September 2018

The Word: Episode 0599 1 Timothy 4:11-14

“Well’s Mouth”

September 30, 2018

“Well’s Mouth”

Blessings folk!

Extreme danger was afoot as Absalom took the throne of his father David.

Remember how David had left people behind to provide information for him?


2 Sa 17:15-20

Then Hushai said to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests,
“This is what Ahithophel counseled Absalom and the elders of Israel,
and this is what I have counseled.

“Now therefore, send quickly and tell David, saying,
‘Do not spend the night at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means cross over,
or else the king and all the people who are with him will be destroyed.’”

Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En-rogel, and a maidservant would go and tell them, and they would go and tell King David, for they could not be seen entering the city.

But a lad did see them and told Absalom; so the two of them departed quickly and came to the house of a man in Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard, and they went down into it.

And the woman took a covering and spread it over the well’s mouth and scattered grain on it, so that nothing was known.

Then Absalom’s servants came to the woman at the house and said,
“Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?”
And the woman said to them, “They have crossed the brook of water.”
And when they searched and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

Hushai, good guy, told Zadok and Abiathar the priests, good guys, the counsel Absalom received.

Zadok and Abiathar then sent their sons, Jonath and Ahimaaz, good guys, to tell David.

As per David’s instruction and plan.

They were careful, yet they were still seen by a young boy.

The boy told Absalom.

Jonathan and Ahimaaz fled.
They hid in a well, aided by a woman.
She covered the well and spread grain over the covering…making it appear as if the well cover had not been moved.

The woman told Absalom’s servants who were seeking the men that “they have crossed the brook of water.”

An expedient lie?

Well…pun intended…they were “crossing the brook of water” while they were in the well. Happy Happy
She also inferred that they had gone over to David’s side.

Misdirection and misinformation is a tactic in war.

We are in the beginning of such days.

Know who you believe.
Know who you trust.

Fear not!
It is gonna get worse…much worse.

The Word: Episode 0598 1 Timothy 4:7-12

“Conflicting Counsel”

September 29, 2018

“Conflicting Counsel”

Blessings folk!

Absalom had counsel.

There is nothing wrong with that.

The Word tells us so…

Pro 11:14
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

But, there was something going on with Absalom’s counsel.

Read and see…

2Sa 17:1-14

Furthermore, Ahithophel said to Absalom,
“Please let me choose 12,000 men that I may arise and pursue David tonight.

“I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king alone,

and I will bring back all the people to you. 
The return of everyone depends on the man you seek; then all the people will be at peace.”

So the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Then Absalom said, “Now call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he has to say.”

When Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom said to him, “Ahithophel has spoken thus.
Shall we carry out his plan? If not, you speak.”

So Hushai said to Absalom, “This time the advice that Ahithophel has given is not good.”

Moreover, Hushai said,
“You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men and they are fierce, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. And your father is an expert in warfare, and will not spend the night with the people.

“Behold, he has now hidden himself in one of the caves or in another place; and it will be when he falls on them at the first attack, that whoever hears it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’

“And even the one who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will completely lose heart; for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and those who are with him are valiant men.

“But I counsel that all Israel be surely gathered to you, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea in abundance, and that you personally go into battle.

“So we shall come to him in one of the places where he can be found, and we will fall on him as the dew falls on the ground; and of him and of all the men who are with him, not even one will be left.

“If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it into the valley until not even a small stone is found there.”

Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the LORD might bring calamity on Absalom.

Sure, Absalom received conflicting counsel.
That is not unusual.
That is actually the purpose of varied counsel…give options.

Ahithophel’s plan pleased the king and the elders.

Still the king sought the counsel of Hushai.

Hushai gave insight.

Both counsels were “correct” in their assessment.

But, did you notice the difference?

The Lord had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Ahithophel.

Absalom and the men of Israel declared Hushai’s counsel better.

The mind of the Lord…though they did not know it.

We must do likewise.

Though we receive much good counsel, what is the mind of the Lord?

That we must have.

Rom 11:34

 1Co 2:16
But we have the mind ofChrist.

The Word: Episode 1 Timothy 4:7-8


September 28, 2018


Blessings folk!

Remember David’s sin with Bathsheba?
He was on his roof and saw her taking a bath on her roof.

Remember how God had told him that he had done these things secretly, but God would do something publicly?

2 Sa 12:11-12

“Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household;
I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion,
and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight.

‘Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.’”

Remember how David left his concubines behind?

2 Sa 15:16

So the king went out and all his household with him.
But the king left ten concubines to keep the house.

Watch how the Word of the Lord is fulfilled…

2 Sa 16:20-23

Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your advice. What shall we do?”

Ahithophel said to Absalom,
“Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to keep the house;
then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself odious to your father.
The hands of all who are with you will also be strengthened.”

So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof,
and Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

The advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one inquired of the word of God; so was all the advice of Ahithophel regarded by both David and Absalom.

Absalom took his father’s concubines.
All Israel saw it.
They knew what it meant.
He was claiming the Kingdom…and more.
A brazen act.

Ahithophel’s counsel appears to give the advice of the Lord…the Lord did say that He would be the one who did this.

Power perverts.

The Word: Episode 1 Timothy 4:4-5

“Where Is Your Loyalty?”

September 27, 2018

“Where Is Your Loyalty?”

Blessings folk!

Absalom now enters Jerusalem.

David was gone.

But, David was not without sources…as planned…

2 Sa 16:15-19

Then Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, entered Jerusalem,
and Ahithophel with him.

