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A Son In Conflict Part 2

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September 26, 2022 1:00 am

A Son In Conflict Part 2

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September 26, 2022 1:00 am

When we sin morally, God promises to forgive us when we repent. But the consequences of sin remain, as they did for King David with his ruptured relationships and divided kingdom. In this message, we honestly examine lessons for us from David’s family conflict. Don’t ever underestimate what God can do with a mess.

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Turn in your Bibles to second Samuel chapter 16 estimates are it's hard to imagine David watching his son follow in his own steps on a rooftop you know is I think of the life of David. I can't help but be reminded of the fact that even though he loved God passionately. He was a man after God's own heart. He gives us most of the songs at the same time he send in the Bible gives a great deal of information regarding the consequences of this and if I can put it that way because God wants us to understand first of all, that even the godly can sin and they can be forgiven.

As David was. But as you've already mentioned the consequences go on and on. What a story was so much to teach us. Let us listen carefully, Absalom's back in Jerusalem is in the good graces of his father so he stands beside the gate, which is where all the judges died and he begins that people come to him to deal with some of the judicial aspect of the kingdom begins to say to them all. You know, if only I were King, you wouldn't have these problems and he begins to talk about the promises that he makes to them about the fact that you know my dad's kingdom is coming unraveled and he's too busy with other things and he hasn't really been the king that he used to be. And so it says in chapter 15 verse six, second Samuel, and in this manner, Absalom dealt with all Israel. Whoever came to the king for judgment, so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel, and he built up opposition to his father David. He stole the hearts of the people through deceit.

He was incredibly good-looking. The Bible says that he was handsome. I read a verse in chapter 14 that says now in all Israel. There was no one as handsome as Absalom so highly praise from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head was no defect in him. He oozed charisma and so people began to say, you know, wouldn't it be wonderful if Absalom were our leader. One day after he thought that his power was solidified. He blew the trumpet and he said I'm having Civil War now and I'm chasing my dad out of Jerusalem and I'm going to grasp the kingdom I'm to be king. What follows is one of the most humiliating experiences for David but also in a sense his finest hour and he goes through the Kidron Valley and he begins to go up the scent of the Mount of olives.

His friends want to bring the ark of God with him in an earlier message. We talked about that ark of God and notice what he says in verse 25 and the king said to Zada returned the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then he will bring me back again and show me both. It and his habitation but he should say.

Thus, I have no delight in you, behold, here I am. Let him do to me as seems good to him. That is to God but God do as he wills it. He brings me back to Jerusalem, that's fine. But if he doesn't bring me back whatever God wants if I'm to die at the hands of my own son let God's will be done by point in David's life and experience. Do you see here a crushed man crushed man by man who finally had given himself wholly and totally to God. Well, you know what happens. Absalom takes over. He goes send David of course is escaping all the way to the Jordan River. Absalom comes into the city of Jerusalem and he violates David's wives and concubines on the rooftop and so this is publicly seen.

Why so that everybody knows that there's no possibility of reconciliation so that he might know that he has become odious to use the biblical term odious to his father and it says in chapter 16, they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof and he went into his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel, hold it, put your finger in the text.

This is the roof of the palace. What else happened on that rooftop. It is there.

The Scripture says in chapter 11 verse one that David decided one evening to walk out on the rooftop and it is from the rooftop that he saw Bathsheba bathing and he lusted for her and took her and Matt was beginning of the whole ugly mass from that rooftop.

Absalom does this despicable thing.

Why do I say David asked.

Now with sentimentality rather than strength. It's because when the Civil War erupts. He says to his generals. Whatever you do, spare Absalom spare Absalom don't touch him until all of his men don't touch him was that realistic that realistic. I don't think so.

Jerry was a son. But listen, here's a guy who had begun a Civil War of the whole nation was in turmoil. People were being killed all over the place and Absalom, the instigator of the rebellion was he supposed to get off three. David thought so Joab and his military commander didn't, and when Absalom was riding his mule and the mule went under a tree.

The hair of Absalom was caught in the tree and Joab came along and pierced him and killed him and then blew the trumpet and said came over Absalom is dead. I want you to notice how David mourned it says in chapter 18 verse 33 when David hears the news. Do you understand the pathos.

Can you understand the pain of this man and the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept and thus he said as he walked oh my son Absalom mice son. My son Absalom would. I had died instead of you.

