CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 15.

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 2:1 ” And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron”.

After the death of Saul David decided to go back into Israel (Judah). He needed to get God’s approval before he went. He also needed to know the particular town in Judah to go. The Lord asked him to go to Hebron. Once again David reveals to us the foundation of His successful life: that is an absolute dependence on the instructions of the Holy Spirit.

In Hebron the men of Judah, that is the very tribe from which David hailed, came, and anointed him king. The people of Judah told David that it was the people of Jabesh Gilead that buried Saul. This turn of events speaks volumes. Everyone knew that King Saul had been pursuing David to kill him, implying that natural, Saul should not be one man they would like, yet these people knew from David’s actions that he loved king Saul; and so they were bold to talk about those who had showed kindness to Saul. The brethren from Judah would have hated Saul, yet because David loved Saul, they likewise accepted him. Dear leader your dispositions ultimately affects the general state of thinking of your members and the people who stay close to you. A leader who talks bad about other men of God would have his immediate associates doing likewise. They would always pick up on the way this leader goes about relating with others.

The next thought to consider is that whatever attitude and lifestyle you implant in your associates would be given to you or demonstrated to you also. Dear leader gives your associates only good example and never think you are castigating another man of God before them. They would one day, do the same things to you.

In Israel there was war between the house of David and Saul. (2nd Samuel 3:1) The amazing thing was that David never fought in any of these battles, yet David’s house won. Why didn’t David fight in this war? David knew that God had made him king and there was no need fighting his own countrymen. He allowed Joab and his other men to fight. This was a case of faith rest life. There are times when we have to trust the Lord and rest on his word. David was a great warrior yet he was never moved to fight. He trusted God to bring His word to pass.

Psalms 119:89-90 Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.  Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth “.

  CONFESSION

I believe in the word of God. I refuse to fret and be anxious for God’s word prevails always.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 4:3. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Hebrews 4:11 ” Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 14

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 1:12. And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.

When David heard about the death of King Saul and Jonathan, he rent his clothes, mourned, wept and fasted till even for Saul and Jonathan.

Please note Saul had pursued David out of the land of Israel and caused him to stay in the Land of the Philistines, yet he did not “pop champagne” but burst into tears and wept for him. The man who claimed he killed Saul, although that was not true, rather he was seeking for David’s commendation to him for killing his enemy, David said “How were you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed? (2 Samuel 1:14)

He asked that this man must die for his utterances. Be careful about what you say. It could lead you to big trouble. Why could David not be taken over with anger and vengeance for Saul? Many people would have really jubilated on hearing of Saul’s death. David did not relate to people according to who they were or what they did, but what God’s word said about them. David had a great reverence for God and what God approves. To him God had approved and anointed Saul to be king and no one had any right to attack him.

I believe we must all apply this principle to do everything in this life. We must respond to people not according to what they do or who they are but what God word says we must do to them. He said do unto others what you want others to do unto you. He never said do unto others what they do to you. Many marriages would have been saved if they had worked with this principle. What we see in most homes is that couples play by tooth for tooth. This is the very thing the Lord asked us not to do. Wife, the Lord instructs you to be submissive to your own husband. Eph. 5:22

If your husband is not the loving man that you would like.  The Lord says submit to him. Your submission must only be in obedience to the Lord. If the wife does not respect her husband, the man must likewise love his wife irrespective of the fact that she does not respect him. That is God’s instruction. There can never be any marriage that would run into deep marital stress if couples live by this rule. David rendered to Saul what God would want him to do. Because David lived by this rule the Lord made sure that David had a very successful reign.

He crowned his successor king in his life time before he died. Faithfulness to God pays.

    CONFESSION

I am committed to honouring God’s word all the days of my life. I do not live by what people do, but what God says I must do for them

Further Studies:

2 Samuel 1:19. The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

2 Samuel 1:23 ” Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death, they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions”

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 13

KEY SCRIPTURE : 1 Samuel 29:6 ” Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not”.

A war between the Israelites and the Philistines was to be fought. David had wanted to fight on behalf of the Philistines but the lords of the Philistines did not permit Him. It would have been a very big mistake. Never fight against the body of Christ. David had been with Achish the Philistine king,’ and has been making errands for him. In this occasion too, David distinguished himself creditably. Achish who is a heathen king remarked about David and said”… surely as the Lord lives, you have been upright and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight, for I have not found evil in you since the day of thy coming unto me…”

In the verse 9 he said, “…I know thou art good and in my sight as an angel of God. David publicised his God so much that when Achish was speaking he said “…As the Lord lives… “. This means David never stopped talking about his God even before the king. Dear child of God, our father calls on us to propagate the gospel through preaching, yet, our day to day actions of placing Jesus Christ first as well as living a very upright life also speaks volumes about our faith. Let your light shine so much that men will glorify God for your good deeds.