Now it came about when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, came to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”

Absalom said to Hushai,
“Is this your loyalty to your friend?
Why did you not go with your friend?”

Then Hushai said to Absalom,
“No! For whom the LORD, this people, and all the men of Israel have chosen,
his I will be, and with him I will remain.

“Besides, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son?
As I have served in your father’s presence, so I will be in your presence.”

Absalom, all the people and the men of Israel entered Jerusalem.
Ahithophel was with him.

Hushai, David’s friend, came to Absalom and declared “long live the king, long live the king!”

Absalom was uncertain.
He smelled a rat. Happy
He questioned Hushai’s loyalty.
Was he with David?
Was he with him?

Hushai declared “no…whom the Lord, this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be and with him I will remain?

Absalom would assume Hushai spoke of him.
I suspect Hushai meant David.
Subterfuge was at hand.
Hushai knew that the Lord had chosen David, not Absalom.

Hushai stated that he would serve.
He would serve in the presence of the son - Abaslom - in the same way that he had served in the presence of the father - David.

Of course the question begs to be asked - service who?

Was Hushai serving the Most High God by serving David by advising Absalom?

I think so.

Who do you serve?
For what purpose?

The Word: Episode 0595 1 Timothy 4:2-3

“Shemei Cursing”

September 26, 2018

“Shemei Cursing”

Blessings folk!

What do you do when people speak against you?
What do you do when people curse you?
What do you do when people “throw things at you”?

We have an interesting example of such in the continued story of David fleeing Jerusalem.


2 Sa 16:5-14

When King David came to Bahurim, behold, there came out from there a man of the family of the house of Saul whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera;
he came out cursing continually as he came.

He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David;
and all the people and all the mighty men were at his right hand and at his left.

Thus Shimei said when he cursed,
“Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow!

“The LORD has returned upon you all the bloodshed of the house of Saul,
in whose place you have reigned;
and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom.
And behold, you are taken in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!”

Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king,
“Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king?
Let me go over now and cut off his head.”

But the king said,
“What have I to do with you, O sons of Zeruiah?
If he curses, and if the LORD has told him, ‘Curse David,’ then who shall say,
‘Why have you done so?’”

Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants,
“Behold, my son who came out from me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him.

“Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction
and return good to me instead of his cursing this day.”

So David and his men went on the way; and Shimei went along on the hillside parallel with him and as he went he cursed and cast stones and threw dust at him.

The king and all the people who were with him arrived weary and he refreshed himself there.

Shimei was of the house of Saul.
When he saw David, he came forth cursing David and throwing stones at David.

Such was not done to the king.

Note who was with the King.
The servants.
The people.
The mighty men.

Shimei called for David to “get out”.
He called David a “man of bloodshed”.
He called David a “worthless fellow”.

Shimei told David that is was the Lord that

  • “returned upon you all the bloodshed of the house of Saul”
  • “has given your kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom”

Shimei declared that David was taking in his own evil…repeating what he had sowed.

Abishai had had enough.
He requested of the king to kill Shimei.

David’s response?

For the Lord had told him to curse.

David knew that “this Benjamite” was no serious threat.
He was simply the voice of the Lord.

David declared…
  • Let him alone
  • Let him curse
  • Perhaps the Lord would look upon David’s affliction and return good rather than cursing

David rest in the Lord.
David trusted in the Lord.
Even when the Lord sent word of cursing.
Even as Shimei followed parallel with the entourage…cursing, throwing rocks, casting dust.

As the accuser ranted, David trusted and awaited the Lord.

Do we?

The Word: Episode 0594 1 Timothy 4:1


September 25, 2018


Blessings folks!

David is fleeing from Jerusalem continues.

As we have seen, many things were happening at once.

Sides were being taken. Plans being made.
Plans being executed.
Spies being installed.

The saga continues…

2 Sa 16:1-4

Now when David had passed a little beyond the summit, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred clusters of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine.

The king said to Ziba, “Why do you have these?”
And Ziba said, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine, for whoever is faint in the wilderness to drink.”

Then the king said, “And where is your master’s son?”
And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said,
‘Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.’”

So the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.”
And Ziba said, “I prostrate myself; let me find favor in your sight, O my lord, the king!”

The plot thickens.

Remember Mephibosheth?
He was Saul’s descendant that David blessed by bringing him into the King’s presence.
David also granted him all of Saul’s land/inheritance.
Mephibosheth was lame from a childhood injury…oh yeah, him. Happy

Well, now, Mephibosheth’s servant, Ziba, was bringing David and his men sustenance and supplies.


Because he knew who the true king was.
He knew the need.
He knew the truth.

David inquired as to Mephibosheth’s location.
Mephibosheth had remained in Jerusalem.
Not because he was lame and travel was difficult.
That might be understandable.
Ziba explained.
Mephibosheth thought that the house of Israel would now restore the house of Saul to him.
He thought he would be king.

At that, King David gave Ziba, the servant, all of Mephiboseth’s possessions.

Ziba fell prostrate before David and thanked him for the favor.

This should be interesting

Are you bowing before the true King?
Or, are you worship the fake?

James Lesson 3

James Lesson 3

The Word: Episode 0593 1 Timothy 3:14-16


September 24, 2018


Blessings folk!

Remember, David is fleeing Jerusalem.
His son, Absalom, is staging a coup.

David has another encounter on the way out.
He has an idea.
Read it…

2 Sa 15:32-37

It happened as David was coming to the summit, where God was worshiped, that behold, Hushai the Archite met him with his coat torn and dust on his head.

David said to him, “If you pass over with me, then you will be a burden to me.

