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May 26, 2020 1:00 pm
Robert 1710. For this review is more effective for a wise man than 100 blows you know how revealing it is when you're given instruction or correction. How you respond to those volumes about your heart and your relationship. Welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee Senior Pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina today. Pastor David's teaching in first Samuel chapter 25 we have a studio with us.
One of his assistant pastors Pastor Neal welcomed the program.
Good to be here with you all today excited about jumping in the God's word with you today. Pastor Dave is talking about something that's very difficult not giving excuses when were being corrected.
I know that this is hard for me.
It's gotta be hard for everybody else to do. Not like to be corrected but getting away from excuses getting to the heart of the matter is always best for the believer to continue to grow. I think you missed both state that Bob appreciates the correction. Even today, like I said good I'm not to make excuses hate listeners listen in the last and see what God would do in your heart is verse by verse teaching through first Samuel chapter 25 verse in chapter 25 and also in chapter and in the county given the context of David on the run from Saul. David has been anointed to be king, but he's not walking in the position of King yet Saul is still King Saul hunting down trying to kill and in the midst of his wanderings and running from Saul and continues to do a really awesome indeed work in the heart and the life of David suggested an awesome thing to be able to get a glimpse into a man like David, a man that the Bible says is a man after God's own heart. David made some mistakes and whatnot but the Bible says he was a man after God's own heart, so is jump in her Samuel chapter 25 verse one says, then Samuel died, the Israelites gathered together and lamented for him and buried him at his home in Rome, and David arose and went down to the wilderness (Samuel was an incredible leader incredible godly man, he shalt Israel transition from basically a theocracy and governed by God to monarchy. He was an incredible profit and is referred to many times in the New Testament and here we have the news that Samuel died. It's interesting as we look at the life of Sammy.
It was just courageous, prayerful and he was even willing to lay down his authority as the leader of the country and and give it to Saul because before that he had been the prophet, the leader in the country. But he laid it down for Saul because he felt what the people wanted that in the Lord leading to do that.
Verse two. Now there was a man in Mayon whose business was in Carmel and the man was very rich.
He had 3000 sheep in a thousand goats and he was sharing his sheep in Carmel. The name of this of the man was in a ball in the name of his wife Abigail and she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance, but the man was harsh and evil in his doings use of the house.
Caleb so the ball lived in Mayon and in his business was in Carmel and the ball means were see in this chapter means full working to talk little bit about what kind of fool and then Abigail means joy of the father father father of joy in Hebrew meaning father verse four when David heard in the wilderness that the ball was sharing a sheep. David sent 10 young man. And David said to the young men go up the Carmel go to the ball and greet him in my name, and thus you shall say to him who lives in prosperity, peace be to you and peace to your house and peace to all that you have the greetings and and also stairwells very important in the Middle East and probably not is as important here, but they probably should be left to question you if you got children who wins the last time you had your job last time you told your child how much you love last time you told your child how wonderful they are now wonderfully they are created when the last time you see your job. You don't know you don't know that's right. Every time I see my kids always so malevolent always told Lord bless you and keep you because you never know you never know these things are important. Hello farewells and so this greeting the salutation is you know shalom would be the word that would've been use not peace. Peace is an English word shalom is a Hebrew word verse seven. Now I've heard that you have cheers or shepherds were with us and we did not hurt them nor is there anything missing from them all the while they were in Carmel, so Damon and not only been kind to the shepherds in the sheet but he had also protected. This is kind of an arrangement that would happen in the Middle East that you know people and especially the soldiers would look after the shepherds after the sheep and and then when they sharing happen. Then they would receive a blessing from the person who owns the sheep.
Verse eight. Ask your young men and they will tell you therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes fully come on a feast day. Please get whatever comes to your hand to your servants into your son David Jason.
Hey, you know, the sharing and that was a big celebration sharing skin right happen.
We want to be invited to the festivities big meal and whatnot and so they been protecting the flock, it was really his writings, no paydays here. We kind of been working hard to was actually confident that the ball had been had incurred verse nine. So when David's young men came.
