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RUTH 1

Posted by Barb on September 30, 2015 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (8)

Ruth 1

the Lord's Table  Roxane Mann

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 God is a Romantic!, this book would show us His love for us and his passion to win us back to him. The book of Ruth tells the story of a couple who love each other, their love can be thought of as a mirror-- that would show the divine love, God has for you and I. Boaz redeeming Ruth is a type of Jesus redeeming the human race, and Ruth is a type of the redeemed believer whom He passionately loves. You’re redemption, is a picture of Jesus riding in on the white horse and being you’re knight in shining armor, or you’re Hero come to save you.

This time took place during the turbulent period of the Judges. The author is unknown, but thought to be Samuel . Ruth, the main character, was a heathen girl from Moab who married one of the sons of Elimelech and Naomi. However, Elimelech and both of his sons died in Moab. Ruth, decided to return to Bethlehem with Naomi, an d eventually came to believe that Jehovah was the only true God. Boaz was a close relative to Elimelech. According to God's Law in Lev. 25:25-28 and Deut. 25:5-10, Boa had the right to be a kinsman-redeemer and marry Ruth to perpetuate the family of Elimelech. Through the providence of God, Boaz, who was the son of Rahab, a former prostitute in pagan Jericho, did marry Ruth, a young woman who had no opportunity to know the God of Israel in childhood. This marriage produced a son named Obed who fathered Jesse, and Jesse was the father of King David. Therefore, the great-grandparents of the royal Messianic line had roots outside Israel. How fitting it is that Jesus, the Son of David, descended from such a family.

 :Ruth 1:1-3 (NASB) 

1  Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.
2
 The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they entered the land of Moab and remained there.
3
 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left with her two sons.

 

This famine was a serious decision for Elimelech, these Moabites where enemies to the Israelites, never the less they had food to eat and Elimelech chose the food for his family. Now the word Israel means (house of Bread) and the word Judah means (praise) Elimelech , rather than stay in the House of Bread and praise His Lord, chose to go to the Moabites the enemies camp. His decision leads to disobedience and consequences as we will see he choses to leave the will of God and his people to feed off the hand of the enemy. We need to be careful when we make decisions that do not come along side of something the Lord would have us, to have “no” part in..

In a famine there seems to be a lack of the things needed to survive. We always seem to want to go where it may look like there is what we need, or where everyone else is. Do you ever notice that? I have. The truth is as time gets closer to the end, you will see this very thing happening. You will see people leaving The house of Bread and praise to go where it seems life will be easier. Don’t you ever be side kicked and slammed dunked by the enemy like that! “You go through the storm” and wait it out. We have to many people today leaving there church homes because it seems dry and their not getting enough food. Enough of the nourishment that they need to survive. “ Well, grow something”! You grow it!!!

Stop your mouth for a min. and plant the food you need, “if you need it, chances are there are others that need it too! It takes one person to stop the spiritual decline of a church. For if one starts it others will follow. We are suppose to be God’s Garden…..Grow what you need instead of stomping on what is already there.

A famine was usually the result of a change to a more inferior state. What do I mean by that? The Israelites had started letting sin and idolatry come to their home, their house! Them moving down into the Moabites land, was even a further decline in their sin. Elimelech ended up paying with his life! The consequences of his actions cost him his life., and Naomi left with her two sons to provide for her.

 

Ruth 1:4-7 (NASB)
4
 They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years.
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 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.
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 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the land of Moab, for she had heard in the land of Moab that the LORD had visited His people in giving them food.
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 So she departed from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.

 

I believe God was not pleased with this union of marriage. You see they married outside of there belief and God. Moabites did not worship the God of Israel. They were full with idolatry and all sorts of evils. I believe God shows them he is not happy by the deaths of the two sons. So now Naomi with no one to provide or care for her family hears that there is now food back in her land. She longs to go back where she will be welcomed and known by her families and relatives. Back to her God.

God wanted them to come back to Him, back to their home, their land. God will sometimes allow for things and issues to happen in our life, to get us to stop and take a look around, to see where we are at. Where are you at today friend? Have you let the enemies camp warm your hands have you gotten closer to his fire, If you have God wants you to stop and look around, see where you are at and come back into the arms of home. Your loving fathers arms.

It wasn’t wrong for Elimelech to want to provide for his family. Why, in todays world two have to work most times to make ends meet. What was wrong is that instead of seeking the kingdom of God first, he sought bread to fill his stomach. God always provides for his people. Israel was still there after the famine. Elimelech should have did what the word says“ Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” He didn’t seek God first. He let His flesh get in the way. He allowed for His food to become his God he sought after more than the real God. Elimelech should have rode out the famine. He should have went through the storm. Just as Noah rode out the storm, but he went through it!

 

Ruth 1:8-14 (NASB)
8
 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
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 "May the LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
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 And they said to her, "No, but we will surely return with you to your people."
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 But Naomi said, "Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12  "Return, my daughters! Go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, if I should even have a husband tonight and also bear sons,
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 would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters; for it is harder for me than for you, for the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me."
14
 And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

 

Orpah makes a decision to marry again over knowing God, she heard what Naomi was saying in turn. “ hey look there really is no chance for you to ever marry in my home town because they see you as the enemy so, if you want a husband and kids again you might as well go on back home to your home land. Orpah chooses that over the real God. Sometimes we are forced to make a decision, and at times the things that looks good and seems like it is easier

 

Ruth 1:15-18 (NASB)
15
 Then she said, "Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
16
 But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.
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 "Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me."
18
 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

 Ruth clings to Naomi, not wanting to leave. I mean she sees firsthand the work of the God of Israel, she sees Elimelech die and then sees her husband along with her brother in law die. She wanted to know this power of God. She saw real power at work in her own life, and wanted to know the God behind it. Now some could think first thoughts, that is was because she thought God would kill her if she took off. I mean come on---“I thought that when I first read it….yet know I’m not going back I have seen Your God kill three men here, I’m not making a move! I’m sticking to you like a bee on honey. But after further thought, I would think she would have been more afraid to stay with Naomi sense all these things were happening around her. God in his mercies had touched the heart of Ruth and she wanted to know this God who cared so much about bringing back his children unto the point of death.

