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Bible Study » 2 Samuel » Yesterday 8:59 pm

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2 Samuel 18
 
It was so hard for David to accept the truth about his son and stand up to him and stop enabling him. He would let his son abuse and kill him before he put up any boundaries or correction.
 
We see this today. People let their adult children disrespect and mistreat them and behave in all sorts of unkind ways yet they will not place any boundaries or rebuke them in any way. This does not help a person; it does not turn them to Christ. In fact, I think it can turn them against Christ because it hardens them and confirms them in their wickedness.
 
It is loving to rebuke, correct, and limit and stand up against error and sin. David failed to lovingly confront Absalom, but also failed at showing grace and being quick to seek reconciliation and seek to understand his heart.
 
This festered in Absalom’s heart till he hated his father so much he would kill him!! How bitterness can grow. David did not understand how far the bitterness would go when he kept ignoring Absalom and refusing to reconcile with him or address his concerns and hear his heart.
 
Do we do this? Do we allow bitterness to grow in our own hearts because of someone’s rejection and hurt until we develop hateful murderous hearts?
 
Or do we treat people as David treated Absalom? Do we fail to lovingly conform and deal with wrong doing and put up boundaries, but also quickly seek reconciliation and extend mercy and try to understand their perspective?
 
We could prevent a lot of relational problems if we avoided the errors of both Absalom’s bitterness and David’s passivity.

Bible Study » 2 Samuel » Yesterday 8:57 pm

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2 Samuel 17
 
I don’t understand how they can just reject David and just decide to kill him because they want something or someone else.
 
We decide or imaging doing all sorts of evil when we decide we want something else or we don’t want what God wants, so we let our desires rule us and do or think wrong.
 
This is the truth of human nature so we must be vigilant in guarding against that nature. We must actively and continuously submit our minds, thoughts and desires to God’s truth. We must set our minds on His truth and person and renew our minds in meditating on His truth and focusing on His love and presence and trust in and hold fast to His peace.

Bible Study » 2 Samuel » Yesterday 8:57 pm

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2 Samuel 16
 
16:10 But the king said, "What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, 'Curse David,' who then shall say, 'Why have you done so?'"
 
He did not defend his own honor. This is like Christ who never defended Himself, but always defended God’s honor.
 
16:11 And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, "Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.
 
David had bigger problems than this.
 
16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today."
 
We really need to get over ourselves sometimes. What is it to us when someone “disrespects” us? Is that not really a small problem in life? It is probably best to just not worry about it, choose to give them grace and look at their struggles that lead them to that action and let God sort out the rest.
 
Let God judge, let God defend, let God reward.

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