“But if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king;
as I have been your father’s servant in time past, so I will now be your servant,’
then you can thwart the counsel of Ahithophel for me.

“Are not Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there?
So it shall be that whatever you hear from the king’s house,
you shall report to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.

“Behold their two sons are with them there, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son and Jonathan,
Abiathar’s son; and by them you shall send me everything that you hear.”

So Hushai, David’s friend, came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

Hushai was David’s friend.
He was described that way.
He was grieving over what was happening to David.
His coat was torn.
He had dust on his head.
The traditions of mourning.

David did not want Hushai to experience the burden.

David had another idea.

He sent Hushai back to the city to serve Absalom.
To serve as he had in times past.
To thwart the counsel of Ahithophel on David’s behalf.

David told him to report to Zadok and Abiathar, priests.

Hushai was to use Zadok’s and Abithar’s sons as a source of communication.

David would have some knowledge of what was occurring in the kingdom.

Hushai agreed.
He came into the city.

Absalom also came into the city…

The Word: Episode 0592 1 Timothy 3:8-13

“Weeping, Covered, Barefoot”

September 23, 2018

“Weeping, Covered, Barefoot”

Blessings folk!

David was fleeing before Absalom.

David had just sent the Ark of the Covenant back.

Remember, he did not want to assume nor presume upon God.

Now, two details…

2 Sa 15:30-31

And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives,
and wept as he went,
and his head was covered
and he walked barefoot.

Then all the people who were with him
each covered his head
and went up weeping as they went.

Now someone told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O LORD, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolishness.”

David was departing in humility.
He wept.
His head was covered.
He walked barefoot.

He was humble before the people.
He was humble before God.
Even…especially…in times of trials and tribulation…

The people did likewise.

Such is leadership.

Sadly, most of the leadership in the Body of Christ today is not covered in humility.

Arrogance exudes everywhere.


When you do not know what is happening…what the Lord is doing…walk in humility.

Then, David was told that Ahithophel was with Absalom.
David petitioned the Lord to make the counsel of Ahithophel as foolishness.
He went to the Lord.

So must we.

The Word: Episode 0591 1 Timothy 3:8-10

“Let Him Do To Me As Seems Good To Him”

September 22, 2018

“Let Him Do To Me As Seems Good To Him”

Blessings folk!

David was fleeing Jerusalem in advance of his son Absalom’s attack.

Watch the heart of David.
He was uncertain as to why things were happening.
He refused to presume or assume upon the Lord…

2Sa 15:24-29

Now behold, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him carrying the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar came up until all the people had finished passing from the city.

The king said to Zadok, “Return the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the sight of the LORD, then He will bring me back again and show me both it and His habitation.

“But if He should say thus,
‘I have no delight in you,’ behold, here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”

The king said also to Zadok the priest,
“Are you not a seer? Return to the city in peace and your two sons with you,
your son Ahimaaz and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.

“See, I am going to wait at the fords of the wilderness
until word comes from you to inform me.”

Therefore Zadok and Abiathar returned the ark of God to Jerusalem and remained there.

Zadok and the Levites brought the Ark of the Covenant…the Ark of God…before the people as they passed out of the city.

The Ark was the very Presence of God.

David sent the Ark back.

He would not assume upon God.
He would not presume upon God.

He would await the decision of the Lord.

If the Lord did not delight in David…if He was displeased…then David was in His hand.
Let the Lord do as seems good to Him.

David would await the Word of the Lord.

May we do likewise.

The Word: Episode 0590 1 Timothy 3:8

“Go and Pass Over”

September 21, 2018

“Go and Pass Over”

Blessings folk!

David had been informed that Absalom, his son, was coming to Jerusalem to overthrow him.

David, his men, his servants, and his household prepared to flee.

Note the King’s heart, especially related to Ittai the Gittite.

2 Sa 15:19-23

Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why will you also go with us? Return and remain with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile; return to your own place.

“You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander with us, while I go where I will? Return and take back your brothers; mercy and truth be with you.”

But Ittai answered the king and said, “As the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely wherever my lord the king may be, whether for death or for life, there also your servant will be.”

Therefore David said to Ittai, “Go and pass over.”
So Ittai the Gittite passed over with all his men and all the little ones who were with him.

While all the country was weeping with a loud voice, all the people passed over. The king also passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness.

David sought to set Ittai free of any burden of going with them.
Ittai was a foreigner, so there was no need for him to depart with David.
Yet, Ittai chose to stay with his master, David.
He, his men and his children went with David.
They did not abandon him in time of trouble.

The people began to pass over the brook of Kidron.
They were leaving Jerusalem.
Great weeping with a loud voice show the despair of the moment.

To the wilderness they went.

David had fled from Saul, his father-in-law…into the wilderness.
Now he was fleeing from Absalom, his son…into the wilderness.

The good news?
The Lord is with us in the wilderness.

The Word: Episode 0589 1 Timothy 3:1-7

“Fear and Flee…”

September 20, 2018

“Fear and Flee…”

Blessings folk!

Absalom was executing his plan.

The word came to David…

2 Sa 15:13-18

Then a messenger came to David, saying,
“The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.”

David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem,
“Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us will escape from Absalom.
Go in haste, or he will overtake us quickly and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

Then the king’s servants said to the king,
“Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses.”

So the king went out and all his household with him.
But the king left ten concubines to keep the house.

The king went out and all the people with him, and they stopped at the last house.

Now all his servants passed on beside him, all the Cherethites, all the Pelethites and all the Gittites, six hundred men who had come with him from Gath, passed on before the king.