You know every day we deal with choices that effect us. We are all called to seek God first on our actions and decisions, yet we just choose to do our own thing and pay little attention to what the God Jehovah would have us do. Take too much wine, pop to many pills, look at porn, eat too much food. Maybe it’s an material item….computers are one of the most addictive things right now with our kids. Video games. If we are not careful we can allow for ourselves to go over into the enemies camp and start messing around with other gods that will take us away from the one true God. Scripture says it’s the little foxes that spoils the vine. We need to be on alert to the traps of our enemy. He will always make it look like there isn’t enough when there really is, He will always make it look like someone else has more when they really don’t. We are all called for a purpose and a plan, Just do what you can do right now at this moment and if you do all you can , then God will help with the rest, if you call on him and“if you will just wait out the storm”.

 Ruth 1:19-22 (NASB) 

19  So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, "Is this Naomi?"
20
 She said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
21  "I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
22
 So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

I don’t know if Naomi realized it at the time, but the moment she made up her mind to go back home, that is the moment that God’s blessings came back upon her again. It was no words that she spoke, no act that she did, It all came from one place “the heart”. Everyone was excited to have her come home but they couldn’t believe this was the same Naomi, the disobedience had taken a toll on her life and even though Naomi was glad to be back, it was still sad for her. She was without her husband and two sons. But through it all, this situation had won a young women over to the power of the almighty God. Ruth was now a believer and follower of the God of Israel. She humbled herself to his will and her desire to care for her mother in law brought great blessing for Naomi and her. Never under estimate the power to change a life.

God loves us so much He will go to great extremes to win us back to Him. He also will go to great extremes to soften the heart of someone He knows will be humble to Him. So God brings Ruth near just as it states in Ephesians 2 for us. She was an outcast and hod nothing and was cut off from Israel, just as gentiles were cut off from the Jews.

Ruth was brought to Israel at the time of the Barley Harvest this is a sign of the first fruits. A sign of the gentiles being brought into the house of God. It is a romance novel in the form of God seeking after the heart of one who will come near. He passionately wants us to want Him, seek Him with all our hearts. Remember in Revelation 4 where is says we have left our first love. When we bow to other things that take the place of our first love seeking after Him He doesn’t like it.

 

Revelation 2:4-5 (NASB)
4
 'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
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 'Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.

 

When we are truly seeking after him and being with Him daily we have the joy that the word speaks about because we have spent time not just reading the word or even studying, but spending quality time with the Holy Spirit of God. He wants our relationship with him to be intimate, not pressured to fulfill some quota of being a good Christian. He wants our time. Love how do you spell it?

Time with the father brings love out to others.

Let us pray;

Father as we dig into the book of Ruth Lord I ask that holy Spirit you would prick the hearts of toughs who have maybe drifted away from your arms, I ask that you would have them take hold of you again in an embrace that would cause a sweet kiss from you. O Lord that we would seek your face and the kingdom of God before we act, before we speak. O God forgive us of our idolatries and bring us back into your arms again in Jesus name Amen!

the Lord's Table Church  Roxane Man

 


2 Samuel 10-11

Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

2 Samuel 10:1-19 (NASB)
1 Now it happened afterwards that the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son became king in his place.
2 Then David said, "I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me." So David sent some of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when David's servants came to the land of the Ammonites,
3 the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, "Do you think that David is honoring your father because he has sent consolers to you? Has David not sent his servants to you in order to search the city, to spy it out and overthrow it?"

Ø David wants to do a good thing an act of kindness to Hanun. David’s intention were honorable, but here we go, we got some busybody servants thinking that they know that something is up because this isn’t the normal thing.

Ø They go to their king and they start telling him that “hey you know David has just sent them over here to spy on us”

Ø Well they get the king to start believing that David wants to overthrow the city.

Ø So the king starts getting fearful and starts to put into action strategies to fight against David.

4 So Hanun took David's servants and shaved off half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle as far as their hips, and sent them away.
5 When they told it to David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly humiliated. And the king said, "Stay at Jericho until your beards grow, and then return."
6 Now when the sons of Ammon saw that they had become odious to David, the sons of Ammon sent and hired the Arameans of Beth-rehob and the Arameans of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob with 12,000 men.

 

Ø Hunun shaved off their beards in the Hebrew place this was an disgrace because a beard was like a sign of their man hood it was their pride. That The garments that were cut off would have left their back sides exposed to the elements.

Ø Now we know that most of the men were dark skinned from being in the desert areas and traveling the way they had to left them out in the sun. Well we all know that some areas of our bodies are covered most of the time. This is one of those areas that would be covered, and being cut off would expose this white area to the sun. I imagine by the time they got to Jerusalem they were pretty sun burnt. It would have been like a smack in the face to David and a statement from one to another of their blanks being burnt.

7 When David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the army, the mighty men.
8 The sons of Ammon came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the city, while the Arameans of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field.
9 Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and in the rear, he selected from all the choice men of Israel, and arrayed them against the Arameans.
10 But the remainder of the people he placed in the hand of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the sons of Ammon.
11 He said, "If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you.
12 "Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight."
13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Arameans, and they fled before him.
14 When the sons of Ammon saw that the Arameans fled, they also fled before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the sons of Ammon and came to Jerusalem.

