In 2 Samuel 20, we learn two interesting things. One being a man named Sheba who didn’t like David, and even took the men of Israel with him after blowing a trumpet. What he said, we will soon learn. The second being that David no longer had sexual relations with his concubines any longer. Why this is, we don’t know, but it could be because Absalom had his way with them as well, or that he finally knew it was wrong in the sight of God and didn’t want to defile himself anymore. However, no matter the reason he had, it is a good thing he stopped being with them sexually since this is fornication, which God hates. Now, let’s begin our discussion on Sheba. It is recorded that 1“there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel. So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.” (2 Samuel 20:1,2) And because Sheba was trying to cause the men of Israel to rise up and go against the king, David sent the men of Judah after him. Of which they ended up finding him in the town of Abel, which was guarded by a large wall. They then did all they could to tear it down until a woman saw them and spoke some sense into Joab. She said that if they wanted Sheba, she would have someone kill him, and then throw his head over the wall, but have them stop what they were doing. Joab agreed and Sheba was killed. This stopped his plans and the people of that town were also safe. Praise God that she was bold enough to speak truth to them.
This brings us David and what he ended up doing with his ten concubines, or mistresses, or even prostitutes, as they were called. It is recorded that 1“David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.” (2 Samuel 20:3) His days of having his way with those women was over. They may have been taken care of financially by him, even until their death, but his desire to be with them sexually was over and done with. What is interesting here is that we don’t know if David repented of this sin of fornication. He could have simply said he didn’t want to be with them anymore as well. Now, is it good that he stopped seeing them? Yes, it is. Do we know that David repented of his sins? Yes, we do, based on the book of Psalms. So how do we apply what David did to our life? For one, realize that you are in sin and stop doing it. But can this happen on our own? No, it cannot. We need to invoke the Lord God, Jesus, in prayer, that He will forgive us our sins. He will then help change us from within. We cannot live up to God’s standards on our own. This is why we must be praying often, reading the Bible daily, that we will be desirous to do God’s will. This way we will know what is right and what is wrong, and then cleave to what God wants for our lives. We also have a way to defend ourselves when the enemy strikes, for God is now in control. We can live differently, but we can only achieve this when the presence of God is in our lives.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that Your presence will come into our lives, each day that we live. This way we will continue to make the best choices and stay on solid ground. You are our God and can do all things for our lives if we but believe. Thank You for the Bible. I am grateful to know what You have taught us in scripture, that I may go forth and walk out my faith knowing it is Your will and not my own. It is my desire to walk in Your light and no longer be taken over by the lusts of the flesh any longer. Help me put my sins behind me, that I may become Your disciple. What the enemy has done to me needs to stop, and only by You defending me at all times can this happen. Therefore, I call upon You now and forever for Your protection, dear Lord. Help me to walk out my faith and not be given over to temptation and death. Lead me from the darkness of this world, that I may be a light unto those around me. I may not have it all together, but with You, I am complete. You satisfy my soul. If I just have You to love me, I am blessed. I don’t need the things of this world to be happy, but only Your love. You are the reason why I have breathe, and I give You praise for waking me up each day. I love You, Lord. You are the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I wish I could tell everyone about the gospel truth of the cross and resurrection. May more people be open to learning about what You’ve done for them, that they will also be saved in Your kingdom. I would be selfish if I wanted to go to heaven and not bring people with me. I trust in You, Lord. I believe in You, God. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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