The Word: Episode 0661

“Earth Shaking”

November 30, 2018

“Earth Shaking”

Blessings folk!

David learned of Adonijah’s plan to usurp the throne.

David would now act.

1 Ki 1:32-37

Then King David said,
“Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.”
And they came into the king’s presence.

The king said to them,
“Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule,
and bring him down to Gihon.

“Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel,
and blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’

“Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne and be king in my place; for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.”

Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said,
“Amen! Thus may the LORD, the God of my lord the king, say.

“As the LORD has been with my lord the king, so may He be with Solomon,
and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David!”

David gave the process/procedure for transition.
Solomon would be King.
He would be King that day.
Benaiah spoke blessings.

The procedure was executed…

1 Ki 1:38-40

So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon.

Zadok the priest then took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon.
Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!”

All the people went up after him,
and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy,
so that the earth shook at their noise.

The people followed the true King.
The people rejoiced with great joy.
They were so loud that the earth shook at the noise!

Such is the joy found in following the way of the Lord.

May we do so.

The Word: Episode 0660 Titus 3:12-15

“I Will Do It Today”

November 29, 2018

“I Will Do It Today”

Blessings folk!

Nathan had a plan for approaching King David.

We saw it yesterday.

Let’s see how it goes…

1 Ki 1:15-31

So Bathsheba went in to the king in the bedroom.
Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering to the king.

Then Bathsheba bowed and prostrated herself before the king.
And the king said, “What do you wish?”

She said to him,
“My lord, you swore to your maidservant by the LORD your God, saying,
‘Surely your son Solomon shall be king after me and he shall sit on my throne.’

“Now, behold, Adonijah is king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know it.

“He has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the sons of the king and Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army,
but he has not invited Solomon your servant.

“As for you now, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you,
to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.

“Otherwise it will come about, as soon as my lord the king sleeps with his fathers,
that I and my son Solomon will be considered offenders.”

Behold, while she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet came in.

They told the king, saying, “Here is Nathan the prophet.” And when he came in before the king, he prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground.

Then Nathan said,
“My lord the king, have you said, ‘Adonijah shall be king after me,
and he shall sit on my throne’?

“For he has gone down today and has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons and the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest, and behold, they are eating and drinking before him; and they say, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’

“But me, even me your servant,and Zadok the priest and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and your servant Solomon, he has not invited.

“Has this thing been done by my lord the king, and you have not shown to your servants who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”

Then King David said, “Call Bathsheba to me.”
And she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king.

The king vowed and said, “As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress,

surely as I vowed to you by the LORD the God of Israel, saying, ‘Your son Solomon shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place’; I will indeed do so this day.”

Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground, and prostrated herself before the king and said, “May my lord King David live forever.”

Nathan and Bathsheba had been wise in approaching the King.
Not manipulative.
They knew the situation.
They knew their King.

When David learned of the situation he acted immediately.
He declare that Solomon would be King as promised.
He would do the deed that day.

The Word: Episode 0659 Titus 3:9-10

“Nathan Plans…”

November 28, 2018

“Nathan Plans…”

Blessings folk!

King David was dying.

His family was manipulating as to who would be the heir.

Adonijah had built a coalition and was sacrificing…a show of intent and strength.

Nathan, Beneniah, the mighty men and Solomon had been excluded.

Nathan knew that trouble was afoot.
He developed a plan.

1 Ki 1:11-14

Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it?

“So now come,
please let me give you counsel and save your life and the life of your son Solomon.

“Go at once to King David and say to him,
‘Have you not, my lord, O king, sworn to your maidservant, saying,
“Surely Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne”?
Why then has Adonijah become king?’

“Behold, while you are still there speaking with the king,
I will come in after you and confirm your words.”

The plan was simple.

Nathan warned Bathsheba.
Adonijah had declared himself king and some of the people were following.
This would likely result in the execution of Bathsheba and Solomon - get rid of rivals.

Nathan wanted Bathsheba to approach David and remind him of an apparent previous agreement they had that Solomon would be King.
Then she was to question why Ajonijah was king.

Nathan would come in during the conversation and confirm it all.

As the Lord had told David, the sword would not depart from his family.

…to be continued…

The Word: Episode 0658 Titus 3:5-8


November 27, 2018


Blessings folk!

