November 15, 2017
2 Samuel 18
Shawn Bumpers / General
He must now determine what to do next.
This gave David the time.
Discipline among the ranks.
He offered to accompany the army.
The war was over David.
2 Samuel 17:2–3 NKJV
I will come upon him while he is weary and weak, and make him afraid. And all the people who are with him will flee, and I will strike only the king. Then I will bring back all the people to you. When all return except the man whom you seek, all the people will be at peace.”
Stay behind in the city.
He didn’t want to fight his son.
Psalm 103:8–10 NKJV
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
Psalm 20:7–9 NKJV
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.
Psalm 20:4 NKJV
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.
2 Samuel 21:15–17 NKJV
When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint. Then Ishbi-Benob, who was one of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose bronze spear was three hundred shekels, who was bearing a new sword, thought he could kill David. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, “You shall go out no more with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.”
Psalm 20:6 NKJV
Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
Psalm 16:10 NKJV
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
Woods of Ephraim.
8 miles from the city where David remained.
Most of the dead belonged to Absalom’s army.
Long hair – an emblem of his pride.
Joab has an agenda.
His father, the court, and Israel.
A pillar for himself in “the Kings Valley.”
The war was over.
David was awaiting news.
David was deeply moved – “trembled violently”
And this was the final payment of that fourfold debt.