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Friday, December 15, 2017

David Said To Michal, "It Was Before JEHOVAH WHO Chose Me"





2 Samuel 6:1-23 NIV







The Ark Brought to Jerusalem










1David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. 2He and all his men went to Baalaha in Judah to bring up from there The Ark of GOD, Which Is Called by The Name,b The Name of The LORD Almighty, WHO Is Enthroned between the cherubim on The Ark. 3They set The Ark of GOD on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart 4with The Ark of GOD on it,c and Ahio was walking in front of it. 5David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might Before The LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.


6When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of The Ark of GOD, because the oxen stumbled. 7The LORD'S Anger Burned Against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore GOD Struck him Down, and he died there beside The Ark of GOD.






8Then David was angry because The LORD'S Wrath Had Broken Out Against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.


9David was afraid of The LORD that day and said, “How Can The Ark of The LORD ever Come To me?” 10He was not willing to take The Ark of The LORD to be with him in the city of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11The Ark of The LORD Remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and The LORD Blessed him and his entire household.


12Now King David was told, “The LORD Has Blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of The Ark of GOD.” So David went to bring up The Ark of GOD from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13When those who were carrying The Ark of The LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing Before The LORD with all his might, 15while he and all Israel were bringing up The Ark of The LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.






16 As the Ark of The LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing Before The LORD


she despised him in her heart.







17They brought The Ark of The LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings Before The LORD. 18After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in The Name of The LORD ALMIGHTY. 19Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.


20When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said,


“How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”






21David said to Michal,


“It was Before The LORD, WHO Chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when HE Appointed me ruler over The LORD'S people Israel—I will celebrate Before The LORD. 22I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”



23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.








Perez Uzzah




Uzzah was struck dead for touching The Ark. GOD Saw presumption and irreverence in Uzzah's heart. Familiarity, even with that which is most awful, is apt to breed contempt. If it were so great a crime for one to touch The Ark of the Covenant who had no right to do so, what is it for those to lay claim to the privileges of the covenant that did not come up to the terms of it?


Obed-edom opened his doors without fear, knowing The Ark was a savor of death unto death to those only who treated it wrong. The same hand that punished Uzzah's proud presumption, rewarded Obed-edom's humble boldness. Let none think the worse of the Gospel for the judgments on those that reject it, but consider the blessings it brings to all who receive it.


It became evident that happy was the man who had The Ark near him. CHRIST Is indeed a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, to those that are disobedient; but to those that believe, HE Is a Cornerstone, Elect, Precious, 1Peter 2:6-8. Is The Ark a blessing to others' houses? We may have it, and the blessing of it, without fetching it away from our neighbors. David, at first setting out, offered sacrifices to GOD.  David attended with high expressions of joy. On this occasion David laid aside his royal robes, and put on a plain linen dress. David prayed with and for the people, and as a prophet, solemnly blessed them in The Name of The LORD.


David returned to bless his household, to pray with them, and for them, and to offer up family thanksgiving for this national mercy.  But even the palaces of princes are not free from family troubles. David was contented to justify himself, and he did not further reprove or blame Michal's insolence; but GOD Punished her. 



Those that honor GOD, HE Will Honor; but those that despise 

HIM, and HIS service, shall be lightly esteemed.








The Kingdom of The Messiah JESUS Comes Soon!




2 Samuel 5:1-25 NIV






David Becomes King Over Israel







1All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. 


And The LORD Said To you, 



‘You Will Shepherd MY people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’ ”


3When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron Before The LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.


4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 


5In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.








David Conquers Jerusalem






6The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.” 7Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.


8On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.a ” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”


9David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward. 10And he became more and more powerful, because The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY Was With him.


11Now Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David. 12Then David knew that The LORD Had Established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.


13After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him. 14These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.






David Defeats the Philistines






17When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold. 18Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 19so David inquired of The LORD, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will YOU Deliver them into my hands?”


The LORD Answered him, 

“Go, For I Will Surely Deliver the Philistines Into your hands.”


20So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, The LORD Has Broken Out Against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.c 21The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.


22Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 23so David inquired Of The LORD


And HE Answered,


“Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. 24As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean The LORD Has Gone Out in front of you To Strike the Philistine army.” 






25So David did As The LORD Commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeond to Gezer.








Davidic kingdom typifies The Kingdom of JESUS CHRIST






David was anointed king a third time. His advances were gradual, that his faith might be tried, and that he might gain experience.






Thus his kingdom typified that of The MESSIAH, Which was to come to its height by degrees. JESUS Became our Brother by taking upon HIM our nature, dwelt in it that HE Might Become our PRINCE and SAVIOR.








Amen! Come LORD JESUS Soon.







Thursday, December 14, 2017

Conspirators Against Ish-Bosheth Punished By David




2 Samuel 4:1-12 NIV







Ish-Bosheth Murdered






1When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed. 2Now Saul’s son had two men who were leaders of raiding bands. One was named Baanah and the other Rekab; they were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from the tribe of Benjamin—Beeroth is considered part of Benjamin, 3because the people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim and have resided there as foreigners to this day.


4(Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.)






5Now Rekab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out for the house of Ish-Bosheth, and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest. 6They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rekab and his brother Baanah slipped away.






7They had gone into the house while he was lying on the bed in his bedroom. After they stabbed and killed him, they cut off his head. Taking it with them, they traveled all night by way of the Arabah. 8They brought the head of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, your enemy, who tried to kill you. This day The LORD Has Avenged my lord the king against Saul and his offspring.”






9David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As Surely As The LORD Lives, WHO Has Delivered me Out of every trouble, 10when someone told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag. That was the reward I gave him for his news! 11How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his blood from your hand and rid the earth of you!”