David was aged.
David was dying.
His servants had brought in a beautiful virgin to nurse him.

But more was going on behind the scenes.

Who would become King?

Intrigue continued…read as the story develops…

1Ki 1:5-10

Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.”
So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen with fifty men to run before him.

His father had never crossed him at any time by asking, “Why have you done so?”
And he was also a very handsome man, and he was born after Absalom.

He had conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest;
and following Adonijah they helped him.

But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.

Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth,
which is beside En-rogel; and he invited all his brothers, the king’s sons,
and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants.

But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, and Solomon his brother.

Adonijah was a son of David - the fourth.
He was handsome.
He decided that he should be king.
He exalted himself.

Did you note this phrase…”His father (David) had never crossed him at any time…”
David’s great failure in life was with his family.
Apparently, he did not discipline his children.
This cost him dearly.

Adonijah gathered a group of chariots and horsemen to “run before him.”
He recruited Joab and Abiathar.
They sided with him.

But, many did not side with him…Zadok, Benaiah, Nathan, Shimei, Rei and the might men.

Still Adonijah pressed on.

He held a time of sacrifice and invited everyone…well, nearly everyone.
Nathan, Benaiah, the might men and Solomon were excluded.

The lines were being drawn.
Sides were taken.

All as the King laid dying.
David knew not of this.

Who was the rightful heir?
We have already seen hints…declarations.

…to be continued…

The Word: Episode 0657 Titus 3:1-5


November 26, 2018


Blessings folk!

We have taken an extended detour in our time together to study some of what the Word reveals of the life of David.

Most of our time has been spent in the writings of 1, 2 Samuel.

There are other details in varied cross-references/accounts (1, 2 Chronicles, etc.), but we have seen much of what the Lord has revealed.

Now, we wind down the life of David…

1 Kings 1:1-4

Now King David was old, advanced in age;
and they covered him with clothes,
but he could not keep warm.

So his servants said to him, “Let them seek a young virgin for my lord the king,
and let her attend the king and become his nurse; and let her lie in your bosom,
that my lord the king may keep warm.”

So they searched for a beautiful girl throughout all the territory of Israel,
and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

The girl was very beautiful;
and she became the king’s nurse and served him,
but the king did not cohabit with her.

David was old, advanced in age.

His body was wearing down.
He was cold.
Some of us relate.

David’s servants were concerned.

What was the solution?
There were no electric blankets…

They sought out a young, beautiful virgin to nurse and serve David.
She attended to him.
She snuggled with him and kept him warm.
David did not “know/cohabit” with her.

Her name was Abishag the Shunammmite.

She will continue to be important in the account.

The Word: Episode 0656 Titus 3:1-2

“Costly Offering”

November 25, 2018

“Costly Offering”

Blessings folk!

We continue the account from

2 Sa 24:18-25

So Gad came to David that day and said to him,
“Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”

David went up according to the word of Gad, just as the LORD had commanded.

Araunah looked down and saw the king and his servants crossing over toward him;
and Araunah went out and bowed his face to the ground before the king.

Then Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”
And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the LORD,
that the plague may be held back from the people.”

Araunah said to David,
“Let my lord the king take and offer up what is good in his sight.
Look, the oxen for the burnt offering,
the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood.

“Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king.”
And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.”

However, the king said to Araunah,
“No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price,
for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing.”
So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

The prophet Gad came to David with instructions.
David was to build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah.

David went according to the Word of the Lord.
David went as the Lord commanded.

Araunah questioned as to why the King had come.
King David told him…
- to buy a threshing floor from him
- to build and altar to the Lord
- so that the plague would be held back

Araunah offered all that was needed…
- oxen
- land
- wood

Araunah gave it all free to David.
Araunah spoke blessing over David.

David refused the free offering.
A true offering has a price associated with it.
He would not bring offerings that cost Him nothing.

Nor should we…

David built the altar.
David offered the sacrifices.

The Lord was moved by prayer for the land.
The plague was held back.

May the Lord do with

The Word: Episode 0655 Titus 2:11-15

“The Choice”

November 24, 2018

“The Choice”

Blessings folk!

David had sinned by numbering the people.
David repented.
The Lord sent His Word to David.