Oh, Absalom, my son, my son. What kind of a cry is this you know as well as I this is a cry of a father who wishes he could do it all over again how differently he would live if only he knew what he now knew how differently. David had three spares so far that went into his heart. First of all, the child was born to Bathsheba died and when he died. David said you know I he watched himself. The Bible says he shaved and people civil. Why do you seem to be rejoicing is that I'm not rejoicing, but he said I know that the baby died and he shall not come to me, but I shall go to him. David believed that he'd see that baby again is a second sword that pierced his heart and that is the death of Amnon and now the death of his favorite Absalom. Any mourns like this because he knows he will never see Absalom again is never a time in Absalom's life when Absalom cried out to God for forgiveness. Absalom was never accepted by God because of his repentance like David was. So David said I know that I will see the baby again, but I know that I will never see Absalom again, this is it. Now and so he cries and he weeps and he mourned over his rebellious, strong-willed, deceitful, handsome, good looking son.

There is another sword by the way, that will peers David's heart and that we will mention later on in the final message which is next time when I speak on the death of David and will go to his deathbed and see what's happening some very important lessons though very quickly number one even forgiven sin has consequences. I don't need to stress that we pointed that out this message and the previous one.

The fact that God says David, your sin is forgiven. David says I can rejoice in the Lord. The joy of the Lord is my strength. David said, but the consequences within his family multiplied and continued even forgiven sin is its consequences. But notice the secondly sin made David softer the sins that he committed made him softer, that doesn't justify the sins obviously but it created with the amount heart of repentance. But notice how sin made Absalom harder and he became more obstinate, more LES, more self will remember that David wouldn't take the kingdom from Saul even though Saul was throwing the spears at him and the whole bit. David said I will not touch the Lord's anointed. As long as Saul was king.

I will have nothing to do with any rebellion or overthrowing evil is now look at this here's David not done any wrong to Absalom is not throwing spears that is void. In fact, he's forgiving them far too quickly.

If anything, and yet Absalom has the asset to ferment rebellion within the kingdom and to try to put his own dad death so that he can have the kingdom boy what a study of the evil of the human heart. I mean this is this is really really tough, hard rebellion, isn't it. So you see it all had to do again with who owns the kingdom. David realized the kingdom was God's. He gave it to whomsoever he wills.

Absalom said the kingdom is mine and I wanted Absalom represents the person at your job works behind your back, to do all that he can to undermine your company and you so that he can have what he wants at any cost, but the difference was this Absalom never wrote before God in confession and humility, never what a contrast David saying if the Lord wills. He will bring me back again.

If not, let him do whatever seems good. David hurt deeply hurt deeply because he had hurt God, and he was forgiven and was cleansed, but he was a broken submissive man. What does God have to do in our lives before we break and say God do as you will is a final lesson. Despite David's sin. There is grace there is grace of God love David. He and God had this thing, no question about it. God love David what happens. David, of course, is married to Bathsheba, a wife, he should have never had and whether he has another son whose name is Solomon and you know what the Bible says, I mean isn't as gracious of God. The Bible says in God love Solomon and God said to Solomon.

Solomon I'm gonna love you for the sake of your father David.

And so Solomon is in the genealogy of Jesus and we pick up the New Testament and we read in Matthew chapter 1.

These marvelous words which indicate God's grace. It's giving the genealogy of Christ.

It says anti-David was born Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah to Solomon was born Reo Bowman to Rehoboam by Jeff and to oblige it. Asa and their Solomon right there in the genealogy of Jesus the human lineage of Christ and it's going to be, then from this lineage that Jesus Christ will be born and when Jesus Christ dives on the cross.

David Santos finally paid for is a you have to understand that in the Old Testament God for gay people on credit can buy things on credit today go into a store, you order whatever you like and put it on a credit card and you know that there is pay day someday is pay day someday, but you can enjoy it now, the Old Testament, God says David I'm I'm taking away your sin. I'm blotting it away, but of course it isn't finally taken away because there is no sacrifice yet made that I will accept. God says, and so Christ dies on the cross, Christ dies on the cross and when he hangs there. David's sin is finally permanently totally taken away. David lived. Of course thousand years before the coming of Christ. We live 2000 years after the coming of Christ, and we now look back to the cross and we see we see God's amazing grace and we see the brokenness of families we see ruptured relationship. We see children that have been conceived illegitimately and what do we see in the midst of all this, God's matchless grace in saving in you losing in blessing even in spite of human frailty and sin if there is a heart of repentance and yielded nests don't ever underestimate what God can do with a mass ever underestimate like to tell that story know about the artist to was given a sheet upon which he was to paint something and that sheet had honored to a a terrible deep dark ugly blotch of ink. The ink could not be erased and he had to work with it while you know what he did. He took it and used it as part of the picture that he painted and worked it into the land scape so that it became part of the beautiful total picture we could say will Solomon should never been born.