What was David’s response?
He prepared and fled.
He ran.

The great David.
The great Warrior.
The Victor over Goliath.
The Victor over the enemies of Israel.

This David, now ran in advance of his own son.

David feared.
He feared that Absalom would not allow any of them to escape.
They would die.

David feared that Absalom would quickly over take them and bring calamity upon the city.
He would strike the city with the edge of the sword.

Where are David’s mighty men?
Where is the army?
Where is David’s trust in the Lord?
Where is David’s seeking of the Lord?

David packed up all his household, even the 600 men that had done great things with him, and they left.

David only left ten concubines behind.
This would be an interesting thing soon…

David was scared.
He fled.

The Word: Episode 0588 1 Timothy 3d:1-3


September 19, 2018


Blessings folk!

Absalom had stolen the people’s heart…
  • By listening to them…ok.
  • By apparently always agreeing with them…humm…
  • By undermining his father, the King…uh oh

Absalom now initiated the plan…

2 Sa 15:7-12

Now it came about at the end of forty years that Absalom said to the king,
“Please let me go and pay my vow which I have vowed to the LORD, in Hebron.

“For your servant vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying,
‘If the LORD shall indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.’”

The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron.

But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying,
“As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say,
‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’”

Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were invited and went innocently, and they did not know anything.

And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh,
while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong,
for the people increased continually with Absalom.

After a period of time…some translations say “forty years”, some say “four”, likely “four”… Absalom made his move.

He went before Daddy the king and feigned the need to go pay a vow before God.
A lie to father.
A before Father.

The king agreed and sent him in peace.

Abasalom then sent his spies throughout the tribes of Israel.
Sleeper cells.
When they heard the sound of the trumpet they were to shout “Absalom is king in Hebron”.

Two hundred men, innocent of knowledge of Absalom’s plan, went with him.

Absalom then sent for one of David’s counselors.

The conspiracy was unfolding.
It was growing in strength.

More and more people sided with Absalom.

King David was in trouble…

The Word: Episode 0587 1 Timothy 3:1-2

“Stolen Hearts”

September 18, 2018

“Stolen Hearts”

Blessings folk!

Absalom was somewhat restored before the king/throne.

Watch what he does now…

2 Sa 15:1-6

Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him.

Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate;
and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment,
Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?”
And he would say, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.”

Then Absalom would say to him,
“See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.”

Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.”

And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him,
he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him.

In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment;
so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.

Remember, Absalom was extremely handsome.
He was winsome.
He was also very shrewd.

You saw what he did.
He stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.
Stolen from who?
King David.

How did he do this?

He provided for himself an entourage of chariot, horses and men runners.
Quite the spectacle and display.

He worked hard at his subterfuge.

He arose early.
He stood by the city gate…meeting place.

When someone had a problem that they wanted to present to the king, then Absalom would jump in and offer to help.

He would agree with the complainants claim.
He would offer to mediate with the king.

Absalom would eagerly receive the adoration and thanks of the people.

He did this with all who came to the king for judgment.

He stole the peoples hearts.

To what purpose?
The kingdom of course.
He desired to be king.
He did not want to wait and see.
He wanted the throne now.

This will get ugly.

It always does when we seek to do things in our own flesh and volition.

James - Lesson 2

James - Lesson 2

The Word: Episode 0586 1Timothy 2:9-15


September 17, 2018


Blessings folk!

We continue with the Absalom account…

2 Sa 14:28-33

Now Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, and did not see the king’s face.

Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him.
So he sent again a second time, but he would not come.

Therefore he said to his servants,
“See, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there;
go and set it on fire.”
So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.

Then Joab arose, came to Absalom at his house and said to him,
“Why have your servants set my field on fire?”

Absalom answered Joab,
“Behold, I sent for you, saying, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say,
“Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me still to be there.”’
Now therefore, let me see the king’s face, and if there is iniquity in me, let him put me to death.”

So when Joab came to the king and told him, he called for Absalom. Thus he came to the king and prostrated himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.

Absalom was home in Jerusalem, yet the king refused to see him.
The king, David, refused to see his own son…for two years.

Absalom sent for Joab.
He desired to send Joab before the king to inquire as to the situation.

Joab refused to come to Absalom.

Absalom decided to force Joab’s hand.
Absalom set fire to Joab’s barley field!
That did it.

Joab came to ask why he had done so.
Absalom told him.

So Joab told the king.
The king called for Absalom.
Absalom approached the king…prostrating himself on his face.
The king kissed Absalom.

Ah…all is well…
Or is it?

The Word: Episode 0585 1 Timothy 2:9-15


September 16, 2018


Blessings folk!

Absalom was home in Jerusalem.
He was home in his house.
Yet, King David, his father, would not see him.

Then, the Word gives some curious, interesting personal detail about Absalom…

2 Sa 14:25-27

Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised;
from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him.

When he cut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut it, for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king’s weight.

To Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar;
she was a woman of beautiful appearance.

Absalom was more handsome than anyone else in Israel.
He was praised for his appearance.
Handsome from head to foot.
There was no physical defect in him.

His hair was the talk of people.
He cut it once a year…at the end of the year.
He cut it for it was heavy, apparently five pounds!

Absalom had a family.
Three unnamed sons.
One daughter named Tamar, after Absalom’s sister?
Tamar was beautiful.

Why all the detail?

Some will be important to the account of David’s family as we continue.

Other points just emphasize that their family was as families are today.

A beautiful family.
The King’s son…heir?
A house.

What more could one want?
To see the King?
To be the King?