This is interesting…intriguing…look for the basic principles for us…

2 Sa 24:11-17

When David arose in the morning,
the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying,

“Go and speak to David, ‘Thus the LORD says,
“I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”’”

So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him,
“Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land?
Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you?
Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land?
Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.”

Then David said to Gad,
“I am in great distress.
Let us now fall into the hand of the LORD for His mercies are great,
but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time,
and seventy thousand men of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.

When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it,
the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people,
“It is enough! Now relax your hand!”
And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was striking down the people, and said, “Behold, it is I who have sinned, and it is I who have done wrong; but these sheep, what have they done? Please let Your hand be against me and against my father’s house.”


God gave David three choices…of punishment, of fruit of his sin.
1 - seven years of famine
2 - three month of fleeing before his foes
3 - three days of pestilence

David was in great distress.
Which did he chose?

He chose the three days of pestilence.
He tells us why…”let us fall into the hand of the Lord because His mercy is great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

Remember what brought David to this point.
He numbered his people because there was a threat by an enemy.
He trusted the number of his army rather than the Lord.

Famine would have resulted in trusting in man for food.
Fleeing from a foe would be man’s pursuit.
Resting/trusting in God who would bring pestilence was his choice.

The pestilence was devastating.
The numbered people were reduced by 70,000.
The Angel of the Lord struck the people/sheep.
The Angel was about to strike Jerusalem when the Lord relented from the calamity.
(The Word is clear. Do not let anyone deceive you. The Lord brings calamity)

When David saw what was happening to the people/“sheep” he cried to the Lord declaring that it was he who had sinned, not the people.
David asked that the hand of the Lord be against him/his, his father’s house.

We will see the balance of the account tomorrow.

For today, learn/live the principle.
When in distress, trust not in your ability.
Trust in the Lord.
His mercies are great.

The Word: Episode 0654 Titus 2:9-10


November 23, 2018


Blessings folk!

After David numbered the people his heart troubled him.

He knew what he had done.
He had responded to a threat in the fear of man rather than the fear of God.
He prepared to trust in his resources rather than trusting in God.
He had not sought the Lord.
He had sinned greatly in what he did.

But now, he asked the Lord to remove the iniquity.
He acknowledged that he was a servant of God.
He acknowledged that he had acted foolishly.

2 Sa 24:10
Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people.
So David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done.
But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”

What was God’s response?

We will see tomorrow.

As for today, know this.

The Lord sent His Word through His prophet…

2 Sa 24:11
When David arose in the morning,
the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying,

The Word of the Lord.
It will be righteous.
It will be just.
It will be correct.

That does not mean comfortable…

The Word: Episode 0653 Titus 2:6-8

“Give Thanks - His Love Endures Forever“

November 22, 2018

“Give Thanks - His Love Endures Forever“

Blessings folk!


A day when even the world (at least in the united States) acknowledge the need to “give thanks”.

Of course, the problem is that for “thanks” to be given there must be a recipient.

Here the world is unclear.

Some “give thanks” to “nature”.
Some “give thanks” to “gaia”.
Some “give thanks” to…
The list could go on.

It is clear to Whom thanks goes.

A couple of Sundays ago one of my grandchildren ask me a great question.
“How do you know God is real?”

The book of Romans in the Bible tells us.
It declares that there is an inward testimony within every person that God is real.
It declares that there is an outward testimony of creation that God is real.

Rom 1:18-20

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

because that which is known about God is
evident within them;
for God made it evident to them.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,
being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

The wrath of God is revealed against ungodliness and unrighteousness, especially those who suppress the truth.


Because God has made it evident within them.

Every person knows that God exist.
He has made it evident within them.

Then, creation testifies.
Give close heed to the last verse.

Since the creation of the world…so the world was created…it did not evolve.

Since then…
God’s invisible attributes…
God’s eternal power…
God’s divine nature…the Authorized translation is much better…”Godhead”…
All have been clearly seen being understood through what has been made.

Therefore, man is without excuse.
There is an inward testimony of evidence God has placed.
There is the outward testimony of creation.

So, man can not say “I do not believe there is a God” or “God does not exist”.
They know.
They are without excuse.

They simply refuse to honor and give thanks to God.

