Don't Feel Sorry for the Barefoot King!
Steve N. Wagers
2 Samuel 15:30
1. David is RETREATING from His SON
A) The Devastation He must Face
B) The Humiliation He must Feel
2. David is REAPING over His SIN
A) His Heart is Crushed
B) His Home is Cursed
3. David is RISING in His SOUL
A) He Positions Himself to Worship God
B) He Postures Himself to Watch God
Joseph Jefferson Jackson was an American outfielder who played Major League Baseball in the early part of the 20th century. He is remembered for his performance on the field and for his alleged association with the Black Sox Scandal, in which members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox participated in a conspiracy to fix the World Series.
As a result of Jackson's association with the scandal, Kenesaw Landis, Major League Baseball's first commissioner, banned Jackson from baseball, halting his stellar play in the prime of his career.
Jackson, currently has the third-highest career batting average in major league history. Yankee clipper Babe Ruth said that he modeled his hitting technique after Jackson's. In 1999, he ranked number 35 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players of all time.
While Jackson is known for his stellar career, he is also known by the nickname attributed to him. During a mill game played in Greenville, South Carolina, Jackson suffered from blisters on his foot from a new pair of cleats. They hurt so much that he had to take his shoes off before he was at bat. As play continued, everyone noticed that Jackson rounded third base with no shoes on, and has since been tagged with the name ''Shoeless Joe Jackson.''
In our text, we don't find a shoeless baseball player rounding a base; rather we find a shoeless king relinquishing a throne.
(2 Samuel 15:30)
''And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went BAREFOOT: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they ...
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