King David beat the "big" enemies in his life - but he "lost" to the little ones, and that had disastrous consequences for his life, service and King's work!
The scriptures say that we must see to it that even the little foxes in our lives, the little things.
Do not get in and destroy and do damage.
For King David who won the big victories, but let some small foxes in. They caused him more damage than anything else.
Song of Songs 2. 15 Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that destroy the vineyards! Our vineyards are in bloom.
1 Sam. 17. 33 But Saul said to David: You cannot go against this Philistine and fight with him; for you are young, and he is a man of war from his youth. 34 But David answered Saul: Your servant guarded the flock for his father; then a lion or a bear came and took a sheep from the flock, 35 I ran after it and struck it and tore the sheep out of its gap; and when it rose up against me, I took hold of its beard and struck it and killed it. 36 Both lion and bear your servant has killed, and this uncircumcised Philistine will go like them, because he has mocked the army of the living God. 37 Then David said: The Lord, who has delivered me from the power of the lion and the bear, he will also deliver me from the power of this Philistine. Then Saul said to David: Go! The Lord will be with you.
Psalm 51. 1. To the master of song; a psalm of David, 2 when the prophet Nathan had come to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. 3 Be gracious to me, God, according to your mercy, blot out my transgressions according to your great mercy! 4 Wash me well, that I may be free from iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 5 For my transgressions I know, and my sin is always before me. 6 Against you alone have I sinned, and what is evil in your eyes I have done, that you may be righteous when you speak, be pure when you judge.
King David's life and ministry are given a very large place in God's word, where we get an insight into his entire life and work from his youth. His manhood and old age
We can actually study his life in every way, not a single thing is left out.
The books of Samuel, the books of Kings, the books of Chronicles and the Psalms are his life most described. As well as occasionally in other places as well, as he is one of the Bible's most talked about people.
David's life - the insight that is given. Covers his entire life, ministry and Kingship. From his innermost thoughts, family life, Kingship, as a singer, prophet and warrior. The actual war tactics, how he listened for God's leading. The fact, everything. That is why his life is also so incredibly exciting to study.
Instructive and it is God himself who will assure us of this. Because we must follow suit, learn lessons and, if possible, win in all areas!
The scripture says the following:
Room. 15. 4 What has been previously written shall be for learning for us, so that in endurance, and with comfort from the Scriptures, we shall have hope.
There is a lot of learning, inspiration and King David is a role model in most respects.
But we read that he obviously also had his weaknesses, like all other people.
As far as I can read about King David, he was not able to take care of his children as he should?
Scripture opens up about this in several places, not least in the story of Absalom.
At the same time, there are both direct and indirect references here
When it comes to David, there are two Bible passages that point to the fact that he also did not raise his children as a Christian father should. We read in 2 Sam chapter 13 that David's son Amnon fell in love with his half-sister Tamar. He "took hold of her and said to her: Come and lie with me, sister!" Sleeping with or marrying one's half-sister was a mortal sin which the Law of Moses condemns in several places
(Leviticus 18:19, 20:17, Deuteronomy 27:22).
Against this background, it is striking that David's daughter Tamar replies to her half-brother who wants to take her by force: "Darling, speak to the king instead! He is not refusing you to have me.” (2 Sam 13:13)
Now this was a dramatic situation for the young girl, and David does not vouch for her answer, but it may seem as if the girl's general impression of her father is that he is lenient towards his sons, even in matters God's word speaks clearly about!
This impression is confirmed in 1 Kings chapter 1 where David's son Adonijah "thought himself high and said: I want to be king. And he got himself chariots and horsemen and fifty men who ran before him. His father had never in his life chastised him and said: Why have you done this?” (1 Kings 1:5-6)
In today's society, unfortunately, many people are brought up like this, without admonition, chastisement and correction.
My wife and I put a lot of emphasis on this, and considerable opposition was directed against us for this.
But I do not regret this, that we showed our children more than just love.
But also rebuked them and in that way showed them that there are consequences with choosing either right or wrong!
The second and most serious, of course, is a flaw in his own personal character
When we read about King David's many victories, one is not only overwhelmed. But totally, totally delighted.