David should've never had that she visit his wife.

God overrules that God overrules God brings forgiveness and he brings grace and he shows that now Absalom didn't receive grace, he received justice because he didn't want grace.

I don't know find Absalom going around saying and I want to get right with God, we find David and you find Solomon and Ann Solomon was a piece of work. I mean he was really a mixed bag.

He was not a picnic to raise either. Let me say but yet through the old Solomon. The Bible says love God.

Sometimes he loved other things too but he loved God and and God blessed him and he became a part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Why grace grace. I speak today to people whose lives have been fragmented by bad decisions and sins. And I say to you that you can either go Absalom's way you can harden your heart or you can go David's way. So the question is which way do we go we bow humbly at the cross, or do we go in another direction. Would you join me. We pray father we want to thank you that for all of David's faults. We thank you that he knew you and love you passionately and we been blessed by everything that is written, we thank you that we don't have to be perfect in order for you to use us. We thank you for his humility.

We thank you that he came to the end of everything that had to do with him and and honesty threw himself into your hands, and mercy. We speak today to broken families, to those who had fathers that have done more harm than good. We speak to those Lord who look back and they see a family is been shattered by broken relationships and promises today. Lord, we pray that you might grant much encouragement help us to see there is forgiveness and cleansing restitution and meaningfulness as long as we come your way. In Jesus name, amen.

This is Pastor Luther I want to speak to your heart today. Many of you who have been listening to this broadcast. You've heard this message and you have really messed up. You look at your life and it's one of sin and failure, and the impact of your decisions is being held by others want to give your word of hope even in the midst of your failure.

God's grace is greater then your sin that does not mean that the consequences of your sin will go away. It does mean that in the midst of what you have done, you can still experience God's grace.

Let's go back to the life of David earlier this year.

It was my privilege to visit Israel and to stand were David's palace stood. We rehearsed some of the events that have taken place there and thinking about the past. Both David's greatness because of his faith in God, but also the tragedy of his failure, and the ongoing consequences but I want to leave you with a word of hope today. Strictly speaking, Bathsheba should never have been David's wife, but yet at the same time their first son died as we know, but their next son was Solomon and the Lord says I love Solomon on David's behalf. Solomon of course became a great king.

God can meet you where you are.

That's why I wrote the book entitled, growing through conflict. It's really a study of the life of David because I want all of us to be able to process both failure, success and grace and this book, which I believe is going to be such a help to you, is available to you for any amount here is what you do go to RT W offer.com that's RT W offer.com and in a moment I'm going to be giving you a phone number I'm giving you time, of course, to pick up a pencil, but at the same time I want to thank you in advance for helping us financially, if you are blessed as a result of the ministry of running to win. It's because others have also invested in this ministry. Thanks for helping us ask for the book, growing through conflict. RT W offer.com or if you prefer, you can even call right now 1-888-218-9337 that's RT W offer.com or 1-888-218-9337 let us learn from what God has shown in his word both about sin, but also about grace once again for you to ask Pastor Luther a question about the Bible or the Christian life. Sometimes it takes years for people to see themselves realistically and then to see God as he should rightfully be seen here is the story of Natalie.

Why does it take so long for people like me to yield our lives totally to God.

I was saved at an early age and married my thoughts happily but my husband in effect divorced me without my knowing it. Yes, that's what happened right here in the USA.

It's a long story, but the good part is this a blessed God got my attention and I yielded my whole life to him. How is it that I could be saved as a child and yet not really become a new creation until the age of 40. Did it make a difference that I was now old enough to have experienced the world and had exhausted my own ability to cope with life. What does it take until some of us give up fighting God and finally submit to him in all things only know with all of these trials have I experienced the reality of God Natalie. I don't know why it is that it takes so long to totally yield to God. But you know your experience is not unusual, there plenty of people out there who say that God had to drag them from one briar patch to another before they put their faith in God and truly yielded to him. I'm so sorry that it took such a difficult experience for you to yield yourself to God, but thank God you did and let your life be a testimony to others to yield and to finally give up self will.

Jesus said that unless a coin of wheat fall into the ground and died abides alone. May your life be an example to others that the sooner we learn that lesson the better. Thanks for your testimony and God bless you. Thank you Dr. Luther if you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our website@rtwoffer.com and click on ask Pastor Luther or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 Erwin Blitzer has concluded son in conflict. The ninth message in his series growing through conflict.

A study in the life of King David. Next time we see the end of David's life is Pastor Luther tells of a man dying with regrets.

This is Dave McAllister running to win is sponsored by the Moody Church


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