In 2 Samuel 16, we learn that David was still hiding out with his men outside the walls of Jerusalem. Absalom had just declared himself king of Hebron, while winning people’s hearts in Jerusalem, and was coming back to town. He did this in order to take over the kingdom. This is why David took his men and fled in the wilderness until things settled over. However, as we continue reading, Absalom has now come back to Jerusalem. He is ready to take what he thought was his in the first place, which is to become king. However, as we will continue to learn, this was not in God’s plan. Now, as these events began to take shape, David was with his men and got some needed supplies from his friend Ziba. He was the person that gave him and his men food, drink and donkeys to ride on. What a great guy. However, as they were talking, a man named Shimei was very mad and came to David. He came to him cursing, throwing stones, and even dirt in his face, while saying, 2“come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul.” (2 Samuel 16:7,8) He also said more, but it was to blame David for what the philistines did to Saul and his people. However, David’s response was very interesting. He said to his men, 2“so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?” (2 Samuel 16:10) And while this was happening 2“Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the king, God save the king.” (2 Samuel 16:16) He was on the side of David, but was there to make Absalom believe he was for him, in order to see what he was up to, and then report back to David.
It was in this time that 2“Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong. So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.” (2 Samuel 16:21,22) How sick and wrong was this? And to think that he thought he was doing what was right for the people was sick and twisted. So this vile sexual act was fulfilled by Nathan the prophet, which he spoke to David when he said, 1“thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.” (2 Samuel 12:11) Among these prostitutes or mistresses were ten women in all, and now they have also laid with David’s own son. Wow, to think that doing this would make the people like him more and want to make him the king is crazy to even think about. Truly, Satan was working on him, making him believe in some twisted things because of his good looks. Now, here are some things to get out of this message. Remember that it is better to not get angry when people are upset with you. It is never good when we do things that involve fornication or adultery. These are vial acts, and it was a matter of time before David suffered because of it. Don’t ever think that God is ok with you looking at pornography also. God’s standards are higher than our own. Therefore, live your life for Him, and He will cleanse your wicked heart. Even His blood will cover you and give you clean thoughts and a loving heart towards everyone.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, give people understanding this day. Help them know if what they are doing is for You or against You. And if what people are up to is not in line with Your standards, convict them of their sins. People need to understand that repentance is not a bad thing, but necessary, in order for You to do a work in our lives. Surely, we cannot continue living in willful sin and think that we are ok in Your sight. People know already that they are in sin, but are only denying it, in order to continue to fulfill their own lusts. Even their conscience is acting up, and because of what they are watching on TV, looking at on their phones and other devices, places they go to, along with people they hang out with, they have become numb to what is good and what is evil. This is very disheartening and can only stop if people would allow You to come into their lives. Then, would they know that living a life pleasing for You also means changing our lifestyle to fit Yours. For how can the Holy Spirit come inside of me if I am continually looking at porn, going to the bars, doing drugs, watching TV and movies with bad language, killing, and sexual connotations, playing shoot-em-up games, and listening to the wrong music. The answer is that I cannot be on Your side and still do these things. So I pray that You will continue to work in my life and others. This way our choices will become righteous and holy. Even our actions and what we decide to do will also reflect this will to follow You. I love You, Lord. Thank You for leading me on the right path. I was lost, but You found me. Your blood has covered me and now I am forgiven. Thank You, Lord. I give You the praise and the glory. Amen.
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