He actually hiteveryone, regardless of condition.
He became in many ways invincible, except for one point in his life.
It was his sexual morality, here he failed to such an extent.
Ecclesiastes 10. 1. Poisonous flies cause the anointing ointment to smell bad and ferment; even a little great folly destroys a man who excels in wisdom or honor.
All the attention directed at King David is for us to learn a lesson.
Do not make the same mistake, but remain standing after overcoming everything.
Ephesus. 6. 13 Therefore receive the armor from God so that you will be able to resist on the evil day so that when everything is completed, you will be able to stand.
1930 translation: Ephes. 6. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that you can resist in the evil day and stand having overcome everything.
In many ways, King David was the "perfect" man, whom even God gave full recognition and acceptance!
Ap.jj 13. 22 He was deposed, but David was installed as king, the one about whom he testified when he said: 'I have found David, the son of Jesse. He is a man after my own heart, and he will do all that I desire.' this word of salvation has now been sent to you.
Still, he had two major faults in his life. There, without a doubt, his moral failings were the very, very greatest. But why?
This is only speculation on my part. But it must be allowed to have some thoughts?
Imagine, you are much, much better than everyone else. So what comes in easily?
Courage. Could this be what hit David?
Imagine that you have some easy days after years of struggle and strife. Then you want to "disconnect". It can then easily also become one who "disconnects" himself from God, as it says the following about David:
2 Sam. 11. 1. The following year, at the time when kings usually go out to war, David sent Joab with his servants and all Israel, and they ravaged the land of the children of Ammon and surrounded Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 Then it happened one evening that David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the royal house; then he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very fair in appearance. 3 David sent messengers and inquired about the woman, and they said: It is indeed Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. 4 Then David sent messengers and had her fetched; she came to him, and he lay with her just after she had cleansed herself from her impurity; then she went home again. / 5 The woman became fertile; and she sent word of it to David, saying, I am with child.
It says in the proverb:
"In the right place at the right time!" but here you can turn it around.
"Wrong place at the wrong time."
Right up in Satan's net was David, where he had "too good a time" looking at the ladies. Here one can only speculate why David allowed himself to be tempted.
But the scripture is very clear here, God is not tempted. It is we who allow ourselves to be tempted and thus give Satan access into our lives.
James 1. 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation and is found worthy of the crown of life that God has promised to each one who loves him.
13 No one must say: 'God tempted me.' For God tempts no one like the wicked Kandake.** And he himself does not allow himself to be tempted by anything. *the queen of Ethiopia
14 Everyone who allows himself to be tempted is drawn away by his own desire, for that is what entices him.
15 And further, when lust is conceived, it brings forth sin, and when sin is full-grown, it brings forth death.
16 Be not deceived, dear brethren!
Here, in God's word, there is actually a direct reference to King David Son Solomon who was tempted and also allowed himself to be persuaded into sex outside of marriage.
We read in scripture.
Nehemiah 13. 26 Wasn't that what Israel's king Solomon sinned against? Among the many peoples there was no king like him, and he was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel; but even he was seduced by the strange women into sin.
It is important to have great experiences. Win victory and defeat the enemy!
But what do we learn from King David?
Much, but also a part of his fall and defeat is an important lesson.
We need to learn from his mistakes and sin as well.
It tells us again and again, that it is in our hidden life with God.
As it comes out how strong and possibly weak we are. Scripture says:
Col. 3. 3 For after you have died, your life is hidden in Christ together with God.
Who are you when no one sees you?
King David was not the conqueror, the victorious hero, the joyful Christian and the praise singer on the roof. He was actually a sex-fixated King who let his eyes run wild with him. Which resulted in a serious crash. Where he both committed adultery and became a murderer of a completely innocent man. Scripture lays this out in the open for all of us to learn. There is no doubt that we all at times let our flesh rule us, not a life close to Jesus and in the Spirit that the scriptures speak of is essential to living in victory.
1 John b. 2. 15 Do not love the world or anything that is of the world. For whoever loves the things of this world cannot have our Father's love in him.
