Can we try this at home? (II Samuel 1-4)

“And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.”  II Samuel 1:12

When I was a kid, reality shows were still a thing of the future.  The craze is my day was with shows that tried to expand the belief system with over the top feats being performed by sports stars.  In the midst of all this people began to try these feats at home with devastating results.  Eventually the programs would have a disclaimer at the end of each show, “Do not try this at home.”

Question:  “Is it possible to do in our home what David did in front of the the nation of Israel.”  You may ask, “What great feat did he accomplish?”  Here is a short list from our readings:

  • David was broken over the death of his enemy, II Samuel 1.
  • David did not take advantage of a tough situation, II Samuel 2.  David asked God if he should go back to Israel.
  • David did not allow Joab to get away with revenge, II Samuel 3.
  • David avenged the murder of one of his enemies, II Samuel 4.
  • David honored his enemies for their positive works in the world, II Samuel 1; 3.

When I look at David’s life I see a man who had a different heart and it showed.  Now I know what some of you are thinking, “David was a special man. I am not like that.”

It is true, David was a man after God’s on heart.  But He was not perfect.  We see his failure in II Samuel 3:2-5 in marrying multiple times which was forbidden by God, Deuteronomy 17:17.  David would pay a severe price for this sin.  David was a man like you and I, but He followed God which leads us to understand we must  also follow God.

Is it possible for you and I, in our homes to follow Davids path of caring for all people, even his enemies?  Jesus taught us this very truth in Matthew 5:43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

God’s call on our lives is to have the love of God for all people even those who are our enemies.  This can be difficult if we are just focusing on trying to love those who are our enemies.  We must first fall deeply in love with God and with His ways.  Then we can love others.

Because David understood the love of his father, Psalm 142; 145, he was able to love even his enemies.  May we be able to do the same for the glory of God.

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