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King David - A Man After God's Own Heart

 2 Samuel 7:8-16

Spiritual Powerhouses 5
October 31, 2010 – Sunday AM
Simon Goncharenko
21 Fellowship, SBC
 
 
I.                   King David’s example that is worthy of our emulation.
A.    Keeping our words and doing what is right despite the action of others is always noticed by men and rewarded by God – 2 Samuel 1:1-10; 3:22-34; 4:1-12; 9;
B.     Regular communication with God will keep us on the right path – 2 Sam. 2:1-4; 5:17-25
C.     God’s promises always come to pass, even if it takes a while – 2 Sam. 5:1-5 cf. 1 Sam. 16:13;
D.    God’s holiness is not something to be trifled with – 2 Sam. 6:1-15.
E.     True worship is concerned with God rather than men – 2 Sam. 6:16-23.
F.      To honor God we must offer to Him something that has worth to us – 2 Sam. 24:24.
G.    Confessing our sins before God is important for our spiritual growth – 2 Sam. 12, cf. Psalm 51; 2 Sam. 24:10-25.
H.     Success in Christian life has nothing to do with our intellect, strength, abilities, education, wealth, but is only possible through the Holy Spirit – 2 Sam.5:10-12, 17-25; 8;
II.                King David’s failures and what can be learned from them.
A.    Steps to sin (Some of the causes of David’s moral failure):
                                                              i.      His previous successes went to his head – 2 Sam. 10.
                                                            ii.      He was not doing what he was supposed to – 2 Sam.11:1.
                                                          iii.      He was idle – 2 Sam.11:2 .
                                                          iv.      He did not run from temptation – 2 Sam.12:2b.
                                                            v.      When he took the first step on the path of sin, he wasn’t willing to cease and desist when the messenger informed him of Bathsheba’s identity, emphasizing that she was the wife of Uriah – 2 Sam.12:3.
                                                          vi.      He put his own desires ahead of not only what was right before God, but also what was honorable before men, the very ones who risked their lives for him – 2 Sam.12:3, cf. 1Chron.11:41.
B.     David’s failures.
                                                              i.      What they were:
1.      Adultery – taking another man’s wife – 2 Sam. 11:1-6.
2.      Deception – trying to cover it up – 2 Sam. 11:6-13.
3.      Murder – using others to extinguish a life – 2 Sam. 11:14-21.
4.      Not paying attention to his children – 2 Sam.13:20-22;
5.      Reliance upon human strength – 2 Sam. 24:1-25.
                                                            ii.      God’s view of sin – it is:
1.      Evil in the sight of God – 2 Sam. 11:27.
2.      A form of ungratefulness for God’s provision – 2 Sam. 12:7-8.
3.      A contempt for God’s word – 2 Sam. 12:9.
4.      An affront to God – 2 Sam. 12:10.
C.     The consequences of David’s failures
                                                              i.      Death of the child conceived by Bathsheba – 2 Sam. 12:14
                                                            ii.      Amnon and Tamar’s sad & gross tale – 2 Sam. 13:1-19, cf. Leviticus 20:17.
                                                          iii.      Murder of Amnon by Absalom to avenge Tamar’s desecration – 2 Sam. 13:23-29.
                                                          iv.      A long (4yrs) separation from Absalom which lead to his rebellion – 2 Sam.13-18.
                                                            v.      Public humiliation at the hand of his own son Absalom – 2 Sam. 16:15-23.
                                                          vi.      Loss of a son – Absalom – 2 Sam. 18:15.
                                                        vii.      Public scorn and fighting for the crown – 2 Sam. 16:5-14; 20:1-3.
                                                      viii.      Joab’s murder of Amasa – 2 Sam. 20:4-10
                                                          ix.      Loss of 70,000 Israelite lives – 1 Samuel 24:10-25.
                                                            x.      Son’s attempt to take over the crown – Adonijah – 1 Kings 1:5-53.
 
III.             God’s mercy and grace in the life of David
A.    Covenant with David despite his imperfections – 2 Sam. 7; Matthew 1:1.
B.     Ready forgiveness and preservation of David’s Life – 2 Sam. 12:13-14.
C.     Restoration of kingdom from Absalom – 2 Sam. 19-20.
D.    Love of Solomon – 2 Sam. 12:24-25.
E.     Ending the plague early – 2 Sam. 24:16.
 
The quality of our lives is in direct correlation to our attitude toward God.