The Word: Episode 0584 1 Timothy 2:9-15

“Let Him Not See My Face”

September 15, 2018

“Let Him Not See My Face”

Blessings folk!

Absalom was allowed to return, with a caveat.

2 Sa 14:23-24

So Joab arose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

However the king said, “Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face.”
So Absalom turned to his own house and did not see the king’s face.

David longed to see Absalom.

David wanted Absalom “back home”.
He now was.

Yet, David refused to see him face-to-face.
Wonder why?

I suspect it has to do with continued punishment.

Absalom had usurped the king’s authority in have Amnon killed.
Any other man would have likely be executed by the command of the King.

David was “putting Absalom in his place”.

Such needs to be handled judiciously…problems could arise.

They will soon.

Be certain that all that we do is the desire and mind of the Lord.

The Word: Episode 0583 1 Timothy 2:9-10

“Bring Back the Young Man”

September 14, 2018

“Bring Back the Young Man”

Blessings folk!

A long account today.
Read it all…can be done quickly.
It tells a story.

David longed for Absalom.
Absalom had fled after he had Amnon killed.
Absalom had apparently been “banned”.

Joab knew that David longed for Absalom.
So, Joab conceived a plan for restoration.
Give close heed to how Joab communicated with the king.
Sometimes we have to be subtle…

2 Sa 14:1-23

Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s heart was inclined toward Absalom.

So Joab sent to Tekoa and brought a wise woman from there and said to her,
“Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments now, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but be like a woman who has been mourning for the dead many days;

then go to the king and speak to him in this manner.” So Joab put the words in her mouth.

Now when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king,
she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself and said, “Help, O king.”

The king said to her, “What is your trouble?”
And she answered, “Truly I am a widow, for my husband is dead.

“Your maidservant had two sons, but the two of them struggled together in the field, and there was no [fn]one to separate them, so one struck the other and killed him.

“Now behold, the whole family has risen against your maidservant, and they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed, and destroy the heir also.’ Thus they will extinguish my coal which is left, so as to leave my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.”

Then the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you.”

The woman of Tekoa said to the king, “O my lord, the king, the iniquity is on me and my father’s house, but the king and his throne are guiltless.”

So the king said,
“Whoever speaks to you, bring him to me, and he will not touch you anymore.”

Then she said, “Please let the king remember the LORD your God, so that the avenger of blood will not continue to destroy, otherwise they will destroy my son.” And he said, “As the LORD lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”

Then the woman said, “Please let your maidservant speak a word to my lord the king.”
And he said, “Speak.”

The woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God?
For in speaking this word the king is as one who is guilty,
in that the king does not bring back his banished one.

“For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.

“Now the reason I have come to speak this word to my lord the king is that the people have made me afraid; so your maidservant said, ‘Let me now speak to the king, perhaps the king will perform the request of his maidservant.

‘For the king will hear and deliver his maidservant from the hand of the man who would destroy both me and my son from the inheritance of God.’

“Then your maidservant said,
‘Please let the word of my lord the king be comforting, for as the angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil. And may the LORD your God be with you.’”

Then the king answered and said to the woman, “Please do not hide anything from me that I am about to ask you.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king please speak.”

So the king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?” And the woman replied, “As your soul lives, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything that my lord the king has spoken. Indeed, it was your servant Joab who commanded me, and it was he who put all these words in the mouth of your maidservant;

in order to change the appearance of things your servant Joab has done this thing. But my lord is wise, like the wisdom of the angel of God, to know all that is in the earth.”

Then the king said to Joab,
“Behold now, I will surely do this thing; go therefore, bring back the young man Absalom.”

Joab fell on his face to the ground, prostrated himself and blessed the king; then Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, O my lord, the king, in that the king has performed the request of his servant.”

So Joab arose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

Absalom returned.
He was restored…well sorta…not quite…nearly as we will see.

Do not be surprised if the Lord speaks to you through varied ways…often through the “back door”

James - Lesson 1

James - Lesson 1

The Word: Episode 0582 1 Timothy 2:8

“Longing Heart…”

September 13, 2018

“Longing Heart…”

Blessings folk!

Truly the sword would not depart from the house of David.

Absalom had Amnon killed.

Watch David’s response…

2 Sa 13:34-39

Now Absalom had fled. And the young man who was the watchman raised his eyes and looked, and behold, many people were coming from the road behind him by the side of the mountain.

Jonadab said to the king,
“Behold, the king’s sons have come; according to your servant’s word, so it happened.”

As soon as he had finished speaking, behold, the king’s sons came and lifted their voices and wept; and also the king and all his servants wept very bitterly.

Now Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur.
And David mourned for his son every day.

So Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur, and was there three years.

The heart of King David longed to go out to Absalom;
for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.

Absalom fled.
He knew he was trouble.
Murder will do that.

The king’s other sons returned.

They all wept together.
They wept bitterly.
At the loss of one of their own by one of their own.

Absalom sought refuge with Talmia in Geshur.

David mourned his son every day.
Which son?


David was comforted concerning Amnon because Amnon was dead.
Amnon deserved judgment.
Apparently David considered the execution just.
But, David longed for Absalom.
His heart longed for his son.

The heart of the father for a rebellious son…

The Word; Episode 0581 1 Timothy 2:7

“King’s Sons”

September 12, 2018

“King’s Sons”

Blessings folk!

What the Lord spoke through the prophet began to occur.
The sword would not depart from the house of David.
Amnon was dead by the plan of Absalom.

After the murder, the sons of the king that were with Absalom fled on mules.

