Time to bring the King back – Part 2
The key players, who were responsible for removing King David from the throne, were his son and servants. This happened to him because he was negligent. When Absalom killed Amnon, as the king of Israel under a theocracy, he failed to apply the word of God. He allowed family ties and relationship to prevent him from meting out the right punishment to his offending son. Although the Scripture enjoins us to forgive those who sin against us, it is, however, different from sinning against the plan and purpose of God.
Christians should not confuse sin against fellow men with sin against God. Like David, we become sentimental, when we do not apply the word of God in our families. When children in the family quote forgiveness out of context, they must be corrected with right interpretation of God’s word. In the church, those who are deliberately rebellious must be duly disciplined. As a leader, pastor or preacher, if you do not want the people under your watch to perish, correct them. “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear” (1 Timothy 5:20).
We should have the mind of Christ and be angry against sin, evil, rebellion, corruption and idol worship. “And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice” (1 Kings 11:9). As we get older, we should get firmer in our conviction and understanding. In the case of our Lord Jesus Christ, He believed the word of God and stood by it. He was prompt in correcting His followers and disciples, whenever they did wrong.
He corrected Peter’s wrong stance about His death and reproved James and John for their self-serving request. We should not act like David, who was weak, when he was sorrowful and sentimental, when he was happy. Shimei, a man of Israel, had spoken and acted against the anointed of the Lord, the king himself, and according to the law, he deserved death. But David shifted the responsibility to Solomon, his son. Leaders in the church should not shirk their responsibility; they should always act in line with God’s word.
Unlike David, who appealed to tribal sentiment, fellowship and friendship, believers should live by the word of God and do His work without sentiments. God wants us to surrender our self-will, unholy ambition, inordinate affection and rebellious attitude to Him. He wants us to enthrone Him in our hearts as King of kings and Lord of lords. Therefore, we should surrender our whole life unto Him afresh, yield our members to His will, submit our plans to His purpose and obey His command, call and commission. We must forsake pseudo, self-appointed kings and backsliders like Absalom, correct all revolters, convert rebels, caution reprobates and conserve the reign of the King of kings.
To bring Christ the King back on the throne of our hearts, we must be holy because He is holy. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Rebellion, disobedience, unscriptural actions and every form of compromise that had taken away the kingdom of our hearts from the King of kings, must be exposed and repented of. We must seek the Lord with all our heart, give Him absolute allegiance and make Him our King. We must not favour anyone living contrary to the word of God.
As David eventually overcame Absalom’s rebellion, Christ will overcome every rebellion and set up His own Kingdom. To be part of that Kingdom, sinners must surrender their lives to Christ, turn away from their sins and take Him as Lord, Saviour and King. Backsliders must restore Christ to the throne of their hearts and give themselves completely to Him, while believers should rededicate their lives to Christ, the “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Further Reading (King James Version): 2 Samuel 19:9-12; Revelation 11:15; Matthew 21:4-9; 23:37-39; 2 Samuel 19:9; Romans 5:8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:14,15,18,19,21; Ephesians 5:25-25; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:12,14; 10:10,14,19-22; 12:3; 1 Peter 1:18,19; Colossians 1:13; 2 Samuel 19:9,10; 15:6; 18:9; 1 Kings 1:5,6; 11:1-11; Matthew 16:21-23; Mark 10:35-40; 1 Timothy 5:20; 2 Samuel 19:10-13; Ephesians 5:30-32,24-27; Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 9:23; Romans 12:1,2; Hebrews 2:11; 13:12-14; 12:14; 1 Peter 1:14-16; Revelation 17:14; 19:6-9,12,13,16.
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