The next verse confirms…

Rom 1:21

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks,
but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Refusal to honor God or to give thanks to God leads to futile speculations and a foolish, darkened heart.

Rom 1:22
Professing to be wise, they became fools,

Fools who think they are wise.

Such is the norm in the world.

More could and should be said.

For today, give thanks to the Lord.

Use Psalm 136…


1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
4 to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
7 who made the great lights–
His love endures forever.
8 the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.
13 to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.
16 to him who led his people through the desert,
His love endures forever.
17 who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings–
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan–
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to his servant Israel;
His love endures forever.
23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies,
His love endures forever.
25 and who gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

The Word: Episode 0652 Titus 2:4-5

“God? Satan?”

November 21, 2018

“God? Satan?”

Blessings folk!

David had ordered the people to be numbered.
The report came back - 9 months and 20 days later.

David’s response?

2 Sa 24:10

Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people.
So David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done.
But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”

Why would David’s heart be troubled?
Why would David say that he had sinned?
Had not the Lord initiated the numbering?


2 Sa 24:1

Now again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel,
and it incited David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.”

This account is a good example of why it is important to know the totality of the Word related to a matter.


1 Ch 21:1

Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.

Well that is interesting.

One passage says God initiated.
The other says that Satan moved David.

Which is correct?

Both are.

“Satan” is often translated as a proper name in the English Old Testament.
That gives a skewed understanding.
“Satan” is a Hebrew word meaning “adversary”

What likely happened is this.

The Lord was angry with Israel.
He raised up an adversary (“satan&rdquoWinking against Israel.
David was fearful.
Rather than trusting in the Lord, He sought to number (remember the word also means “muster&rdquoWinking the people.
He was placing his trust in the number of soldiers he had rather than in God.
He committed iniquity.
He acted foolishly.

Ah, now it is beginning to make sense!

Joab and the military commanders tried get David to see this.

He refused.

Now he sees.
Now he repents.
All is well the Lord will forgive.

Yes, the Lord forgives.
But, sometimes…there is fruit to be borne due to our sin…

Wait until you see this…

Do not act foolishly.
Trust in the Lord.

The Word: Episode 0651 Titus 2:1-4a


November 20, 2018


Blessings folk!

The anger of the Lord burned against Israel.
God’s anger incited David against Israel…he decided to number (count) Israel.
Joab and the military commanders knew it was wrong.
Joab questioned.
David stood fast.
The military went forth to number (some translations say “muster&rdquoWinking the people.

The account continues…

2 Sa 24:5-9

They crossed the Jordan and camped in Aroer,
on the right side of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad and toward Jazer.

Then they came to Gilead and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi,
and they came to Dan-jaan and around to Sidon,

and came to the fortress of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites and of the Canaanites,
and they went out to the south of Judah, to Beersheba.

So when they had gone about through the whole land,
they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.

And Joab gave the number of the registration of the people to the king;
and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword,
and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

This was a time-consuming, meticulously planned event.
It took 9 month and 20 days… 290 days.
Are the number of days significant?
I believe all that the Lord has given us in His Word is significant.
Do I know what the significance is?
Not at the moment… Happy

We see the staging areas.
They went forth and counted the men.

The outcome?
There were 800,000 valiant men who drew the sword in Israel.
There were 500,000 in Judah.
Interesting in that Israel consisted of ten tribes while Judah consisted of two…

King David received the information.
His response?
We will see tomorrow.
As we have previously preemptively stated, it is not good…

…to be continued..

The Word: Episode 0649 Titus 1:13-16


November 18, 2018


Blessings folk!

Now, for the list of the balance of “The 30”

Don’t just skim.

Take a moment and read the names aloud.

It is not so important to pronounce correctly.
It is important to take time to allow the Spirit to speak to us.

2 Sa 23:24-39

Asahel the brother of Joab was among the thirty;
Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin,

Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite,

Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite,
Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor bearers of Joab the son of Zeruiah,

Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

Uriah the Hittite; thirty-seven in all.

We see individuals.
We see people groups.
We see roles/functions.
Yes, these are important.
Likely more important for Israel, but important none the less.

It is beyond the scope of this format, but much is to be learned/gleaned from following the names of people in the Word.

Give heed.

The Word: Episode 0648 Titus 1:7-13


November 17, 2018


Blessings folk!