2 Sa 13:30-32

Now it was while they were on the way that the report came to David, saying,
“Absalom has struck down all the king’s sons, and not one of them is left.”

Then the king arose, tore his clothes and lay on the ground;
and all his servants were standing by with clothes torn.

Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, responded,
“Do not let my lord suppose they have put to death all the young men, the king’s sons,
for Amnon alone is dead; because by the intent of Absalom this has been determined since the day that he violated his sister Tamar.

David received a report of what had occurred.

The initial report was either mis-reported or mis-interpreted.

David thought all his sons had been killed at the hand of Absalom.
(This mistake becomes even more important later on…in understanding how David handled Absalom.)

David responded to the false report with great grief.
He arose.
He tore his clothes.
He laid on the ground.

His servants did likewise.

Then, David’s nephew Shimeah brought forth a true report.
But, not only a true report.
He brought an explanation.

Only Amnon was dead.
He was dead due to the intent of Absalom.
It was due to Amnon’s violation of Absalom’s sister Tamar.
Absalom had planned the revenge since the day of the event.

Shimeah then told David to “not take it to heart”.

2 Sa 13:33

“Now therefore, do not let my lord the king take the report to heart, namely,
‘all the king’s sons are dead,’ for only Amnon is dead.”

The situation was bad.
But, not as bad as David had first heard.

Still, the events in David’s family had only begun…

The Word: Episode 0580 1 Timothy 2:1-6

“Put Him to Death”

September 11, 2018

“Put Him to Death”

Blessings folk!!

The Amnon/Tamar story continues…

2 Sa 13:23-29

Now it came about after two full years that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor,
which is near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king’s sons.

Absalom came to the king and said, “Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers;
please let the king and his servants go with your servant.”
But the king said to Absalom,
“No, my son, we should not all go, for we will be burdensome to you.”
Although he urged him, he would not go, but blessed him.

Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us.”
And the king said to him, “Why should he go with you?”

But when Absalom urged him, he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him.

Absalom commanded his servants, saying,
“See now, when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon,’ then put him to death. Do not fear; have not I myself commanded you?
Be courageous and be valiant.”

The servants of Absalom did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded.
Then all the king’s sons arose and each mounted his mule and fled.

Absalom was furious over what Amnon did to Tamar.

Absalom bided his time.

After two full years…the Word is very precise…a plan was executed.

It was sheep-shearing time.
Absalom invited all the king and all his sons to go.

The king feared that all these attending would be a burden to Absalom.
The king blessed Absalom.

Absalom asked for Amnon to go with him.
The king’s sons were also given permission to go.

King David stayed.

Absalom commanded his servants…

  • Wait until Amnon is drunk
  • Strike him
  • Kill him

Absalom told them…
  • Do not fear
  • I have commanded you
  • Be courageous
  • Be valiant

They did so.
Amnon was dead.
His sin found him.

The sons of the king then mounted their rides and took off…
They fled.

Justice was done.

Or was it?

The Word: Episode 0579 1 Timothy 2:1-2

“Anger, Hate”

September 10, 2018

“Anger, Hate”

Blessings folk!

Tamar was devastated.
She was living with her brother Absalom.

Why does Absalom appear to be so unconcerned?

Remember what he told Tamar…

2 Sa 13:20

Then Absalom her brother said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you?
But now keep silent, my sister, he is your brother; do not take this matter to heart.”
So Tamar remained and was desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.

Be silent.
Do not take this matter to heart.
Stay with me.

Why was he reacting this way.

What about King David?
Tamar’s father.

Does he know?
What is his reaction?

The Word tells us…

2 Sa 13:21-22

Now when King David heard of all these matters, he was very angry.

But Absalom did not speak to Amnon either good or bad;
for Absalom hated Amnon because he had violated his sister Tamar.

David heard.
David knew.
David was very angry.
David did nothing…apparently.

Absalom did not speak to Amnon, either good or bad.
Absalom hated Amnon because of what he had done.

Seething, quiet hatred.

Nothing was done…at the moment…the next verse tells us “two years later”…hummm.
Remember, we as believers are not to seethe in anger.

Such only brings forth evil…

Eph 4:26-27

BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

and do not give the devil an opportunity.

Do not give the devil opportunity.

The Word: Episode 0578 1 Timothy 1:17-20


September 9, 2018


Blessings folk!

Tamar was devastated by what occurred to her.

She did not try to hide it.

She tore her long-sleeve garment, the sign of a virgin.
She placed ashes on her head.
She put her hands on her head and depart.
She cried as she went.


2 Sa 13:20

Then Absalom her brother said to her,
“Has Amnon your brother been with you?
But now keep silent, my sister, he is your brother; do not take this matter to heart.”
So Tamar remained and was desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.

Absalom, her brother, learned of the situation.
He inquired of Tamar.
She acknowledged.

Abasalom told her…

  • Keep silent…due to the fact that Amnon was her brother…familial things…
  • Do not take the matter to heart…do not let it bother you

Sounds cold.
Sounds callous.

But, as we will see, Absalom was beginning to work out a plan.

Tamar remained with Absalom.
She was desolate in her brother’s house.
She had somewhere to live.
She had shelter.
She had food.

She had no fellowship, much less relationship.

Oh, it get’s worse…

The Word: Episode 0577 1 Timothy 1:12-17

“Ashes, Crying, Torn”

September 8, 2018

“Ashes, Crying, Torn”

Blessings folk!

Amnon had his way with the woman he “loved” (lusted for), Tamar.

He then immediately hated her.
He hated her with a hatred beyond his love.