They spoke about ball according to all these words in the name of David and waiting. They represented David accurately did you know over play the hand and you know the anything like that. They represented what their leader had said, precisely, it sounds like see the ball's response were spent in the ball answered they would serve and said he was David who is the son of Jesse, there are many servants nowadays to break away each from his own master. Now the ball out.
Obviously he knows who David is good. He says he was David, and who is the son of Jesse so knows who his dad is the he knows who David is. This is a huge land.
It is not really who is David, and David is really matter who is this David that he would even talk to the huge land. Verse 11. Shall I then take my bread and my water and my me that I have killed for my shearers and given to men when I do not know where they are from three read this for I want you to notice the pronouns in this work.
The ball somehow has mistakenly thought that what he has. He got he achieve he's thinking of himself as a self made man, strange turn minute look at this. Shall I then take my bread and my water and mind me that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men when I do not know where they are from the ball gun problem that nobody is that it's interesting you know occasionally you hear that term self-made man always laugh at that one person who's walking on the face of this planet made themselves that even at the very least, you have to admit that you had a mother and a father, but she didn't create yourself on a larger scale than that God created men and women first life wasn't real sure God made man God made man. I mean that a general since God made man and woman mankind.
If you will. God made man God created us.
That's a central biblical truth. And it's interesting how some people to well you know I'm a Christian who believes in evolution. We know it. You really need to choose because God understand when we use the term evolution. There was want to get all and there was what we would call microevolution. In other words, the recent changing is time went on, but as far as you know, the short version. You know from the Gouda zoo to you that this didn't happen. I mean even people with lots of initials behind their names now say this could happen, you know, it's like if you put a bag if you take a watch all apartment put in the back and then you shake it up you think is going to jump back to be a watching know what love is a good rule.like billions and billions of years still not be a watch much more intricately you are designed to watch self-made man interesting to verse 12, so David's young men turn on their heels and went back and they came and told him all these were then David said to his men. Everyman dirt on his sword. Everyman girded on his sword and David also girded on his sword about 400 men went with David in 200 stayed with the supplies they were taught there was upset is on the hook as man I've been you know not only does he not getting to go to the party is not getting Fadden, the boss slams and and it's interesting that you know David last chapter has the opportunity falls right in dead to rights and David doesn't do anything. This all meant a huge thing but now in this chapter, it seems like a much smaller thing is going on with David, loses stock is really killing $3.14, not one of the young men told Abigail the ball slicing look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master and he reviled them to greet our master. This guy works for the ball game. He's going to. Abigail the ball's wife and in you kind of helped oversee the house and he goes over she thinks is but the men were very good to us and we were not hurt nor did we miss anything as long as we accompanying them when we were in the fields. They were a wall to us both by night and day all the time we were with them keeping the sheep so they protected the sheet they protected the shepherd that David wasn't just coming out of left field and saying hey you know hook me up.
They had been doing these things, and there was a debt that was owed from the ball to these men and this wasn't some sort of like protection racket that David was interrelated better, but admitted fees. You will lose them.
She wrote a sheep massacre be known about this is what it Artie done. Verse 17 now therefore no one consider what you will do for harm is determined against our master, against all his household. He is such a scoundrel that one cannot speak to so apparently the ball you know was not a very good leader.
I don't know how you came into the position that he came to be fluent, maybe they became to it by ripping people off like he was gonna rip David off on with this guy Kinnaman code in the ball so he goes to Abigail and the ball is getting not only himself in trouble but he's getting all of them in trouble and I don't know the servant knows that Dave is going to respond or maybe he's already aware that you know maybe some ice, so you know it.
