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The king answered, "I will do whatever seems best to you".David was happy to stay at home again while his army went to fight.Maybe he was afraid to have to confront his son in battle because he may prefer to die than harm Absalom yet inspite of assuring the army he would go along with whatever they suggested he commanded them not to harm Absalom.
What was it about this guy that made David love him so much?His looks?Could Abalom have taken a bigger part of David's heart than God's laws.We see he preferred to leave Israel to Absalom than to consult God and protect Israel from a son he knew really didn't have a heart for God.
Idols don't have to be golden cows..they can be money,family etc.I pray God reveals our idolsand the things that compete for His love and laws in our lives before we become a stumbling block for others and give satan an opportunity to wreck havoc in our lives..Israel got divided,had to fight eachother then creep back home ashamed after the battle,David went home heart broken...
Mary's love for Jesus is something I realised today I wished I had.While the other disciples slept soundly(or maybe stayed behind locked doors afraid of the Jews)Mary went out to the tomb where Jesus was put.When Mary saw the tomb was empty,she told the others...just John and Peter set out but returned to their homes when they saw the tomb was empty...Mary stayed.Maybe in her mind she hoped someone would give her a clue to what happend.Many times when we loose someone we love,we kinda feel drawn to the room the person stayed or when we visit the person's tomb it gives us a feeling of closeness to the person,Mary just couldn't leave,she kept peering into the last place she knew he laid.Her love for Christ defied her fear of the jews.Her heart was longing for him and Jesus blessed her with His presence.I pray for that kind of love and longing in my heart,for such loyalty...
God bless you all

I was always impressed with the way Joab called David to account for mourning Absalom in the presence of the troops who just rescued him from certain death. While mourning his son's death isn't wrong, as a leader of men he needs to care for their morale and express his appreciation for a job well done. David is certainly one of my Biblical heroes because of his unfailing faith in God but you also see his failings too... something I can cerainly identify.
Another one of my Biblical heroes is Mary Magdalene in this passage in John. Her love for Jesus seems to certainly surpass that even of the disciples.
Have a good one all...

I had never noticed in the New Testament when Jesus breathed on the disciples and told them that who ever sins they forgave would be forgiven and who ever they did not forgive would be unforgiven. I don't understand this. Can anyone offer insight?

I have never heard before either, when Jesus breathed on the decipiles and told them that who ever sins they forgave would be forgiven and who ever they did not forgive would be unforgiven. Need more insight.

2 Samuel 18:1-19:10

I am an observer of human behavior and I am always looking at patterns that cross cultural, ethnicities and “tribes.” One hundred percent, of the time, we grieve differently but the emotions, feelings and intent that fuels the grief is the same. Usually or grief is not about the physical death of the person, but of missed opportunities. When someone dies because of their own bad choices usually the deceased loved ones: mother, father, possibly siblings, aunts, and uncles, usually grieve inconsolably over missed opportunities to provide direction and correction and guidance. David grief was rooted in regret and guilt. Think about it. Our decisions, my decisions

I’m going to look at Joab and David from a different perspective than Mike.. As per scripture, our righteousness is not based on our behavior it is based on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. And our acceptance of that righteousness, Jesus Christ, is based on the condition of our heart, whether we accept what Jesus has done for us or not. For the Old Testament saints and ain’ts, it would be their acceptance of the One Who is To Come in the fullness of time. According to God, David had a “right” heart; however, Joab did not which we shall see in the readings to come. As per the commentary on the BibleOnRadio.Com for today’s reading, David was operating out of Love with no Justice toward Absalom, and Joab operated out of Justice with no Love. In my opinion, both were out of Balance.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and loving-kindness and truth go before Your face. (Psalms 89:14 AMP

Grace and Peace,

Shirley and Yvonnelistening:

"Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

It is my understanding that Jesus announced this to his disciples; it was incumbent upon the people to acknowledge Jesus as the Christ (Messiah) and it was a "done deal" if they believe--their sins are ALREADY forgiven because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross; but if they did not believe (and the same thing goes today)--if there is no belief--faith--grounded acknowledgement that Jesus is whom he claims to be, there is no forgiveness of sins. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment; we shall know them by their fruits. Jesus said: If you love me, obey my commandments.

As I understand it, this was not a special pronouncement whereby the disciples had the ability to hold a sin against someone--or to forgive them (as the Sanhedrin and high priests and Jewish leaders recognized, and about which they were so ticked at Jesus: )Only God can forgive sins, but Jesus (as I understand the text here) was announcing to the disciples that they could now discern if someone was forgiven or not forgiven. Hence:

"Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

Further we have that confidence in us because WE believe, so Jesus is IN US, and we are IN HIM, so we have "THE MIND OF CHRIST" -- or at least we SHOULD have the mind of Christ that comes with the washing and regeneration of the word.

God's love and blessings.

I was under the impression somehow, I don't remember how, that since the name "Theophilus" is Greek for "Lover of God", that Luke could have been addressing all of his readers, including us, with that title.

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