Sunday, April 29, 2012

2 Sam 12:26-31, 1 Chron 20:2-3, 2 Sam 13:1-14:33 & 2 Sam 15:1-17:14 & 2 Sam 17:15-29, Psalm 3, 63, 2 Sam 18:1-19:30

Dysfunctional families in the Old Testament? Go figure! Seriously though, Ammon had some definite issues going on to even consider sleeping with his own sister! Cousin Jonadab encouraged it, and even suggested a means for it to occur. 
Where was David as a father? Was Ammon's allure the result of the polygamous ways of his father. Why was Ammon not punished? It seems as David was so busy with his work  and doing everything his people wanted that he did not know what was going on with his own son. He seems to be relying on what the people think of him and how he is serving them instead of how he should be serving God!
His brother Absalom waited 2 years to impart revenge on Ammon on behalf of his sister Tamar. Just think what Tamar had to deal with emotionally. She was scarred for life! Absalom thought it was his place to serve final judgement on his brother in the absence of David's punishment. He also committed treason against his father, probably because of the anger towards him. In the end Absalom dies, and David never set things right between them. "Too little too late".

Our days on this earth are numbered, and with our busy lives it is so easy to miss important details. If our focus is on Him, and we heed His instruction He will set the path for us and lead us in the way to go.

Proverbs 4

Hear, my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
When I was my father’s son,
Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
He also taught me, and said to me:
“Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,[f]
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.

This one was difficult for me as there were so many other things I wanted to share regarding this, but I guess this just was not the right time. Maybe in a future blog.



  1. Again His Word made me realize what my family has/is going through isn't quite as bad as David's! Thank you for reminding me of this Psalm - another one of my favorites. Do you realize how hard it is going to be to blog through the Psalm's and Proverbs!!!! Love you!!!

  2. I know, I love Psalms and Proverbs. There were about 5 I could have put on the blog today! Blessings!