IX. Unusual Accounts of David’s Life
A. Trial of Famine
Here David has just finished up reaping a lot for his own sin; now he and his country have to reap for someone else’s sin.
It seems like trials can come back to back often.
We need to, in the Christian life, when the trials come back to back, to be able to take them patiently.
The Famine 21:1-6
There is something that comes to David and the land, and it is out of the blue.
Famines in the Bible were usually were caused by draughts or infestation of insects - but were always grievous to everyone.
The reason vv.1-2
Because of Saul’s slaying of the Gibeonites.
In Joshua 9 is the story of Gibeonites fooling Israel into making a Covenant with them lest they be conquered by them becoming their servants.
Now, somehow, Saul had apparently broken the covenant with the Gibeonites, and they had kept their side of the bargain being the servants of Israel.
The cure vv.3-14
David goes to the Gibeonites and asks them how he can repay them.
“How can I get this right?”
They demand seven of his descendants to be delivered to them for hanging v.6
There are several that we will look at.
1) Paying for the sin of others
Sin always has a price, it must be paid for.
Sometimes we must pay for our sin, we sew, and we reap – but realize that others around us reap because of our sin.
Always remember, that sin is contagious and that sin can run rampant and that sin affects those that are around us.
2) Promises are important
Keeping commitments does not just show good character – it is a godly thing to do.
3) Prayer in the midst of the trial
Notice here that David is a wonderful example of what we are supposed to do in the midst of the trial.
We are to enquire of the Lord.
2. The Skirmish vv.15-22
Once again, the arch nemesis of David and Israel in his generation was the Philistines.
So we see:
The returning enemy
The Philistines though defeated in battle over and over again pop their heads back up again.
It is a reminder that though you think you may have defeated the enemy, you have not, he still lurks around trying to pull you down.
The besetting sin
This represented by the relatives of Goliath.
Not only were the Philistines the enemy, but in particular, there was one family of the Philistines that had it out with Israel and chiefly with the house of David.
But we see the family of David, not David himself, defeating the family of Goliath.
His nephew killed one the sons of the giants, and his uncle killed the brother of the giant, there were some of his servants that slew giants as well.
I think this application to our besetting sin that comes back up to haunt us.
It has a way of coming back in a different form, but it is out there.
You must be ready by the grace of God to flee from it and to stop it.
Don’t you think that you are immune.
But praise the Lord, if we stay close to Christ, he will help us.
2 Peter 2:9 (AV)
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations...
B. The Songs
A Psalm of praise
2 Samuel 22:4
2 Samuel 22:29-36 ,
2. A Psalm of deliverance
2 Samuel 22:1-3, 20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
2 Samuel 22:44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
3. A Psalm of thanksgiving
The whole Psalm is one of thanksgiving, God praise, deliverance, provision, the hope in the Lord.
2 Samuel 22:50 -51
We see God, as the result of Satan’s provocation and David’s sin, to bring about something very wonderful.
C. David’s Provocation
2 Samuel 24:1-25
The issue at hand is very clearly stated:
2 Samuel 24:1-2
In 1 Chronicles 21:1 we get an additional view of what is happening here:
God in His vast wisdom allowed Satan to provoke David to number them
Why was it a sin? - Conviction
There are no instances about it in the Bible that say it is a sin; they did count the children of Israel in Exodus.
But when the counted them, they gave an offering for each one counted.
Some say that is it was because David was no longer trusting God, but depending on his armies.
I believe that the lesson here is that God smote his heart and he was convicted over what he did.
It may not be written down – it may not be etched in stone, but if something you are doing is bringing conviction upon your soul you’d better stop.
The Danger of self-complacency
When things go very well, we tend to be complacent about being devoted and dedicated to God.
Oh, we go to church, we go through the motions, but we are not always attentive like we should be, because things are going great.
Sometimes God puts allows things to wake up our spiritual consciousness again.
The Danger of self-sufficiency
It is not only a self-complacency problem, but also a self-sufficiency problem.
We have been doing our way for so long and we feel like we are doing so well that we do not have to seek God’s face anymore.
Then God sends reminders that He is alive and well.
2. The Reproving
Yes, it was Joab, that enigma of the kingdom, of David’s cabinet, the guy who has something over on David has kept again in the position of general of his armies, even after slaying three men in cold blood.
Joab, once again, surprises us and gives the king good counsel.
Here, almost being an enemy of David, and at least being a tremendous hindrance, Joab speaks truth to David.
a. Consider the counsel
Now here is something we need to consider – the counsel even of Joab.
It is a hard pill to swallow, but we need to.
You have heard peoples say, “I can learn something from anyone.”
And so we can even in counsel.
If counsel is good even from a bad source then it ought not only to be heard but followed.
And sometimes God uses counsel from strange sources
Joab had a lot of inconsistencies, but he called this one right on.
It is strange that a lost man far from God like him could actually be used of God.
How many times have we had lost people who taught us righteous living.
How many times have we been rebuked by some lost person who would say, hey, Christians are not supposed to do that.