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06. Royal Outcast Wk6 Destruction

Originally recorded on 20th May 2018. Visit www.weareemmanuel.com for more content

Speaker: Stephen Dawson

Key scriptures: 2 Samuel 18: 1-18

To deal with destruction or potential destruction in our lives means sometimes we have to do or say hard things. We have to deal with something which can be painful but it is worth it because it saves off for the destruction. In this story we are looking at the life of David and Absalom. David tells his men to deal gently with Absalom in battle. Here we will look at actions that need to be taken to help prevent destruction in our lives and the lives of others around us.

1. Destruction in Family- Christians have been adopted into Gods family. He becomes your good and perfect heavenly father and we should seek to emulate Him when we parent our own children. He graciously gives us instructions and examples in the Bible of how and how not to parent. King David often shrunk back from the disciplining actions he should have taken in his parenting towards Absalom. He was too lenient with him. Proverbs 22:6 reads ‘Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.’ David should have stepped up and told his men to deal with Absalom accordingly as he was breaking up God’s people. However, he tries to protect him, advising his men to not be too harsh with him, which could have put the battle at risk. He refused to see his sons actions for the true light of its true sinfulness and the need for them to be dealt with. This warns us of the dangers of being too gentle with your child and how it can lead to destruction. Discipline hurts from the loving parent as well as the child receiving it. Talk with others about our parenting and how they can advise and point out things in you to help you grow from it. God wants to look for ways to bless you, but sometimes discipline is necessary despite the difficulty of it.

2. Destruction in Church- Destruction can be caused between each other in that we don’t get into each other’s lives as we should. In the story, Joab, one of David’s men, was decisive in dealing with Absalom, - he didn’t deal with him gently as David advised. Joab saw more clearly that if David allowed the rebel leader (Absalom) to live, there would have continued to be perpetual civil war and unrest in Israel. Something needed to happen. From this we can learn that we can be a force for good in other people’s lives, from a heart of love even though the actions may be hard to do/say. Proverbs 27:6 reads ‘Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy’. We are not to be timid but those who are good at confronting each other in love. Be appropriately slow to deal with it. Be wise and considerate. Pray to find out your heart towards the person if it is out of love that you are confronting them. Examine your motives. Do it from a place of humility, acknowledging that you are not perfect as well. Ask questions, rather than statements in the conversation.


3. Destruction in Life- Absalom’s destruction was ultimately down to himself. David may have played a role in his upbringing, but ultimately, it’s down to Absalom because he was a proud man. Absalom’s legacy is that he’s known as a traitor and accursed. He built a stone statue to himself so that people would remember him, but this ended up being pile of stones which at that time was a signal that you were a traitor if that was your burial grave. What does this mean for us? Each of us has giftings in our life of which we place value. Are we going to build a monument to Jesus or something for our self which will not last? God has given giftings to honour him- if you use them for yourself you are a traitor. Strong words but it is true. Earlier in the book of Samuel the people of God raised up an Ebenezer-a monument thanking God for his help. As Christians, our life is to be a monument of thanks to God.

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