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July 29, 2022 7:05 am
Today from Chuck Swindoll but just like this. He knows your hungry, beautiful thing about close friends is there else around. Little do it when we come through.
We Christians are down but there is precious few and reach down to save my friend on their compassionate friend today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll reminds us of the season when King David had been knocked off his pedestal gracious God provided kindhearted, so how about you have you made some regrettable mistakes along your journey broken someone's trust well in those moments when you're feeling down and defeated.
You don't need a credit what you need is someone to help you. Chuck titled today's message friends in these are people with whom we have regular contact and deep commitment in mutual character development. We are not only open but we anxiously await their counsel and their reproof we are free to criticize free to correct an absolutely free to embrace and encourage because there is a mutual understanding. If you know what's good for you. You don't have many intimate friends. You can't trust that many people you have a few very few people maybe want to sometime as many as three with whom you can absolutely unveil the truth of your life. There are precious few people with whom you can be that honest now as we look at second Samuel chapter 15. I'm sure the situation which David found himself first of all personally.
He was virtually destroyed by guilt, he had gone into Bathsheba. He had killed Bathsheba's husband. He lost his baby's home world crumble so personally. He was really out of the gun second domestically.
His home was shattered, a son writes a sister aboard rebels and leads a conspiracy against the throne's name is Absalom and David is literally driven from the throne and he loses touch with family and that's the third's political career is destroyed now does David need a sheltering tree all man. If ever a man did he did. I want to happen. The king's servants.
Verse 15 said to the king, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses of the king went out all his household with him for 17 the king went out all the people with. They stopped at the last house. There was kind of a pass in review few women, children and their running for their lives needed to tree to give them some shelter just somebody will say there with you have the answer but man my heart goes out to you. God sends a sheltering tree. Here are five of here we go it's time to get tight suddenly comes out of the woodwork and he says to David affect stand with you my friend. Life or death. I'm here.
David says, verse 22 passing going Passover all the leaves I am all the way with get what you can do someplace no man's land without any promise buddies with his friend.
It's hard to get tight as a Sadock and Abby a thought or second they came up with all until all the people to finish passing from the city so we got people passing leaving the city and in here come these two guys haul in the art. This piece of furniture from Jerusalem is a where we go from here were with you, David not notice what David says to them, he doesn't say let's go together. He asks them a favor.
Verse 25 the king said to them return the ark of God to the city and so he says to those men want to go back to the city to minister their you needed there.
And that's exactly what they do. The king said, are you not see her verse 27 onto a profit return to the city in peace with your two sons see him going the way to the forge of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me so Sadock and Abby Thor return, the ark of God to Jerusalem and remained there. They have some things to lose. By the way their duty at that moment was to obey their friend and to trust his wisdom.
It meant that they were going into a life of hardship and insecurity. Probation suffering, possibly death.
Verse 30 David went up the assent of the Mount of olives and wept as he went on. This is a broken man.
His head was covered and he walked barefoot or picture that king barefooted head covered and all the people who were with him, each covered his head and went up weeping as they went. Verse 32. Here's the third friend it happened.
This David was coming to the summit where God was worshiped, that behold shyly archived was a new he met David with his coat torn and dust on his head and this push.
I was so touched with David's feelings he met David and bore the marks of this compassionate feeling, and David spotted so David gave him a very significant task. He says no you don't come with me that would be a burden if you return to the city and say to Absalom. I'll be your servant okaying as I've been your father servant time passed, so I'll now be your servant and you can thwart the counsel of a Hitler fell for me.
Who in the world was a hit. The fellow will is a counselor of Absalom employee saying he's is this set up a strategy of spying and who signed the best thing you could become his turncoat and will set up a chain of command so that that information that comes from the heart of the king, Absalom will pass through messengers one by one, first with your lips and then all the way to my ears and then we will find a way to turn the throne against and that is exactly what happens in chapter 17 is a matter of fact, I made a list of the names involved in the communication line that led to the overthrow of Absalom listen to them who shy Sadock MBAs are an unknown girl who took a message Jonathan on him as an unnamed woman who had to messengers in a disguised well and finally the errand boy that ran the message to David why were what I think the turned list that bunch of people because they are friends, none of which will ever be in the limelight in any biography you read in the life of David and amaretto. Nobody bothers to cover this segment of David's life, but this was when the chips were down. The last house.
