Between Promise and Performance. II Samuel 23:1-5. L ife begins with great promise…. But performance does not measure up to our promise…. Promise. Performance. Ancients believed that the truth about a persons life could be known by how they died…. What is the value of (your) biography?.
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Between Promise and Performance
II Samuel 23:1-5
The Life & Times of …. (Your name)
1 These are the last words of David:
David, the son of Jesse, speaks— David, the man who was raised up so high, David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, David, the sweet psalmist of Israel.
2The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue. (NLT)
3 The God of Israel spoke.
The Rock of Israel said to me:
‘The one who rules righteously,
who rules in the fear of God,
4 is like the light of morning at sunrise,
like a morning without clouds,
like the gleaming of the sun
on new grass after rain.’
straight; standing up right; not
crooked; not twisted!
So…those in authority are NOT free to do as we please. We are free to please God.
…being a leader does NOT mean that you can do anything that YOU want to; rather you are under obligation to do everything that God wants of you!
This is the true responsibility of leadership.
Lesson #1: Like David...
1 Now David’s son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar. And Amnon, her half brother, fell desperately in love with her. 2 Amnon became so obsessed with Tamar that he became ill. She was a virgin, and Amnon thought he could never have her…. 2 Samuel 13:1,2 ff (NLT)
… we are sometimes cowards when we should be courageous!
1 After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty bodyguards to run ahead of him. 2He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, … Absalom would say, “You’ve really got a strong case here! It’s too bad the king doesn’t have anyone to hear it. 4 I wish I were the judge. Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgment, and I would give them justice!”5 When people tried to bow before him, Absalom wouldn’t let them. Instead, he took them by the hand and kissed them. 6 Absalom did this with everyone who came to the king for judgment, and so he stole the hearts of all the people of Israel.2 Sam 15(NLT)
…a long lesson #2…David manages to keep the peace…but at what cost?
13 A messenger soon arrived in Jerusalem to tell David, “All Israel has joined Absalom in a conspiracy against you!”
14 “Then we must flee at once, or it will be too late!” David urged his men. “Hurry! If we get out of the city before Absalom arrives, both we and the city of Jerusalem will be spared from disaster.”
15 “We are with you,” his advisers replied. “Do what you think is best.” 2 Samuel 15:1-15 (NLT)
… we are sometimes don’t know who our real friends are!
1 Word soon reached Joab that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom. 2 As all the people heard of the king’s deep grief for his son, the joy of that day’s victory was turned into deep sadness. 3 They crept back into the town that day as though they were ashamed and had deserted in battle. 4 The king covered his face with his hands and kept on crying, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!” 2 Sam19:1-4
… a real friend teaches lesson #3 to the King … in the woodshed…
5 Then Joab went to the king’s room and said to him, “We saved your life today and the lives of your sons, your daughters, and your wives and concubines. Yet you act like this, making us feel ashamed of ourselves. 6 You seem to love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that your commanders and troops mean nothing to you. It seems that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died, you would be pleased. 7 Now go out there and congratulate your troops, for I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a single one of them will remain here tonight. Then you will be worse off than ever before.” 2 Sam19:5-7
… we are sometimes guilty of holding a double standard of righteousness- one for our family and another for everyone else!
1There happened to be a troublemaker there named Sheba son of Bicri, a man from the tribe of Benjamin. Sheba blew a ram’s horn and began to chant: “Down with the dynasty of David! We have no interest in the son of Jesse.Come on, you men of Israel, back to your homes!” 2 So all the men of Israel deserted David and followed Sheba son of Bicri. But the men of Judah stayed with their king and escorted him from the Jordan River to Jerusalem.
… a double righteousness (tsaddiq) or just a double standard?
4 Then the king told Amasa, “Mobilize the army of Judah within three days, and report back at that time.”
6 Then David said to Abishai, “Sheba son of Bicri is going to hurt us more than Absalom did. Quick, take my troops and chase after him before he gets into a fortified town where we can’t reach him.” 2 Samuel 20:1-6 (NLT)
II Sam 23:5b(NLT)
“… yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me.
His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail.
He will ensure my safety and success.”
Those who have trusted in Christ as their very own Savior have found someone who is fully able to stand in the gap between promise and performance
24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling awayandwill bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault.
Jude 24 (NLT)