[bible1year] Devotional comments on II Samuel 8-11

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 4 Apr 2016 11:48:31 -0000

        David had loved Jonathan with a supernatural love. Jonathan 
was dead, but David had not forgotten his many kindnesses. Now that 
he is established as king over all Israel, he wants to show kindness 
to Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth.

        The story of David and Mephibosheth reveals the Gospel in a 
beautiful way. Mephibosheth is a type of the sinner and the 
condition in which he is in. He was helpless, being lame on both 
feet. He could not come to David by his own strength, but had to be 
carried into the king's presence. The sinner cannot help himself; he 
cannot save himself. And just as David wanted to help Mephibosheth 
"for Jonathan's sake," God has manifested His love and grace toward 
us "for Jesus' sake." We are nothing except for the grace of God. 
Every one of us deserves hell. But "for Christ's sake" God has 
provided salvation for all who believe. Romans 10:13 tells us, "For 
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

        Chapter 11 proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that the 
Bible is the Word of God. If man had written the Bible, he would 
never have recorded this dark and terrible part of David's life.

        David was not a passionate youth who deliberately walked 
into this sin. Rather, he was a man of God who had now reached 
middle-age. If you will read these verses carefully, you will see 
how David got involved with Bathsheba. First, he was self-confident, 
after enjoying victories and prosperity. Second, he was disobedient, 
staying at home when he should have been on the battlefield. Third, 
he was idle, lying in bed in the evening. Fourth, he was self-
indulgent, giving freedom to his desires when he should have been 
disciplining himself. Fifth, he was careless, allowing his eyes to 
wander and yielding to the lust of the flesh and the lust of the 
eyes. James 1:13-15 perfectly describes David's case. His desires 
were activated by the sight, and he failed to curb them. The desire 
conceived the sin in his mind; his will surrendered, and this led to 
sin. The sin later led to death. David did not watch and pray as 
Matthew 26:41 commands; nor did he deal decisively with his 
wandering eyes (Matthew 5:29 and 18:9).