The next several verses give us insight into the Mighty Men…detail about some, names of all.

2 Sa 23:20-23

Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel,
who had done mighty deeds, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab.
He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.

He killed an Egyptian, an impressive man.
Now the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but he went down to him with a club and snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.

These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did,
and had a name as well as the three mighty men.

He was honored among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three.
And David appointed him over his guard.

Mighty men do mighty deeds.
They kill the enemy.
They kill animal threats.
They do not back down even when “out-weaponed”.
They do deeds of honor.

Benaiah was such a man, though he did not attain to the three.
Mighty none the less.

David appointed him over his guard…protector.

We, as True Believers, are empowered to do mighty deeds.
We are Mighty Men in the Spirit.
Live as such.

The Word: Episode 0647 Titus 1:5-10

“Abishai: Commander of the 30”

November 16, 2018

“Abishai: Commander of the 30”

Blessings folk!

The next two verses give us some additional insight into the “Mighty Men”.

There were 30 Mighty Men.
There were 3 “mightier” then the 30.
Were they part of the 30 or were they in addition?
Uncertain at the moment…

The 30 had a leader…

2 Sa 23:18-19

Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty.
And he swung his spear against three hundred and killed them,
and had a name as well as the three.

He was most honored of the thirty, therefore he became their commander;
however, he did not attain to the three.

Abishai…you remember him from previous Scripture…was the chief of the the 30.
He killed 300 at one time, apparently alone.
He “had a name as well as the three”…but he did not attain to the three.
He was the most honored of the 30.
He was the commander of the 30.

Yet, he did not attain to the three.

Sounds like “the three” are outside the 30.

More to come…

The Word: Episode 0646 Titus 1:5-10

“Craving Water”

November 15, 2018

“Craving Water”

Blessings folk!

2 Samuel 23 gives us insight into the Mighty Men of David.

These verses “flash-back” to an earlier time.

2 Sa 23:13-17

Then three of the thirty chief men went down and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam, while the troop of the Philistines was camping in the valley of Rephaim.

David was then in the stronghold, while the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!”

So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David.
Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;

and he said, “Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this.
Shall I drink the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?”
Therefore he would not drink it.
These things the three mighty men did.

David was at the cave in Adullam…fleeing from the King…Saul…his father-in-law.
The Philistines were in the Vally of Rephaim…Giants.

This is important…David had a craving.
Ever had a craving?
They will often get us in trouble.
Craving…food, material things, power, passion, etc. etc.

David was craving a drink of cool water from the well of Bethlehem.
He vocalized his craving.

What did the three might men do?
They went and fetched the water.
They broke through the camp of the Philistines.
They drew the water.
They took the water.
They brought the water to David.

What did David do?
He did not drink it.
He poured it out to the Lord.

He did not want to “drink the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives” to get the water.

David offered it unto the Lord…I think as a sin offering.

David realized that his selfish craving could have cost them their lives.
He realized that he needed to be careful in what he spoke.

These were they type of things the Mighty Men did.

The Lord has empowered every true believer to be a “Mighty Man” in the Spirit.

Are we living as such?

The Word: Episode 0645 Titus 1:5-6a

“Mighty Men”

November 14, 2018

“Mighty Men”

Blessings folk!

The balance of 2 Samuel 23 yet to be examined is often “skipped over”, likely due to the listing of names strange to our ears.

This is unfortunate.

There is much to be gleaned here.
Much that I have yet to see.

I’ve been “work’n on” this subject for a number of years…still in beginning stages.

Read the passage…there is more to come.

Look for “Mighty Men”.
That is the subject that has arrested my attention for years.

Look at what individual men did.
Look at why.
Note the situation.

2 Sa 23:8-12

These are the names of the mighty men whom David had:
Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains, he was called Adino the Eznite, because of eight hundred slain by him at one time;

and after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite,
one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there to battle and the men of Israel had withdrawn.

He arose and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword,
and the LORD brought about a great victory that day;
and the people returned after him only to strip the slain.

Now after him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite.
And the Philistines were gathered into a troop where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines.

But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines;
and the LORD brought about a great victory.

Josheb-basshebeth/Adino - chief of captains, killed 800 at one time by himself.

