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Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 15, 16; Psalms 32; Matthew 25
Here is my SOAP for today, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
2 Samuel 15:4 “Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.” 5 Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. 6 Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.”
12 “And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing.”
2 Samuel 16:11 “David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 **It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”
23 “Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of God. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all of *Ahithophel’s advice.”
Psalms 32:2 “Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.”
Matthew 25 the parable of the virgins and lamps, parable of the bags of gold…
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”
42 “For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
I can’t believe David put up with Absalom’s subversive behavior… for years… And David fled Jerusalem because he was in fear of Absalom, due to his popularity.
Side note: Just because they (David and Absalom) regarded *Ahithophel’s advice as “like that of one who inquires of God” doesn’t mean his advice was godly. Clearly it wasn’t, as he was deceptive and told Absalom to sleep with David’s concubines just to incite and get back at him.
Psalms 32:2 has added meaning in light of the advice of Ahithophel… “deceitful.”
I could write pages about Absalom and Ahithophel (and Joab’s) deceitful ways. And it’s hard for me to understand why David is in fear… Perhaps it’s because before he was king, he had nothing to lose? Now as king, living in a palace, in the city, having the Ark, wives, concubines and children, he had much to lose. Plus, now he is older… which could make a difference. It’s painful to watch David’s leadership and authority and blessing decline… as he succumbs to his deceitful son… realizing that the **covenant blessing on his life is in jeopardy.
Lord, I want to run this race for the rest of my life… with your blessing… not in my own strength, or by using deceitful advice… Help me to always have oil in my lamp… always ready… waiting with anticipation…