Gospel Baptist Tabernacle
781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741
Where the Love of God
abounds, everyone is
Children’s Church taught
by Paul and Marsha Davis
August 25, 2013
September 29, 2013
After Sunday morning
service, dinner and
No evening service
“To be or not to be”
Joab killed him.Joab killed him.
2 Samuel 19 1 And it was told Joab, Behold, the
king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom. 2 And the
victory that day was turned into mourning unto all
the people: for the people heard say that day how
the king was grieved for his son. 3 And the people
gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people
being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.
David turned what should have been a day of
celebration into a day of mourning.
David’s supporters began to feel guilty,
when they had done nothing wrong.
David was God’s chosen to be king.
Absalom would have been a terrible king.
David should have been praising God
for the victory that God had given.
Instead he’s moping and moaning.
The sacrifices God wants from His
people are praise and obedience.
4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried
with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom,
my son, my son! 5 And Joab came into the house to
the king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day the
faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved
thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy
daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives
of thy concubines;
We saved you, your sons and daughters, your
wives and concubines,
And you are making us feel ashamed, as if we have
done something wrong.
6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy
friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou
regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I
perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we had
died this day, then it had pleased thee well.
Wake up call!
Many people today need to learn who their friends
are and who is not their true friends.
Proverbs 27 17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man
sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Our lives can be made better when we listen
to straight talk and heed its warning.
True friends help each other improve.
They don’t flatter; they talk straight.
Proverbs 13:20 (TLB) Be with wise men and
become wise. Be with evil men and become evil.
Proverbs 22:24-25 (TLB) Keep away from angry,
short-tempered men, lest you learn to be like them
and endanger your soul.
The one who encourages you in
your sin is not your friend.
The one who participates with you in
your sin is truly your enemy.
Proverbs 27 5 Open rebuke is better than secret
love. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the
kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Absalom hated his daddy and always worked
against him, even trying to take his throne.
Joab, Abishai, Ittai and their troops had
defended David, his family, and his throne.
Joab was being a true friend, in trying to
make David see who his friends were.
7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak
comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the
LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry one
with thee this night: and that will be worse unto
thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth
Get up and be a king.
Thank those who fought for you.
Otherwise you will lose their support
and your throne.
(TLB) 8So the king went out and sat at the city
gates, and as the news spread throughout the city
that he was there, everyone went to him.
David hearkened unto Joab and the
people rallied around him.
Will you heed good counsel, or if it doesn’t fit with
the way you feel – do you ignore it.
Listen with understanding; take good advice.
Don’t follow your feelings; obey God.
TLB 9-10 Meanwhile, there was much discussion
and argument going on all across the nation: "Why
aren’t we talking about bringing the king back?"
was the great topic everywhere. "For he saved us
from our enemies, the Philistines; and Absalom,
whom we made our king instead, chased him out of
the country, but now Absalom is dead. Let’s ask
David to return and be our king again."
11 And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar
the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah,
saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back
to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come
to the king, even to his house.
The people were ready to restore David as king;
Now it was time for the elders to take action.
David was still east of Jordan in the fortified city of
Mahanaim; he needed to return to Jerusalem.
12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my
flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back
the king? (TLB) 13 And he told them to tell Amasa,
"Since you are my nephew, may God strike me
dead if I do not appoint you as commander-in-chief
of my army in place of Joab."
David is aggravated with Joab’s rebukes,
but this was primarily a political move;
David needed Amasa to persuade others.
14 And he (Amasa) bowed the heart of all the men
of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they
sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all
David needed Amasa on his side.
He was persuasive.
God had chosen David to be king of God’s people.
David had to choose to be king.
We must choose to be what God
has called and gifted us to be and do.
Matthew 5 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate
you, and pray for them which despitefully use you,
and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of
your Father which is in Heaven: for He maketh His
sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth
rain on the just and on the unjust.
First and foremost, BE a son or daughter of God
with your whole heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Purify your divided mind; don’t hypocrite;
live like a child of God -- all the time.
Romans 12 (NIV) 5 so in Christ we who are many
form one body, and each member belongs to all the
others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the
grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let
him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is
serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him
teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it
is contributing to the needs of others, let him give
generously; if it is leadership, let him govern
diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it
cheerfully. What is your calling?
BE what God has called you to be.