20060825 Bible Study for the Day: 2 Samuel 4:1-5:16

2 Samuel 4:1-5:16

     The kingdom of David was one established by God, and it was established by God through the means of a just man. Many people remember David because of his grievous sins with and as a result of Bathsheba, but what that story goes to show us is that David was a sinner just like the rest of us.

     Instead, we should focus on David’s justice as illustrated by his behavior after the death of Saul and Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth. In these two cases, David demonstrated a characteristic far too often lacking in most leaders, and that is a belief in of absolute justice.

     Justice is not getting our own way, but rather getting what is right, and what is right are God’s promises and His law. David believed in the nature of God’s promises. He knew Saul was God’s anointed king, and he also knew that God had promised him Saul’s Kingdom. David was content to let God’s will be done in its time, and he had no tolerance for those who sought to hasten God’s will by their own actions.

     How often do we follow the same rule? How often to we place our trust totally in God to do what he has promised, waiting on His justice because of His mercy? Too often, we are far more like the messengers who David had killed, seeking to move God’s will along by our own actions.

     Instead, we should concentrate ourselves on God’s promises to us, reminding ourselves that God will do what He wills when He wills it, and reminding ourselves that God always keeps His promises to His people. That fact is the nature of absolute justice, the justice of our God toward all mankind.


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