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May 27, 2020 1:00 pm
Dear Mr. legato some people in her life and here's the problem there's always going to be something wrong with a person there. If you look close enough you can always look at their life and go with all there's this about there not perfect. They're not perfect wash.
I listen to well if you bureaucrats here for listen to another human is that they be perfect you nevertheless need minor life.
Yes what you just became close.
I will send people to us to speak to us that are perfect and sometimes were all worse to me. When God sends these people to us to help us. We don't listen we don't respond very personally got welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee Senior Pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina, one of David McGee's assisting pastors is here today to help us through this teaching afternoon, welcome to the program. Thanks, Bob. Looking forward to get into the word today and this is a good one because this is talking about health we got this huge body of Christ and sometimes the helpers, and other times God sends people to's for help when we and now here's David McGee helping us learn verse by verse.
First Samuel chapter 25 verse in chapter 25. Also in chapter and in giving 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's 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 Amand 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 first 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 (now there was a man in Mayon whose business was in Carmel. 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 the 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 was of the house.
Caleb 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 man go up the Carmel go to the ball and greet him in my name and not 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 now. I've heard that you have cheers your shepherds were with us and we did not hurt them nor is there anything missing from them all the while they were in Carmel after young men, and they will tell you therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes fully, the feast day. Please get whatever comes to your hand to your servants into your son David to when David's young men came. They spoke about the ball, according to all these words in the name of David and waiting in the ball answer David servant and said he was David who is the son of Jesse, there are many servants nowadays to break away each from his own master 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.
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. Every man dirt on his sword gerrymandered it on a sword, and David also girded on his sword about 400 men went with David in 200 stayed with the supplies 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 accompanied 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 sheet. Verse 17 now therefore knowing 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.
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 loaded 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.
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. The David said surely in vain. I protected all the dispelling house in the wilderness so that nothing was missed of all the blogs to minister. He has repaid me evil for good. May God do so, and more also to the enemies of David. If I leave one male of all who belong to him by morning light verse 23 that when Abigail Saul, David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey fell on 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. Verse 25. Please let not my Lord regard to scoundrel the 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, there's eastern hospitality is a very serious thing for any stranger to come your house and say neat and you turn them away.
The 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 what you see in and I hate the unit reveal the plot, but if you read ahead Abigail David in the getting married now will will see that it's all legit. But it's interesting to me notice when David meets Abigail and when Abigail meets David neither one of them are looking for spouse is something that God does. And if you remember back to the book of Genesis, Adam wasn't looking for a wife.
Actually, Adam was at rest when God gave him. He here and here in your single be at rest and let God bring a spouse to because if you go out you start looking. You probably get in trouble. Let God bring you what's best now is name the ball meant. It meant full even more than that, it meant.
It meant closed. We spoken a little bit about this word fool 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 fellas understand that the other fool that we see in Hebrew is what's called an open are teachable fool words at 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 wife because there is so much to learn. There's so much to discover. Proverbs 17 tenses. This rebuke is more effective for a wise man than 100 blows on a full rebuke is more effective for a wise man than 100 blows on a full 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 with the Lord. I've been corrected. It was a way you know what you should've done it like that Ella can go you know you're right you're right there something that I can learn from and so I am a teachable fool if you and I think that you know the moment.
We think that we've arrived. When a dangerous place is really cool things about studying the Bible you know you're never going to understand everything about this book is also always be something else that you can learn some else that you can be taught like lesson here. A wise person takes direction well and without excuses. A live person takes direction well without excuses when somebody goes to correct you, and then you go tell them why it is that you did it you're not receiving the correction verse 26 now therefore, my Lord is the Lord lives in measure so let's since the Lord is held you back from coming. The bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hand now, then let your enemies and those who seek harm from our Lord be as the ball and now this present what your maidservant is brought to my Lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my Lord please forgive the trespass of your maidservant, for the Lord will certainly make for my Lord and enduring house because my Lord fights the battles of the Lord and evil is not found in you throughout your days again what what an awesome woman she's apologizing for something. Her husband did without going back and pointing out that it was totally his phone godly woman godly woman 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 in bringing 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.