·       This misunderstanding becomes a war, they were being sandwiched in between everything. He tells them be strong and let us be courageous. Do the best you can and then give it to God. One thing that needs mentioned here is that they were willing to fight together as a team in defeating the enemy. So many times in battle we fight just within the walls of our self, but it is when we are able to except help from the outside that we are blessed with the strength to overcome in areas that are needed.

15 When the Arameans saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together.
16 And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Arameans who were beyond the River, and they came to Helam; and Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer led them.
17 Now when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Arameans arrayed themselves to meet David and fought against him.
18 But the Arameans fled before Israel, and David killed 700 charioteers of the Arameans and 40,000 horsemen and struck down Shobach the commander of their army, and he died there.
19 When all the kings, servants of Hadadezer, saw that they were defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and served them. So the Arameans feared to help the sons of Ammon anymore.

·       We know this was serious because David was mentioned. We need to be alert after victory because that is most likely when the enemy will hit us with someone out of the time when we are resting.

·       Let’s think for just a moment and go back to Mephibosheth what if he would have not accepted to sit at the table and eat. What if he would have grown angry over the years and became prideful of what had happened and said no I don’t want it and walked away?

·       God gives us life lessons through His word, this isn’t just a book, it isn’t just a history book, and this is a love diary that you have left for us to learn and grow and restore our lives back to you.

2 Samuel 11:1-27 (NASB)
1 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.

Ø Now I find it interesting that while the kings are out into battle that David doesn’t go for some reason he stays behind. Maybe he had gotten a little bit too comfortable in his surroundings and felt like he didn’t need to go with the rest of them.

Ø David should have went out but he didn’t we can wonder all kinds of things, but my guess is that he had other motives on his heart.

2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.
3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"

Ø So we find that David is not only keeping himself out of battle while the rest of his own men are fighting, but he taking a nap while maybe men are dying. He looks down from his roof top and sees a girl bathing. Now I just have to wonder if maybe this girl he sees is the reason why he has stayed behind. I mean maybe he had caught a glimpse of her before and felt like he could meet her if all the other kings were gone, he would have more of a chance with her.

Ø WE don’t know the reason why, scripture doesn’t really say, but the human nature speaks loud and clear.

Ø And now let’s look at this woman who is bathing below. This was an open court yard, a bathing pool that others would have easily been able to see her. I just have to wonder if this was the very reason she was bathing outside at this time, because she knew that David was still there and she wanted to entice him. Leer him in so to speak.

Ø Naturally David is moved by this action, no one is around so he finds out who she is and once he finds out this should be the end of the matter.

Ø For he finds out that she is the wife of one of his very own mighty men of war. A man who fought mightily for him. Uriah was one of his top men.

4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.

Ø David sends some men to fetch her for him and he slept with her, now I have to notice another thing here, “she doesn’t seem to put up a fight” This is why I believe that they had eyes already for one another, it’s not that they planned it, but that they fell into that attraction for one another and allowed for it to go further than they should.

Ø David doesn’t go to battle on the thought that he may run into her, while she on the other hand baths outside in broad day light and it just happened to be under his roof.

Ø They both had a fatal lustful attraction for one another.

Ø She just takes another bath and heads on home like nothing happened.

5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, "I am pregnant."
6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." So Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 When Uriah came to him, David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war.
8 Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." And Uriah went out of the king's house, and a present from the king was sent out after him.
9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.

Ø The very first time they slept with each other she conceives, their lustful thoughts for one another turned into sin that brought about an innocent child. Bathsheba no doubt didn’t know what to do because of this, because her husband was off fighting in a war for David.

Ø So David sends for him to come home, tells him to go home and was his feet which meant he would stay for awhile. But Uriah being the type of warrior he was, wasn’t going to let a temptation like being able to sleep with his wife after a long time being gone, keep him from his duty to his king. He was a very loyal man he wasn’t going to leave David unprotected.

10 Now when they told David, saying, "Uriah did not go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?"
11 Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing."

Ø David is more than a little upset at Uriah but he can’t really show that he is worried. Joab would have no part in having rest while his countrymen still fought out in open fields. He told David he wouldn’t do such a thing while the others are down.

12 Then David said to Uriah, "Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.
13 Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord's servants, but he did not go down to his house.

Ø So here the sin goes deeper into the sense and it is the case when one gives into temptation, it often will take you places that you never thought you would end up. David now is a drug pusher in so many words for he is pushing the drink of wine upon him in the hopes of getting him drunk so he will feel like going home and sleeping with his wife.

Ø And I have to wonder even what is wrong with this guy? Clearly there is something not right between his wife and him or he would want to go home especially since David gave him the okay to do so. There is more going on here than just the usual dedication to his king.

14 Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 He had written in the letter, saying, "Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die."
16 So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men.
17 The men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David's servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.

Ø David tried every other way to get him to sleep with his wife, but this man would not, so now the sin on David’s part continues to the point he is plotting murder. He gives clear instructions of a murder plan.

Ø And just like a finely tuned clock it works the way it was meant to and Uriah falls dead in the front lines.

Ø I would have wanted to know what was in that letter I was carrying, I might have even looked. Uriah did not look, again a man of honor.

Ø What a disgrace king David had brought upon his inter being. No one else knew, but he knew and God knew and I suppose the men who brought Bathsheba to him that lustful night knew.

18 Then Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war.
19 He charged the messenger, saying, "When you have finished telling all the events of the war to the king,
20 and if it happens that the king's wrath rises and he says to you, 'Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?
21 ~'Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?'—then you shall say, 'Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.'"
22 So the messenger departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell.

