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Rebellion & Mercy

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Let me tell you a quick story about something I did when I was in middle-school…
Tell Story about Rebellion
Explain justice & Fathers Mercy
We are a people of rebellion in desperate need of mercy… will you find it?
2 Samuel 20; 24 | Rebellion & Mercy
PRAYER
God as my heart seeks to rebel against you please bind it to your Word today

Message

2 Samuel 20
ESV = The Rebellion of Sheba
2 Samuel 20:1 ESV
1 Now there happened to be there a worthless man, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjaminite. And he blew the trumpet and said, “We have no portion in David, and we have no inheritance in the son of Jesse; every man to his tents, O Israel!”
Worthless Man = evil or wicked
None good No not even one...
Blew a trumpet
Talk about tooting own horn
sign of victory / call to arms
Portion with David
what good is he for us...
Saul’s tribe… Israel/Judah split
Israel left / Judah
Concubines
2 Samuel 20:4 ESV
4 Then the king said to Amasa, “Call the men of Judah together to me within three days, and be here yourself.”
2 Samuel 17:25 ESV
25 Now Absalom had set Amasa over the army instead of Joab. Amasa was the son of a man named Ithra the Ishmaelite, who had married Abigal the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother.
2 Samuel 19:13 ESV
13 And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me and more also, if you are not commander of my army from now on in place of Joab.’ ”
Get the Troops = 3 Days
Interesting time period right!?
Takes to long
Abishai - Joab’s brother / Joab does not like this…
Jealousy / Rebellion against Kings wishes… Crafty!
2 Samuel 20:7–10 ESV
7 And there went out after him Joab’s men and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men. They went out from Jerusalem to pursue Sheba the son of Bichri. 8 When they were at the great stone that is in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Now Joab was wearing a soldier’s garment, and over it was a belt with a sword in its sheath fastened on his thigh, and as he went forward it fell out. 9 And Joab said to Amasa, “Is it well with you, my brother?” And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him. 10 But Amasa did not observe the sword that was in Joab’s hand. So Joab struck him with it in the stomach and spilled his entrails to the ground without striking a second blow, and he died. Then Joab and Abishai his brother pursued Sheba the son of Bichri.
Wearing a Soldiers garment = Hidden Sword
Betrayed with a Kiss = Gutted and left for dead
Sounds familiar right
Judas = living in rebellion even with a Kiss!!
young men asking who you follow
people who came by Amasa stoped until he was covered and thrown off road
followed Sheba to town...
2 Samuel 20:15–16 ESV
15 And all the men who were with Joab came and besieged him in Abel of Beth-maacah. They cast up a mound against the city, and it stood against the rampart, and they were battering the wall to throw it down. 16 Then a wise woman called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab, ‘Come here, that I may speak to you.’ ”
Trapped like a rat / matter of time
This is always where rebellion leads… trapped / Death
Wise Woman!… Come Talk Joab...
Lets settle this with words = “I am peaceable and faithful”
do you seek to destroy the mother of Israel?… Swallow up the heritage of the LORD?...
Joab = no way…
2 Samuel 20:21–22 ESV
21 That is not true. But a man of the hill country of Ephraim, called Sheba the son of Bichri, has lifted up his hand against King David. Give up him alone, and I will withdraw from the city.” And the woman said to Joab, “Behold, his head shall be thrown to you over the wall.” 22 Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri and threw it out to Joab. So he blew the trumpet, and they dispersed from the city, every man to his home. And Joab returned to Jerusalem to the king.
One in exchange for the many
His head on a platter…
Joab and the Trumpet… dispersion & return
It is always the Rebellious that are pursued to death…
Joab is commander… positions, priests, prisioners,
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Recap = Ch 20