Eleazar, one of the three mighty men…there were three above the thirty…he killed/defeated Philistines…after the other men of Israel had withdrawn.

Shammah, defended a plot of lentils and struck down the Philistines.

Note the repeated phrase “the Lord brought about a great victory”.

It is the Lord that was victorious through them.
It is the Lord that is victorious through us.

May we be as Adino, Eleasar and Shammah.

The Word: Episode 0643 Titus 1:1-4

“An Everlasting Covenant”

November 13, 2018

“An Everlasting Covenant”

Blessings folk!

The last words of David continue to declare the wonder and glory of God…

2 Sa 23:5-7

“Truly is not my house so with God?
For He has made an everlasting covenant with me,
Ordered in all things, and secured;
For all my salvation and all my desire,
Will He not indeed make it grow?

“But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns,
Because they cannot be taken in hand;

But the man who touches them
Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear,
And they will be completely burned with fire in their place.”

God had granted David his “house”.
The Lord had made an everlasting covenant with him.
Ordered in all things.
For David’s salvation.
For David’s desires.
The Lord will cause it to grow.

We as believers have the same in the Lord.
The new covenant of salvation is an everlasting covenant.
It is ordered in the Lord.
It is secure to true believers.
It is for our salvation and desires. The Lord will cause it to grow.

The worthless?
They will be thrust away like thorns.
Everyone of them.
They must be handled properly, so that harm will not come.
Yet, they will be completely burned with fire in their place.

The Lord will deal with the wicked.
He did so for David.
He will do so for us.

James Lesson 10

James Lesson 10

The Word: Episode 0643 Titus 1:1-4

“He Who Rules...”

November 12, 2018

“He Who Rules...”

Blessings folk!

We begin to look at the last words of David…

2 Sa 23:2-4

“The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.

“The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me,
‘He who rules over men righteously,
Who rules in the fear of God,

Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
When the tender grass springs out of the earth,
Through sunshine after rain.’

David declares that the Spirit of the Lord had spoke by him…through him.
The Lord’s Word was upon David’s tongue.
The God of Israel…
The Rock of Israel spoke to David.

The Lord spoke of ruling righteously over men and ruling in the fear of God.

Such a ruler is…

  • as the light of the morning when the sun rises
  • as a morning without clouds
  • as when the tender grass springs out of the earth
  • as sunshine after the rain

The Spirit of the Lord revealed to David how he was to reign.

The Spirit of the Lord reveals to us how we are to live.
Are we doing so?
Are we shining as light in the darkness?
Are we the salt of the earth?

Begin with yourself.
Rule yourself righteously.
Rule yourself in the fear of God.

The Word: Episode 0642 2 Timothy 4:19-22

“Last Words of David”

November 11, 2018

“Last Words of David”

Blessings folk!

The next verse in the account of David’s life in 2 Samuel is interesting.

It describes David.
It also has a timing element.

2 Sa 23:1

Now these are the last words of David.
David the son of Jesse declares,
The man who was raised on high declares,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel,

What we will be reading are the last words of David.
David, the son of Jesse.

David was the man who was raised on high.
David was anointed of God.
David, the sweet psalmist of Israel.

How would you be described when your last days arrive?

The Word: Episode 0641 2 Timothy 4:14-18

“Tower of Deliverance”

November 10, 2018

“Tower of Deliverance”

Blessings folk!

David continues his song of praise to the Lord and closes with these thoughts…

2 Sa 22:50-51

“Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the nations,
And I will sing praises to Your name.

“He is a tower of deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forever.”

In light of all that David had recounted and declared..

Therefore, he gave thanks to the Lord.
He did so among the nations.
He sang praises to His name.

Do you believe the truths that David declared of the Lord?
The Lord is a Tower of Deliverance.
The Lord shows lovingkindness to His anointed.

The Lord did so to David and his descendants forever.

The Lord does so for those who believe today…Jew/Gentile, free/slave, male/female, etc.


The Word: Episode 0640 2 Timothy 4:9-13

“God of the Rock”

November 9, 2018

“God of the Rock”

Blessings folk!

David continues to praise the Lord in song.

Note carefully all that is revealed in the verses that the Lord did for David.

