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S.O.A.P August 14, 2017

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August 14, 2017
Read: 2 Samuel 15:13-14
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Scripture: “A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”
Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”
Observation: Absalom, impatient to become king himself, gathers support and foments rebellion against his father, David, forcing him to flee Jerusalem. David is emotionally torn between preserving his throne and preserving the life of his rebellious son.
Application: The book of 1 and 2 Samuel has a lot of stuff going on here. I’m talking soap opera stuff, reality TV. It’s like the TMZ reports of David or even MTV trying to do a “Real Life” Story. But what I get out of this may be a little different than the actual stage it was set upon. The headlines may be something, but I think I see some THING they didn’t cover.
First of all, THANK the LORD, we don’t have to worry about “the sword”, now that Jesus has spared us. David going through his own sin is a reflection of what we are. He was trying to be rough and ready. The one! But see, he was human. His predicament was enough in itself.
We always want to touch Jesus and have Jesus’ grace. We beat ourselves up though. And this is where David is so important. He was called in so many ways, but he was not the savior. He was flawed but he loved God!  Alas, he was like you and me. Human. Dang! Did you ever feel so compatible to a person in the Bible. Failure. Struggle. SIN!
Oh, yeah, we got it! And we are right with David. But the majesty of our savior, Jesus,  saves us all. And David gives us hope through all our struggles! And through a new life in what we hail…. Jesus Christ. Oh, yeah!
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
We are his. And we are in him. Go be….
Prayer: God...God, I love you. Thank you for me and thank you for accepting me. Amen!
The Youth Dude.
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S.O.A.P August 13, 2017

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August 13, 2017

Read: 2 Samuel 13:20-39

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 13:37-39- And David mourned many days for his son Amnon. Absalom fled to his grandfather, Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. He stayed there in Geshur for three years. And King David, now reconciled to Amnon’s death, longed to be reunited with his son Absalom.

Observations- Some grief is clean and easily understood; that is, it's not complicated by so many other emotions swirling in the mix. While grief is never an easy process, David's must have been quite complicated by the way he let his daughter, Tamar, down, he never disciplined Amnon properly, and Absalom's revenge breaks his heart, for it means he had no idea how much his father loved him. The tragedy deepened in the house of David.

Application- Anger, disappointment, grief, lousy decisions that dishonored God swirled around in David's breaking apart life. Do you notice that God doesn't even seem to be in the background as this story  of the rape of Tamar and the revenge of Absalom unfolds? No one is consulting God about the next right moves at this point, and that always leads to a deepening tragedy. When we get stuck in a deep hole of our own making, the first rule is to stop digging...and seek God. 

Prayer- Lord, this is a tragedy that is magnified, because no one seems to be invested in turning quickly to You for You to set things right. When life comes at me fast, help me always turn quickly to You. When my life is falling apart, remind me to fall on my knees and freely cry out to You for the help I need as I need it. Thank You for Your grace and direction in this life. I need it. Amen.

"Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die." (Psalm 143:7),

Pastor Jamie

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