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II Samuel 19 – The Return and Rise Up of the King 撒母耳记下19 – 君王的复起

Thursday, 17th June 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-8 Forget the Hurt

At the beginning of the chapter, David focused too much on his own loss and forgot that he was not only leading his family but also the 12 tribes of Israel. Joab spoke up to David but he didn’t speak the truth in love. Instead, Joab put all the credits on himself and his people. He was very close to David, he was also David’s relative, but he seemed to forgot his position as David’s subordinate and the fact that David was God’s anointed king and also his authority.

Joab has lost David’s trust in him, and the important position he had next to David as he was later replaced by Amasa. On the other hand, as a leader, David should not make decisions based on his emotions. When our emotions take over and affect our leadership, we will create great confusion and influence the people follow us. When David heard this problem, he did not argue with Joab, instead he arose and sat in the gate, then people came before him. When a leader stand in the right position, let go of their emotions, and do what they are assigned to do, then people’s hearts will return.

Section Two: V9-15 Return People’s Hearts to the King

The Israelites saw the king rising up and returning back, so they invited the king to return to Jerusalem. Before David responded, he turned to Zadok and Abiathar the priests to remind them and to remind the tribe of Judah about unity. We need to first see the people God has given around us and have unity with them, because those who are closest to us are the ones that we often ignore. This is a wake up call, we need to have unity among ourselves first before serving others, otherwise people from outside will easily confuse us.

Joab thought his relationship with David was close so he could do or say anything he wanted to. But because his heart and his attitude were not right, therefore he was then replaced by Amasa. David wanted the hearts of people to return to him, to have unity because God treasures unity. So he swayed the hearts of all the men of Judah, just as the heart of one man, so that they sent this word to the king: “Return, you and all your servants!”

Section Three: V16-39 Live out the Grace by Action

The first person welcomed back David from River Jordan was Shimei, who cursed David and threw stones at him before. Abishai suggested David to put Shimei to death, but David knew he must not put to death anyone, who returned to him. Instead, David reminded Shimei his position and his grace for him, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should be adversaries to me today? Shall any man be put to death today in Israel? For do I not know that today I am king over Israel?” As a leader, we need wisdom and give opportunity to people who repented and returned. We don’t know if they really repented but we need to forgive and give them the opportunity to return.

The people who welcomed back David next were Ziba and Mephibosheth. It was another challenge for David, because when Ziba accused Mephibosheth for not following David, David gave Ziba all the land of Mephibosheth. But now the story seemed different. It was difficult to decide who was right and who was wrong, so David took up his authority as the king said to Mephibosheth, “Why do you speak anymore of your matters? I have said, ‘You and Ziba divide the land.’ ”

Similar situation happened in Solomon’s time, when the two women fought for one baby, Solomon said to cut the baby in half and with his wisdom he found the real mother of the child. In here, Mephibosheth did not give David a hard time, he treasured more the relationship with David and said “Rather, let him take it all, inasmuch as my lord the king has come back in peace to his own house.” We need to know that everything we have right now is from God, everything we have is a blessing, because without Jesus Christ, we are already dead people! If we know this truth, then how can we argue in front of God and in front of our authority?

Barzillai also came to David, he was willing to provide for David without asking anything in return. When David invited him to come along, Barzillai did not seek his own gain but gave David his servant to support him. He loved David not only by providing the food to David, but also sending people that could be helpful to David.

Section Four: V40-43 Face the Quarrelling People

As leaders, we are not only facing our own problems, but also the problems of the people following us. David was facing the people, who were quarrelling and fighting among each other, there were rebellious people but he still chose to come back and lead them. David did not stay in his own cave or his own comfort zone, but he rose up and returned back to Jerusalem, where the trouble was. God appoints us to be leaders, and He gives us people to follow us. No matter what, God’s grace is sufficient for us. Therefore we should not focus on the problems we are facing or the problems our followers are creating, but focus on bearing the fruits of the Tree of Life in our every decision!

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, we truly believe You will fight for us and lead us to victory. We come to Your gracious throne, and believe You love us, You care for us and You are able to help us. Lord, in You we receive true peace. Unlawful things filled our lives, but by Your love and sacrifice, we can see lightly the troubles we are facing, and focus on the fruits of the Tree of Life You have given to us. Help us to forgive, to let go, and to overcome all the hinderances, which stop us to come to You.

Lord, You win the battle for us, we are Your chosen ones. Help us to focus more on Your promises and less on ourselves. Thank You for the identity You have given to us as leaders, help us to learn from David, to hold onto our leadership positions in front of all the quarrelling and rebellious people. Let us live in the fragrance of the Tree of Life. Bless us Lord, as Your chosen leaders, to learn from Jesus, to humble and obey, to deny ourselves and benefit others. Amen!

2021年6月17日 星期四

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记下19

君王的复起

押沙龙死后,大卫面对的考验就是如何会耶路撒冷,重新做以色列的王。很多时候我们遇到问题、挫败的时候就会逃跑,正如大卫当初逃避押沙龙一样。当我们离开自己的命定后,我们要以如何的态度回来面对众人呢?

