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Catastrophic Matters (18 of 19)
Dr. Jerry Vines
2 Samuel 24
The concluding chapters of 2 Samuel give us the further troubles of David in his kingdom. It is a section that has to do with wars and rebellions and all kinds of problems and complications. Things were never again the same after the Bethsheba affair. Sin is a very serious business. I have made the statement before and make it again. Sin will take you further than you want to go. It will keep you longer that you want to stay. It will cost you more than you want to pay. David indeed found that to be true in his own life.
David is getting to be an old man. He lived to the age of 70, in the later years of his life. You would think that things would lighten up a little bit and that things would get a little bit easier. The fact of the matter is things get harder for David. Sometimes that is true. Sometimes the problems of old age are greater than the problems of youth. Sometimes in those years when we think it's going to be a little bit easier, it's going to be very, very difficult and very hard indeed. He's coming now to the end of the days. Just a few more days and it will be all over. Just a few more days for all of us, dear friend, and it will be all over. How will it be with you? Just a few more days to sing God's praise and to tell the old, old story. Then when twilight falls and the Savior calls, I will go to Him in glory. The last days can be glorious days but they can also be difficult days. You think the older you that you get, the better you are, the more mature you'll be and the less mistakes you make. That's the way it ought to be so that our last years are the best years of our life. Yet we learn tragically in the life of David that even in the later years, it is possible for people to make monumental mistakes and to do things that can hurt a great number of people and to commit sins that are catastrophic in their consequences. It was certainly tr ...
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