16 For all that is of the world — the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, and inflated pride of one's own means, is not of our Father, but of the world.
17 Done that is of the world shall be taken away with its lust. But he who does the will of God shall endure for ages.
I have listened to the testimonies of some who have told about their falls!
It happens again and again, that before the fall, something has been allowed to build up in one's inner man. Either through old experiences or by letting things come out of self-restraint and control in one's life. Which in turn has sooner or later resulted in cracks, falls and defeats.
This with King David is not a new phenomenon. It's just so important to learn lessons, so that we all don't do the same as him.
But be careful with all things in our lives, so that we win not just victory.
But more than victory in the name of Jesus!
It is this balance in our lives, where we do not always fight our most important battles with the greatest energy and vigilance. Where one could say that I won the most important battles in life. Not just the 2nd, 3rd and 4th most important.
Seen from God's eyes of the actual battle between Goliath and Bathsheba the latter far more important.
We humans are so busy with what you can touch and feel, but this is something that God has promised to help us with. Our morality - or lack of morality as it was in King David's life. It was the most important thing in his life. Notice what God says to him.
2 Sam. 12. 7 Then Nathan said to David: You are the man. Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul, 8 and I gave you your master's house and your master's wives in your bosom, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah, and if it were too little, I would have given you even more, both the one and the other.
God had not spared the "sweets" in David's life.
He had received everything in all areas of life, nothing was left behind. Everything!
God himself says through the prophet Nathan the following:
"I anointed you king over Israel, and I freed you from the hand of Saul, and I gave you your master's house and your master's wives in your bosom, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah, and if it was too little, then savages I have given you even more, both the one and the other."
Here, David was simply given everything, but still. He failed God and let his own ego come before God.
Money, success, career, development, sport, being well liked, prosperity and all these are what we humans long for. But in God's world these are "small things."
It is pleasing him and being obedient to him and his word in one and all that is of great importance. The scriptures say that we will receive everything else, if we put him first in our lives, hallelujah!
Matt. 6. 33 Therefore seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and you will receive all these things in addition.
Here it is clearly stated that everything that includes this life of material and other things, God will provide for us if we put him first, job done!
But one last lesson - perhaps the most important in David's life. He repented after being confronted with his sin. This is shown again and again with us humans, we cannot and will not live according to God's standard with our lives. Therefore it turns out - unfortunately! We need grace, forgiveness and restoration, time after time. The scriptures say about David the following which I bring to the end. That he confessed and acknowledged his sin, asked God for mercy and forgiveness.
He got that. Let us also take this lesson in from King David's life.
Psalm 51 1. To the master of song; a psalm of David, 2 when the prophet Nathan had come to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. 3 Be gracious to me, God, according to your mercy, blot out my transgressions according to your great mercy! 4 Wash me well, that I may be free from iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 5 For my transgressions I know, and my sin is always before me. 6 Against you alone have I sinned, and what is evil in your eyes I have done, that you may be righteous when you speak, be pure when you judge. / 7 Behold, I was born in iniquity, and my mother conceived me in sin. 8 Behold, you desire truth in the inmost part of your heart; then teach me wisdom in the depths of my heart! 9 Cleanse me from sin with hyssop that I may be clean, wash me that I may be whiter than snow! 10 Let me hear joy and gladness, let the bones that you have broken rejoice! 11 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities! 12 God, create in me a pure heart, and renew a constant spirit within me! 13 Do not cast me away from your sight, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me! 14 Give me again the joy of your salvation, and keep me with a willing spirit! 15 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn to you. 16 Free me from bloodguilt, God, God of my salvation! Then shall my tongue exult in thy righteousness. 17 Lord, fill my liver! Then shall my mouth declare thy reward. 18 For you have no desire for sacrifice, otherwise I would give it to you; You have no pleasure in burnt offerings. 19 Sacrifices to God are a broken spirit, a broken and broken heart you, God, will not despise. 20 Do good to Zion according to your mercy, build the walls of Jerusalem! 21 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, in burnt offerings and burnt offerings; then they will sacrifice bulls on your altar.
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