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2 samuel 16b beware evil counsel

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2 samuel 16b beware evil counsel

  1. 1. 1 Gospel Baptist Tabernacle 781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 Where the Love of God abounds, everyone is welcome. Children’s Church taught by Paul and Marsha Davis during preaching. www.rossvillechurch.com 7-21-2013
  2. 2. 2 King David has fled Jerusalem with his people. Review As he crossed the Mount of Olives he met Ziba, servant to Mephibosheth, who had many gifts for David.
  3. 3. 3 David asked Ziba about his master, who had stayed in Jerusalem hoping to gain his daddy’s throne. Review David had done Mephibo- sheth nothing but good. Ungrateful
  4. 4. 4 5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came. 6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. Boldly wrong!
  5. 5. 5 7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: 8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man. We know that David never fought against Saul. Shimei has got it all wrong.
  6. 6. 6 9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head. 10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because (perhaps) the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so? David remembers his sin, and takes this as part of his penalty.
  7. 7. 7 Abishai was David’s nephew, oldest son of David’s sister – Zeruiah. He was a great warrior, who once faced and killed 300 men alone with his own spear. He alone went with David one time into the camp of Saul and took his water jug and spear from him as he slept, leaving it beside him as a sign of their peaceful intentions. Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History, Biography, Geography, Doctrine, and Literature.
  8. 8. 8 11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him. 12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day. Sometimes apparently evil things that come upon us may be tests, sent by God. If we endure with patience, God may bless us for our virtue in the situation.
  9. 9. 9 Romans 12:12 teaches us to be patient in tribulation. Maybe it’s from the Lord; maybe it’s from the devil; and maybe it’s a result of our own way. When we are patient, continuing to serve the Lord with gladness, and rejoicing in faith, God will see and deliver us from evil. King David gave us a good example.
  10. 10. 10 13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust. 14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.
  11. 11. 11 Sometimes a devil or one of his servants just keeps on bedeviling us until we are worn out. But, if we keep on plodding patiently and trusting God, He will give us a place and time to rest. Matthew 11 28 Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
  12. 12. 12 15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.* 16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the king, God save the king. He entered an almost empty city. David’s spy in the camp.
  13. 13. 13 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend? 18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide. Flattery and deceit! I serve the king of Israel, and now that’s you.
  14. 14. 14 19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence. 20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do. Work together. David’s plan is coming together.
  15. 15. 15 21 And 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. Demonstrating that he is the big dog now. David won’t be coming back. That would give people courage to join Absalom.
  16. 16. 16 22 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. God said it would be like this, after David took Bathsheba from her husband Uriah. David’s past has come back to haunt him. You can’t do wrong and get by!
  17. 17. 17 23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counseled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom. Ahithophel was counted one of the wisest men in all of Israel. Absalom trusted him and followed his advice. But remember, David prayed that God would confuse Ahithophel, and sent Hushai to help.
  18. 18. 18 David had to suffer all of this, because God had said he would after his great sin. But when Nathan confronted him about his sin, David repented -- so God is with David. People tend to think that repentance removes all consequences of our deeds; not so. But repentance restores our fellowship with God and with the church, and God walks with us hand in hand through every trial we face.
  19. 19. 19 Closing thought: Anyone who leads you to sin does not love you and will lead you to destruction. Sin may bring momentary pleasure, but it will never give you lasting joy and peace. We are warned to flee from the paths of sin and walk with God. You can’t have it both ways.

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