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She sang a lot of stuff in here. She's aware of what's going on Saul she's alluding the fact that Saul is chasing David.
She also mentions the sling always you know David's present situation. She's also where David's history talk about the enemies will be as the sling notice the life of my Lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God valuables is that they work were kept in a bundle that shepherds are nomads.
As you travel, you would keep very valuable things in this little bundle.
And here it says the Lord your God is going to keep you in a little bundle understand what that means. The Lord considers you to be something very precious to him. Very precious and deep so much that he wants to take care of you and place you in that moment. The whole concept which we throw word around sanctification and what that means is that were living more and more for the Lord work were acting were walking were talking more and more like Jesus.
But somehow we got we got in our twisted there's a Hebrew word picture that it's as if a woman is cleaning up a Jew to show somebody out. Sanctification is not so you can look down at your nose at some of you… When that but so that he might glorify God. God was the pox you up so you can glorify him in your life put you in the bundle manufactures an interesting word used in the New Testament, Ephesians 210 says you are his workmanship comes right after Ephesians to it now talk about. For by grace are you saved through faith, not of works is the gift of God listening much about meaning, grace is God's unmerited favor towards us in that while we ask forgiveness for sins were given forgiveness of sins lock as we are and know that because it's a grace thing is well and that you bestow that forgiveness on and Ephesians 2 tenses, for we are his workmanship, created in him for good works created to do things like loving each other and serving one another and that word workmanship in the Greek is Colima. That's is your my pole. You're my pole that I want the world to read so that they can.
You might've been called a lot of things this week, but God because you his pole, his pole these I can check this out check this poem out Beautiful. This this life that was totally in disorder Nesta read this poem and that you while you can either be bundled in this bundle and taken care of.
Or you can be a rock in a sling. David's carefully bundled in this bundle the ball is going to be this stone verse 30.
There shall come to pass in the Lord has done for my Lord, according to all the good that he is spoken concerning you and is appointed you ruler over Israel that this will be no grief to you, nor a sense of heart to my Lord. Either that you have shed blood without cause or that my Lord has avenged themselves.
But when the Lord is dealt well with my Lord. And remember your maidservant again Wheatley seek Abigail's just filled with wisdom filled with wisdom and the Scripture points out, she's a beautiful woman and she's filled with wisdom and again she's not sitting here complaining about the Baller you know it's been so hard.
You just can imagine what a jerk the ball is about about she's not doing anything and not only is she not doing that she's now encouraging David not to do that because David could take this offense with David could walk away from the situation got okay no I walk away today but that the ball is my going down would not become king.
He jotted and I'm guessing, don't do don't don't do that. Don't keep a record of wrongdoing. First Corinthians chapter 13 verse five. The second part of says love is not irritable and it keeps no record of when it has been wrong, pretty convicting keeps no record as an interesting thing when you're in a discussion with somebody or an argument with somebody how quickly we we pull up the past, oh yeah, what about the time you such and such and so and so you know and and and and if you love each other and you've known each other long enough. Many go back like 1520 year and then and you know you always have the ace in the hole that you have on somebody and if all else fails during a discussion, you can.
What about when you did this.
Why do we carry those cards around when Jesus said don't do it. Five escaping for safety sake, you never know when you might need it. I'm sorry about your relationships with friends with spouses, which your children with your parents, why are you carrying the deck around letting go because here's what happened. You carry that deck around long enough you're going to become embittered.
You're going to become better you become cynical or to become hardhearted in any carry the deck around sooner or later even play this card Peter interestingly enough he comes to Jesus and he's the thought of the day is that if somebody messed up three times you would forgive him three times after that. No more. When forgive them any more than three times that was it.
