2 Samuel 15: 18-22 HOW LOYAL ARE YOU?

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Happy new year! I wish you a prosperous 2017 ahead!

Today, we will look at Loyalty and a place in the Scriptures where it is shown poignantly: 2 Samuel 15: 18-22.

18 to let all the king’s men move past to lead the way. There were 600 men from Gath who had come with David, along with the king’s bodyguard.[a] 19 Then the king turned and said to Ittai, a leader of the men from Gath, “Why are you coming with us? Go on back to King Absalom, for you are a guest in Israel, a foreigner in exile. 20 You arrived only recently, and should I force you today to wander with us? I don’t even know where we will go. Go on back and take your kinsmen with you, and may the Lord show you his unfailing love and faithfulness.[b]21 But Ittai said to the king, “I vow by the Lord and by your own life that I will go wherever my lord the king goes, no matter what happens—whether it means life or death.” 22 David replied, “All right, come with us.” So Ittai and all his men and their families went along.

David’s own son had ganged up against him, and his life was in danger. Then, as David was going to face Absalom, he spoke to Ittai, a man who had sworn allegiance to him, encouraging him to go back to his land with his family, as David was riding into danger rather than Paradise. Funny enough, Ittai hailed from Gath – the city where Goliath hailed from. Yet, he was loyal to a fault – to David. He was ready to give his life up for David, not because he was obliged to, but because he desired to do so.

In the end, David won the war over Absalom, with Ittai being one of his army managers (2 Samuel 18). What can we learn from this?

  • First, loyalty is a very great strength. In the world of today, there are very few loyal people; most people are only looking for people to use and dump. But, those few people who are loyal are as precious as gold, in my opinion. Loyalty is a gift and blessing unto others; and it can help save lives (as in David’s case). Loyalty can set you apart as a man or woman of character among a crowd of 10,000 people. I thereby encourage you to be loyal – be loyal to your family, be loyal to your spouses and loved ones, be loyal to your company or boss, be loyal to every cause you are involved with. Loyalty shows a rare depth of character.
  • Second, David was a man after GOD’s heart (1 Samuel 13: 14), and he therefore had the gift of men. When he was in the time of need, GOD sent men like Ittai who were loyal so much they’d die for him, to help him win the war. That is how Awesome GOD is, and that is how HE helps those who love HIM.

Finally, endeavor to be loyal to those around you and they will absolutely appreciate you for it!

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HEBREWS 2: 11 JESUS IS ALSO YOUR FRIEND!

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In the last post, we looked at the role of JESUS as GOD the Son. We will continue with studying the role of JESUS as GOD. Then, we will look at the role of JESUS as our Brother (it sounds unbelievable, right?).

The Members of the Holy Trinity have different roles, but they are the same GOD.

GOD the Father is the Initiator of Creation: ‘But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things… (1 Corinthians 8: 6 KJV)’; Divine Revelation, ‘The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants… (Revelation 1: 1)’; Salvation, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… (John 3: 16 KJV)’.

GOD the Son is the Agent through whom the Father performs creation, ‘All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1: 3)’; Divine Revelation, ‘All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him (Matthew 11: 27 KJV)’ and Salvation, ‘To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them… (2 Corinthians 5: 19 KJV)’.

GOD the Holy Spirit is the Power of GOD  and the Means through which GOD performs Creation and maintenance of the Universe, ‘When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground (Psalm 104: 30)’; Divine Revelation, ‘…which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets (Ephesians 3: 5 NIV)’; Salvation, ‘Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life (John 3: 6 NLT)’; and JESUS’ Works, ‘How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10: 38 KJV)’.

In addition, there is subordination within the Holy Trinity. Thus, the GOD the Son is subordinate to GOD the Father, and this is why JESUS prayed before HE was crucified on the cross, ‘Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22: 42)’. Moreover, JESUS says, ‘But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (KJV)’. However, as a side note, ‘ 28“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3: 28 NIV)’.

Nonetheless, JESUS is not ashamed to call you HIS brother or sister (Hebrews 2: 11). So JESUS is our Brother? Hebrews 2: 11 says,

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters (NIV).

Essentially, when you decide to follow GOD the Father, by giving your life to CHRIST, you earn the right to be called a brother by JESUS. GOD the Father forgives all your sins, and gives you the privilege to be called the son or daughter of GOD. It is such a great privilege to be a Christian and to be called one. All Glory, Honor and Might belongs to our GOD – the King of Kings and the Everlasting Lord of Lords. Amen!

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Besides, JESUS considers you HIS Friend. Imagine how it is when the President of the United States is your friend, and you even have his personal line – won’t you feel lightheaded and so privileged whenever you think about it? How much more a greater privilege having JESUS CHRIST – the Most High GOD HIMSELF as your friend? JESUS says:

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15: 15).

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Finally, GOD is SO Awesome – HE is too Awesome to Fail! There is no human or natural equivalent of the Holy Trinity. There is no human or natural explanation that can suffice to completely understand the Holy Trinity. ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11: 3 NIV). This is true. Many illustrations have been presented to explain the Holy Trinity – the egg, apple, water etc. however, these illustrations are wrong because the yolk of the egg is not the egg itself for instance. Vapor is a form of water but is not water itself. And so on. Even triplets born in the same hour within minutes of each other would have different personalities, DNA, fingerprints, etc. However, each Member of the Trinity is GOD: GOD the Father, JESUS and the Holy Spirit are GOD individually and together as One. There just cannot be an accurate illustration of the Holy Trinity. Therefore, rather than try to dissect the Awesome Personalities of GOD, focus on HIS Awesomeness and Faithfulness. GOD is too Awesome for the human mind to dissect or explain. Once again, ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11: 3 NIV)’. GOD is just Too Awesome and Mind-blowing! HalleluYah!!!

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Have a blessed week in JESUS’ Name!

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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