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2 Samuel 21:15-22 - Courage for Insurmountable Enemies

In the last half 2 Samuel 21 we find david gaining victory over 4 giant enemies. There is debate on whether the word "giant" is to be taken in its regualr sense as a big person, or as a god, but the evidence of the context would favor the first viewpoint. Another issue here is the identification of Goliath. Some see a corruption of the original text, but it is better to see this as a copies error which 1 Chronicles 20:5 correst and itentifies the giant as the "brother of Goliath." During battles David has grown weary and is not as stong physically as he use to be. His loyal leaders come to his aid and fight for him defeating all 4 giants. What we learn is that no what the physical ability of a man, he better not trash talk God people, because he will be silenced. We see the benefits of realistic humility, steadfast perseverance, proper praise, and developed character. The purpose of the passage is to elicit in you courage against insurmountable enemies as you live a persistent godly life that sustains you in the direction of God and his will.

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2 Samuel 21:1-14 - The Cost of Covenant Breaking

Chapter 21 starts a new section (21-24) in closing the book of 2 Samuel. Some thing think that this secion is an intrusion to our the them of transition (David to Soloman). But I believe that the author is making a conclding point on how God's kingdom is to be goverend. In our passage in 2 Samuel 21, David's kingdom is experiencing a famine which causes David to pray to find out its cause. God says it is because the bloodguilt on Saul because he put the Gibeonites (who had made a Covenant with Israel in the name of the Lord (see Joshuah 9)) to death. David Doesn't pray for a solution but seeks atonement with the Gibeonites who want 7 men to pay with their lives. The difference between David and Saul is show by David loyality to the covenant he made with Jonathan to protect Mephibosheth (Jonathan's son). it ends with showing Rispah love for her son in protecting the bodyas and David giving Saul, Jonathan and the other that were hanged to bury them. We learn how misplaced zeal can cause us not to rely on our covenant with God and his mercy.

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2 Samuel 20 - No Suprises

King David had crossed over the Jordan with the help of the people from Judah. This created anger in the men of Israel because they felt belittled or believed that they are being igorned in David's kingdom. Sheba, an Israelite, led a new revolt against the Davidic kingdom by leading the Israelites into a civil war. the narraitve has david, firing Joab and appointing Amasa to be Military general, until he is unable to round up the men. David then appoints Abishai to lead a group of men into battle - one of them being Joab. Joab take charge and kills Amasa when they meet and chases Sheba all the way north to Abel of Beth-maacah. One the wisdom of a women from Abel save this town by throwing Sheba's head over the wall. We can all learn from this narative that only God can hold a kingdom together and that those who oppose Israel's king (or Messiah) will lead miserable lives now and die horrable deaths.

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2 Samuel 18.1-19.8 - A Sad Victory

This is the final battle that determines who is king. David's men defeats Absalom and kills him contrary to David's request and command. While Joab may have been disobedient in this action, he is still acting more like a king that David, who is passive. David finally receives the news about the death of Absalom and morns for his son. His morning actually hurts the troops and demoralizes Israel in the process. One will benefit from this narrative when one places it and the sad vistory with the emphasis on David's guilt and solution in grace of God in Christ.

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Luke 18:1-8 - The Right Kind of Faith

For a church to become a biblical community and make biblical disciples, the members need to cultivate an eternal prepsective and a right view of God's gracious actions. In this passage Jesus exhorts his disciples to endure, after rebuking and warning the pharisees about his second coming at the end of chapter 17. This explicitly sets the context of the passage on the second coming of Christ (not a secret rapture). The basic questions that is being asked is "Will God Find faith on earth when he comes again? Will the warnings of Jesus to remember Lot's wife, to keep the heart fixed on Christ, and to not love the world secure the faith of the disiciples? Will they endure to the end?" How can we endure to the end and don't become like Lot's wife - who was too much in love with this world to go all the way with Christ? Jesus tells His disciples not to loose heart but keep praying because God is ready to answer. Our problem with praying is that good things in life and normal beneficial activities in life can make us just as insensitive to the reality of God as gross things in life. Our heart can grow cold to Christ easily. The point of the passage is not to say that Jesus is an unjust judge, but to show his disciples the willingness of God to vindicate His elect when they pray. If an unjust judge will grant a persistant widow her request how much more will God (who is never unjust) be willing to vindiate his elect!

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