The last ditch here is nobody around and he sister who shy listen, you're my friend you fake it.
You act like you're Absalom's follower and you get the information and bind by we will turn this thing against that's exactly what happened okay with us if tithing get tight Sadock, and having a thought who shy push either wasn't archived push either archetype is 1/4 would look at chapter 17 verse 27 and now I love this bunch there. Three of great guys show me my character and Barr's ally Launcelot, spelling 1727 now here they are. David come to Maha Naim. If you check your concordance you'll find out. The first mention of Mohammed team isn't Genesis 32 14 angels came and ministered to Jacob and here we have David the middle of nowhere name and these angels come in the form of three men, three men look at what they do show be the son of Nyhan Sharad, son of Ammon. Babylon has an enemy of David.
Remember that Mike or the son of MEA overloaded bar.
Remember that and Barr's ally, the Gilly light from can pronounce it brought these people about these things, beds, basins, pottery, weed, barley flour, green beans, little spark seeds, honey, curds sheet and cheese David May says PayPal sleeping bags.
Here's here's China says pottery.
They fit all those troops out there… Good stuff on cheese and need food and you know why because the people were hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness comes through as you know David when the type away the big flag and say Charlemagne help us out.
But you see when you got a friend like this. He knows your hungry, he knows you're thirsty he knows you don't have a bed beautiful thing about close friends is to be told there. There no man is good stuff. I love it I see it, so practically in our Christian life and we make it so theologically impeccable that it nobody cares it just good exposition friends. This is good living. This is what you do when the bills come due in the bottom drops out and is nobody else around you got somebody to comes to your door and says you know we got a good job. No reason in the world we ought to keep all this money you take this. You guys can use in our friend the Savior coming way. Stay here. Doesn't matter will packed the kids up putting here. We love you less. This go eat and take of the golden arches that I take you some super joy where they just lay the feedback on. That's a friend all right.
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Hey gang, this is this is this Is Robert Reed Rd., Christianity. This is where we got up off what else around. Little do it. This is when we come through. I'll tell you we Christians look to window down, but there's a precious view and reached down to save my friend get on your feet on their you can't run me away now. Did they have agrees not to come hang on, shall be from the sons of Ammon could have said David has fought the ammonites and he has been so cruel. There's no way I want to take a hot dog to David. That's what shall be could have thought, well, how about how about maker maker verse 2700 to get your memory bank for a moment see where he's from Jesus son of Abigail from load to bar who was in load bar,, who was a loaded bar for Bishop $64,000 said no.
I will going all that much for Bishop is a super guy. He's a cripple that was kin to Jonathan. He was a son member and because he ran from the throne, thinking that is like to be taken. He finally wound up in the middle of the desert loaded bar means no pastureland and it was one guy that had a house this cripple came up on crutches. I stay here. His name is maker micros, guided takes care of people when they need, so I thought I done my thing. I fulfill my responsibility. David that take care of himself. There's one more guy here named up Barr's ally you check the next chapter. He's 80 years old.
I'm retired, saying that he said these that should show me Jeremiah get that stuff together so it kills a few sheet makes a Pollock curds and curds, were sentenced over the curds. Courage is really hungry all day is go see curds needed. Well they love David man sensitive friends don't always stop wanting and David E. Like is going on style, and finally you know the of his life is son dies is come to an abrupt ending he's he's dead and now we find David old man frying pan into the fire. He is bad already and here's Absalom's been murdered and the world caves in can get off the shoulders the end of chapter 18 verse 33 the King deeply moved when up to the chamber over the gate and wept, and he said as he walked all my son Absalom.
