by Jerry Vines

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Rebellion Matters (16 of 19)
Series: Heart Matters
Jerry Vines
2 Samuel 15:1-6

David is a man after God's own heart and in his life we learn matters of the heart. The Bible says, ''Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.''

There's a principle in Galatians 6:7 which is tragically illustrated in the life of King David. It says, ''Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.''

A number of years ago I heard the evangelist Angel Martinez preach a message on that sermon and he had three main points to the sermon. Point #1--you reap what you sow. Point #2--you reap more than you sow. Point #3--you reap later than you sow. This is certainly illustrated in the life of King David. David committed immorality with Bathsheba. He displeased the Lord. He broke the heart of the Lord. God forgave David and we look to Psalm 51 for that great confession of sin which David prayed unto the Lord. God forgave David, but the Lord made it very plain through the prophet Nathan that he would spend the rest of his days enduring the consequences of his sin. Indeed he did. In fact, the Lord made it clear to David that most of his problems and troubles would arise from out of his own family.

Back in chapter 12:11, ''Thus saith the Lord, Behold I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house.'' God told David he would experience calamities which are the result of his sin out of his own house. It was trouble on top of trouble. Problems every day coming from David's family. It wasn't a question of whether there was going to be trouble that day, the question was where's the trouble coming from? You may recall that Amnon, the heir apparent, David's son, raped his own sister, Tamar. Then, in premeditated anger and vengeance Absalom, another son of David, killed his brother Amnon. Then, in the midst of it all there was David and there was no rebuke for David. David couldn't do anything. He couldn't say ...

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