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Daily Bread : 2 Samuel 15,16; Psalm 32 ; Matthew 25

May 8, 2012

If the notes are incomplete feel free, to add in anything you have. I will be following up as soon as I can. Lets Grow!

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Notes from todays reading.

2 Samuel 15:

We have been following the story of King David for some time now, and to see his kingdom begin to unravel is pretty disheartening. But King David committed some major sin, not only was his sin very major it is amplified because of his stature as King. We have to remember that any position of leadership has greater expectations, whether you lead one or a thousand someone is looking up to you. We must pray for our leaders that God will guide them and and lead them into his truth, even if we dont agree with those leaders.

This chapter also starts by showing Absaloms wicked ways of uprooting the King. Any scheme with this type of evil will never last. As followers of Jesus Christ we must anchor our plans on the Word of God and the truth that it guides us in through a relationship with Jesus.

As these things are starting to unfold in the Kingdom of David I wonder if he is cognizant of the fact these acts are consequences of his sin? We all stumble, but we have to stay faithful to God throughout our consequences. We must remember that we are the reason for this pain, like any good parent when a son does wrong he must be corrected. That discipline will be painful but without discipline we never learn, as human beings we tend to keep pushing the issue if we dont learn from our mistakes.

2 Samuel 16:

Several different things going on here in this story. All of it bad for King David. But the moral integrity of the King is still there. Verses 10-12 show us the heart of David again. King David has been down this road before, he has had many people against him and actually seeking his death. But his faithfulness in the Lord delivered him, he has been down this road before and he knows the path to deliverance. Revenge, anger and pride are far from that path. Those things must never be a part of our lives no matter what situations we find ourselves in. They will never bring about deliverance.

Verse 21 has the advice of Ahithophel. We can see that King Davids request in this matter to the Lord is already being answered. We must remember to never follow any advice that is not backed by the Bible. We can listen, but then we must follow the guidance of the Bible with prayer in order to come to the right decision. This guidance has blessed me, I have been very blessed to be a part of this project with you guys. I have grown so much over the last few months it has been amazing. But recently I have had a couple tests that could have easily been justified if it were not for my daily doses of truth in the Word of God. I was able to stonewall these situations with the powerful Word of God. There is nothing, or no one that can stand against the Word of God. It is sharper than a two edged sword, it is a light for our feet and a lamp for our path.

Psalm 32:

This is a very powerful Psalm about confession. How many times have we buried our sin in our hearts, and no matter how good we may look or act on the outside the guilt is constantly ripping at us? Brothers, we have all been there, and some of us may be there right now. Please pay attention to this Psalm, if this is you. As verse one says there is great joy when our disobedience is forgiven. It doesn’t say that only certain types of disobedience, this statement is for all. God forgives all whose hearts come clean. There is not only great joy for you, but God the Father rejoices when our hearts turn from our sin and turn to him in repentance. Verse 3-4 describe the conditions of a hard heart, or a heart that does not confess its sin. The effects are pain physically and mentally. Brothers when we confess our sins through prayer, when we approach the throne of God in prayer with a heart that wants nothing more than to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus; God will wipe it all away! And when we do receive this newly cleansed and created heart verse 8 will apply to your life. God cannot use a stubborn unrepentant heart, but God delights in using a teachable spirit or heart.

 

Matthew 25:

This chapter has three main topics, for the sake of length I will choose one. The Parable of the talents (or three servants depending on your Bible) is a story that I actually read a book about. The book was called the Pound for Pound Principle and the foundation of this book was built off of this parable. What Jesus is trying to illustrate to us here is that the Master is God, God created us and when Adam and Eve sinned he departed from physically being here on earth (See Genesis 3:10) . Every single one of us is created by God with certain “talents”, which are our abilities, time, resources and opportunities. What we do with these talents is how we will be rewarded, or judged. This parable does not mean that to have more is better. The message is that no matter what your talents, or how much you have, use it to glorify your master. Our master is God the Father, when we maximize our talents God is greatly pleased. Obviously there will be some of us that have more, this does not matter. If you maximize your 5 talents and I maximize my 1 talent, God is equally pleased with us both.

God Bless.

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6 Comments
  1. kilihune permalink

    In 2 samulel 15: In my opinion yes king Davis has sinned and his kingdom is falling apart, but it was back in chapter 12 verse 11 that God had said because david despised God his entire family will rebel against him. I see that his consequences are coming to life and its sad to see this happening

    see in chapter 16 verse 21-23 is the 2nd part of chaper 12 verse 11 God said I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. At the end of verse 23 it says for every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God. what do you think?

    • I said this in Chapter 15 about if King David was cognizant of this unravel being due to his sin because for one im not sure of the time frame since his affair. Two because sometimes people are quick to forget things that they did wrong. Im pretty sure King David was aware, but it was more to spark thought on how an unrepentant heart sometimes can quickly forget the wrong they did and begin to blame others.

      Pretty crazy you asked that because just today I listened to another sermon that was by chance about these chapters we have been reading, the sermon was talking about discipline. But the key point he brought up is that Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandpa. So before the affair Ahithophel was a very loyal, trusted and faithful counselor of King David, at this time his advice was probably very full of Godly wisdom. But after the affair with his granddaughter his heart grew very cold and rotten for the King. With this he in turn lost his Godly connection, but his reputation had not been lost yet.

      Hope that helps.

      • That helped a lot thanks for that insight brother. Goodnight and by the way there is small kind surf! Got a session in this am at pines to much south though but fun.

  2. Praise God! Goodnight my braddah! Awesome braddah im stoked for you!! Get some for me!!

  3. kilihune permalink

    Hawaiian’zz Matthew 25 verse 29 is Beautiful and your notes were on point CUZ. I feel like im ready to branch out with your ideas lets make it happen.

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