Friday, 11th June 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One: V1-14 The Confusion of David
V1-14 The Craftiness of Ziba
David did not stand in his authority as a king and as a father, instead he chose to run away. This created confusion not only for himself but also for all the people around him. In life, we will also fall into confusion, and become willful to do whatever we want to do.
David was in confusion, therefore when Ziba wrongly accused Mephibosheth, David believed in him. He gave Ziba all that belonged to Mephibosheth. In the past, David would go to Mephibosheth without going through Ziba, but when he’s confused, he chose to believe in what Ziba said without finding out the truth himself.
When our lives are not aligned with God, we will create a gap for the devil to come in and lie to us. We will listen to voices that belong to the world, and not belong to God.
V5-14 The Curses of Shimei
When Shimei cursed David, David thought it was from God. But David was in confusion during that time because God will never treat us wrongly. Not everything Shimei cursed was true, but David chose to accept everything he said, and this again created confusion for himself and for people around him. David did not have to argue with Shimei, but as an authority he needed to stop the rumors from spreading.
It’s important for us to identify our fault and the gap in our life, then face it by letting God come to heal it. Then we can receive the breakthrough. At the very beginning, prophet Nathan already warned David about what would happen, but he didn’t listen. He still lived his life as the king and let his children become willful.
Section Two: V15-23 The Confusion of Absalom
V15-19 The Wisdom of Hushai
When Abaslom questioned Hushai why he did not follow David, Hushai said to Absalom, “No, but whom the Lord and this people and all the men of Israel choose, his I will be, and with him I will remain.” God never chose Absalom, but Hushai used his wisdom to respond to Absalom, so he would not sin in his words, and at the same time gained trust from Absalom, who was in confusion himself.
Hushai was loyal to David at the end, but in the time of troubles, he used his own wisdom to support David and save himself from being killed by Absalom. God will always give us a way out, all we need to do is seek wisdom from Him.
V20-23 The Craftiness of Ahithophel
Absalom asked Ahithophel what to do next. Even though Absalom called himself king but he also didn’t know what to do. He didn’t ask God or the High Priest, instead he asked the person, who betrayed his father. Ahithophel gave Absalom an idea, which was already being prophesied by Nathan. And if Absalom did what Ahithophel suggested, then he would not be able to reconcile with David.
When we are in confusion, what we hear and what we do will be without wisdom. Everything will be coming from our flesh desires. When we are prideful, our lives will have problems, therefore we need the to seek help from God. David did not have to walk through all these sufferings. If he really repented and took the authority as the father, to educate and reconcile with his sons. David chose to run away and to accept his fate.
God is always waiting for us to turn back. He is waiting for us to recognize our mistakes, to repent, and to follow Him with a humble heart. Let God help us not to walk in the confusion of David or of Absalom. We need to ask God to help us to live a holy life, to know that we are chosen by God. God loves us, He is not here to accuse us and He does not want to see us living in confusion.
Prayer & Pursuit
Lord, You are full of mercy and grace. Lord You will help us, to come out from confusion and from darkness. Lord, You will lead us and will not harm us, so help us to walk out from all the lies of the world. Lord, we want Your grace and blessings, we see the gaps in our lives and we know that we cannot rely on ourselves to solve our own problems. Only Your blood can cover us and only Your love can fill our empty heart. Thank You Lord, for never stop loving us.
Lord, Your grace is sufficient for us, today we cry out to You, and wholeheartedly follow You. We no longer want to walk in our own path, but to chose to follow Your way. Thank You that You call us Your beloved children. Amen.
1. v.1-4 洗巴的假话
2. v.5-14 示每的诅咒
1. v.15-19 户筛的智慧
2. v.20-23 亚希多弗的狡猾