2 Samuel 3:1-21
Joshua 8:1-23 – The Fall of AI. The commander of the Lord’s army gave the command to Joshua with specific parameters. Now the ball was in Joshua’s court and what he did with the ball was the determining factor of the battle. As we’ll see the battle plan worked perfectly which when compared to the previous battle where the 3000 men went into battle and 36 men were killed. The last part about what the Lord asks of us is that we remain obedient in all areas because his laws are not “ala carte”.
Psalms 66:13-20 – How Awesome are Your Deeds. Notice the first word in 13-15 “I”. The implication is that “I am making a choice to _____. I have considered the consequences and understand that I will not be liked for it”. Obedience is commanded by the law and if we want G-d’s blessings operating in and through our lives we need to do what He asks of us. But what does He ask of us? We find that answer in one of my many favorite verses He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you Except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness] (Micah 6:8)? If we want our prayers to be fruitful, our lives overflowing with fruit, and peace in our lives, we need to be obedient and faithful in all of our houses.
Proverbs 24:17-34 – Proverbs for Life. The choice to be obedient and faithful is not easy to make because we are often influenced by our environment. When we give into our environment and allow its tirade to change our views, we injure ourselves and quite possibly lose the opportunity to heal the wounds. Add to the mix what it does to our offspring. The Lord G-d presents opportunities to change the world not by force but by being a shining example of obedience. We do not need to be afraid of the prevalence of wickedness nor let it infiltrate our lives. In the NT late 1st century, several of the churches in Asia Minor or Turkey had compromised their faith to meet the demands of the communities with devastating results.
Isaiah 3 – Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem. Earlier I said that the only sure-fire way for prophecy to be circumvented is by our actions. A follow-on statement is that prophecy never occurs immediately just as David’s kingdom did not occur the day he was anointed. In the same way, Isaiah’s prophecies would also occur at some point in time given the conditions do not change. Consider the case of Ninevah and the prophecy of its demise. The conditions changed in Ninevah when the king ordered the people to repent. The conditions changed again when the king saw that no harm was coming to his kingdom and then the fire fell. Judah was being warned that if they did not change course they would lose everything they had worked so hard to build up. Know this, the kingdom could be destroyed or avert destruction simply by walking in obedience.
2 Samuel 3:1-21 – Abner Joins David. The coming of the Davidic kingdom was prophecied years ago by Samuel. David had waited patiently and endured multiple issues that looked like the prophecy had been circumvented. In ways, prophecy is likened to a game of chess. Each move of a chess piece brings its commander closer to or further from victory. In David’s case, he had moved his army and the cadence of his life according to G-d’s laws. This is the reason he received Abner as a friend and colleague instead of an adversary. The “gotcha” in this play is Michal, Saul’s daughter, who would serve to be the “troublemaker” or the “fly in the ointment”. I want you to remember this key item about prophecy as we go forward into David’s life that prophecy can be circumvented. The only way it can be truly circumvented is by the decisions of the person to whom the prophecy is made.