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Bloody Matters (10 of 19)
II Samuel 2-4
You are going to find that a rather gruesome message, but you will find that there is a lot of good information here, and a lot of application for our personal life and for the life of America at this particular time.
David's fugitive years are over. He is now on the threshold of his fruitful years. David was a shepherd boy that God reached out and selected to be the next king of Israel. During those early years, as he was a shepherd boy, they were formative years. Then, after he was anointed king by Samuel in a private ceremony, for a period of about 14 years David went through a long fugitive time when Saul was doing everything he could to seek out David and destroy him. Now, instead of David being dead, it is Saul who is dead and David is getting ready now to become the king of Israel just exactly as God has promised and predicted that he would.
It really all happened in just a day's time. Saul was dead. Jonathan was dead. And in a day's time David is now going to be king. The Bible says that we know not what a day may bring forth. One day can change your life forever. One day and nothing ever again will be the same.
The key to this section is found in the 3rd chapter, 1st verse.
"Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker."
David is getting ready to step to the throne but it is not going to be a piece of cake. No easy matter. There will be a lot of political intrigue. There will be a great deal of violence and bloodshed and murder. It's not going to be an easy matter. So, there will be a period of years when David and his forces will get stronger and stronger, and Saul and his forces will get weaker and weaker. It is a section of murder. It is a section of violence. There is bloodshed all the way through.
The question is raised -- why in the worl ...
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