2 Sa 22:47-49

“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,

The God who executes vengeance for me,
And brings down peoples under me,

Who also brings me out from my enemies;
You even lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.

David declares that the Lord lives.
He is not just “some fantasy god”.
He is real.
He is alive.

David blesses the Lord.
He declares that the Lord is his Rock, the Rock of his salvation.
David exalts the Lord.

  • the God who executes vengeance for David…and us
  • the God who brings down people under David
  • the God who delivers from enemies
  • the God who lifts us up above those who rise against us
  • the God who rescue from the violent

The Lord did all this for David.
The Lord was his Rock.

He will do the same for those who believe, who call upon Him, who are truly saved.

Have you believed…truly?
If so, rejoice, He will do battle for you.
He is our Rock.

James - Lesson 9

James Lesson 9

The Word Episode 0639 2 Timothy 4:1-8

“The Contentions of My People”

November 8, 2018

“The Contentions of My People”

Blessings folk!

David continues his song of thanks and praise to the Lord.

The Lord had delivered David from his enemies.

The Lord also delivered David from another group…

2 Sa 22:44-46

“You have also delivered me from the contentions of my people;
You have kept me as head of the nations;
A people whom I have not known serve me.

“Foreigners pretend obedience to me;
As soon as they hear, they obey me.

“Foreigners lose heart,
And come trembling out of their fortresses.

The Lord delivered David from the contentions of his own people.
Enemies without.
Enemies within.

“Contentions” refers to strife, quarrels, disputes, controversies and the like.

The Lord was the one who kept David is the position of leadership - leader over the nation.

David acknowledges that there are people not known to him who now serve him.
People who were not “his” people.
They “pretend obedience” to David.
When David speaks, they jump to obedience.

Foreigners lose heart at the sight of David and his people.
They come out of their fortresses trembling.
They surrender and submit to David.

All by the hand of the Lord.
All by the power of the Lord.
All by the might of the Lord.
The Lord does it all.

David knew this.
This is the source of his song of praise.

Do we know?
Do we rejoice likewise?

The Word: Episode 0638 2 Timothy 4:1-4

“Victory Over the Enemy”

November 7, 2018

“Victory Over the Enemy”

Blessings folk!

David continues to praise the Lord, especially related to the Lord giving him victory over his enemies…

2 Sa 22:40-42
“For You have girded me with strength for battle;
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

“You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me,
And I destroyed those who hated me.

“They looked, but there was none to save;
Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.

“Then I pulverized them as the dust of the earth;
I crushed and stamped them as the mire of the streets.

Look at what the Lord did for David…and what He will do for us…

Strengthen us for battle.
Subdue those who rise against us.
Cause the enemy to flee.
Confuse the enemy.
Refuse to listen to the enemy…even when they call upon the Him.

David was victorious.
He destroyed the enemy.
He pulverized the enemy.
He crushed and stamped them as the muck and mire of the street.

We are victorious.
We are victorious in the Lord.
Allow Him to do what He desires.
It will be for our good.

The Word: Episode 0637 2 Timothy 4:1-2

“Protection and Victory Over the Enemy”

November 6, 2018

“Protection and Victory Over the Enemy”

Blessings folk!

We saw a great statement from David yesterday.
The Lord is the one who trains our hand/fingers for battle.
Continue to think on that…

We press on in David’s song unto the Lord…

2 Sa 22:36-39

“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,
And Your help makes me great.

“You enlarge my steps under me,
And my feet have not slipped.

“I pursued my enemies and destroyed them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed.

“And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise;
And they fell under my feet.

The Lord protects us…he has given us the shield of His salvation.
The Lord exalts us…by His help.
The Lord enlarges our steps under us…He keeps our steps steady.
The Lord empowers us to…
- pursue enemies
- destroy enemies
- consume enemies
- devour enemies
- shatter enemies

All if we rest and trust in Him rather than in ourself and our ability.

So, in what/who do you trust?
What is your source of strength?
What is your protection?

Anything other than the Lord will fail and is reflective of a lack of faith.

Choose well.

The Word: Episode 0636 2 Timothy 3:13-17

“The Lord Trains My Hands”

November 5, 2018

“The Lord Trains My Hands”

Blessings folk!

David continues to praise the Lord.

