path. It is not often easy but He walks it with us to make the load light.

Our steps will bear more confidence
The unstable man is the man who is unsure of his convictions. While I do not believe our earthly father can impart conviction he can provide the foundation upon which conviction is based. God the Father’s instructions are the very members of which conviction is built.

 

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Proverbs 4:10-12 Hear, My Son

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Colossians 3:3-5 He Is Our Life, But…

Colossians 3:3-5 (KJV)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Note the conflict of the text.
Theologically we are hidden in Christ
He is our life.

Practically we are to mortify our members
The death with Christ enables us to mortify sin but does not itself mortify the sin. This is a choice the believer makes for himself. And he makes it on a daily basis.[1]

[1]1 Corinthians 15:31 (KJV)
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

 

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Colossians 3:3-5 He Is Our Life, But…

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John 8:36 For Real? Free Indeed

 

What constitutes disciples indeed

John 8:31 (KJV)
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

This world is filled with people who profess to be Christians but who fall short of the Biblical definition of the disciple of Jesus Christ.

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM BASED ON TRUTH AND NOT RELIGION

People:

  • Join churches
  • Do religious deeds
  • Sacrifice time and resources and
  • Keep the Ten Commandments

All in hopes that doing these things will get them a place in eternal life with the Lord.

 

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM THAT CHANGES SERVICE

No Christian has to serve sin.

 

Real freedom is
A FREEDOM THAT LASTS FOREVER

If you belong to Jesus Christ – if He has made you free – you will never perish.

Not ever.

For no reason.

 

John 8:36 For Real? Free Indeed

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Colossians 2:16-18 How To Avoid Being Judged

Colossians 2:16-18 (KJV)
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

Within these verses we find two “Let no man…” phrases. In the first we have a subject with which we can have little to do. In the second is a subject we may have much control over. I can have little control whether another judges me. I can have complete control over whether they are able to beguile me.

Therefore it seems to me that the same way in which I would not be beguiled I would not be judged:

  • I disallow them influence in my life.
  • I pay no attention to their judgments or their teachings.
  • I choose to occupy my mind and my attention on those who have headed in the same direction God’s Word has led me.

Those who have chosen a path otherwise are free to take their course but I won’t give them liberty to interrupt my own.

 

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Colossians 2:16-18 How To Avoid Being Judged

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Proverbs 3:8 Health and Marrow

Proverbs 3:8 (KJV)
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

The Bible is a precise book and, at the same time, beautiful. No word is used accidentally or carelessly. These are the very words of God and not merely the word (or thought) of God.

To fear the Lord and to depart from evil is said first of all to be:
Health to thy navel
The word health means, a cure. It was considered the central place of our organs and would refer to the bowels, the seat of our person. The cure for the soul is the fear of the Lord.

Marrow to thy bones
Of course the marrow is the living part of our bones. The Hebrew word means, moisture or refreshment. Our bones frame our body. This could be a reference to our character, the measure of a man.

When we get saved two things happen. First, we are justified. Our spirit is quickened and or soul is cured. Second we begin a process of being sanctified. God separates us from the world and molds us into the image of the Lord. These two are, to my understanding, implied in our Proverb.

 

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Proverbs 3:8 Health and Marrow

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Proverbs 1:14 Communism Is Sin

Proverbs 1:14 (KJV)
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

Albert Barnes calls this verse “a wild communism.” Those of the world have always had their hopes of peace through community.

  • Nimrod attempted it through his tower
  • The believers attempted it in the early church at Jerusalem
  • The Puritans tried it again at Plymouth
  • Socialist/Communist governments have killed for it
  • The hippies of the sixties lived it and
  • The liberals politic for it

But this Proverb warms us to avoid it, classifies it as a temptation of sin and provides for us at least one reason it will never work, greed.

The corrupted human nature can never really avoid this condition. We will forever wish to better ourselves over others. The “one purse” pattern breeds either:

  • Laziness in people who do nothing or the bare minimum and cause the economy to fail or else
  • Cheat the system to have an unfair share of the purse

Communism then devolves into what we have seen it become over and over, a small group of people ruling as despots over masses of impoverished people.

There are always people pushing a communist agenda. The Proverbs calls them sinners and warns us not to consent to them.

 

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Proverbs 1:14 Communism Is Sin

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Psalms 147:9-10 God’s Pleasure

Psalms 147:9-10 (KJV)
He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

Is it our honest desire to be the delight and pleasure of our God? Do we truly want to please Him in our lives? This passage may cause some a fair deal of concern. God is not excited and pleased with strength. He has little joy in the works of men – what we may or may not accomplish. These may have their place, but not in relation to our relationship with God.

  • He delights not in the strength of the horse
  • He takes no pleasure in the lags of men

The Bible is quite specific.

  • God takes pleasure in them that fear Him
  • God takes pleasure in those that hope in His mercy

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Psalms 145:18 Near God

Psalms 145:18 (KJV)
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

What an encouraging passage. “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him…”

He is nigh unto all
No doubt there is no one so far from God that He cannot hear and help. No one so far He cannot save. No one so terrible He does not love.

He is nigh unto all that call upon Him
This limits then the “all.” He is nigh unto all but He is especially nigh unto them that call upon Him. When my sons were small we might have been physically near most of the time but we were near emotionally, attentively and etc. when they called out to us. There is a difference between being close at hand and being at hand.

He is nigh to all that call upon Him in truth
This limits the promise still further. God is not far from anyone but He is closer to those who call upon Him and closer still to those who call upon Him in truth.

It is important then that we not only know that we know the Lord but that we rightfully divide His Word so we know the truth.

 

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Psalms 145:18 Near God

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Proverbs 31:10 A Virtuous Christian

The virtuous woman is both rare and valuable. I would go so far as to say she is essential:

  • To a happy home
  • To an productive family and
  • To a honorable nation
  1. THE POWER OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
  2. THE PURPOSE OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
  3. III. THE PRAISE OF THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN

Your purpose, man woman boy or girl is to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Do that and you will be a virtuous Christian.

Proverbs 31:10 A Virtuous Christian

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