In the next chapter the Amalekites came to Ziglag where David had camped with his six hundred men including their wives and children. The Amalekites attacked the camp in the absence of David and his fighting men. They took the women and children hostage, set fire to the camp and made away with the goods and the prisoners they had.

David and his men returned to Ziglag and their wives and children were gone. The whole camp was burnt down. All the men including David wept so much. The people were so distressed that they spoke of stoning David. The Bible said David encouraged himself in the Lord. In a time of adversity, every leader must quickly turn away from the negative situation and encourage himself and also encourage his people. David’s men did not hold to the idea of stoning him because he encouraged them too.  He called for the ephod. The ephod was a linen priestly garment that the priest wore in which he made enquiries from God and received responses from Him.

He enquired from the Lord, who said David must pursue them and without fail will recover all. Don’t guess in life always seek the Lord’s counsel before you embark on any major step. On their way to go after the Amalekites, they found a boy lying on the ground looking very weak. They attended to him and gave him some bread that revived him. This boy led them to the raiders. Don’t stop giving assistance to people you meet who needs your help. Our modern times have become very sophisticated with a lot if imposters but always ask God to lead you. David and his men got back everything that was stolen. If you follow God’s instructions you would always recover whatever you lost. 

 PRAYER

I pray for all leaders to effectively play their roles as leaders in influencing the people to do great things..

Further Studies

1 Samuel 30:6. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

1 Samuel 30:8 ” And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all”.

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 12

KEY SCRIPTURE : 1 Samuel 27:1  “And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand”.

Saul’s continual pursuit of David made him to say that Saul will one day lay hold on him. He decided to leave the land of Israel and go to the Philistines to stay there. What did this decision imply?  It meant he was giving himself over to the enemies of Israel. In spite of these dangers he went and was accepted by King Achish. (God will always make a way for those who trust Him.) Now take this thought of wisdom; whenever you are thorn between two views as the following: Your present state offers no hope but destruction in view and the second option has a fifty-fifty chance of survival, please choose the second option. In.2nd kings 7 …. there were some four lepers in Samaria who were torn between staying in Samaria and dying of hunger or going to the camp of the Assyrians, where they would either be killed or accepted and given some food to eat. They decided to take the second option, and went forward only to see no enemy present but an abundance of food. If you find yourself in such a situation choose the second option that has a fifty percent chance of survival, than to remain in the old state and die.

The Bible describes a vivid picture of all the men with David who went to live in Philistine. 1st Samuel 27:3 says “And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives Ahinoam and Abigail.

At this stage David had two wives. Was it the will of God to have two wives? It was not wrong at that time; is it right for the child of God to have two wives now? A number of the Patriarchs had two wives or more. Does God allow for two wives?  We can understand every doctrine in its right way when we look at how and why God started it. In Genesis 2:24, the scripture said “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”.

It takes only two people, a man and a woman to become one flesh. If there is a third person can it be said to be one flesh?  In Matthew 19, the Lord speaking on divorce said, whosoever shall put away his wife except it be for fornication and shall marry another commit adultery. Does this implies marrying a second wife makes you commit adultery? From what the Lord said it implies so. Why did God allow it?  The bible reveals a progressive revelation of how God has been dealing with His people. At some point in his dealings with men some siblings married each other, and gave birth. Adam’s children married each other to increase the human race. Later on, incest was no more allowed. (Lev.20:17) Coming to our discussion polygamy, The Lord Jesus emphasised that two becomes one flesh. A third person can’t make it one flesh, meanwhile God has intended that marriage should always make two people, a man and a woman one flesh.

   PRAYER

I pray for all children of God to humbly submit themselves to the revelation of God’s truth.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Matthew 19:9. And I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

1 Timothy 3:2 ” A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;”

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 11

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 26:7 ” So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.”

Saul received a tip off from the Zephites that David was hiding in the hill of Hachilah. Saul immediately left with his three thousand choice soldiers to pursue David. David sent out spices to know whether Saul had come indeed and also to know where King Saul was. David decided to go where Saul was. One may ask, how could David do such a thing? Saul was looking for you and you decide to go where he was, are you not giving your life into his hands?   The Bible says in Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his way”. David is a good man and sincere man, there is no evil found in him. His steps are therefore ordered by the Lord.

When David got to where Saul dwelt, Saul and all his three thousand soldiers were sleeping. Not even one person was awake to see David. God had sent a deep sleep on Saul and all his men. Dear child of God, do not fight the evil man who is scheming to put you down. Just maintain your uprightness. Keep being faithful to the Lord and He will fight your enemies for you. How could an army unit of three thousand men sleep together at one time without even one soldier seeing that somebody had entered their camp? Let’s consider some of the utterances of David in Psalm 37:12-13 “The wicked plotteth against the just and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him; for he seeth that his day is coming”.