23 The messenger said to David, "The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.
24 "Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead."
25 Then David said to the messenger, "Thus you shall say to Joab, 'Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it'; and so encourage him."
26 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.


2 Samuel 9:1-13

Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

2 Samuel 9:1-13 (KJV)
1 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake?

·       David asked, the heart of David was a picture of God’s grace. Who can I show kindness?

·       In the Hebrew language kindness means love and kindness of a firm commitment, it’s something strong, not just a jester

·       David is wanting to fulfill a promise that he had made to Jonathan, he wants to show kindness to anyone left of the family. This is a picture of God Grace, God giving us his son to show grace to us. This is one of the most precious stories in the bible.

2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.
3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.

·       Ziba is brought to David and David asks the question, is there anyone? As God speaks to our hearts “is there anyone?” who will come.

·       Why hadn’t David been told of this son? Why didn’t he know the truth? Why didn’t we know the truth before we did? How is it that we miss the truth when it is out there? We are too busy wrapped up in our own thing to notice the truth.

4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.
5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

 

Ø So David wants to know where he is and how he can get him to come before him. David sends for him. You know I have so put this story in the spiritual sense that I have to tell you that this is a picture of the Holy Spirit drawing us unto the Lord. David sends for him to come to him just as God sends the spirit to draw us to him.

Ø Mephibosheth was crippled by his nurse who was fleeing because of hearing of the news of his father being killed. Now this was the man who was to be king but instead would be lame. Everything he ever was going to become because of family inheritance would be taken away. He was now looked at as a cripple, a no body, unable to achieve anything.

Ø Lesson;

Ø We can allow for our lives to become cripple without being physically cripple. We can talk ourselves right out of doing anything for the Lord because of certain circumstances. You see he had listened to what everyone had to say about David while he grew up. “O you better what out for David” He might kill you because of Saul. I’m sure that Mephibosheth had listened to so many people talk about David while growing up that he thought he knew who David was. He let what others said to him form a picture of what he must really be like.

Ø Isn’t that the way we let the enemy do us? Don’t we listen to the lies of the enemy and then begin to think a certain way about something or somebody and we truly don’t really know all the facts. You see I picture this in the spiritual realm as being satan shooting lies into our mind and then we of course pick it up and dwell on it until we start believing it and thinking that it’s truth!

 

Ø Mephibosheth, when he came before David and seen him, feel on his face, now this means he bowed but being lame, it was a lot more than bow, the KJV say fell on his face, so I think that more than likely is the right translation.

Ø All Mephibosheth life, he had been told about David being a mighty warrior and how he killed the enemies of the Israelites, so more than likely he was afraid of David.

7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.
8 And he bowed himself, and said, what is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

Ø David must have saw that he was afraid of him in some way for he tells him to not fear him. I will show you kindness he says for Jonathan and restore then thy land.

Ø David says hey you will from now on eat at my Table.

Ø I wonder if you can see a picture of the Lord here bringing us to His table of grace. I wonder if you can see it’s a picture of God saying come and dine with me, now you are part of the family. You will live in my house.

Ø Who am I but a dead dog, why would you look for me?

Ø Isn’t that how we all feel when we hear him call us, and we come to Him for salvation? We feel broken and lame, like a dead dog and yet here is the almighty God and He knows our name, He calls us in our heart and we hear him, we know it’s him, and here we are at his feet broken, humbled, just as Mephibosheth was in front of David. In verse 6 when David speaks to Mephibosheth when he is bowing and calls his name, it’s important how you think he called his name out. Do you think he called it out in strong anger? Or do you think he just said his name.


9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.
10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.
12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.

Ø David says I will restore all to you. Restoration is one of God’s plan in your life. God’s word says he will restore the years that satan has taken. When we come to the Lord, he restores us back to what we can be.

·       The Bible is all about the five R’s

1. Revive,

2. Rebuild,

3. Restore,

 4. Recovery,

5. Restoration

Revelation 3:20 (NASB)
20 ~'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

In their culture was a very intimate act, coming to the table with someone is saying I want to know you, I want you to be my intimate friend. This is a lifelong relationship.

Revelation 19:9 (NASB)
9 Then he *said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God."

Write it down, there is a table cloth of grace and you will sit with the lamb.

I love the fact that this shows us the grace of the Lord, when he sets at the table with David.

We have a destiny to be at the table of grace. The Lord’s Table we will sit at, we will be able to say to Moses

Hey Moses pass the taters! Hey Abraham don’t eat all the yams!


2 Samuel 8: 1-18

Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (1)

2 Samuel 8:1 (NASB)

V:1
1 Now after this it came about that David defeated the Philistines and subdued them; and David took control of the chief city from the hand of the Philistines.

·       Metheg Ammah – “mother city”

·        (1 Ch 18:1 NKJV) After this it came to pass that David attacked the Philistines, subdued them, and took Gath and its towns from the hand of the Philistines.

·       Gath was considered the “mother land” to the Philistines.  It had been the home of David’s first conquest, Goliath.  It was the place that David ran to hiding from Saul.  If you remember it was also where David had made a friend out of the king of Gath, Achish.

·       David would conquer this city taking the reins so to speak to subdue them to his control.

·       When David became king the Philistines were taking territory from God's people. Under his leadership, God's people began taking back territory that the enemy had taken.

V:2
2 He defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.

·       Moab

·       The nation was located on the east of the Dead Sea.  Notice how David is conquering the nations that sandwich him in.

·       David had recently been in good standing with the Moabites why he even allowed for them to care for his parents.

