TFOTB | May 17th | Reading 138 of 366
 
MORNING  | HISTORICAL BOOKS

BOOK 10 of 66  | 2 Samuel 16

Signpost Words | ‘JUDAS AND TWO OTHER ASSES’

Highlight Verses | 2 Samuel 16:1-4

…behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. à And the king said, “And where is your master’s son?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he abides at Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.’” Then said the king to Ziba, “Behold, all that pertained to Mephibosheth is yours.” And Ziba said, “I humbly beseech you that I may find grace in your sight, my lord, O king.” (NSB)

Some Observations | 

Let us not mince words here, let us not be deceived by the same seemingly lofty actions and language of Ziba, for behold, Ziba is a liar, a pragmatist, a deceitful man, a cunning geezer, an opportunist, a backstabber, and a self-seeking rat-bastard. The shocking thing is that his scheming shall indeed get him half the land of his master in payment for Mephibosheth’s halfhearted and lame following of David in his forced abandonment of Jerusalem. ( 2 Samuel 19:24-30)

Final Reflections  |

It is a strange thing, but the church is full of opportunists looking for a job, looking for a pulpit, looking for a position, looking for a title, looking for respect. I tell you, some old pastors can’t get their jackets on today because their backs are so full of knives. The need for position, power and possessions, even in a crumbling mansion, is nothing but the driving force of the devil, and God help any church when such a demonic appears among them. Wise up and watch out! 

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EVENING | HISTORICAL BOOKS

BOOK 10 of 66  | 2 SAMUEL 17,18

Signpost Words | ‘FOUR POOR COMFORTS’

Highlight Verses | 2 Samuel 18:32,33

And the king said to Cushi, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” And Cushi answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against you to do you hurt, be as that young man is.” And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept, and as he went, thus he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for you, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (NSB)

Some Observations | 

20,000 men lay dead on the battle field. 20,000 widows are weeping this night. Maybe, 40,000 or more children are orphaned. The kingdom is in utter disarray, riddled with rooftop rape, and hanging suicides. Though not insurmountable, the cost of this insurrection has been enormous, and the attempt at filial patricide, shocking. Israel has become an open joke in the mouths of its enemies. However, the human instigator of all these things is now dead, and the Kingdom recovered into the hands of the rightful king, and the news of the day has brought bright hope into the dark skies of impending destruction. “May the enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against you to do you hurt, be as that young man is.” And does David say a thankful “Amen” to this? No. He openly weeps for the loss of his son, that arrogant and full of hate, mincing, Machiavellian murderer. King or no, a parents even wildest of hopes are always the last to die. 

Final Reflections  |

Prayers, hope, faith and grace, are four poor comforts in the failing.