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David: A man after Godís own heart:


1 Samuel 13:13-14 NIV Ė 13 "You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. [14] But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD'S command."


(Acts 13:22 NIV) After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'


The Dark David:


Imprecatory Psalms: Psalms which David prayed about his enemies.


Imagine Jesusí words: Love your enemies; do good to them that despitefully use you; pray for your enemies


Remember we are told to come boldly to the throne in Hebrews. Hebrews points out that the Old Testament people were timid and we are not to be timid as they were we are to be bold? How much more brass or bold can you be than David.


God never calls David down.


Davidís dying wishes: 


1 Kings 2: 1-9


o       Joab Ė Was a loyal subject of the king, and his killing Absalom was certainly motivated by a shrewd political pragmatism to rescue David's overthrown monarchy. It should be remembered that David ordered Joab to place Uriah the Hittite in harm's way, an order Joab followed without question. David demonstrates a certain moral selectivity in ordering Joab's death.

1.     If David had such a problem with what Joab had done, why did he let him continue to be commander of the army?

2.     Because David requested Joabís death it demonstrates that he had been dealing with some deep-seeded anger, bitterness, and hatred? A man after Godís own heart?


Shimei -  2 Samuel 16: 5-14 5When King David came to(G) Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was(H) Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came(I) he cursed continually. 6And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. 7And Shimei said as he(J) cursed, "Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! 8The LORD(K) has avenged on you all(L) the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the LORD has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood."

 9Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this(M) dead dog(N) curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head." 10But the king said,(O) "What have I to do with you,(P) you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, 'Curse David,' who then shall say, 'Why have you done so?'" 11And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, "Behold,(Q) my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. 12It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me,[a] and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today." 13So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and(R) cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. 14And the king, and all the people who were with him,(S) arrived weary at the Jordan.[b] And there he refreshed himself.

On his way back to Jerusalem 2 Samuel 19:16-23 16And(O) Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, from Bahurim, hurried to come down with the men of Judah to meet King David. 17And with him were a thousand men from Benjamin. And(P) Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, with his fifteen sons and his twenty servants, rushed down to the Jordan before the king, 18and they crossed the ford to bring over the kingís household and to do his pleasure. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was about to cross the Jordan, 19and said to the king,(Q) "Let not my lord hold me guilty or remember how your servant(R) did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. Do not let the king take it to heart. 20For your servant knows that I have sinned. Therefore, behold, I have come this day, the first(S) of all the house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king." 21Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered, "Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because(T) he cursed the LORDís anointed?" 22But David said,(U) "What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be as an adversary to me?(V) Shall anyone be put to death in Israel this day? For do I not know that I am this day king over Israel?" 23(W) And the king said to Shimei, "You shall not die." And the king gave him his oath.


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