(1 Sa 22:3–4 NKJV) —3 Then David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and mother come here with you, till I know what God will do for me.” 4 So he brought them before the king of Moab, and they dwelt with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.

·       David's great grandmother, Ruth, was a Moabite.  That means David has Moabite blood in him.

Yet here David goes to war against Moab, and end up putting to death two-thirds of their army.  Cruel?

Jewish writers assert that after David had asked the king of Moab to take care of his parents, the king of Moab turned around and massacred David’s parents and family. 

Maybe that’s why David acted this way. But scripture doesn’t tell us for sure, this is only what Jewish writers have written. However there most certainly had to be a reason for David’s actions against them.

V:3
3 Then David defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob king of Zobah, as he went to restore his rule at the River.

·       Zobah … Euphrates

·       During the times of Saul, David, and Solomon, this was an area that formed a separate kingdom north of Damascus.

·       The Euphrates is the largest and longest river of western Asia, it starts in Armenia, flows through Turkey, Syria, Iraq and flows into the Persian Gulf

·       Notice how far the river Euphrates is from Israel.  The closest the Euphrates gets to the Sea of Galilee is 250 miles.

Why is David doing all this conquering?  Isn’t he getting a little carried away?

To Abraham, God promised:

(Ge 15:18 NKJV) On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—

God promised the land from the Nile to the Euphrates.

David is simply attacking from within the lines.  He’s staying inside the territory God had promised.

V: 4
4 David captured from him 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers; and David hamstrung the chariot horses, but reserved enough of them for 100 chariots.

·       hamstrung all the chariot horses

The practice was to cut the Achilles tendon the horses.  It didn’t kill the horse, but made it unusable in pulling chariots. 

This was military strategy, David could not care for so many horses while on the battle field and he could not give them back to the enemy.

V:5,6
5 When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer, king of Zobah, David killed 22,000 Arameans.
6 Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus, and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And the LORD helped David wherever he went.

·       Syrians of Damascus

This is the same Damascus that’s the capital of Syria today.

The Syrians (like today) were the nation directly north of Israel.  When they tried to help Zobah, they were defeated.

V:7-10 (NASB)
7 David took the shields of gold which were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.
8 From Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took a very large amount of bronze.
9 Now when Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer,
10 Toi sent Joram his son to King David to greet him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him; for Hadadezer had been at war with Toi. And Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.

·       David took what was the glory of the enemy and transformed it into trophies of the power and goodness of God. Those shields of gold were now in the temple, testifying to God's work in and through David.

·       God loves to take people and things that are "trophies" for the Devil and make them trophies to His power and grace.

·       Toi

David has a new admirer.  Toi had been at war with Hadadezer. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. David gets a present from his new friend for defeating Hadadezer.

Neighboring nations saw the hand of God on David and brought him honor and gifts. They knew that a strong, godly leader of Israel was good for the whole community of nations.

V:11-13 (NASB)
11 King David also dedicated these to the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued:
12 from Aram and Moab and the sons of Ammon and the Philistines and Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13 So David made a name for himself when he returned from killing 18,000 Arameans in the Valley of Salt.

·       This is the summary of this whole chapter. Every victory and every enemy subdued was a testimony to the Lord's preserving power in the life and reign of David.

·       David dedicated everything to the Lord, He took none of the power for himself.

·       the Valley of Salt

Located on the southwest coast of the Dead Sea.

 If you noticed, David has conquered to the west, the east, the north, and now the south.

V:15-18 (NASB)
15 So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people.

·       This chapter of victory, blessing, and prosperity describes the life of Israel during the reign of David. This is one reason why he is regarded as the greatest king or ruler Israel ever had.

·       This is how God wanted to reign in the life of Saul, but Saul resisted the Lord and rejected His Spirit. Because David allowed God to subdue Him, the nations were subdued before David.

·       David was a great king to his own people, not only against neighboring nations. He fulfilled what is the fundamental duty of government - to administer judgment and justice (Romans 13:1-7).

16 Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder.
17 Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Seraiah was secretary.
18 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.

No great leader succeeds by himself. Only the smallest organizations can be run well without a committed team. Part of David's success as a ruler was in his ability to assemble, train, empower, and maintain such a team.

There is a limit to what we can be and what we can do for the Lord without order and organization.

Nothing is accomplished in God's kingdom without order and organization. God is moving with utmost order and organization though sometimes we cannot see it.

Lesson

Building your life right

These things were brought into the Temple treasury.

They would be used in the building of the Temple

Paul talked about how we build our lives:

1 Corinthians 3:12-14 (NLT)
12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw.
13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.
14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.

We want to build our lives with things that will pass the “fire”, pass the test with God.

 (2 Ch 4:22 ESV) the snuffers, basins, dishes for incense, and fire pans, of pure gold, and the sockets of the temple, for the inner doors to the Most Holy Place and for the doors of the nave of the temple were of gold.

Even the door sockets in the Holy Place were made of gold.

Where did Solomon get the gold to build the sockets?

From the wars fought, the bible calls them spoils, treasures. The prize at the end of a hard days battle to survive. There are some battles worth fighting for. I think about battles in our lives over sin, and over what we allow into our mind.

Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ)



Build your house right.  Fight the good fight

2 Samuel 7: 1-29

Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

2 Samuel 7:1-29 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;
2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.
3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.

·       Now we find David in his house resting from all the battles he had fought against his enemies and we can see maybe he is looking back over everything and seeing how the Lord has really brought him to this place. The Lord has given him rest, what a statement, it all came from the Lord none of David’s doing.

·       So he has a friend in Nathan the prophet and they are just chatting. David is thinking about the Lord and wants to do something for him.