The truth is he hated himself for what he had done.

She begged him not to do this thing to her.
He ignored her.

He then demanded that she go.
He sent her away.

Now, watch what happened…

2Sa 13:15-19

Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up, go away!”

But she said to him,
“No, because this wrong in sending me away is greater than the other that you have done to me!” Yet he would not listen to her.

Then he called his young man who attended him and said,
“Now throw this woman out of my presence, and lock the door behind her.”

Now she had on a long-sleeved garment; for in this manner the virgin daughters of the king dressed themselves in robes. Then his attendant took her out and locked the door behind her.

Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her long-sleeved garment which was on her; and she put her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.

Tamar considered the sending away to be worse than the physical violation.

Still, Amnon would not listen.

He dismissed her.

She responded in “sackcloth and ashes”…mourning.

She tore her long-sleeved garment - the sign of the virgin.
She put ashes on her head.
She covered her head with her hands.
She cried aloud as she went.

Others would see.
Others would know.

This is not over…

The Word: Episode 0576 1 Timothy 1:12-14

“He Hated Her”

September 7, 2018

“He Hated Her”

Blessings folk!

We continue with the horrific account of Amnon and Tamar.

Such things happen in abundance today.
Nothing is new.

Remember, Amnon had orchestrated/entrapped Tamar.
He then violated her.
He had what he wanted.
He had/did what he had long dreamed and anticipated.

What now?

It gets uglier…

2 Sa 13:15

Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred;
for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up, go away!”

Often, upon initial reading of this verse, people are confused.

How could such happen?
How could he now feel this way?
How could love turn to hatred?

Live long enough and you know the answer.

We all have had…to use a flippant colloquialism of the day… “buyers remorse”.

We just have to have something.
We get it.
We wonder the next day why we did it.

Amnon confused fleshly lust with love.
In the lust of his flesh he desired her.
In the lust of his flesh he conquered her.
In the lust of his flesh he hated her.

There was no love involved.
There was now intense hatred.

The problem with Amnon lied not in his ability to have Tamar.
His problem was much more than that.

Fleshly desire.
Focus upon desires of the flesh rather than desiring the Lord.

These brought out the evil within.

John gives us some insight to these types of situation…beginning with the Garden of Eden rebellion and going forward…

1 Jo 2:15-17

Do not love the world nor the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life,
is not from the Father, but is from the world.

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

Where do you stand?

Are you driven/motivated by the lusts of the flesh and eyes and the boastful pride of life?

These are not from Father.

Do the will of God.

Live forever.

The Word: Episode 0575 1 Timothy 1:9-11

“A Fool of Israel”

September 6, 2018

“A Fool of Israel”

Blessings folk!

We continue the story.

Amnon was feigning sickness before the king so as to procure Tamar’s culinary skills…

 2 Sa 13:7-14

Then David sent to the house for Tamar, saying,
“Go now to your brother Amnon’s house, and prepare food for him.”

So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house, and he was lying down.
And she took dough, kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes.

She took the pan and dished them out before him, but he refused to eat.
And Amnon said, “Have everyone go out from me.” So everyone went out from him.

Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand.” So Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them into the bedroom to her brother Amnon.

When she brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her,
“Come, lie with me, my sister.”

But she answered him,
“No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel;
do not do this disgraceful thing!

“As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach?
And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel.
Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.”

However, he would not listen to her;
since he was stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her.

Amnon’s motivation is revealed.
Pure lust.

All this plan was done so that he could have his way with his sister Tamar, so he could violate her.

He watched her as she cooked.
He dismissed the other people.
He moved them into the bedroom.
He forced himself upon her.
He overpowered her.

There was no reason, save for the pure lust of desire for the moment.
A lust that he had been developing for a period of time.

She offered herself to him, but in the proper way.
She told him to “speak to the king”…ask daddy…and the king would not have withheld her from him.

He could have had her.
In marriage.

He did not want that.

He did not care about the violation.
He did not care about the disgraceful nature of such a thing.
He did not care that such a thing was done in Israel.

He only wanted what he wanted then.

He was a fool of Israel.

Be not a fool.

The Word: Episode 0574 1 Timothy 1:3-11


September 5, 2018


Blessings folk!

Remember what the Lord said to David about the outcome of his sin?
Remember what would happen to his family?
The sword would never depart…?

2Sa 12:10

‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house,
because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’

So it begins.
Give close attention to the relationships of the individuals.
Watch who they are close to…

2Sa 13:1-6

Now it was after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David loved her.

Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill,
for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her.

But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very shrewd man.

He said to him,
“O son of the king, why are you so depressed morning after morning?
Will you not tell me?” Then Amnon said to him,
“I am in love with Tamar, the sister of my brother Absalom.”

Jonadab then said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill; when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me some food to eat, and let her prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat from her hand.’”

So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; when the king came to see him,
Amnon said to the king,
“Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of cakes in my sight,
that I may eat from her hand.”

Many a book, story, movie and the like have been written around such intrigue.

Family dynamics.

Amnon loved his sister Tamar - this would be a half sister, David had several wives by this time, some which we have already encountered.

Amnon made himself sick with his “love” for Tamar.
In his eyes she was “unattainable”.
As we will see, it was not love.
It was lust.

HIs self-inflicted “depression” was noticed by his friend Jonadab.
Jonadab was a friend and a cousin, enhancing the familial story line.

Jonadab suggested subterfuge, deception - a lie.

“Pretend to be ill” so as to deceived King David, Amnon’s father.
Present the situation and solution…let Tamar cook before you and feed you.
Let her be in your presence.

