June 29 & 30, 2019
The Bible has more to say about David than any other person in the Bible.
David comes on the scene in his teen years:
- God prepares him behind the senses for about 15 years
- David finally takes the throne at the age of 30 (2 Samuel 5:4)
- David’s reign began in 1056 B.C. and ended in 1016 B.C. (1 Samuel 31:4-6)
David mourns Saul’s death and the first thing he does when he takes the throne is pray. (2 Samuel 2:1)
David begins his reign over Israel with dignity.
War breaks out between the family of Saul and the house of David. (2 Samuel 3:1)
- David steadily grew
- David builds character and doesn’t retaliate
David, throughout the entire process, has the heart of a servant and the mind of a Shepard. (Psalm 78:70-72)
In 2 Samuel 4:4 we see a great example of David’s heart.
The promise that God makes to David can be seen in 2 Samuel 7:8-9, 15-16.
But, as we see in 2 Samuel 11:1-5, 15-18 & 25 David, surrounded by all of this success, makes a tragic decision.
- David ultimately displeases the Lord. (2 Samuel 11:27, 12:13)
Even though God punished David, His promise remained because God is a God who keeps His promises in spite of our sin.
- Prosperity and ease are often perilous times, not times of blessing
- Bad decisions are a process, not a sudden act
Three thoughts about our bad choices:
- You’re responsible for the outcome of your decisions
- If you choose to work against God, eventually you will self-destruct
- At the end of the day, you’re going to come back to God
God is not the kind of God that erases consequences, He loves us too much for that.