2 Samuel 2:12-3:39 - Promise Rules

David is in Hebron as the King of Judah and Ish-bosheth has been set up as the King of Israel by Abner (Saul's Commander) for personal gain.

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Fallen Condition Focus (FCF): The Failure of so-call strong men to set up and control kingdoms.

Gospel Condition Focus (GCF): Abner's failures and Joab's sin show that the promises of God's kingdom are stronger than the minipulation of men and their plans. 

Purpose: That you will Seek God's Kingdom as your first priority.

Theme: God's Kingdom is really your best advantage.

Question: What are some wrong ways to relate to the Kingdom of God?

3 wrong ways to relate to the Kingdom of God

I. Don't seek God's kingdom by your strength, force, or control (2:12-32)

II. Don't seek God's Kingdom for your earthly advantage (3:1-11)

III. Don't seek God's Kingdom for position or your vendettas (3:12-39)

Conclusion: this partial fulfillment of God's kingdom should encouarage us to trust that God's Kingdom will eventually come to pass in its fulness.  There will be a day when the Kingdom of this world will become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (Rev. 2:8-9)

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