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Trip 352: David and Bathsheba; David’s Deception and Treachery to Uriah

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Trip 352: David and Bathsheba; David’s Deception and Treachery to Uriah

Reading assignment:  __2 Samuel 11

Focal verse(s):  2 Samuel 11:1:  “Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah.  But David stayed at Jerusalem.”

When spring arrived, David sent out his army commander Joab to lead an invasion against the Ammonite capital of Ammon.  The unusual thing about this is that it was customary for kings to lead their troops in battle, but for some unknown reason David stayed home.  One evening David was restless, so he got up and went to the rooftop of the palace and happened to see Bathsheba, wife of his neighbor Uriah, bathing out in the open on the neighboring rooftop.  Bathsheba was wrong for bathing where she could be seen, but David sinned greatly in three specific ways: (1) Gazing at her…after the first look, he should have never looked again, because this led to (2) Lusting and desiring to have her. He broke the tenth commandment at this point, and (3) Premeditated sin…took deliberate steps to bring her to the palace and had sexual relations with her.  She became pregnant, so David tried covering up his sin by having her husband Uriah called back from the battle so he could have sexual relations with her and then believe it was his child.  Unfortunately for David, Uriah refused to sleep with his wife because he felt it was unfair for his soldier friends to be out in battle while he was home with his wife.  David sunk deeper into sin by sending a letter to Joab to put Uriah in the heat of the battle.  As planned, Uriah was killed and David thought he had covered his sin.  After the prescribed time of mourning, David moved Bathsheba to the palace in time to deliver her son.  However, because of David’s sin, the Lord put things in motion which would trouble David for the rest of his life.  This is an extremely valuable lesson to us all: You cannot sin and get away with it…your sin will eventually find you out!

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 351: The War with Ammon and Syria—Part 2

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __1 Chronicles 19

Focal verse(s):  1 Chronicles 19:4:  “So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved them and cut off their garments in the middle as far as their hips, and sent them away.”

I Chronicles 19 repeats the story of David’s war with Ammon and Syria, but differs in several ways from the details of the wording in the 10th chapter of 2nd Samuel.  The Chronicles account describes how Hanun hired the Arameans of Mesopotamia for 1000 talents of silver, which is 37 tons!  There is no conflict in these two accounts, just the fact the two historians chose different details of the story to give special emphasis due to their particular interests.  The Chronicler also pointed out that the total Aramean chariot force totaled 32,000 chariots and the author of 2nd Samuel recorded the number of foot soldiers, which was 33,000.  The Ammonites guarded the gate of their capital city Rabbah and the Arameans took to the open country.  This meant that Joab, commanding the Israelite troops, would have to defeat the Arameans on the outside circle before he could get close to the Ammonites themselves.  To accomplish this, Joab divided his troops into 2 units, one of which he led against the Arameans, with the 2nd unit led by his brother Abishai against the Ammonites.  They agreed to come to each other’s aid in case of trouble, but that was never necessary.  This brotherly pact is a reminder of how Christians need to ban together in unity of purpose against all the wiles of the devil and his demonic forces.  A united group of Christians spells defeat for Satan!  This is why it is so important for the community to see Christians of all denominations working harmoniously together, even though we may disagree on theological issues, so Satan can be defeated!

 
 

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Trip 350: The War with Ammon and Syria

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __2 Samuel 10

Focal verse(s):  2 Samuel 10:19:  “When all the kings, servants of Hadadezer, saw that they were defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and served them.  So the Arameans feared to help the sons of Ammon anymore.”

David’s ability in foreign relations greatly boosted his overall success as king.  Many of the neighboring nations had come under tribute to David, including Ammon, ruled by Nahash.  When Nahash died he was followed by his son Hanun. David had received kindness from Nahash, so when he died, David sent an envoy to Ammon to express sympathy to Hanun, hoping to continue the harmonious relations between their countries.  Instead of being received warmly, Hanun’s advisors told him to treat David’s men as spies, so they were not only sent away, but their beards were cut half off and their clothes cut immodestly short, both of which continue to be extreme social embarrassments to this very day in the Mideast.  When David discovered what had happened, he treated the insult as a declaration of war, sending out his forces led by Joab and Abishai to encounter Hanun’s army. Israel defeated both the Aramean divisions and the Ammonites.  The Ammonites apparently learned their lesson, but the hard-headed Arameans tried to avenge their defeat by bringing back their occupational forces from beyond the Euphrates River to fight against Israel. Again God gave Israel victory, killing 7000 charioteers and 40,000 foot soldiers!  (Second Samuel says “700 charioteers”, but the more complete account in First Chronicles says “7000”, which is much more compatible with the other numbers).  The Arameans discovered what every single person on the face of the earth should learn:  God’s side always wins!  Do you realize how helpless we are without God?  Consider the following poem by George M. Anderson, entitled, “If God Forgot“:  “If God forgot the world, Forgot for just one day; Forgot to send the sunshine, and change the night to day; Forgot to make the flowers grow, Forgot the birds and bees.  Forgot to send the sweetness of the south wind in the trees; Forgot to give us friendships, Forgot to send us rain, Forgot to give the children play, Forgot to soften pain; What would happen to this world and us? …If God should forget…Forget for just one day?” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), 488, #1912:  “If God Forgot”.

 
 

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Trip 349: David’s Gratefulness to God—Part 4; David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth (Approx. 995 B.C.)

