Monday, July 25, 2016

Family School Lesson: Lessons from Absalom

Family School
Faith Baptist Church
The life and death of Absalom

Tamar attacked- 2nd Samuel 13:1-2,14
Absalom murders his brother- 2nd Samuel 13:28-29,  James 1:20
Absalom flees Jerusalem, lives in Hebron for three years.
Absalom returns to Jerusalem
King David refuses to see Absalom 14:24,28, though David allowed Absalom to return to Jerusalem and not be punished for his crime, his relationship with him had changed and would never be the same.
Absalom sets fields on fire- 14:28-33 (absent father) when he did not get the attention he wanted from Joab he burned his fields down just to get a meeting.
Absalom steals the heart of the people 2nd Samuel 15:1-6
Be careful not to let someone stop you on your way to talk with the King- Absalom told the people the King had no one appointed to hear their cause….Hebrews 4:14-16,, (don't let yourself get in the way!)
Be careful not to let the wrong influence into your heart- Titus 1:9-11, Psalm 1, 
Be careful not to trust your disputes and problems and questions to someone other than the King! Revelation 17:14, we have a King! We have the King! Do not live as though we do not! James 4:2-8, we turn to friends and teachers for advice and comfort, is the world your friend? Or is God?
       1st Peter 5:7 cast your cares on God because He cares about you!

Absalom sets himself as King 
When was David made King? Did David try to promote himself?
He was Saul’s harpist and armor bearer, yet was unknown to Saul the day he killed Goliath, he continually served the man he was to replace, and he passed up opportunities to make himself King multiple times because Saul was Gods man, see what David said in 1st Samuel 26:8-11
Absalom worked towards taking over the kingdom for forty years vs:7, at first everyone was with David, but little by little Absalom stole their Alliegence until he had the majority of people on his side, forcing King David to flee Jerusalem when Absalom took over.
How many hours a day are other people influencing you? Sure you stand your ground today, but Satan is patient, he will just keep chipping away at your armor. Were you on Gods side more when you were younger? When you were first saved?                How do you remain strong? Ephesians 6:10-18

Absalom a type of sin in your life.
Sin seeks your full attention and  harms others around you to get it- Joabs fields were destroyed because Absalom wanted Joabs full attention. Much harm is done in the family of an alcoholic.
Sin steals your heart for God- Isaiah 59:1-2, John 14:23, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 13:8
Sin will make itself King of your life- Romans 7:14-25
Sin will eat away at your spiritual life over time- Colossians 4:14, 2nd Timothy 4:10

When the showdown comes David commands his men to be gentle with Absalom, yet when Absalom is caught in a tree by his long hair, one of David's top men kills him. 2nd Samuel 18:14-15

Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to see what needs to be done, and do it. While it was not right for Joab to disobey his King, there are times in our lives when we need a friend like Joab who will deal with the sin that we have grown fond of, the sin that we will not let go of, the sin that would otherwise destroy us! 1st Timothy 5:20, 2nd Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:13, Titus 2:15, Ezekiel 22:30-31, 2nd Samuel 12:7 Thou art the man David! 1st Kings 18:17-18 he that troubleth Israel? 

Thank God for people in our lives who are willing to risk our friendship with them to strengthen and protect our relationship with God!
Don't let your heart be stolen from God, keep your armor strong! Don't let sin take its time with you, thank God for a stand in the gap preacher!

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