When David found Saul sleeping with his spear stack to the ground, Abishai, David’s aide said shall I strike him dead?  David said to Abishai “And David said to Abishai destroy him not, for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?  The word anointed means appointed or consecrated. He is not an ordinary individual. In the case of Saul, he had fallen out of favour with God, yet He was the reigning King at the time. It will be wrong on the part of any man to judge and attempt to dethrone him. Dear   brother, do not attack or rebel against your pastor. Don’t say he is out of touch with God and so you would not be submissive to him. Wife, do not say your husband is a drunkard and so you would not be submissive. Submit to all authorities over you. It is a submission to God. Citizens stop insulting the president of your nations. David lived long because he never lifted his hand, tongue or desire against King Saul.

PRAYER

Father help me to be submissive to all authorities you have placed over me.

FURTHER STUDIES:

1 Samuel 26:10 ” David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish”.

1 Samuel 26:11 ” The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed: but I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go”.

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 10

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 25:13 ” And David said unto his men, Gird ye on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the stuff“.

David sent some of his men to Nabal to give him and his men some of the goods he was sharing.

Nabal blatantly refused. David become furious and gathered his men to attack Nabal. David at this occasion did not make any enquires from the Lord, whether to go or not.

Anger has a way of overshadowing our judgements such that we may easily throw away certain laid down principles that we normally function with. The Bible says be angry but sin not, let not the sun go down over your anger (Ephesians 4:26). In our moments of anger, we have to be obedient to the instructions concerning anger. It says, although you can be angry, don’t act instantly out of anger. That would definitely lead to sin. Secondly don’t allow your anger to stay in your heart over a long time. That would give place to a demon to take over your life. (Ephesians 4:27). These are simple instructions concerning anger yet many people fall short and ultimately regret for various unfortunate actions they undertake.

Please listen to what Abigail said to David “Now therefore my Lord, as the Lord lives, and as thy soul lives seeing the LORD HAS WITHHELD YOU FROM COMING TO SHED BLOOD and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my Lord, be as Nabal”. Sister Abigail reminded David that it is the Lord who has prevented him from shedding blood and avenging himself with his hand. God did not want him to go that way, and if he had enquired earlier the Lord would have asked him not to go.

After the wise sayings of Abigail which were prophetic and inspired David remarked….” Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent you this day to meet me and blessed be your advice, and blessed are you, which has kept me this day 1from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. (1st Samuel 25:32-33)

Another lesson that we have to carry along is that in our moments of anger, we must be ready to listen to other pleas that come to us. Whenever you are feeling angry, and you are ready to take any action to satisfy your ego, please give ear to any other, pleas that another party or even the one who has offended you make.

As much as you can stay free from avenging with your own hands, do so.

PRAYER

In the name of Jesus, I do not yield to any negative emotions of anger and its subsequent misbehaviors. My emotions are always under my control through the grace of God.

FURTHER STUDIES.

James 1:19-20. ” Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God”.

Colossians 3:15 ” And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 9

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 24:5. “And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt”.

In 1st Samuel 24:2 Saul kept pursuing David. This time he chose three thousand men out of all Israel and went to seek David. He followed him unto a cave where David was supposed to be hiding. Saul slept out of exhaustion and David found him sleeping. David’s men asked him to kill him because God had delivered him into his hand. David refused but cut off a piece of Saul’s cloth. David did not do anything to harm him, yet his heart smote him, because he had cut Saul’s garment.

David was a man who had great respect for God and the people God had anointed to lead. His heart smote him not because he had hurt Saul but because he had cut a piece of his garment. How many of us blatantly attack men of God? Saul was not right in any of his actions yet it was not David’s duty to judge, attack or condemn him. Romans 14:4 “Who art thou that judges another man’s servant? To his master he stands or falls. Yeah, he shall be holden up; for God is able to make him stand”.

Please consider the above scripture, who are you to judge another man’s servant. That man of God you are attacking is God’s servant and you don’t have the right to attack and judge him or her. One may ask, what about a man whose actions and teachings are simply problematic. Do not accept any teaching that is wrong neither do you have to follow any wrong teachings. What you must not do is don’t attack the man. There are some of us who insult such men and judge them. Do not do such things. Leave them to God and the Holy Ghost. At best pray and intercede for them. Once again you have every right to talk about their, teaching that is not biblical, instructing others to stay away from such teachings, but please don’t get personal.

David, in the story left where Saul was sleeping to a far point and called on him. He never showed any rudeness in his language to Saul. Please never be rude to your pastor, your father, mother, elder and the leaders of the nation. Please respect authority. To live long in the land, give a great regard to every authority above you.

PRAYER

Heavenly father you have set in place various authorities above us. Help us to regard them highly. In their mistakes help us not to attack them but to stand in and make intercessions for   them.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 13:1 ” Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God”.

Ephesians 6:1-3 ” Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth”.

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