Read what the Lord had done for David…and what He will do for us…

2 Sa 22:34-35

“He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me on my high places.

“He trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

The Lord makes us leap about as a playful deer.
The Lord sets us/exalts us on high places.
The Lord trains our hands for battle.
The Lord strengthens us.
The Lord equips us for battle.

The Lord mentions training our hands for battle in a couple of other places in the Word.
Here is one…

Psa 144:1
A Psalm of David

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle;

Every true believer is trained and equipped by the Lord.
He trains our hands for war, our fingers for battle, if we allow.

We are in a battle.
We are not alone.

The Lord is our strength and our portion forever.

Turn to Him.
Rest in Him.
Trust Him,
Let Him train you.

The Word: Episode 0635 2 Timothy 3:10-12

“The Lord Is Our Fortress”

November 4, 2018

“The Lord Is Our Fortress”

Blessings folk!!

Hear the truth that David is proclaiming through this song of praise unto the Lord.

2 Sa 22:32-33

“For who is God, besides the LORD?
And who is a rock, besides our God?
“God is my strong fortress;
And He sets the blameless in His way.

Rejoice in these simple, life-changing truths.

God is God.
The Lord is God.
The Lord is the only True Rock.
The Lord God is our strong fortress…nothing else.
The Lord sets the blameless in His way.

Why live in the flesh?

Live blameless in the strength and power of the Lord!

The Word: Episode 0634 2 Timothy 3:6-9

“You Are My Lamp”

November 3, 2018

“You Are My Lamp”

Blessings folk!

We continue through the song of praise David lifted unto the Lord.

The question for us today is this…
“Who is the Lord to you?”

2 Sa 22:29-31

“For You are my lamp, O LORD;
And the LORD illumines my darkness.

“For by You I can run upon a troop;
By my God I can leap over a wall.

“As for God, His way is blameless;
The word of the LORD is tested;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

David declared that the Lord was…

  • His lamp, illuminating the darkness
  • His strength, whereby he was victorious of a troop of enemies…literally “run through”, he could leap over a wall

David declared that the way of the Lord is blameless.
The Word of the Lord is tested.

The Lord is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Who lights your path?
From where is your strength derived?
Whose word guides you?
Who is your shield?
Who is your refuge?

Sadly, for most…even professing “christians”…it is something else other than the Lord.

Such should not be.

The Word: Episode 0633 2 Timothy 3:1-6

“With the…”

November 2, 2018

“With the…”

Blessings folk!

The Lord had recompensed David according to his righteousness.

David continues the thought…

2 Sa 22:26-28

“With the kind You show Yourself kind,
With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;

With the pure You show Yourself pure,
And with the perverted You show Yourself astute.

“And You save an afflicted people;
But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You abase.

The Lord is kind to the kind.
The Lord will be blameless before those who are blameless.
The Lord will be pure with the pure.
The Lord knows how to deal with the perverted.
The Lord saves an afflicted people.

All this is juxtaposed to the haughty.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the haughty…

  • those exalted in their own eyes
  • those that view themselves above others

The Lord abases the haughty.

David had not been haughty.
Far from it.
But David sought the heart of the Lord and the Lord delivered him.

David therefore sang this song of praise to the Most High.

Rejoice in this.
The Lord will do the same for us.

Be not haughty.

The Word: Episode 0632 2 Timothy 3:1-5

“I Have…”

November 1, 2018

“I Have…”

Blessings folk!

The Lord had rewarded David according to his righteousness.

The following verses provide more insight…

2 Sa 22:21-25

“The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

“For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
And have not acted wickedly against my God.

“For all His ordinances were before me,
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.

“I was also blameless toward Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.

“Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness before His eyes.

David had kept the ways of the Lord.
David had not acted wickedly against his God.
David kept God’s ordinances before him.
David did not depart from the statutes of the Lord.
David was blameless toward the Lord.
David kept himself from iniquity.

Because of all this, the Lord recompensed David according to his righteousness.
According to David’s cleanness before God’s eyes.

Was David “perfect”?
Was David without sin?
But his heart was toward God.

Do we…

  • Keep the ways of the Lord…or the ways of man?
  • Act wickedly?
  • Keep His statutes…know His statutes?
  • Keep ourselves from iniquity?

We should.
We must.