Sin’s devastating consequences

In 2 Samuel 18:24–33. both runners, Ahimaaz, David’s courier and an unnamed Cushite, were seen from a distance. David assumed that the nearer runner was Ahimaaz. He assumed that the message Ahimaaz was conveying was good because of his trust and fondness of Ahimaaz. 

The assumption was unfounded, however, for when Ahimaaz finally was able to deliver his message all he could do was speak in general terms of the victory over Absalom. The details were left to the Cushite who finally arrived and shared with the king the grisly news that Absalom and his confederates were dead. 

Overwhelmed, King David retired to an upper room where he privately poured out his heart before God in unremitting grief. The depths of his love for his rebel son are couched in his lament, “If only I had died instead of you.” Two of David’s sons, Amnon (2 Samuel 13:28–29) and Absalom (2 Samuel 18:15), died violent deaths as a consequence of David’s sin (2 Samuel 12:10).

By | 2018-11-19T08:06:36+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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