·       Here he is in a nice home while God’s ark is behind closed curtains.

·       Here David goes again thinking that God’s needs something better, didn’t he learn from the cart that he carried the ark on? God can take care of himself

·       David had just moved into a house of cedar which Hiram of Tyre had built for him seeing the contrast between his beautiful home and the tent which covered where God dwelt between the cherubims on the ark, he spoke out of his hearts desire to Nathan.

·       Nathan without consulting God encourages David to go ahead with his plans they sound great to him. We do that don’t we? Something sounds good, might fix the problem or we think it can help out in some way. And maybe it will, maybe it won’t but we move without asking the one whom knows best.

4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,
5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?
6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.
7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

·       David now knew that God didn't want him to build the temple, but David didn't respond by doing nothing. Instead of building the temple, David gathered all the materials for its construction so Solomon could build a glorious temple to God (1 Chronicles 29:2-9)

   "If you cannot have what you hoped, do not sit down in despair and allow the energies of your life to run to waste; but arise, and gird yourself to help others to achieve. If you may not build, you may gather materials for him that shall. If you may not go down the mine, you can hold the ropes." (Meyer)

·       David could have gotten upset and depressed over the fact that he was the one who couldn’t do something for God that he wanted to. God said No to him, no David I don’t want you to build me a house, “but why God?” No David obeyed.

8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:
9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

·       God reminds David that he was the one who took him from being a shepherd and made him ruler over his people. He reminds him that he was the one who helped him cut off all his enemies. God made the name of David great throughout the whole world. Who does David think he is without God?

10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them anymore, as beforetime,
11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telethon thee that he will make thee an house.

·       God tells David that No David you’re not making me a house, I’m going to make you one. God is talking about not just a house to live in but a dynasty a covenant.

·      Why did God say, "No" to David's offer? Because David was a man of war, and God wanted a man of peace to build His temple. 1 Chronicles 22:8-10 explains this: But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight . . . a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest . . . He shall be build a house for My name.

12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

·       These words are directly related to Jesus the Messiah in Heb. 1:5 In Semitic thought, since the son had the full character of the father, the future seed or descendants of David would have the same essence of God. That Jesus Crist was God incarnate is the central theme of John’s gospel.

·       As a human father disciplines his sons, so the Lord would discipline David’s descendants, if they committed iniquity. This has reference to seed until Messiah’s arrival. Any king from David’s line from Solomon on.

·       This is and expression of the unconditional character of the Davidic Covenant. The Messiah will come to his glorious, eternal kingdom and that promise will not change.

·       Luke 1:32,33 Indicates that these 3 terms are fulfilled in Jesus, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David; and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.

·       Forever conveys eternity future event

18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.
21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.
22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

·       David is overwhelmed with such blessings that the Lord has lavished him with. He is praising and blessing him for showing his goodness to him and for the promise of the seed from him to be blessed throughout generations.

·       David words. “Who am I” David‘s seed would be the Lord’s promise that He would bring his kingdom through David.

25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.
26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.
27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

·       David praised the Lord for his favor to him. He prayed for the fulfillment of the divine promise given. By David praying, he showed that he fully accepted by faith the extraordinary, irrevocable promises God made to him and Israel as a nation.

·       I like the fact that David prayed for the fulfillment of the promise to come to pass.

·       Why because when God gives us a promise are we just suppose to sit around and wait for that to come to pass, no, we should pray for the fulfillment of it, by doing this we show God we believe him.

What can we learn from this chapter?

1.    We can learn that even though David like us go through such hard battles that may last forever, that there will be an end and even a reward for our obedience to the Lord.

2.    We can learn that God doesn’t need us to build anything for him, but he does require us to build for others. Being a shepherd prepared David for caring for the people of Israel and going through all the hard battles and being abandoned it seemed by all his family prepared him for standing firm no matter what.

3.    David fought for the people of Israel and he became ruler over them. He protected them from predators that would sneak in to filtrate the camp.

4.    Isn’t that what a good shepherd does? Care for the sheep, protect them from predators, ones that would come in and try to hurt the sheep with evil.

Let’s pray

2 Samuel 6: 1-12

Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 Introduction; for one hundred years the ark of God had been separated from the people. David had it in his heart to bring back the ark... All that remained was to retrieve the ark, place it in the tabernacle he would erect on Mount Zion, and declare Jerusalem the religious center of the nation as well.

David first went with 30,000 men to Baalah of Judah (the same as Kiriath Jearim; Josh. 15:9) to bring the ark from the house of Abinadab. Described as that which bore the name of God Himself, the ark represented the presence of God who dwelled among His people in a special way (cf. Ex. 25:22). As such, it was to be handled with reverence, even in its transportation from place to place. The Law specified that it be carried by Levites who would bear it on their shoulders by means of poles passed through gold rings attached to the ark (Ex. 25:14; cf. Num. 4:15, 20). Even the Levites could not touch the ark or even look in it because of its holiness. Why David overlooked these requirements it is impossible to know, but he and Uzzah and Ahio, two descendants of Abinadab, placed the ark on a cart and proceeded, with great musical celebration, toward Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 6:1-23 (KJV)
1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.

Ø David had to bring his most skilled and important men to stand with him in bringing the ark of God back to Israel because of the importance of the ark. This wasn’t just a box or any old chest this was the Ark of God. Now the word Ark means box or chest and I find it most interesting that the church is usually in a structure of a box a square building, a tabernacle unto God, and if we notice here in

Ø V2. The ark of God whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. Now the ark of God represents his presence. And we can see that this verse says that the ark of God is call by the name of the LORD of hosts, well who is that? Isaiah 48:2 (KJV)
2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.