一、忘掉伤痛(v.1-8)

大卫的军队战胜了叛变的以色列人,本该带着荣耀凯旋归来,可是众民的“得胜的欢乐却变成悲哀”,因为大卫作为王,只看到自己的问题、不行,他看不到他除了带领自己的家,也是带领整个以色列国。约押对大卫说这些仆人“救了你的性命和你儿女妻妾的性命”(V5),然而,大卫的一切都是耶和华神所赐,约押的话没有将神当得的荣耀归给神;同时,约押作为仆人,他对身为一国之君的大卫讲话的语气傲慢无礼。圣经的教导是“用爱心说诚实话”,约押所说的其实是在要挟大卫。约押与大卫的关系太亲近,忘掉了大卫是神所膏立的王,行事自作主张,且说话处处顶撞王,没有好像大卫当初在扫罗王面前那样谦卑。当我们忘了我们的身份,我们会变得骄傲。我们若看到权柄的问题,应该在爱心里说诚实话来帮助他们,而不是以骄傲的姿态去教训他们。约押的骄傲让他失去大卫对他的信任。

      另一方面,作为一个领袖,我们不能凭感觉和情绪行事,不然我们的服事会出现大问题。大卫在听到约押的责骂后,知道问题所在,没有去争辩,而是重拾“王”的身份“起来,坐在城门口”,意思是与众长老一起。我们作为领袖,若能放下里面的情绪、问题,站对神给我们的位份,众人自然会来跟随。我们是否能放下内心的小剧场,站对位置,做该做的事情呢?

二、百姓的心重新归向王(v.9-15)

以色列人众支派看到押沙龙死了,知道他们需要王的统领。看到人的归回之后,大卫做了一件重要的事,就是请祭司去跟犹大长老劝话,提醒犹大支派要合一。大卫的家人不是只有自己家里的妻妾儿女,而是神所给他的支派 – 犹大。大卫没有因为那些以色列人来拥戴他而忘记自己的支派。我们是否也愿意看神所赐给我们的教会为自己的家呢?我们是否看到神在兴起我们的教会,是否像犹大人回归到大卫那里一样归向我们的权柄吗?

V13 亚玛撒也是大卫母亲姐妹的儿子,所以大卫说他是他的“骨肉”。约押因着过去种种言行,失去了大卫对他的信任,使大卫要立亚玛撒来代替约押成为元帅。我们不要以为自己过去有丰功伟绩而在我们的权柄面前骄傲,因为神击打骄傲的人。

V14 神看重合一的心。人心要归回权柄这边,这是一个团队所看重的。

V15 过了约旦河就意味着大卫再次回到自己的土地 – 大卫需要亲自踏足在神所赐给以色列的应许之地上,整合众支派。

三、以行动活出恩慈(v.16-39)

V16-20 在叛乱中咒骂大卫的示每自己承认有罪,这对王是一个很大的考验。

V21-23 大卫对亚比筛的回答是话里有话 – 他说“洗鲁雅的儿子”,洗鲁雅的三个儿子中死了一个,现在剩下亚比筛和约押,大卫其实是对他们说“我与你们有何关涉”。大卫知道现今是收回人心的关键时刻,不能跟示每翻旧账,所以没有治死示每。大卫以恩赐给示每机会和饶恕。

V17 扫罗家的仆人洗巴同时也来找大卫,这对大卫王来说是一个更大的考验。

V24-30 大卫要过约旦河的时候,所面临的考验一关比一关更难,现在他要处理米非波设和洗巴之间的问题。面对大卫的质疑,米非波设解释了自己当初为什么没有与王同去。大卫当初因为听到洗巴的一面之词而一时冲动将米非波设的土地赐给洗巴。V29 – 大卫作为王所说的话就是法令。当时这件事情,双方各执一词,很难判断,所以大卫决定平分土地。而米非波设也没有让大卫为难(V30),他重视跟大卫的关系,没有计较自己的得失,因为他知道自己原本就是什么都没有的。我们是否知道我们原本什么都没有,是耶稣基督的恩典让我们得到一切?我们若知道这一点,就不会跟神或权柄去争去抢。愿我们都能想米非波设一样,活出生命树的“谦卑顺服、舍己利他”!

V31-39 巴西莱当初是恩待大卫的人,但他没有去为自己争功劳,反而因为支持大卫而将身旁有能有力的“金罕”送给大卫。我们是否愿意让我们的权柄使用我们所看重的帮手?在一个团队中,我们不应该去计较什么是你我的东西。

四、面对争闹的百姓(v.40-43)

我们作为领袖,只能去带领那些我们自己喜欢的人吗?还是愿意去带领神所赐给我们的每一个人?大卫面对那些口不对心的百姓,仍然愿意走出自己的舒适圈,去带领他们。

V41-43 犹大人和以色列众人用彼此争闹来迎接大卫。其实他们若真的看重与大卫的关系,当初就不会背叛大卫,如今大卫要回来率领他们。我们不要用肉眼去论断要带领的人,要相信神给我们的都是平安的。

*追求

主我们相信,你必为我们争战得胜!今天我们来到神的施恩宝座前,是否愿意相信神能够,相信神在乎我们,相信我们能得到神给我们的大平安吗?我们看似不公平不公义的环境中,是否因为主耶稣给我们的爱而轻看环境,结出生命树的果子?让我们真实来到神的面前,求神帮助我们愿意放下,挪去、跨越一切阻挡我们经历神、不能成为领袖的阻碍!

谢谢主为我们得胜,你拣选了我们,帮助我们轻看自己的得失,站好你所给我们的位份,学习大卫去带领你所给我们的小羊!祝福每一个弟兄姐妹,我们都是神所拣选的将领,是得人如得鱼的。帮助我们学习耶稣基督的样式,散发出生命树下谦卑顺服、舍己利他的气息,成为多结果子的葡萄树!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!