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2 Samuel 13 - All in the Family

In this chapter one must deal with the godless depravity of 4 men, especially in the narrative of Amnon's rape of Tamar, his half sister. In Amnon we see lust without love bringing about rape, in Jonadab we see a man of wisdom without principles planning this rape, in David we see anger without justice in failing to punish rape and murder, and in Absolom's we see hatred without restraint in the murder of his half brother, Amnon. David's family is receiving God's punishment of 2 Samuel 12:11 because of his sin in his relationship with Bathsheba and Uriah. From 2 Samuel 13 we see the struggle of godlessness in that it produces double-mindedness because it doubts God's Word, foolishness because it denys greater profit, and humanism because it rejects Christ's Lordship. This chapter is an exhortation that a godly life is of great benefit to one who sanctifies Jesus Christ as Lord.

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2 Samuel 12 - Reconciliation and Greater Grace

God has planned a work in creating and redeeming a people for Himslef. God is seeking and reconciling sinners to himself by grace. David ... all » was reconciled to God in 2 Samuel 12 through the revelation of sin. David experienced reconciling grace and learned that 1) God is seeking sinners, 2) God has a effective strategy to bring repentance, 3) God disciplines with furios grace, 4) God give eternal forgiveness, 5) God gives greater grace to bring one to trust him more. Christians must realize that God will not let them stay in a state of sin. God can over come our rebellion effectively. The secular person will never have the assurance of forgiviness of their guilt until they experience furious grace that will bring them to faith in God through Jesus Christ. Watch and listen to this exposition of 2 Samuel 12.

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2 Samuel 11 - Flesh, Blood, and Fidelity

This is the famous narrative of David adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah her husband. In the preceding 2 chapters David had delt with those inside Israel (Mephibosheth) and those outside Israel (Hanan) with covenant Kindness and loyalty. One would see David's leadership as one where fidelity was the driving value of his kingdom administration if it were not for Chapter 11. In this chapter David show his divided loyalties between his own desires and his loyalty to God. Fidelity to God in David's life only went so far it seems. You can learn much about your fidelity to Christ from understanding where you compartmentalize your life to keep Christ's Lordship from intruding too closely. We also see ways of growing in our fidelity to Christ's Lordship including 1) Don't slack off prusing God through his Word, 2) Don't prusue earthly success to control circumstances, 3) Don't prusue safety in life apart from following Christ, and 4) Don't think you will grow without a heart that is absolutely surrendered to Christ's Lordship. This narrative should teach all believers that they can fall into sin just as easily as David did if we don't prusue fidelity with God in all things regardless of the cost. Listening to this sermon will help you see the importance of fidelity as you follow Christ as His disciple.

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2 Samuel 9 - Covenant Kindness

It is easy to be two-faced in our socieity today. It is easy to forget (on purpose) promices that are made because our circumstances change and it is to our advantage to forget promices when we think there are no bad consequences. This is the position David was in, but David made sure that he fulfilled his coveant with Jonathan by showing kindness to Mephibosheth. Normally kings and leaders would eleminate any leaders or family of a former rival kingdom, and thus Mephibosheth had something to fear in coming into King David's presence. But David in the all important verse 7 shows a coveant kingdness that not only protects Mephibosheth's live but provides for him in land and food and gives a great position (eating at the kings table). today We understand from David's covenant with Jonathan that God's covenant with us provides benefits in we can have security in living, abundance in living, and dependence in living. We are totally dependent on the covenant Kindness of God in providing our security in salvation from sin. Since we are sinners we are actually an enemy of God and lame in our spiritual ability to save ourselves. God saves those like Mephibosheth that do not rely on their own reasources but trust in God's covenant with us.

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2 Samuel 8 - Kingdom Stewardship

David had to take responsibillity of expanding the kingdom in God's willing plan. He defeated national around him including Moab (a place where the king gave Davi's parents asslyum during his escape from Saul). We learn that kingdom living involves convlict before victory. We are called to be stewards and fight for the kingdom in this way. In this spiritual battle we are ordered to consecrate and dedicate everything we receive including our own lives to God. In the end steward ship in this Chapter is a lesson is what it takes to serve and lead in the Kingdom of God.

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