Do Something

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S-cripture:

2 Samuel 13:21 When King David heard all this, he was furious.

O-bservation:

King David had just heard that his son, Amnon, had raped his half sister Tamar, the full sister of Absalom. Amnon had her thrown out of his house and she was living with her brother Absalom in shame. David was furious, but DID NOTHING.

A-pplication:

Never allow injustice in your midst to go unchallenged. David knew his son Amnon had done wrong, but he did nothing in the form of discipline to rectify his sin. Later Absalom killed his brother Amnon, and Dad David still did nothing to discipline his son Absalom. The Bible says if we sow to the wind we will reap a whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). Absalom eventually rebelled against and split his father's kingdom. In the process, David’s associate Joab killed Absalom. Whenever a disturbance breaks out in your home or mine, it isn't God’s will that we sit back and "Do Nothing." Certainly if we move forward and "Do Something" God will intervene in our challenge. It's not enough to do nothing, ALL of US must "Do SOMETHING!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, With the challenges I'm faced with today, help me be proactive and not inactive when it comes to dealing with injustice around me. Amen
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A Sad Legacy

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S-cripture:

2 Samuel 18:18 During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the ‘Kings Valley’ as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.

O-bservation:

To this day, the monument that Absolom built for himself still stands today in the Kidron Valley. But to be honest, it’s really “A Sad Legacy.” If you read the whole story of Absolom from beginning to end, he was an unloved son. When his father wept at his death, I believe that he was weeping because he had failed as a father. Absolom came to a place in his life where he had crossed the line and tried to wrest the kingdom from his dad. In so doing, he built a monument to himself in order to seal his own legacy.

A-pplication:

It’s not that Absolom did the wrong thing because men and women have been building their own monuments for thousands of years. However, in Absolom’s case, he built a monument to remind us of “A Sad Legacy,” that he made for himself. What are you and I building that will last. I think that’s always the question. It’s never about a stone monument or a beautiful portrait it’s what people remember that really counts. It’s one thing to build a monument that people look at, and it’s an entirely different thing to build a life that people remember. I believe that if each of us will build our lives upon the rock Christ Jesus, no amount of sculptured rock carved for our own honor will match the first.

P-rayer:

This AM, I’m reminded that my chief goal in life is that my life be hidden in Christ with God. I’m not into monuments, neither am I planning for “A Sad Legacy,” because I am building my life on the rock, Christ Jesus. Amen
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Stop Crying About It, And Start Doing Something About It!

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S-cripture:

2 Samuel 13:39 And king David longed to go to Absolom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon’s death.

O-bservation:

Absolom had killed his half-brother Amnon for raping his ( Absolom’s) sister Tamar, Amnon’s half-sister. King David never did anything in the way of punishment towards Amnon, and so after a long period of time, Absolom killed his brother. This caused David to cry and cry over the loss of his rapist son Amnon. Absolom fled to another city to live with his grandfather on his mother's side. Here the Bible says that David longed to go and see Absolom because he was finally over Amnon’s death. But he didn’t go. My thought concerning his present peril would have been and still is now, “Stop Crying About It, And Start Doing Something About It!”

A-pplication:

This is one of the strangest stories in all of the Bible. After this part of the saga happened, Joab, David’s top general, sent a woman in disguise to act as a prophet to the King in order to have him bring his son Absolom back to Jerusalem. David knew it was Joab behind it all and sent for Absolom. Once Absolom returned home, he wanted to meet with his father and explain it all, but David refused to see him. The young man became so irate that he split his father's kingdom, and Joab killed him. What did David do? Once again, he cried about it. All of this could have been avoided if King David would have stopped being the king in his home and instead operated as a father. Today if you’ve been crying about some mess you’re in, “Stop Crying About It, And Do Something About It!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m asking this AM that you would help me use the brain you’ve given me in order to stop crying about stuff and start doing something to erase some of my challenges. I don’t want to be a baby, seeing how I’m a full-grown man. Amen
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Restored, If Only For A While

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S-cripture:

2 Samuel 14:33b
Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.

O-bservation:

This is the very sad story of a father’s love for a wayward son that backfired in time. Absalom was one of King David’s sons who had killed his brother Amnon for raping Absalom’s sister Tamar. Once the act was done, Absalom escaped to Gershur to live with his grandfather. For three years, he stayed, and David’s mourning had ended. Now David wanted him back home. Once Absalom was back in Jerusalem, his father refused to see him. Finally, the father gave in and had his son come to see him. Once in his presence, David kissed his son and welcomed him home.

A-pplication:

This story was bound to end poorly because nowhere in the narrative do we see David correct or discipline his son Absalom in any way. In fact, David never corrected Amnon for raping his half-sister Tamar, who was the full sister of Absalom. Most likely, Absalom sought justice since his father was unwilling to give justice. Either way, with all of the sin still not dealt with, David welcomed his murderer son home with a kiss. In time, Absalom became the favorite of all the land. He rose up and split his father’s kingdom and would have taken over all of Israel had not Joab killed the young man. This terrible story goes back to the King’s sin with Bathsheba. And the truth is when sin is not dealt with, the consequences seem to spiral out of control. Of course, King David was able to briefly welcome his son home and see him, “Restored, If Only For A While.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I’m grateful for a father who loved me enough to correct me. Because he did, he saved my life from destruction. His love for me has helped me pass the love on. Amen
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David’s Love For His Rebel Son

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S-cripture:

2 Samuel 18:5a The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.”

O-bservation:

David and his dwindling army had been banished from Jerusalem because David’s rebel son, Absalom, had sown discord among the people against David. When the showdown between David’s forces and Absalom’s army was imminent, David told those leaders who would command the battle for him to “Be gentle with the young man Absalom, for my sake.”

A-pplication:

These words identify “David’s Love For His Rebel Son.” His Son was out to KILL him and steal David’s kingdom, but it’s hard for a father to let go of his child, even if he is a rebel. As this impassioned plea went forth from a broken-hearted father, one man, Joab, didn’t hear it. Well, he heard it, but he didn’t pay any attention to it because Joab knew one thing. THIS IS WAR! Joab realized that it was kill or be killed. Joab knew that Absalom hated his father to the point that he had sexually abused his father’s concubines left to care for the palace so that all knew what had happened. When the time came for someone to step up and kill Absalom, whose flowing locks of hair were caught, leaving him hanging helplessly from the tree, Joab was more than willing to handle the task. When the Kingdom of Almighty God is being threatened, someone like Joab is needed to step up and win the day. Even if it means overriding “David’s Love For His Rebel Son.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m asking You to help me never let my Love for my family interfere with Your will for my life. No matter what You ask of me, I want to be willing to do Your will. Amen
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