Ø  4 Our aRedeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,

Ø  The Holy One of Israel.

Ø Who is our redeemer church? Jesus! The name LORD means Yahweh and Hosts means army of angels so the so Jesus is whom God gave to be our redeemer and leads the armies, he is the one who dwells between the cherubim. Jesus is his name, he was the lamb who took it all. The mercy seat was were the blood was sprinkled from the priests, Jesus sits on the mercy seat, his presence is there to keep the law locked up where it should be friends. Lol

Ø Now something else that was interesting here is that the lid was over laded with gold, symbolizing, I think, God’s mercy covering over his churches today. God has mercy on us and all our mistakes for he knows we are imperfect people.

3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.
4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

Ø Now it is interesting here why David would choose to disobey what he knew to be truth from God, in how to handle the ark. I wonder, if he thought that sense he was God’s chosen man, that he could do no wrong in God’s eyes? Was he having pride at this time? Or did he just think “hey we have a new cart and it is totally awesome! God would be pleased if we used our new cart to carry the ark. So they thought that their new cart and we could go as far to say “like for today”

Ø Our new program, our new power system, our new projector, music worship video. Whatever it may be! Sometimes I think, we can get so caught up in those items that if they were to go down, for some reason, we wouldn’t know what to do.

Ø Do we as a people put more reliance on them or on God?

o   There was a reason why God wanted the ark to be carried the way it was. Does anyone know what symbolism was?

o   The ark was designed to be carried (Exodus 25:12-15) and was only to be carried by Levites of the family of Koath (Numbers 4:15)

o  "The ark was nothing less than the burden of the Lord, and the burden of the Lord was to be carried on the hearts of the Levites."

o   "It is not new things we need, but new fire." (John Wesley) I would have to agree.

o   I like new programs as much as the next person, but let’s face it loved ones, we need a fire burning inside us to see the move of God. WE are the ones that revival starts with inside us….How bad do we as a church want to experience God.

v Well look here what they were doing in verse 4 and 5 they were celebrating the presence of God. They were playing all kinds of instruments. Shouting praises to their God. They didn’t care who was around to hear or see. They were bringing the ark home with music, don’t you think this has something to do with why we worship the Lord before we bring His Word. Maybe, huh? Worship comes in all kinds of forms by all kinds of styles. God is a God of variety wouldn’t you say? Just look at all the different types of people and cultures that we live in today. God my friend is not shy on creative ability.

v I once went to a church that had speakers on the floor and a young person came up and while the music was playing he began to beat on the speaker were the sound came out like it was a drum. It sounded pretty good, I though wow now that’s kind of different, creative. He was free in his worship and he didn’t card who was around, you see he was enveloped in the presence of God.

6 And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

o   Wow I got to tell yaw, I’m a bit taken back by the reaction of God to Uzzah, I mean he sees that the ark is about to tumble over, so he puts out his hand to steady it, “right”? I mean it’s a normal reaction, the right thing to do, we would think.

o   But the thing here is that he knew about the ark and all the regulations that went with it. He also went as far as to think for whatever reason that God couldn’t take care of the ark himself by this reaction. It was like, taken the control from God to himself. So we could say;

1.    Uzzah erred in thinking it didn't matter who transported the ark

2.    Uzzah erred in thinking it didn't matter how the ark was transported

3.    Uzzah erred in thinking he knew all about the ark because it was in his father's house for so long

4.    Uzzah erred in thinking that God couldn't take care of the ark of Himself

5.    Uzzah erred in thinking that the ground of Nachon's threshing floor was less holy than his own hand

"He saw no difference between the ark and any other valuable article. 

8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, how shall the ark of the LORD come to me?

o   The name Perzsuzzah means (outbreak against) because God broke out His anger that day against Uzzah.

o   David was angry that day maybe at God maybe at Uzzah, and maybe I think most of all at himself for not seeking the Lord before he decided to bring the ark back. You see if he would have sought the Lord before had and searched the scriptures he would have found the truth. He would have heard from the Lord and death would not have come to this most wonderful time of bringing his presence into Jerusalem.

10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.
12 And it was told King David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.

o  David did this in fulfillment of God's word. Obed-Edom was a Levite of the family of Koath (1 Chronicles 26:4). This was the family within the tribe of Levi that God commanded to transport and take care of the ark (Numbers 4:15).

o  Now one thing I want you to note is this. The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom. Why? Why did God bless Obededom so much?

o  Because His words were followed out. When the obedience is there you will always receive blessings friend.

o  So David hears that the blessings are coming and he learns how to obey what God has said and goes and gets the ark and brings it back to the house of David.

Now we say all the time that God stuck down Uzzah but I want to point out something here, if they would have obeyed it wouldn’t have happened. So it was man that struck down man not God. It was by man’s own making that caused the death.

How many times do we as a people make choices everyday that cause us pain and trouble? I would say many.  How many times do we blame God for the things that happen to us, when in all reality, it is by our own choices?

Are we as a people truly finding our answer to our issues in the bible or are we just doing what we seem is right. Seems to me we have scripture that tells us something.

Judges 17:6 (KJV)
6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Proverbs 21:2 (KJV)
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

 

2 Samuel 6: 13-23

Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Introduction; We left off last time on Wednesday night  in 2 Samuel chapter 6 verse 12, so we will pick it up in verse thirteen. If you remember David was going to bring back the ark.