Amnon agreed and executed the plan.

What could go wrong?

He was lying to the King.
He was lying to his father.
He was seeking to manipulate the situation for some unstated purpose and goal…though we can imagine the intent.

We will see later.

For now, beware of the “Jonadabs” in our lives.
Beware of the lust of the eyes and flesh that literally have physiological fruit.

Keep your eyes upon the Lord, not upon the things of this world.

The Word: Episode 0573 1 Timothy 1:3-7

“David Defeats Rabbah”

September 4, 2018

“David Defeats Rabbah”

Blessings folk!

God continues to bless David with military victories.

Even though David had sinned, the Lord forgave and gave victory.

David defeated the Ammonites…

2Sa 12:26-31

Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city.

Joab sent messengers to David and said,
“I have fought against Rabbah, I have even captured the city of waters.

“Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me.”

So David gathered all the people and went to Rabbah, fought against it and captured it.

Then he took the crown of their king from his head;
and its weight was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone;
and it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city in great amounts.

He also brought out the people who were in it, and set them under saws, sharp iron instruments, and iron axes, and made them pass through the brick kiln. And thus he did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

Joab had captured the royal city of the sons of Ammon.
Joab sent word to David to inform and request.

Joab informed David of the imminent fall of the city.
Joab then requested that David come quickly with the rest of the people.

He did so that David could complete the capture of the city, thereby having the victory.
If David did not, Joab would receive the glory and have the city named after him.

David came.
He captured Rabbah.
He took the king’s crown and placed it on his own head…apparently the crown weight 75 lbs!
He captured the spoils of the city - a great amount.

Then this…
He brought the captured people out…
From Rabbah and all the cities of the sons of Ammon…
He set the people under saws, sharp iron instruments and iron axes.

He chopped them to pieces!

Then he passed them through the brick kiln.
He burned their bodies.

David was purging the land of the Ammonites.

We likewise, should purge ourselves of any evil…

The Word: Episode 0572 1 Timothy 1:3-4


September 3, 2018


Blessings folk!

David’s son had died.

What did he do?

2Sa 12:23-25

“But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again?
I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her;
and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon.

Now the LORD loved him and sent word through Nathan the prophet,
and he named him Jedidiah for the LORD’S sake.

Can you imagine the heartbreak?
The pain?
The guilt?
All the varied ways that the enemy came against David and Bathsheba?

David comforted her.

She conceived again.

David named this son Solomon - the name means “peace”.

The Lord brought peace.

But there was more.

The Lord loved this son.
The Lord sent Word through Nathan the prophet.
The boy was to have another name - Jedidiah - the name means “beloved of Jehovah”.

He was to be named Jedidiah for the Lord’s sake.

Solomon…peace…for the sake of David and Bathsheba.
Jedidiah…beloved of Jehovah…for the sake of the Lord.

Do you see the compassion and mercy of the Lord?

He is without measure as to His love for those who love Him.

The Word: Episode 0571 1 Timothy 1:1-2

“I Will Go To Him…”

September 2, 2018

“I Will Go To Him…”

Blessings folk!

The Lord struck David’s son with sickness.
David went before the Lord to inquire of Him.
David did so all night.

Now, watch what happens…

2 Sa 12:15-23

So Nathan went to his house.
Then the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick.

David therefore inquired of God for the child;
and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground.

The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground,
but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.

Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died.
And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said,
“Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice.
How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!”

But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead; so David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.”

So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes;
and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped.
Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate.

Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? 
While the child was alive, you fasted and wept;
but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”

He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said,
‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’

“But now he has died; why should I fast?
Can I bring him back again?
I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”


David inquired…fasted for seven days.

His servants were concerned about him.
When the child died, the servants were fearful of telling David due to his behavior.
They were concerned he would harm himself.

What would he do?

When David discerned that the child had died, he asked the servants.
They confirmed.

David than arose.
Washed himself.
Anointed himself.
Changed his clothes.
Went into the house of the Lord.

David then went into his house and requested a meal.

The servants were confuse.
David’s behavior was basically opposite of they expected.

They finally ask David why.

He responds profoundly.
While the child lived he fasted and wept…who knew? Perhaps the Lord would be merciful.
When the child died, why fast?

David acknowledged that he could not bring the child back.
David then stated that he would go to the child.

David knew that he would eventually die.
David knew that the child was somewhere else…in the hands of God.
David knew that he would also be in the hands of God…someday.

Do we know?

The Word: Episode 0570 1 Timothy 1:1-2, Acts 16:1-5

“David Inquired of the Lord”

September 1, 2018

“David Inquired of the Lord”

Blessings folk!

David had learned that the Lord forgave him.
He would not die.
But, the sword would not depart from his family.
And his son that the wife of Uriah now carried would die.

David’s response?

2 Sa 12:15-16

So Nathan went to his house.
Then the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick.

David therefore inquired of God for the child;
and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground.

The Lord had finished speaking through Nathan.
Nathan went home.

The Lord then struck the child with sickness.

Job 1:21

And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb,
and naked shall I return thither:
the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD.

David then inquired of the Lord for the child.
David fasted before the Lord for the child.
David laid all night before the Lord for the child.


The Lord had already told him that the child would die.

Why intercede?
Why fast?
Why inquire of the Lord?

David tells his servants later…

2Sa 12:22

He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said,
‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’

David had experienced the grace and mercy of the Lord.

Perhaps the Lord would do so again.
Perhaps not.

All David knew was that he could come before the Lord and inquire…then rest upon that which the Lord decided.

May we do likewise.