He wails my son. My son would have died instead of you. My son, my son and you never been there. You can't understand all what he needs is a friend and God sense of Joab. David can get over the grief is caught in a trap. Sometime grief does that to you in a cave. It's about a lots of door you can get on the cave. You try your best to fake it and you can't do it and you still in there and all of a sudden a friend climbs in S. Joab look at verse one. It was told Joab the king is weeping and mourns for Absalom in the victory that day was turned to morning for all the people and the people heard it said that day the king is grieved for his son Melissa. They were saying it is God's deliverance, God took care of Absalom David Rall now is your chance. And David is absorbing grief in the cave can't go on it so dark and it's so empty and there's nobody around to succumb on David back your leadership is needed. Joab comes in verse four, the King covered his face and cried with a loud voice.
All Absalom and Joab verse five cared enough to confront that's a friend Joab came and said today. You covered with shame the faces of all your servants who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters the lives of your wives in the lives of your concubines you have shown today.
The princes and service are nothing to you, for I know this day that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead you would be pleased.
David, on your feet get over this grief is a job to be done. Verse seven, go, arise, speak kindly to your servants are swear by the Lord.
If you don't go out on a man will pass the night with you be worse for you than all the evil is come upon you from your youth until now that's a friend you lick your wounds long enough, David, God's comment is done something that's broken your heart friend where it's bigger than a boy. Verse eight the king arose set in the gate when they told the people.
The king is sitting at the gate.
The people came before the king. What he's back on target and there was Joab in that ministry of helping David when he bottomed out today when I came across this just thrilled me to death. I love messages like this because it puts the glory where it belongs in the Lord's hands as he works through no names it tied the get tight say door is the Sadock Debbie a thought shot show beat maker Barr's ally, joy. But those are the heroes that help David pull it off. Holding holding David up that your ministry. Praise God you're not in the limelight you keep those that are in that front line work there. You're in the trenches put it together, encouraging ministry supporting and giving. I never knew the man, but I my life is indirectly shaped by him because he was such a builder of men name is Dawson Trotman, founder of the navigators. Trotman spent his life for people just building.
Trotman died suddenly it's screen Lake up in New York on a boat took a quick turn and he suddenly jumped out of the boat and this fine statesman swam around as best he couldn't handle up to a girl and lifted her up anyone under Larson, who was on the boat, said later the entire United States Navy could not have saved us a truck that day was his time.
The widow knew nothing of it on the shore. Her name is Lila. She was walking along the shoreline.
When the boat arrived panic stricken the couldn't get him that no net had no way of pulling them in the came the shoreline.
One man came running toward Lila saying Lila Dawson is gone and she calmly said, our God is in the heavens. He has done whatever he's been pleased to do. Billy Graham had the funeral, but if you beheaded because Dawson Trotman was amended to disperse follow-up work is the first one to say Billy to Billy. I believe in you and I'll follow up almost brand-new people to come forward. Graham Prince funeral time magazine was there a week later they had a picture of them in the paper in the magazine had a caption under Dawson Trotman. Always holding somebody up that is a friend sheltering tree spout together.
It just may be that the Lord is just told you enough in the lives of all these no names to say it's my calling for you. You be among the support personnel. You be the one that holds the food you be the one that runs errands.
You be the one to make those calls Lozano's hospital hallways stops, often those rooms and loves his people back to health, to be the giver, you be the one that holds them up. Forgive us our great God for our understanding of the Christian life. We have really missed it. We put the glory in the lap of men.
We highlight a few rather than giving you the glory and saying thank you to those that make those lines possible.
We are so enamored of the delights headlines to David's. We forget to get tight and NBA stars, the unknowns people like us.
Thank you very much for those sheltering trees that have loved us through the hard in Jesus name. You are listening to Insight for living in the Bible teaching of Chuck Swindoll. He titled today's message based on David story recorded in the Old Testament book of second Samuel friends in need to learn more about this ministry, we invite you to visit us email@example.com in addition to hearing Chuck's daily messages are team at Insight for living has curated a wonderful collection of resources for your entire family and it's all available on our website right now is a wonderful season for recreational reading, and our website clearly illustrates a wide variety of great options including creative choices for your children, you find more information firstname.lastname@example.org/summer. Let me draw your attention to one of Chuck's most popular books because it will help your entire family grow deeper in their Christian walk. It's called growing strong in the seasons of life. This classic volume of 144 readings will help you grow closer to God in whatever stage of life you happen to be.
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