12So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them. They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-Bosheth and buried it in Abner’s tomb at Hebron.







Ish-Bosheth Murdered





Such bloody trophies of rebels and conspirators have always been acceptable to princes in the East, and the carriers have been liberally rewarded. Ish-bosheth being a usurper, the two assassins thought they were doing a meritorious service to David by removing the only existing obstacle to the union of the two kingdoms.


But David causes them to be put to death.










The War Between The Two Houses Went Long





2 Samuel 3:1-39 NIV






1The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.


2Sons were born to David in Hebron:


His firstborn was Amnon the son of Ahinoam of Jezreel;
3his second, Kileab the son of Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel;
the third, Absalom the son of Maakah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
4the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;
the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;
5and the sixth, Ithream the son of David’s wife Eglah.
These were born to David in Hebron.






Abner Goes Over to David




6During the war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner had been strengthening his own position in the house of Saul. 7Now Saul had had a concubine named Rizpah daughter of Aiah. And Ish-Bosheth said to Abner, “Why did you sleep with my father’s concubine?”


8Abner was very angry because of what Ish-Bosheth said. So he answered, “Am I a dog’s head—on Judah’s side? This very day I am loyal to the house of your father Saul and to his family and friends. I haven’t handed you over to David. Yet now you accuse me of an offense involving this woman! 9May GOD Deal with Abner, be it ever so severely, if I do not do for David What The LORD Promised him On Oath 10and Transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul and establish David’s throne over Israel and Judah from Dan to Beersheba.”11Ish-Bosheth did not dare to say another word to Abner, because he was afraid of him.


12Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to say to David, “Whose land is it? Make an agreement with me, and I will help you bring all Israel over to you.”


13“Good,” said David. “I will make an agreement with you. But I demand one thing of you: Do not come into my presence unless you bring Michal daughter of Saul when you come to see me.” 14Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins.”


15So Ish-Bosheth gave orders and had her taken away from her husband Paltiel son of Laish. 16Her husband, however, went with her, weeping behind her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go back home!” So he went back.


17Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king. 


18Now do it! For The LORD Promised David, 




‘By MY servant David I Will Rescue MY people Israel 


from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of 

all their enemies.’ ”


19Abner also spoke to the Benjamites in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything that Israel and the whole tribe of Benjamin wanted to do. 20When Abner, who had twenty men with him, came to David at Hebron, David prepared a feast for him and his men. 21Then Abner said to David, “Let me go at once and assemble all Israel for my lord the king, so that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires.” So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.





Joab Murders Abner




22Just then David’s men and Joab returned from a raid and brought with them a great deal of plunder. But Abner was no longer with David in Hebron, because David had sent him away, and he had gone in peace. 23When Joab and all the soldiers with him arrived, he was told that Abner son of Ner had come to the king and that the king had sent him away and that he had gone in peace.


24So Joab went to the king and said, “What have you done? Look, Abner came to you. Why did you let him go? Now he is gone! 25You know Abner son of Ner; he came to deceive you and observe your movements and find out everything you are doing.”


26Joab then left David and sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern at Sirah. But David did not know it. 27Now when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into an inner chamber, as if to speak with him privately. And there, to avenge the blood of his brother Asahel, Joab stabbed him in the stomach, and he died.


28Later, when David heard about this, he said, “I and my kingdom are forever innocent Before The LORD concerning the blood of Abner son of Ner. 29May his blood fall on the head of Joab and on his whole family! May Joab’s family never be without someone who has a running sore or leprosya or who leans on a crutch or who falls by the sword or who lacks food.”


30(Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.)


31Then David said to Joab and all the people with him, “Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and walk in mourning in front of Abner.” King David himself walked behind the bier. 32They buried Abner in Hebron, and the king wept aloud at Abner’s tomb. All the people wept also.


33The king sang this lament for Abner:


“Should Abner have died as the lawless die?
34Your hands were not bound,
your feet were not fettered.
You fell as one falls before the wicked.”






And all the people wept over him again.


35Then they all came and urged David to eat something while it was still day; but David took an oath, saying, “May GOD Deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I taste bread or anything else before the sun sets!”


36All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them. 37So on that day all the people there and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the murder of Abner son of Ner.


38Then the king said to his men, “Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day? 39And today, though I am the anointed king, I am weak, and these sons of Zeruiah are too strong for me. May The LORD Repay the evildoer according to his evil deeds!”







Abnel’s Treacherous Transaction





Abner sent messengers to David - Though his language implied a secret conviction, that in supporting Ish-bosheth he had been laboring to frustrate the Divine Purpose of conferring the sovereignty of the kingdom on David, this acknowledgment was no justification either of the measure he was now adopting, or of the motives that prompted it.


Nor does it seem possible to uphold the full integrity and honor of David's conduct in entertaining his secret overtures for undermining Ish-bosheth, except we take into account the Divine Promise of the kingdom, and his belief that the secession of Abner was a means designed by Providence for accomplishing it. The demand for the restoration of his wife Michal was perfectly fair; but David's insisting on it at that particular moment, as an indispensable condition of his entering into any treaty with Abner, seems to have proceeded not so much from a lingering attachment as from an expectation that his possession of her would incline some adherents of the house of Saul to be favorable to his cause.


Abner also had communication with the elders of Israel - He spoke the truth in impressing their minds with the well-known fact of David's Divine Designation to the kingdom. But he acted a base and hypocritical part in pretending that his present movement was prompted by religious motives, when it sprang entirely from malice and revenge against Ish-bosheth.


The particular appeal of the Benjamites was a necessary policy; their tribe enjoyed the honor of giving birth to the royal dynasty of Saul; they would naturally be disinclined to lose that prestige. They were, besides, a determined people, whose contiguity to Judah might render them troublesome and dangerous.