13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he

sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

o   God’s work was to be done God’s way and in God’s timing. Isn’t that what we all want?

o   For everything to honor the Holy one. David’s approach was scriptural, now he was following the word, he had the poles that went through the rings on the ark, he also had the priests, so we could say that the whole focus was only on God and doing things for HIM Only.

o   So we see here that David took off his royal robe and was dressed in a linen edpod, this is what you could say of being a long night shirt, a garment for sleep. So David was blending in with the rest of the crowd. He took the notice off of himself so everyone would be focusing on God. There would be nothing fancy about David.

o   Now here we see that every six steps they stopped and sacrificed an ox, this wasn’t a quick method of dicing up a tomato, it took considerable time.

o   Can’t you just imagine stopping every six steps and doing this?

o   I’m sure that there were some in the crowd that got tired and looking ahead how far they had to go wanting David to just get on with it and do it the fast way. But you see David had already tried doing things the fast way, the way he thought was the good way of carrying it. So now David was everything God’s way.

o   Now why do you suppose it was six steps? Why not seven or eight even ten?

o   There is a significant reason for the number six, does anyone know what the number six means in the spiritual sense?

o   It is the number of man, yes man, so this is David’s way of recognizing himself as a man unable to experience the glory of God. Why? Because man sinned and needed a sacrifice.

o   For man to experience the glory of God he must draw near to Him in the way that God has laid out, here in the Old Testament. So man’s sin must be atoned for.

o   David danced before the Lord with all his might, He gave it his all, he didn’t hold anything back. Running a race against others, if you want to win, you don’t care if sweat is pouring or you lose your watch while running, you keep going. What about when you are at home and the music is playing and no one is around, you bust a move don’t you? You might get a little funky because you know no one is watching you. Here David is only dancing for the Lord, he knows no one else is in the center of his heart but the Lord.

o   Scripture says Love t he Lord with all your heart soul mind and strength.

o   So everything is going good, David is dancing in worship to the Lord and the Holy Spirit is there with him and then something happens to quench the spirits moving.

o   Isn’t that the way it seems sometimes when the Lord is really moving and you can feel the spirit, there might be someone harboring some ill thing and it hinders the spirit from moving further in ease.

16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

 As David comes in Michal Saul’s daughter looked down at him and despised him. Now I find this interesting because she is David’s wife. Why was she upset, and why wasn’t she in the celebration with the rest of them? Was she too proud? Did she think herself better than not to come and worship the Lord? Was she Jealous? Well I think more than likely all of the above.

·       You every encounter someone saying to you “Now don’t get to fanatical”!  It’s good you go to church and pray and stuff, but don’t let it take over your whole life.

o   Listen; if you don’t let God be the whole center of your being, you will not reap the fruit he has to offer you. We were created to worship and praise Him. We must do that in spirit and in truth.

o   Michal refused to worship by staying in her home, she didn’t want to make a fuse over the ark coming back. In other words she didn’t care if the glory of God was falling or not, she wasn’t going to take place in it. We have people like that today friend. They don’t want to let go and let God.

o   Because of that very act she would not reap the fruit of the Lord so she would be barren we will see, never to have children.

o   Worship will free your soul, which in turn will feed your spirit.

 David put the ark in the middle of the tabernacle and David honored God with offerings, He blessed the people in the name of the LORD.

19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to everyone a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed everyone to his house.
20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

 I find it interesting that the wording here calls Michal Saul’s’ daughter instead of David’s wife. So there was already a separation going on between them.

·       Michal was very upset that David danced the way he did before the women who were around. After all they would have seen him and looked upon his body. I’m sure she was fit to be tied!

·       David reminds her that it wasn’t for attention, it was for the Lord and he more than likely says, “women I will dance even more wildly before my Lord!” Same as saying “Just watch me!” Besides God chose me over your own father…..woo knife jab at her.

·       He appointed me over everything so I will give him my all, more than this. Everyone will honor me because they know that it is for the Lord.

·       Interesting that Michal is barren has no children. Didn’t worship the Lord.

So what have we learned from this short little story about one of the greatest worshipers in ancient times?

1.    Well first we can learn to do things the Lords way by reading his word and finding out how we should handle any issues “His way”. David found out the hard way and had to make drastic changes in how he carried the ark.  The Ark represented the presence of God. The glory of the Lord, Sometimes in life we will have to make drastic changes in how we are carrying our life. Because if God is in our heart, we are carrying Him. We need to honor Him in all we do. We can’t just do everything the way we want it.

2.    We have to repent! David took six steps and then made a sacrifice, and atonement for his disobedience to what the Lord had spoken about carrying His ark. Every six steps, can you imagine? This was David humbling himself before the Lord, speaking out bolding that nothing is within him it is all for God!

3.    We learn that true worship might offend others who are around. You might even get laughed at if you dance for the Lord. If you shout Amen! If you clap your hands, if you stand and sway, if you jump up and down. Why that’s just not proper is it? Look friends I’m going to tell you something and I hope it doesn’t offend anyone because that is not the intention.

I would love to see you all stand and truly worship the Lord with all your heart. Do you ever wonder why I don’t ask for you all to stand before worship? No you probably don’t, but I don’t do that because I want the worship here at Dinner Table to be free, I want it to be because you want to stand and honor God, not because I ask you to.

You know that people do a lot of things when asked, when they really don’t want to do it. I would like for you to experience freedom in your worship! Just like God desires for you to worship Him in spirit and truth with a child like faith, get your bust a move child inside on. Lol

Dare to believe that you don’t care what others think, you only have eyes for the King.

4.    We learned that David honored the Lord by putting the ark back into the tabernacle where it belonged. He then blessed the people.

(i)   So may I ask a question? What can you do to put back the glory of God back into your being? What is it that he desires most from you?

While we think about that last question I asked you I would like to play this song. Let’s praise the Lord together and honor him.


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