Sheba - insults King David
Entire army pursues him
One man must die instead of many
Switch Gears - Rebellion of Sheba to Rebellion of the King
2 Samuel 24
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2 Samuel 24:1 ESV
1 Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go, number Israel and Judah.”
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1 Chronicles 21:1 ESV
1 Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel.
Zechariah 3:1 ESV
1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.
David incited God’s anger against Israel… Trusting in Man rather then God!!!… Response later...
Satan is the ultimate being living in rebellion
He knows it when He sees it at rightly can accuse!!
2 Samuel 24:2–3 ESV
2 So the king said to Joab, the commander of the army, who was with him, “Go through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and number the people, that I may know the number of the people.” 3 But Joab said to the king, “May the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it, but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?”
Nathan - V3
Spirit of Contentment… Wisdom / What is right...
What is your lot in life? - Covetousness - Rebellion
King prevailed
9 months passed / 20 days
2 Samuel 24:9 ESV
9 And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to the king: in Israel there were 800,000 valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were 500,000.
8+5 = 13
1 Mill 300 Thou
A tempting force to trust in!
2 Samuel 24:10–12 ESV
10 But David’s heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.” 11 And when David arose in the morning, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, 12 “Go and say to David, ‘Thus says the Lord, Three things I offer you. Choose one of them, that I may do it to you.’ ”
Heart struck after...
Sinned greatly… Forgiveness…
We can only know rebellion in the face of righteousness…
Gad the Prophet = 3 consequences / punishments - pick 1
This speaks to God’s Mercy!!
2 Sam 24.13-14
1 Chronicles 21:11–13 ESV
11 So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Choose what you will: 12 either three years of famine, or three months of devastation by your foes while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the Lord, pestilence on the land, with the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.’ Now decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me.” 13 Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”
3 years / 3 months / 3 days
Famine / Pursuit / Pestilence
Come back to David’s Words…

14 Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.”

David picks Pestilence…
Famine / Pursuit
Child dying - prayer & fasting… Maybe… ?
2 Samuel 24:15–17 ESV
15 So the Lord sent a pestilence on Israel from the morning until the appointed time. And there died of the people from Dan to Beersheba 70,000 men. 16 And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the calamity and said to the angel who was working destruction among the people, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 17 Then David spoke to the Lord when he saw the angel who was striking the people, and said, “Behold, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand be against me and against my father’s house.”
Pestilence = 70,000 Men… more
Egypt - Angel of death
God over Pestilence… Even COVID?
Even in the face of calamity - consequence / punishment of sin there is Mercy & Grace…
1 Chron 21.16

16 And David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, and in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.

David’s plea for “one for the many”
2 Samuel 24:18–19 ESV
18 And Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, raise an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 So David went up at Gad’s word, as the Lord commanded.
A sacrifice must be made… Atonement must be given
Blood over the doorpost… Blood on the altar…
David did it - the guy tried to give it to him for free…
2 Samuel 24:24–25 ESV
24 But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.
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Recap = Ch 24

David - Sins against God
God afflicts Israel
Sacrifice made to atone for wrath
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Recap = Ch 20

Sheba - insults King David
Entire army pursues him
One man must die instead of many
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Rebellion & Mercy
We are people of rebellion
God is a God of Mercy
Praise God for Jesus the One for the many! = The sacrifice to atone for us!!
Romans 5 = Death in Adam life in Christ....
The original Rebellion & Promise of Mercy
A Rebellious people will always desire to rebel against God…!
Hebrews 3:12–4:1 ESV
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. 1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.
Those who continue in Rebellion will one day suffer the same fate as Sheba
2 Thessalonians 2:1–4 ESV
1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
Repent oh Rebel and receive Mercy!!
Continue to Rebel and suffer death!!
Christ paid for your rebellion so that you may receive mercy

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2 Samuel 24:14 ESV
14 Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.”
Author | Robert Robinson - 1758
Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it mount of God's redeeming love.
Here I find my greatest treasure; hither by thy help I've come; and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God; he, to rescue me from danger, bought me with his precious blood.
Oh, to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee: prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here's my heart, O take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.
PRAYER
My God change this rebellious heart to one of gracious obedience to You!
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