God Will Burn Your Barley Field
II Samuel 14:28-33 (vs.30)
April 6, 2003
1. In the few verses I've just read, we find only part of a larger story - a story in the preceding and following chapters that involves King David and his son, Absalom.
2. However, as is often the case, there are many times smaller segments in a story that are worth more attention than they receive:
a. It is to one of the less conspicuous parts of this story that I would like to call our attention this morning:
1) I would like to focus for a few minutes, not on King David, but rather on the incident that takes place between Absalom and Joab, who is David's general and a servant to Absalom.
3. Joab is called upon by Absalom to take a message to his father, the king, but as we have read in chapter fourteen, Joab ignores the message and refuses to come; and Absalom, as a result, burns his barley field (vs.30).
4. In many ways, this story between Absalom and Joab, is a story that all-to-often takes place between God and a Christian.
a. The Lord sends a message to the Christian, He has something important to say, but the Christian refuses to respond:
1) In His patience, God once again calls upon the Christian, but in his obstinance and in the stubbornness of his heart, the Christian refuses to respond.
2) Then, as in the story of Joab, God burns his barley field in order to get his attention. The Lord brings calamity or crisis, not wanting to, but it is the only thing He can do to get the attention of the rebellious Christian.
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