David and Ray, he got 600 got there Karen resorts. This is not going to go well and remember, David had a reputation as an incredible warrior in these men. When the as well. Thank you for listening to David McGee with cross the bridge ministries. David's heart is to help you beyond our radio program will continue teaching the word of God and bring hope to the power of the Scriptures we know that these are unusual times so we want to share with you many of our online tools. Please check out. You are loved.org to take advantage of these free resources. Our daily devotional has a helpful reading plan thoughts from the Scripture and practical life lessons to help encourage you on. You are loved.org you can find full-length teachings from Pastor David and his assistant pastor's. Maybe you're not able to attend services at your local church right now and visit you are loved.org so you can join us live on Sunday mornings at 10 AM Eastern and Thursday evenings at 7 PM Eastern time again, these are free resources to help you anytime day or night. During these difficult times. David wants to offer you peace. Where could be lacking help in your time of need and build you up with these free resources that you are loved.org now back to David McGee, verse 18. Then Abigail made haste, and took 200 loaves of bread to skins of 15 sheep party dressed five seals of roasted grain, 100 clusters of raisins and 200 cakes of figs and loading them on donkeys, and she said to her service go on before me. See, I am coming after you, but she did not tell her husband the ball. Don't misunderstand something she is acting to protect her household not only her husband news not smart enough to protect himself with protecting the children that the people who were working there. The people who were serving the household the shepherds. Everybody's everybody is in trouble here what is in the ball where inosine is going to be confirmed before the chapters over the ball. Had these self destructive tendencies. You know, slamming David when the whole country knew what kind of warrior he was in the ball is no warrior and he had some shepherds but to say the things about David really was placing himself in a in a dangerous position, but still do his mouth. You know he he got there.
I think you know me must be honest we we've all placed ourselves in positions like by saying things that we should of said doing things we shouldn't of done in United States and especially work to find out rising will enough that the ball during you know and I know that some of know Somerville used to struggle with and so trying to relate to you and I used to drink way way too much and get in trouble and talk and say things we shouldn't say we been drinking.
Get all kinds of trouble you know, a lot of times a day it would start out with that with this Dave name a lot you know and then things went downhill quickly from there. So Abigail's doing an honorable thing to try to help her husband. Verse 20, so it was a she wrote on the donkey that she went down under cover of the hill and there were David and his men coming down torture she met them so they're coming down the wiper running out and Abigail to this whole plan of God comes and meets them. Verse 21 that David said surely in vain. I protected all that this fellow house in the wilderness so that nothing was missed of all the blogs to ministry he has repaid me evil for good. May God do so, and more also to the enemies of David. If I leave one mail of all who belong to him by morning light David's upset Issa so you know I'm the wife.
All the guys up white every single man in this village in this household.
Imagine the people that would take the look after 3000 sheep in a thousand go.
This is no small threat and here we see from the moment we see the humanity of David, and I mean you don't see David really upset, but a few times in Scripture and this is one up and this is no idle threat. This is what he is on his way to do and it reminds us that even the best of men are still just men at best. Even the best of men are still just a minute Baston everyone of us is capable of failure and anger and all these things were not perfect. Verse 23 now when Abigail saw David she dismounted quickly from the donkey fell her face before David and bowed to the ground so she fell at his feet and said on me my Lord on me. Let this iniquity be in. Please let your maidservant speak in your ears and hear the words of your maidservant. Abigail's incredible curtain. The ball was very obviously is killed even more obvious is that it all but I was just a mistake and and in yet when Abigail does when she shows up. Talk to David she doesn't show up and go.
My husband Lydia can't believe he wouldn't give you some five try the deli. I tried to talk to him he will listen to me that when she shows up Cessna I discovered early on as a pastor you never do marriage counseling with one person, but people will try to do marriage counseling by the in the sense that though shot. The good all man.
My wife told her she messed up man. She does then she says this that that that that that slight man. She went all out messed up when God gave it to you what you do. I mean really, everything about when a husband starts on about how messed up. His wife is due.
Nobody sent I'm doing a horrible job in that's what he saying you guys really convicted. Okay, let's go.
The flip side is ladies do the same thing as all my husband as my husband left did them integrated.
Abigail have reason to complain about her husband absolutely. He put the whole household and Carol did. She no, she shows up and she says no. I let this be on me. Let this be on me ladies as a godly woman. She's married to an ungodly man, but that is a godly woman that shows up and says it's on me and I think it's safe to say David has never met a woman like this before, and God is going to use Abigail to help David to the situation. Verse 25. Please let not my Lord regard this scoundrel ball for as his name is so is he. The ball is his name and folly as well, but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my Lord, whom you sent, understand, and in eastern culture, Middle East culture is that eastern hospitality is a very serious thing for any stranger to come your house and say Neat and You Turn Them Away Very Serious Thing That Satan Know You Can't Stay Here and on Those Sorts of Things in and As the Lady of the House.
