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Dead Dog Syndrome (13 of 13)
Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
II Samuel 16:5-14
OPEN: An older couple was on a trip across country and they stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. As they got up to leave, the woman forgot and left her glasses on the table. They were several miles down the road before she realized she didn't have them and to make matters worse, her husband had to travel quite a distance down the road before they could find a place to turn around.
The old man fussed and complained all the way back to the restaurant. He berated for her foolishness and stupidity. How could she be so thoughtless!
When they finally arrived, as the old woman got out of the car to retrieve her glasses the old man said, "Well, as long as you're going back in there, you may as well get my hat, too."
Now, I have a little quiz for you this morning:
Tell me what personality trait comes into your mind when you hear the following biblical names:
• Thomas (Doubt),
• Jezebel (adultery),
• Judas (betrayal),
Shimei? Yes Shimei. When you leave this worship service this morning I want you to remember his name. And I want you to remember what trait should be identified with him.
Shimei suffered from a spiritual illness that unfortunately strikes both Christian and non-Christian alike and can destroy the very spiritual fiber of the strongest man of faith.
Shimei suffered from a disease I call the DEAD DOG SYNDROME.
But, before I read our text this morning I want give you a little background
Several years before our story this morning, King Saul was the ruler of Israel. But he'd grown disobedient to God and God anointed David to eventually replace him.
The only problem was that Saul hadn't died yet… and he hadn't abdicated his throne. And he had NO INTENTION of giving up his throne to anybody just yet.
So once Saul realized that David was God's next choice for the throne, he sought on several occasions to have David killed.
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