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Psalm 18:30-50     __2 Samuel 9:1-3    __2 Samuel 4:4    __2 Samuel 9:4-13

Focal verse(s):  Psalm 18:46:  “The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of my salvation

In the second half of Psalm 18, David pointed out that “God’s ways are perfect and His word flawless“.  That should be a great answer to the liberal theologians who don’t take God’s word as inerrant and infallible!  He again used the terms “Shield”, “Refuge”, and “Rock” in showing how God can be counted on for protection and salvation.  David described how the Lord prepared him for battle, giving him strength, efficiency, and agility to have victory over his enemies by pursuing, crushing, and ultimately destroying them.  God could make David’s way perfect because of His perfection, and David gave all the credit for his victorious life to the Lord.  David had made a promise to his friend Jonathan (Saul’s son) that he would never forget the covenant of friendship between them. Discovering that there was a son of Jonathan still alive named Mephibosheth who was crippled, he sent one of his servants to bring him to the palace.  He restored Saul’s personal estate to Mephibosheth and gave him a pension for life.  He also allowed him to live and eat at the palace as one of David’s own sons.  What a beautiful picture of salvation: We are “crippled in sin”, yet the King of heaven loves us and allows us to live and eat at His palace (and our crippled condition is hidden under the table of God’s love!)

 
 

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Trip 348: David’s Gratefulness to God—Part 3

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Reading assignment:  __Psalm 18:1-29

Focal verse(s):  Psalm 18:25-26:  “With the kind you show yourself kind; with the blameless you show yourself blameless; 26 with the pure you show yourself pure, and with the crooked you show yourself astute.

In this Psalm of praise to God, David used many figures of speech to describe all that the Lord is to him.  He pictured the Lord as a “rock” because of His security and stability, and the word is used some 20 times in Psalms to describe God.  He compared God to a “fortress”, picturing a high place of refuge and defense which one might flee for protection.  Taking refuge in the Lord is far better than hiding in a man-made fortress behind a huge rock.  After using other descriptive terms for God such as “shield”, “stronghold”, and “salvation”, David reviewed his sufferings and perils and how God had delivered him from them.  The term “cords of death” means he was is such difficult distress that without God’s help he would have certainly died.  David described the earth trembling and shaking because of God’s anger toward His enemies.  It almost sounds like David is describing a huge dragon when he says that God had “smoke and fire coming from His nostrils”, but then he pictured the Lord coming down out of the clouds, soaring on the wind and responding with bolts of lightning.  David spent much time outdoors as a warrior and as a sheepherder when he was young, so nature played a large role in his fellowship with the Lord. Take some time today to observe how God works in His creation by spending some quiet time looking at His marvelous creation!   Take a nature walk and do the following exercise: (1) Stand by an object of nature that symbolically reminds you of where you used to be in your spiritual life; (2) Find an object of nature that reminds you of your present spiritual condition; (3) Stand by an object of nature that reminds you of where you want to be in your spiritual walk.  Be sure to record these thoughts in either this devotional guide, your spiritual journal, or your Bible.

 
 

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Trip 347: David’s Gratefulness to God—Part 2

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Reading assignment:  __2 Samuel 22:21-51

Focal verse(s):  2 Samuel 22:21:  “The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me

David mentioned that the benefits of God are often obtained in this life by living a righteous and godly life.  He was not suggesting that works are necessary for salvation, but that God rewards those who keep the Lord’s commandments and laws and refrain from iniquity.  On the other hand, because of the pride and evil in their lives, the wicked cannot expect God’s favor.  God gives His light as a lamp to the righteous person, who can break through barricades and scale the highest walls because of God’s power working in his life.  In the last part of 2nd Samuel 22, David focused on the attributes of God and connected them with specific ways in which the Lord had worked and would work on his behalf.  He described God as a “Strengthener” who would give speed and power to His servants and as a “shield” who protected His children from slipping and falling.  He pictured the Lord as a “Subduer” of armies, allowing David to pursue and destroy his enemies so they could not rise again.  God is a “Support”, and a “Savior”, not allowing any enemy to prevail over His children.  When we think of all God is to us, it almost “short circuits” our thinking process!  The gospel song “You Are So Wonderful to Me”, sung by Larnell Harris comes to mind.  Truly God’s love for us is impossible to describe in human terms! Thank you, God, for all you do and continue to do in lives of those who love you.  Why don’t you pause today and write a “love letter” to the Lord, telling Him why He is “so wonderful” to you!  Don’t forget to include your salvation experience, your friends, relatives, and Christian brothers and sisters whom God has placed in your life as a blessing!

 
 

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Trip 346: David’s Mighty Men—Part 3; David’s Gratefulness to God

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __1 Chronicles 11:26-47    __2 Samuel 22:1-20

Focal verse(s):  2 Samuel 22:2:  “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer

The final list of the mighty men of David in First Chronicles chapter 11 is almost identical to the one in Second Samuel chapter 23, except for spelling variations and some other minor differences.  The list in Chronicles has 16 names after Uriah the Hittite which is not in the Second Samuel list.  Second Samuel 22 is David’s account of his Philistine wars in a poem celebrating God delivering him from all of his enemies.  Psalm 18, which we will study soon, has almost the same identical wording.  David first acknowledged God’s greatness and glory with a series of descriptive words: ”Rock”, “Fortress”, “Deliverer”, “Shield”, “Horn of Salvation.”, “Stronghold”, “Refuge”, and “Savior”.  The setting of this song, which is flight, conflict, and victory, makes these descriptive words for God extremely appropriate!  David compared his circumstances to death, because his situation had been so perilous that death seemed imminent. David thanked God for rearranging creation on his behalf so he could be victorious. All Christians should thank God for rearranging creation on our behalf when He made the earth dark in mid-day during His son Jesus’ crucifixion as He was in the process of redeeming us from our sins!  Dr. Howard Kelly, the famous Christian physician, once said that the first recorded words of Jesus were, “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49 NKJV) and His last words were, “It is finished (John 19:30). *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), 666, #2757:  “First and Last Words”.

 
 

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