She Took That Very Seriously.
Now His Name. The Ball Meant. It Meant Full Even More Than That.
It Meant Him Enclosed. We Spoken a Little Bit about This Word Pool in the Hebrew, There Are Several Types of Food in the Hebrew Scriptures and One of Them the Ball. That's One of the Worst in the Sense That He's a Closed Full Words.
He Was Foolish or Ignorant and He Didn't Want to Know Anymore. He Didn't Want to Be Talked. He Was Content Being Foolish.
There's Another Full Arrogant Fool. It's Interesting That the Ball Is the Word Used in That Verse. Psalm 14 One That Says Only Full Say in Their Hearts. There Is No God. They Are Corrupt and Their Actions Are Evil. No One Does Good. Only a Fool Says in His Heart There Is No God Member When I Used To Travel What I Pulled up to Pastor's House in a Pickup Truck Was in New Mexico so Were Sitting New Mexico and Pulled up and All He Had His Bumper Sticker on His Truck That Said Celebrate National Atheist Day.
It's Kind of Uncool for Pastor to Have That Got a Bumper Sticker That Looked a Little Closer Listed April 1 Is a Fool Says in His Heart There Is No God, Who Bumper Stick See Atheism Is the Foolish Belief That God Does Not Exist to Foolish Belief. Let Me Read You Quote Very Interesting. Atheism Is Rationally Ridiculous. The Most Anyone Can Claim about the Nonexistence of God Is Agnosticism to Say You Don't Know, but As Soon As One Takes the Atheist Viewpoint. He Opens Himself in His Philosophical System to a Dilemma. No Finite Being Can Say There Is No God for outside the Limits of His Knowledge, God May Exist to Be an Atheist One Must Claim to Know Everything. Of Course This Is One of the Attributes That Only God Possesses. Therefore, the Only Way One Can Prove God Doesn't Exist Is to Be God, Which Is Rationally Ridiculous Atheist Cannot Say That There Is No God Had Discussions before and and and and There's a Little Thing That You Can Use Last Message Was How Much of the Universe Is Knowledge. Do You Think You Content Contained Mean You Think You Understand 3% of the Entire Universe, or 5% Entire and There's a Really Arrogant Will Say 5% and On-Site, and yet You by Your Own Admission, Don't Know Don't Understand.
95% of the Universe in Your Common to the Conclusion That There Is No God. When You've Only Discovered 5% of Everything While Don't Ever Go to Vegas, but in the Ball As the Sky Got It Was This Konica Ellis Understand That the Other Fool That We See in Hebrew Is What's Called an Open Are Teachable Fool Someone Who Doesn't Know Everything but They're Willing to Be Taught.
They Want to Discover They Want to Learn.
I Think That We Should Be like That Is Followers of Jesus, We Should Be like That As People, but Especially As Followers of Jesus Wants Because There Is so Much to Learn. There's so Much to Discover Proverbs 1710 Says This Rebuke Is More Effective for a Wise Man Than 100 Blows on a Fool Rebuke Is More Effective for a Wise Man Than 100 Blows on a Fool.
You Know How Revealing It Is When You're Given Instruction or Constructive Criticism or Correction or Review How You Respond to Those Volumes about Your Heart and Your Relationship Will Life Lesson.
Your Last Person Takes Direction Well and without Excuses. A Live Person Takes Direction Well without Excuses Friend You Know for Sure That Your Sins Have Been Forgiven. You Can Know Right Now Only Legion a Short Simple Prayer Simply Telling God You're Sorry and Asking Him to Help You to Live for Him. Please Pray This Prayer with Me out Loud Right Now. Dear Jesus, I Believe You Died for Me That I Could Be Forgiven and I Believe You Were Raised from the Dead That I Could Have a New Life Not Done Wrong Things I Have Sent and I'm Sorry. Please Forgive Me of All Those Things. Please Give Me the Power to Live for You. All of My Days in Jesus Name, Amen It Friend of You Prayed That Prayer According to the Bible You've Been Forgiven You've Been Born Again.
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