In the midst of the betrayal of Absalom and many of his close associates, one great question arises: Will King David remain loyal to God and his covenant?
David’s power and influence as King begins to quickly disintegrate as Absalom’s well-planned rebellion exploits almost every one of his father’s shortcomings and weaknesses as ruler of Israel.
This chapter in 2 Samuel about the exile and return of Absalom, King David’s son, reflects the perennial theme of Exile and Return found throughout the Bible.
Amnon’s assault of his sister Tamar further exposes the systemic sin of sexual immorality in the House of David. Today, Christ’s sacrifice for sin cleanses, heals and restores all who bear such shame and guilt.
When the Prophet Nathan confronted King David with the king’s adultery, he demonstrated the challenges that face all those who would speak God’s truth to a sinful and fallen world both in his time and today.
Trials in life come for three reasons: to manifest the life of Christ in us; to prepare us an external reward; and to commend us as ministers of the Gospel.
There are consequences to our actions. Sowing to the flesh reaps destruction, but sowing to the Spirit reaps eternal life.
Like Daniel, exiled in Babylon, many church members today during this current lockdown have become exiled: from community, fellowship, and the communion table.
Psalm 131 shows us what growing up in Christ looks like: We slowly learn to be humble, content and to have hope in the Lord.
Jacob wrestles with God all night and emerges not just wounded and limping, but also wiser and with a new name.
King David displeases God by taking a count of army of Israel. He then discovers where God wants the Temple to be built, a great blessing to the nation.