Peter comes up to Jesus in Matthew 18 and Peter to really stretch the boundaries.
Susan Peter came to him and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgiven seven times. Peter is looking really good and he's looking really gracious to me is not three Jesus said to him I do not say to you, up to seven times but up to 70×7, 490 was Jesus, you need to get a notebook and went to my message with you right now. You know that at some point in your life you were 91. No more forgiveness. Somebody here know the number seven. She thought she shave it just goes on and on real seven is a number of eternity. Jesus saying don't keep record of letting God hears challenging thing, who in this room has let go of everything. I'm not sure anybody in here can say that we walked in here carrying the stuff keep it with us all the time you carry around sometimes like a trophy where like a name badge. I'm certain such and so and so and this is what is happened in my life were somebody hurt me, and I've been wounded, not you know of anybody asked me how I'm doing all relive it in a heartbeat here I mean I've met people like that how you doing, Meg jumped back 15 years ago and also not about another) is that with when Jesus said to put in that I think this was in part what Jesus was talking about and he said come unto me all you that are heavy laden quit carrying that stuff around you not designed to cure it. You're not built to cure that stuff and yet we still carried around if you can grab hold of this night you can be set free of a lot of stuff maybe sit there and you go you know what is just to fresh faster to fresh just happened yesterday just happened last week I can't let go of God is a supernatural God and God will give you the ability and the strings to let go and forgive people, but it is a decision of your will want them to know I don't feel like forgiven you think Jesus felt like going to the cross friend.
He then but he did anyway.
It was an act of will and forgiving people.
I've had people that wanted me that you know before I felt like forgiven him. I took an act of will to God I forgive them. Don't feel like forgiven, but I forgive and let it go and got honors that mustard seed faith of being willing to forgive somebody God will hear that verse 32.
Then David said that Abigail Blessed is the Lord God of Israel who sent you this day to meet me, and blessed is your advice and Blessed are you, because you have Me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself my own hand and say all your different woman what you know is blessed is your advice. Verse 34 for indeed is the Lord God of Israel lives whose Me back from hurting you, unless you would hurry and come to me to meet me surely by morning light.
No males would've been left in the ball and understanding.
There was probably a fleeting moment in time with David in this exchange, where he probably did look at Abigail and thought we married this guy. What can you know I mean, obviously you know something's gone wrong in your life that your husband is about something you listen you your ego having you not making any sense to understand that God was in people in their lives to speak to us and here's the problem there's always going to be something wrong with that person there. If you look close enough you can always look at their life ago when all there's this about their not perfect. They're not perfect. Why should I listen to well if your criteria for listen to another human is that they be perfect, Roger. Nevertheless, in a binder life is what you just became close, full God will send people to us to speak to us that are perfect and sometimes were all worse enemy when God sends these people to us to help us and we don't listen we don't respond to the very person. God sends they what's amazing about humanity and human being when I just said that most people in the room just remembered one time when I try to help some unaided list instead of remembering some time when somebody came to you to help you and you didn't listen. The life lesson here. God will send people into our lives to help.
God will send people into our lives to help my whole heart is to help people in the love people to teaching the word of God. Occasionally I may say something that really convicts you are convinces you of wrongdoing. I do that love. I don't do that to hammer you to yell at anybody or anything but I'm convinced that God some how do some cosmic humor. Something has sent me to this place for this season to be here to speak the same whether you listen Fran, it's up to you but I do know that God sent me to do that first Corinthians chapter 10 verse 13 says that but remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience God is faithful, you will keep the temptation for becoming so strong that you can't stand up against and when you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not get into it, God will send an Abigail into your life going, don't do this, but will friend you know for sure that your sins have been forgiven. You can know right now own 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. Jesus said he would not turn anybody away who comes to him and he came for those people who knew they needed forgiveness. Those who were sick, not the righteous. So congratulations for you just made the greatest decision that you will ever make.
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