Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Vision (6.11.15): God's Kingdom Cannot Be Shaken

Note:  Here is one of the applications from last Sunday morning’s sermon on Sheba’s rebellion against David in 2 Samuel 20.

“And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to his tents, O Israel” (2 Samuel 20:1).

Though David’s kingdom was stricken and though it teetered, it did not completely fall.  Through it all David’s kingdom was able to persevere.

So it is with the kingdom of Christ here on earth.  It can be attacked, as Abalsom attached David’s kingdom. But it will not completely fall.  It can suffer the woes of internal schism and division, as Sheba attempted to divide David’s kingdom.   But it will not completely fall.  It can suffer the petty and wrongheaded actions of its weakest members, as David’s kingdom survived the devious actions of Joab.  But it will not completely fall.  Jesus said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18).

The story is told of the early church that a pagan ruler once arrested a group of elders in an attempt to stamp out the fledgling Christian movement.  This godless man threatened these pastors with curses saying, “We will completely destroy you Christians.  We will rip apart your churches.  We will tear your movement down.  We will destroy it.”

And one of the pastors responded, “But sir, if we have not been able to do this through our own sin and pettiness, we do not think that you will be able to do it either.”

The old-time radio preacher J. Vernon McGee commented on 2 Samuel 20:  “Underneath the faith that failed [i. e., David’s faithfulness] was a faith that never failed [i.e., God’s faithfulness]” (Thru the Bible, Vol. 2, p. 235).

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle

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