March 31

2 Samuel 13-15, Psalm 90

We see in today’s readings, 2 Samuel 13-15, the words of Nathan the prophet coming true, “Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house” (2 Samuel 12:10).  David was truly a man after God’s own heart, but we see him now falling and backsliding away from God’s ways. We don’t read much earlier about what kind of parent he was, but we see him becoming angry and not dealing with the sin of Amnon for over two years.  We see Absalom, not David, offering comfort to Tamar.  We see David not dealing, but ignoring Absalom for five years.  As a result, his kingdom spirals out of control.

It’s interesting that people quote the world’s wisdom over God’s wisdom all the time.  The world says, “I can forgive, but I can never forget”.  David chose this course with Absalom after 5 years of ignoring him.  This despite he, too, was guilty of murder (Uriah).  We read in Psalm 51 and Psalm 32 how David felt during these times, and how he felt when isolated from God, and how he felt once restored.  Yet, he could not extend the same grace towards his own son.  In Hebrews 10:17, the author writes, “Their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more”.  In Matthew 18:21-35, we read the parable of the unforgiving servant though forgiven by his master of millions of dollars, would not forgive someone who owed him very little.

Another piece of worldly wisdom is, “Time heals all wounds”.  In Matthew 5:23-25, we read, “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way.  First be reconciled to your brother, and then come offer your gift.  Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him,”.  Jesus tells us to be reconciled quickly with our adversary. Yet David’s course of action was to ignore. Scripture never speaks of ignoring or overlooking bad behavior.  It speaks of dealing with matters, no matter how difficult these matters might be.  When David was walking strong, he brought all matters big and small before God, then he acted.  When he was backsliding he would either act impulsively without asking God or as in these cases, ignore the situation and still not consult with God.

The world is full of it’s own wisdom.  Much of it sounds wise if said mindlessly.  The importance of the One Year Bible Challenge is for us to familiarize ourselves with the full counsel of God, through His Word, and act wisely in all matters.  There are really only two types of wisdom: God’s or the world’s.  Each of us have to decide which one we are drawing our advice from.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato